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A New York City hospital was ablaze for an hour on Friday, with two people reported injured as firefighters battled the rooftop flames and huge black plumes of smoke billowed into the sky.
The two-alarm fire was reported at the 257-bed St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens at 5:15pm, a New York Fire Department spokesman told DailyMail.com.Twenty five units responded, with 106 fire fighters and other first responders on the scene. Two civilians were injured, he said, but the extend of their injuries are unclear. The fire was on the exterior roof, he said, and it was unclear how it began.
An elite national army unit has announced it has seized power in Guinea and deposed the country’s president, Alpha Condé, in an attempted coup, after heavy gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, on Sunday morning.
An unidentified soldier wrapped in the country’s flag said in a brief address on the national broadcaster, Radio Television Guinea, that the country’s parliament and constitution had been suspended and the borders shut, saying: “We are taking our destiny in our own hands. Read more HERE
One of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US has knocked out power to all of New Orleans. Plus rockets fired at Kabul airport before US troop withdrawal.Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, striking on the same day that Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005. Just like Katrina, Ida was so strong that it reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.
One person died after a tree fell on a house in Prairieville, a suburb of Baton Rouge. More than a million households were without power across Louisiana, with New Orleans residents receiving orders to conserve water after sewage pumping stations – which have no back-up power – ground to a halt. Read more HERE,
Two suicide bombers and at least one attack by a gunman lead to deadliest day for US forces in a decade.Multiple bomb blasts and at least one attack by a gunman in Kabul on Thursday killed dozens of civilians and at least 13 US service personnel, and plunged the evacuation of western forces from Afghanistan into deeper crisis.
The US death toll rose from 12 to 13 and was likely to rise even higher, a US official told Reuters. More than a dozen were wounded.
The attacks are believed to be an Islamic State (IS) assault on departing coalition troops and a challenge to the Taliban’s grasp on power in Afghanistan. Read more HERE
The Covid Delta variant has swept across south-east Asia over recent months, prompting lockdowns and overwhelming hospitals – from Malaysia to Thailand and Indonesia.
Now the impact is being felt in the Philippines, just as the country’s chronic lack of health workers reaches a crisis point.
“The disease has become very aggressive,” said Michael Bilan, who works on a Covid ward in Manila. Read more HERE