AP Top Stories February 17 A

Here’s the latest for Monday, February 17th: Quarantined cruise ship passengers return to US; Democrats campaign in Nevada; GM pulling out of Australia, New Zealand, Thailand; Flooding in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Australia bushfires ignite calls for indigenous fire practices | AFP

Indigenous Australians on the country’s fire-ravaged southeast coast are calling for a radical rethink of how vast swathes of forest are managed and say “cultural burning” – where controlled blazes are lit to reduce fuel lying on the ground – should be more widely used.

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Environmental activists protest outside of Siemens general meeting in Munich | AFP

About a hundred environmental activists demonstrate and preach to shareholders in front of the hall where the general meeting of the Siemens group, which has been highly criticised for its participation in a coal mine project in Australia, is taking place .

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AP Top Stories January 31 A

Here’s the latest for Friday January 31st: Trump impeachment trial could end soon with no witnesses; Trump holds rally in Iowa; Fire approaches Australia’s capital; Britain to formally leave European Union.

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Fighting forest fires | AFP Animé

Videographic on wildfires. Australia was bracing for a heatwave to sweep across the country’s fire-ravaged southeast in the coming days, with the forecast stoking fears the soaring temperatures could inflame bushfires.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Disguised boy to girl wonder: India’s Verma eyes World Cup glory | AFP

Shafali Verma once disguised herself as her brother to play cricket — and went on to win “man of the match and series”. Now the teen sensation wants to help India win the women’s Twenty20 World Cup. Verma, an attacking opener, is now in Australia for a Twenty20 tri-series warm-up for next month’s World Cup — a trophy that has eluded India’s women.

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Small businesses struggle to recover from Australian fires | AFP

For small firms along Australia’s southeast coast, the tourist influx during the December and January summer holidays is a critical period. But this year, trade has been hard hit by devastating bushfires, and some people have lost their businesses altogether.

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Today in History for January 26th

Highlights of Today in History: President Bill Clinton denies affair;first European settlers in Australia ; General Douglas MacArthur is born ;Wayne Gretzky born;musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ opens

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French animal sanctuary uses expertise to help Australia’s orphaned marsupials | AFP

An animal sanctuary in Carcassonne has been inundated after launching an appeal for volunteers to make cloth pouches for baby kangaroos or koalas rescued from Australia’s devastating wildfires. the head of Carcassonne’s Australian Park, Carole Masson says she has already received thousands of pouches. They are due to leave for Australia in a few days.

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Three American firefighters die as fires resume in Australia | AFP

Australian firefighters tackle a house on fire near Moruya in New South Wales. High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled an outbreak of new blazes across several areas in eastern Australia, ending a period of respite following several days of rains and cooler weather. Three American crew helping to battle Australia’s devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.

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Three American firefighters die as fires resume in Australia | AFP

Australian firefighters tackle a house on fire near Moruya in New South Wales. High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled an outbreak of new blazes across several areas in eastern Australia, ending a period of respite following several days of rains and cooler weather. Three American crew helping to battle Australia’s devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.

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AP Top Stories January 23 A

Here’s the latest for Thursday January 23rd: More coronavirus cases in China; 3 US firefighters die in Australia plane crash; Democrats complete first day of impeachment trial arguments; 1 dead, 7 wounded in downtown Seattle shooting.

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Australia plane crash kills 3 US firefighters

Three American crew members died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. (Jan. 23)

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Australian army reservists assist in bushfire prevention battle | AFP

Australia’s first compulsory call-up of army reservists occurred at the start of January as bushfires raged across southeast Australia. A barracks of about a hundred reservist soldiers was set up in the fire-ravaged town of Cobargo in News South Wales state on almost two weeks ago, where they have been cutting down dangerous trees, clearing roads and helping locals clear up after the devastation.

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How Australia’s Monstrous Fire Clouds Unleash Hell

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AP Top Stories January 16 P

Here are the top stories for Thursday, January 16th: Chief Justice, Senators sworn in for impeachment trial; Weinstein tries for change of venue, Hadid out as juror; Australia firefighters save rare trees; Sales of foam cheeseheads hot if Packers do well.

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Australia firefighters save rare trees from ruin

Australian authorities say a specialist firefighting team was able to help save prehistoric pine trees from wildfires which burned nearby. (Jan. 16)

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