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South Africa unrest hits farming, threatens food supply

South Africa unrest hits farming, threatens food supply
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South Africa unrest hits farming, threatens food supply-

JOHANNESBURG, July 13 – South African farmers have been hit by violence and looting as trucks have been banned from market, threatening to supply food, industry officials said on Monday.

Crowds clashed with police this week and looted supermarkets, with most of the protests reportedly sparking the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma last week. Learn more

Some of the country’s major roads are closed.

“Farmers are already losing out because they can’t find their produce in markets and shops,” said Christo van der Rheede, chief executive of the country’s agricultural company, AgriSA.

One AgriSA farmer has already reported a loss of Rs 3 million ($ 205,333) in fragile non-deliverable products, said van der Rheede.

All sugar mills in KwaZulu-Natal – the largest sugar growing mall and one of the worst-hit provinces – were closed after sugarcane harvesting, mills were threatened and sugarcane farms began, said Thomas’ director Funke.

“About 300,000 tons of sugarcane has been burned so far. This is about 180 million rands from farmers,” Funke said.

Tongaat Hulot’s sugar producers (TONJ.J) say factories and refineries are also closed

Citrus growers Association official Justin Chadwick said the delivery of oranges had also stopped, with trucks unable to use the highways to Durban’s port, where more than half of the citrus goods were being exported.

South Africa is the second-largest exporter of fresh citrus fruits after Spain.

President Cyril Ramaphosa warned on Monday that disruption of supply chains could lead to food and drug shortages in the coming weeks.

The impact was already felt in Durban. On Tuesday, shoppers lined up at some of the supermarkets that are always open for basic shopping.

In some areas, when supermarkets closed, fear began to spread.

“All the shops are closed. Soon we will run out of bread,” said Neli Zulu, a Pietermaritzburg resident, who was the worst affected by the riots.

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Blast in Afghan capital as Taliban claim attack on minister’s compound

Blast in Afghan capital as Taliban claim attack on minister’s compound
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Blast in Afghan capital as Taliban claim attack on minister’s compound

KABUL, Aug 4- An explosion near the office of Afghanistan’s main security force injured three people on Wednesday, hours after a bomb exploded and struck a minister’s building that sparked Taliban violence in the capital.

The Taliban blamed the incident on Tuesday at the home of Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. There were no allegations of Wednesday’s explosion.

Mohammad survived the assault on his compound within the closely fortified part of Kabul, however, the violence was a robust sign of a decline in safety as US-led overseas forces minimize off their withdrawals and Islamist insurgents settled in sure elements of the nation.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his team was aiming for the minister’s resignation as an important meeting was underway.

Government troops fought the attackers for greater than 4 hours, and the Interior Ministry stated a minimum of eight individuals had been killed and 20 wounded.

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A bomb blast near the National Security Directorate on Wednesday injured two civilians and a security official, police said.

The Taliban have intensified their campaign to defeat the US-backed government since April, as foreign forces complete their withdrawal after 20 years of war.
Near the western border, Battle was particularly intense in the town of Herat, with Iran and Laskar Gah and in southern Kandahar.

An Afghan military spokesman said a state of emergency had been declared in Laskar Gah and that government troops were receiving US assistance and air support. “Special troops have been sent to the area. It is in good condition,” military spokesman General Azmal Omar Shingwari told Reuters.

The loss of Lashkar Gah could be a major blow to the government, which has promised to protect strategic institutions after losing many rural areas to the Taliban in recent months.

Many families have fled their homes in the small town, the provincial capital of Helmand when government forces attacked the Taliban.

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Athens suburbs brace for night inferno as blaze burns homes

Athens suburbs brace for night inferno as blaze burns homes
A volunteer firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire at Varympompi suburb north of Athens, Greece, August 3, 2021.(Photo: Reuters )

Athens suburbs brace for night inferno as blaze burns homes

ATHENS, Aug 3 – An uncontrolled fire broke out in northern Athens on Tuesday, burning houses and forcing officials to evacuate as they fought 81 fires in the jungle during one of Greece’s worst storms in 30 years.

At night, more than 500 firefighters fought the blaze on the lower slopes of Mount Parnitha, with the help of nine helicopters, seven planes, and 305 policemen in the grassy area of ​​Varybopi and Adams.

“This is a difficult day in the country, we have attacked 81 forests in the last 24 hours due to bad weather,” Deputy Minister of Public Safety Nikos Hardalias told reporters.

Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and winds have created fires in various parts of Greece in recent days. On Tuesday, some points recorded temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit).

The fire in northern Athens has had three major wars in the cities of Varybopi, Adames, and Trakomakedones, burning houses and cars and forcing residents to leave.

“We will continue to fight all night, our priority is to save lives,” he said.

Authorities have removed valuables from the former royal estate in Tatoi, and the Civil Protection Service has ordered residents of Olympic Village to leave their homes. They could stay in other hotels at state expense.

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Seven people were taken to hospital with respiratory problems.

Earlier, the children were evacuated from the summer camp, and residents were told to leave their homes in Varybopi, Adames, and Thrakomakedones, about 12 miles [20 km] north of the city of Athens.

Others regularly protect their homes with garden hoses. The explosion was heard when a fire hit an unknown number of houses. Equestrian clubs allow horses to be free from fire.

P. M. Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the fire brigade, which directs efforts to reduce fires and other fires, on the Peloponnese Peninsula and on the islands of Evia and Kos.

His office said in a statement, “All methods and resources have been used in the struggle in many quarters,”. “In these difficult times, the protection of human life is paramount.”

In Athens, the head of the IPTO power grid said fires had damaged parts of the grid, posing a serious threat to the supply of electricity to parts of the metropolitan area.

“Many houses are on fire,” Michalis Brettos, Acharnes’ local deputy mayor, told Open TV as heavy smoke rose above the houses behind him.

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The fire disrupted train services and forced authorities to block part of the national highway.

Europe is experiencing severe weather, from floods in the north to severe temperatures and fires that sweep through much of the Mediterranean region.

Greece’s neighbor Turkey faces fires near one of the most popular tourist attractions on the seventh day in a row.

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More than 800 flights canceled across US

More than 800 flights canceled across US

Spirit Airlines, American Airlines cancel more than 800 flights

On Monday, more than 800 flights and thousands of Spirit Airlines and American Airlines passengers faced cancellations and delays in the final crisis of a summer trip.

The planes canceled more than 800 flights together on Monday and delayed more than a thousand.

A Spirit spokesman told ABC News that the cancellation was the result of a “good storm”, blaming the weather, the shortage of staff and crew by reaching the limits of time where they were able to fly legally.
In order to continue their aviation activities, they first canceled 313 flights, which is about 40% of their daily flight. The cancellation provided the Spirit with a “breathing space” to ensure that crew and planes could reach the right places, the speaker said.

Disappointed passengers wrote on social media tweets that they were trapped, forced to wait in long lines, or sent back.

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“We are working around the clock to get back on track after the weekend break due to the inclement weather and business challenges,” Spirit said in a statement. “We needed to be vigilantly canceled for other flights on the network, but most of the flights are still scheduled as planned.”

U.S. Airlines canceled 529 flights on Monday, about 20% of its daily flight.

The superintendent told ABC News that bad weather was still recovering on Sunday in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. The spokesman said severe storms had occurred and at least 80 planes should be relocated to other airports, adding that planes and crews were currently being evacuated to improve efficiency. The cancellation comes as air travel continues to break the epidemic record.

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Officials from the Transportation Security Service (TSA) surveyed more than 2.2 million people at US airports across the country on Sunday – the highest number of checkpoints since the epidemic began.

All American airlines and the TSA have borne the brunt of the crew, as flights have risen sharply from historically low levels, approaching pre-epidemic levels.

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Some wildfires rage on in Turkey, affecting coastal resorts

Some wildfires rage on in Turkey, affecting coastal resorts
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Some wildfires rage on in Turkey, affecting coastal resorts-

ISTANBUL, Aug 1 – Turkish firefighters battled Sunday’s fight against a raging wildfire in the towns of Manavgat and Marmaris, with some tourists fleeing Bodrum on the Aegean coast.

Most of the fires that broke out in Turkey in the past five days were reported, officials said. However, fires were still raging in Manavgat in the south and Marmaris in the west, fueled by extreme heat and wind, said Forest Minister Bekir Paktemirli.

In the popular tourist town of Bodrum, a group of tourists and hotel staff were taken away by boat as flames spread and smoke particles filled the sky. Some visitors have been excluded in recent days. On Sunday morning, Pakdemirli said a fire had broken out in the area.

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About 107 of the 112 fires that have erupted in the past five days in Turkey have been contained since Sunday morning, according to the Department of Forestry.

Six people have been killed in wildfires in southern and western Turkey since Wednesday, and thousands have been evacuated. Locals and support teams from Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Azerbaijan have been deployed to help firefighters.

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In neighboring Greece, firefighters were trying to catch a blaze in the west of the country that destroyed homes and left 15 people in hospital with respiratory problems on Saturday, authorities said. Temperatures have been the highest in the country in recent days and are expected to reach 44 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.

On the Italian island of Sicily, firefighters said on Saturday they were fighting a second fire in the city of Catania, forcing people to flee their homes and the local airport to be temporarily closed.

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Mastermind behind deadly 2019 Kashmir attack killed in shootout -Indian police

Mastermind behind deadly 2019 Kashmir attack killed in shootout -Indian police
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Mastermind behind deadly 2019 Kashmir attack killed in shootout -Indian police

SRINAGAR, India, July 31 – The mastermind of the 2019 attack Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers has been killed in a fire with security forces, Indian police said in Kashmir on Saturday.

Mohammad Ismail Alvi, commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s militia group, was killed south of the Srinagar regional capital Vijay Kumar, a Kashmir police official told Reuters.

“Mohammad Ismail Alvi, also known as Lambo, nicknamed Adnan, belonged to the family of Massoud Azhar.

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On February 14, 2019, A suicide bomber struck a car on a bus carrying Indian police in Kashmir, killing 40 of them in an incident that killed scores of people for decades by security forces in a disputed area, sparking tensions with the Pakistani enemy.

Pakistani-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) blamed the attack.

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The government of India has blamed Pakistan for allowing militant groups to operate from its territory and has called for action. Islamabad said it had rejected a proposal related to the attack.

Kashmir is a predominantly Muslim region in the middle of decades of animosity between nuclear India and Pakistan. Both neighbors control parts of the area, claiming that the whole area belongs to them.

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Nearly 13 killed in IS attack on funeral north of Baghdad

Nearly 13 killed in IS attack on funeral north of Baghdad

Nearly 13 killed in IS attack on funeral north of Baghdad

Baghdad [Iraq], July 31: At least 13 people were killed and 45 others injured on Friday during an attack on Islamic State (IS) terrorists at a funeral and checkpoint near the Iraqi province of Salahuddin, a provincial police source said.

The bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of a gathering of Islamic State militants in the Albu Jili region, near the Iraqi city of Yathrib, about 80 miles north of Baghdad, Colonel Mohammed al-Bazi told Xinhua.

Islamic State militants also stormed a checkpoint near the city, al-Bazi said, adding that three police officers were among the dead.
Security forces closed the scene as security forces arrived at the scene, he added.

A medical source at Balad Hospital in nearby Balad told Xinhua that they had found 13 bodies with bullet holes and that 45 other injured people had been taken to hospital for treatment, some of whom were in critical condition.

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A brief statement from the Iraqi Joint Operations Command confirmed the attack, adding that details would be announced in due course.
For his part, Salahuddin provincial governor Ammar al-Jaber condemned the deadly attack in a statement, stressing that security forces would investigate the incident so that the perpetrators could be brought to justice.

In recent months, Islamic State militants have intensified their attacks on Iraqi security forces in a terrorist-held province, leaving scores of people dead and wounded.

The security situation in Iraq has been improving since Iraqi security forces completely defeated Islamic State terrorists across the country in late 2017. However, the remnants of the Islamic State have melted away in urban or desert areas and rugged terrain, causing repeated attacks. citizens.

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