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Heavy winds fan Australian bushfires, disrupt flights

MELBOURNE: Strong winds fanned bushfires in two Australian states on Monday (Sep 9), with flames out..

MELBOURNE: Strong winds fanned bushfires in two Australian states on Monday (Sep 9), with flames out of control in some areas ravaging thousands of hectares of land, fire services officials said.

The heavy winds also hit flights into Sydney, the country's busiest airport, where one runway was shut for three hours on Monday morning, Air Services Australia said.

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READ: More than 100 Australian bushfires omen of severe summer fire season: Authorities

Bushfires have started earlier than normal in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, in the southern hemisphere spring, prompting fire service warnings for the summer, which runs from December through February.

"This early in the season is unprecedented," said Neil Gallant, deputy commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, following two years of drought that have left extensive parts of the country parched.

"But if this is what it's like now, we really are concerned that over the next few months we're going to get no respite from these sorts of bushfire conditions," he told Australian Broadcasting Corp TV.

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As of Monday, five properties had been confirmed destroyed, with five damaged in New South Wales (NSW), while more

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Child Immigration Detention is Not Only Wrong, It Is Ineffective

United Nations Network on Migration, 16th September 2019

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Without urgent action, 12 million children will never spend a day at school – UNESCO

UNESCO warns that, without urgent action, 12 million children will never spend a day at school

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Bahamas hurricane toll up to 45, many more missing

NASSAU: Authorities in the Bahamas have updated the death toll from Hurricane Dorian to 45, with pol..

NASSAU: Authorities in the Bahamas have updated the death toll from Hurricane Dorian to 45, with police calling for the public to register details of the many people still missing.

One week after Dorian flattened homes and buildings, a major relief operation is working to deliver supplies to desperate residents seeking food, water and shelter.

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The Royal Bahamas Police Force said that they had found 37 bodies on Abaco island and eight on Grand Bahama island.

READ: Alive but lost: In Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian survivors wonder what next

READ: 'It's hell everywhere': collecting Dorian's dead in ravaged Bahamas

A dog walks on top of a roof in a damaged neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco, Bahamas, on Sep 8, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Loren Elliott)

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"We anticipate the discovery of more bodies," police said in a statement late Sunday.

"There are many more p (more…)

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