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International: Palestinian factions say ceasefire reached after worst fighting since 2014

Palestinian factions in Gaza said they had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel on Tuesday, after the worst outbreak of violence since the two sides fought a 50-day war in the summer of 2014, though analysts warned the security situation remained fragile.

By sundown, the exchange of fire that had rocked Gaza and surrounding Israeli communities with relentless explosions had appeared to stop.

Wildfire now deadliest in California's history

Firefighters struggled to contain the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history Tuesday while mobile coroner's teams combed the incinerated remains of a once thriving town and its environs looking for more victims of the carnage.

The historic blaze raging 90 miles north of Sacramento has claimed at least 42 lives, and dozens of people remain unaccounted for. More than 6,400 homes were destroyed by the fast-moving Camp Fire blaze, many in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people.

“This is an unprecedented event,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

International: El Chapo trial begins in New York under tight security

Nearly two years after his extradition from Mexico, notorious cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera faces an American jury on Tuesday in the most significant criminal trial in decades.

The man once considered the world’s biggest drug trafficker is accused of heading a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout his native Mexico.

Death toll in California fires reaches grim milestone

The death toll in wildfires sweeping California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still missing, officials have said.

Six more people were confirmed killed in the Camp Fire in the north of the state, taking the toll there to 29.

That fire now equals the deadliest on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.

In the south, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives as it damaged beach resorts including Malibu.An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.

Comic book genius Stan Lee dies at age 95

Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died.

He was 95.

The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee.

International: Death toll climbs to 25 in California fires

California firefighters are embarking on exhaustive search-and-rescue operations for survivors and the remains of victims killed in massive wildfires as the death toll climbed to 25.

More than 100 are still missing after a wildfire engulfed 164 sq miles of northern California.

Many of those residents could still be found alive, Butte County sheriff Kory Honea said, as his department initially received over 500 calls about missing loved ones. 

World leaders gather in Paris to mark centenary of WWI Armistice

World leaders gathered in the rain in Paris on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with host Emmanuel Macron warning against nationalism at a time of growing strain between Europe and Donald Trump's America.

Around 70 leaders including US President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital at 11am local time.

International: 5 confirmed dead in Paradise inferno

A wildfire has destroyed most of a Northern California town of 27,000 people called Paradise.

A Cal Fire spokesman said "there's nothing much left standing" in Paradise.

Late Friday morning, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said investigators found five victims' bodies in vehicles overcome by the so-called "Camp Fire" in Paradise.

The victims have not been identified.

Two more fires are burning north of Los Angeles.

Fly Jamaica plane crashes in Guyana airport

A Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed into a fence on the runway of Guyana's main airport early Friday morning.

Six of the 118 passengers on board were badly injured and taken to hospital as all others were evacuated safely.

The injured received treatment at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

Emergency services at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport were mobilised some 45 minutes after the Fly Jamaica flight had taken off for Canada, as the captain radioed that there were hydraulic problems and they would be returning to the airstrip.

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