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US to announce $1B to states for floods, extreme heat

US to announce $1B to states for floods, extreme heat

Vice President Kamala Harris called climate change an “immediate” and “urgent” crisis Monday as she detailed Biden administration efforts to respond to disasters such as deadly flooding in Kentucky and wildfires ravaging her home state of California. Harris was set to announce more than $1 billion in grants available to states to address flooding and extreme heat exacerbated by climate change. There were about six such disasters per year in the 1990s.

A view shows debris following an earthquake in Adana, Turkey, February 7, 2023.

Wreckage, rescue and hope in Turkey's earthquake epicenter

Zeliha Hisir tried to speak, but could barely move after her hourslong rescue Tuesday near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that has devastated parts of Turkey and Syria. Dressed only in shorts and a T-shirt, she had survived through freezing temperatures in Kahramanmaras. Her son, Mufit Hisir, told The Associated Press that firefighters who flew in from Antalya had rescued his relatives. Many felt abandoned.

A Russian flag.

Russia accuses US embassy of 'fake news' over Ukraine, threatens expulsions

Russia has demanded that the US embassy in Moscow stop spreading what Moscow regards as fake news regarding its military operation in Ukraine and has threatened to expel US diplomats, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday. Feb. 24 will mark the first anniversary of President Vladimir Putin's decision to send tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in what he calls a "special military operation". Bilateral relations are near all-time lows.

In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations, military officials and others attend funeral prayer of Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf, in Karachi, Pakistan.

Pervez Musharraf buried in Karachi; PM, prez, army chief did not attend funeral

Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in the campaign against al Qaeda following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was buried in hPervez Musharraf, a dictator with democratic pretence'shometown of Karachi on Tuesday. READ: Beyond the news: Pervez Musharraf, a dictator with democratic pretence The funeral was held at Malir Cantonment's Polo Ground, a day after a special plane transported his body to his hometown.

People stand on rubble as the search for survivors continues following an earthquake in Hatay Province in Turkey.

Turkey, Syria earthquakes toll crosses 7,800; cold, damaged roads hit rescue ops

The death in the earthquakes which ravaged Turkey and Syria has killed more than 5,400. Out of these, 3,700 people have lost their lives in Turkey alone where a three-month-long emergency has been declared by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey, Syria earthquakes LIVE coverage According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, at least 20,426 people were injured while 5,775 buildings had been destroyed due to the earthquake, Reuters reported.

People walk amid rubble following an earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, February 7, 2023. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (REUTERS)

Why earthquakes happen, and how to measure them

Turkey is known to be prone to earthquakes, lying as it does at the junction of three tectonic plates ? Eurasian, Arabian and African. Yet Monday's two large earthquakes, interspersed with a number of smaller shocks, stand out because of their location. Why earthquakes happen A major cause of earthquakes is a slip along a fault (a junction between two tectonic plates); such earthquakes are called inter-plate earthquakes.

Turkey-Syria Earthquake LIVE updates: People and emergency teams search for people in the rubble in a destroyed building in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Turkey earthquake: Anguish and scuffles as rescuers struggle to reach victims

A day after a devastating earthquake tore through Turkey and northern Syria, rescue workers were still thin on the ground in Antakya, forcing residents to pick through rubble sometimes without even basic tools in a desperate hunt for survivors. Read: Turkey, Syria earthquake: Nerve-chilling videos show magnitude of destruction The lack of help has already prompted scuffles between residents and rescue workers in Antakya, with people pleading with rescuers to save their loved ones.

Rescue personnel search for victims and survivors through the rubble of buildings in Diyarbakir, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast.

Turkey earthquake: Rescuers save toddler trapped under rubble for about 33 hours

A 14-month-old baby, who was trapped under the rubble in quake-hit Turkey's Hatay province for more than 30 hours, was rescued alive. While rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors trapped under debris after a series of massive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, some heart-wrenching videos of children and their parents have emerged on social media claiming to be from the disaster-struck countries.

A man walks amid the rubble, days after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar,

Peshawar mosque attack: Conspiracy hatched in Afghanistan, says probe official

The plot to target a highly secure mosque here in the capital of Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was hatched in Afghanistan and funded by an intelligence agency, the country's law enforcement officials probing the suicide attack said on Tuesday. Security agencies have arrested 17 suspects involved in the devastating blast – the deadliest attack on the security personnel in decades in Pakistan. Caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan was also present on the occasion.

The remnants of a large balloon drift above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it, on Saturday. (AP)

China says will ‘safeguard interests’ over balloon shootdown

Beijing: China will ?resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests? over the shooting down of a Chinese balloon, suspected to have been spying on sensitive US installations, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday as the already tenuous bilateral ties become further tense. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Mao Ning was responding to remarks by US Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, who declared that the US does not intend to return the balloon's debris.

Civilians look for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kahramanmaras, close to the quake's epicentre, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey's southeast.

Turkey declares 3-month emergency in 10 provinces hit by earthquakes that killed over 3,500

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday declared a three-month-long emergency across ten provinces ravaged by the earthquake which has killed more than 3,500 people alone in the country. Turkey, Syria earthquake LIVE updates ?We are declaring ten cities impacted by the earthquake disaster zone?, the Turkish president said, adding that the death toll had risen to 3,549.

People walk amid rubble following an earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, Tuesday.

Turkey thanks India for sending assistance after earthquake: ‘Friend in need…’

Hours after India sent relief material to earthquake-hit Turkey, Turkish Ambassador to India Firat Sunel on Tuesday said that the country “appreciates the help”. Speaking to the news agency ANI, the ambassador said, "India was among the first countries to respond when we asked for medical assistance”. “The Indian mission in Ankara may have received some requests,” he said. Turkey saw two more earthquakes on the same day of 7.6 and 6.0 magnitudes.

Rishi Sunak: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks outside Downing Street.

UK PM Rishi Sunak reshuffles cabinet to better suit his priorities

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, breaking up two departments to better suit his pledge to spur the economy and turn around his party's fortunes before an election expected next year. Read here: UK PM Rishi Sunak plans to reshuffle his cabinet. Greg Hands, a former trade minister and one-time party enforcer for the Conservatives, was appointed party chair. 'SHUFFLING DECKCHAIRS' The timing surprised some in Sunak's party.

Residents carry an injured child from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in Jandaris in Syria.

Turkey, Syria earthquakes: Videos show distressing stories of children

While rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors trapped under debris after a series of massive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, some heart-wrenching videos of children and their parents have emerged on social media claiming to be from the disaster-struck countries. A young child was pulled from the rubble in Syria's Azaz, after a devastating earthquake shook the country and Turkey, leaving over 5000 people dead.

Prince Harry-Meghan Markle: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen.

Meghan 'repeatedly' says she gave 'everything up' for Prince Harry because…

A royal expert said that Prince Harry's wife Meghan Markle is working on Meghan Markle's brand name apart from her husband. Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield said that the Duchess of Sussex could discreetly be planning new projects separate from Prince Harry. Read more: Kate Middleton says it is 'tough' to raise children today.

China Heavy Fog Warning: A man wearing a mask stands amid heavy fog in Jinan, Shandong province, China.

China issues heavy fog warnings, some shipping suspended

China issued dangerous heavy fog warnings for many regions and shipping was suspended in the Qiongzhou Strait, an important economic transport hub near Hainan, according to state and local media on Tuesday. The Central Meteorological Observatory announced a yellow warning on Tuesday morning for several provinces including parts of Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guizhou and Guangdong, and the Guangxi region.

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