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Heavy Gaza-Israel fire traded overnight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Israeli bus was hit by an anti-tank rocket amid the violence which has caused deaths on both sides Israel says its fighter jets have hit dozens of Palestinian militant targets overnight in Gaza after militants fired 370 rockets at Israel. At least three Palestinians died in the strikes on Gaza, while a civilian was killed in a rocket attack in the Israeli town of Ashkelon. Both Israel and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have threatened to escalate their actions. Violence erupted when…

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Normanton fire prompts evacuation of 100 homes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNormanton fire prompts evacuation of 100 homes About 100 homes have been evacuated after a large fire took hold at a commercial garage in Derby. Residents are spending the night at a refuge centre set up as crews tackled the blaze in Twyford Street, Normanton. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service said the evacuation was prompted by “the presence of commercial cylinders”. Police closed nearby roads when the fire broke out at about 19:00 GMT. No injuries have been reported but emergency crews…

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Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Woolsey Fire destroyed homes overnight in Thousand Oaks Thousands of residents just outside Los Angeles have been ordered to evacuate immediately as a massive wildfire advances, fanned by strong winds. The blaze, known as the Woolsey Fire, is spreading south, has jumped a major highway and is now threatening coastal areas including parts of Malibu. However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say. Scott Maclean, the…

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Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have told the public to avoid the area A man has been arrested after setting a car on fire and stabbing three people – one fatally – in central Melbourne, Australia. The attacker was shot by police after confronting officers on a busy city street, authorities said. He was taken into custody in a critical condition. The two survivors were taken to hospital – one in a suspected critical condition. Police said they were “not looking for anyone further at this early stage”. It…

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Hong Kong Fire Service’s lycra-clad mascot causes a stir

Hong Kong Fire Service’s lycra-clad mascot causes a stir By Sherie Ryder, BBC UGC and Social News Stuart Lau, BBC Monitoring Image copyright Hong Kong Fire Services Department Image caption ‘Anyone’ vows to help inform the public about fire prevention and safety In the world of social media, we can find lots of uplifting stories about heroes and helpers, but we can also find controversy caused by almost anyone. In Hong Kong ‘Anyone’ happens to be a character created for the Hong Kong Fire Service to raise safety awareness. The…

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Dominic Raab under fire over Dover-Calais comments

Image copyright EPA Dominic Raab has come under fire for saying he “hadn’t quite understood” how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing. The Brexit Secretary’s remarks came at a technology conference as he discussed the “bespoke arrangement” the UK sought with the EU after it leaves the bloc. Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman suggested Mr Raab “doesn’t even understand the very basics of Brexit”. Conservative pro-Remain MP Nicky Morgan tweeted: “Gulp.” According to the Institute for Government, Dover is “a key artery for UK trade heading…

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Grenfell fire: When does causing offence become a crime?

A video shared on social media of a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being set alight by a laughing crowd has prompted outrage, condemnation and some difficult questions. Prime Minister Theresa May called the effigy, complete with paper figures at the windows, “utterly unacceptable”. And Rukayet Mamadu, a survivor of the 2017 fire in which 72 people died, said it was “chilling”. As five men are arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, the BBC’s legal correspondent Clive Coleman delves into the thorny matter of when causing offence becomes…

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Magic: Lakers ‘not going to fire’ Walton

Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson is standing by head coach Luke Walton. November 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches game action against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports “Yeah, we’re not going to fire him,” Johnson told ESPN during the Lakers’ 121-107 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, which dropped L.A.’s record to 4-6. Johnson said his meeting with Walton last week had nothing to do with the…

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Nottingham cattle market fire: Six businesses destroyed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn explosion was heard at Nottingham’s former cattle market after the fire broke out A major fire which ripped through a former cattle market and led to gas cylinders exploding has destroyed half a dozen businesses. The blaze broke out in Nottingham’s Cattle Market at about 18:00 GMT on Sunday, engulfing several buildings. A reptile retailer had to evacuate 200 animals from its premises, while one employee said there were “nothing but ashes” left of the bedding outlet where he worked. The…

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Gas cylinders explode at former Nottingham cattle market fire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKeyvan Ganji captured the fire as it raged through Nottingham Cattle Market Gas cylinders have exploded as firefighters tackle a large fire at a city’s former cattle market. Explosions caused by compressed gas cylinders were heard after a fire broke out in four buildings at Nottingham Cattle Market at about 18:00 GMT. Residents near the business estate, off Meadow Lane, close to Notts County football ground, have been asked to keep their windows and doors closed. The fire service said some people…

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