Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza’s Rafah

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Renewed Israeli shelling and strikes have killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah. That’s according to witnesses, first responders and hospital officials. The overnight and on Tuesday pummeled the same area where strikes had triggered a deadly fire that swept through a camp for displaced Palestinian. The Israeli military says it is investigating Sunday’s strike that sparked the fire. A military spokesman says the munitions would have been too small to ignite a fire on their own, and the army is looking into the possibility that weapons were stored in the area causing secondary explosions.

Fears rise of a second landslide at site of Papua New Guinea disaster

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea’s mass-casualty disaster. U.N. official Serhan Aktoprak said Tuesday the mass of debris that devastated Yambali village in the South Pacific nation’s remote highlands when a limestone mountainside sheared away Friday is becoming more unstable with recent rain and streams trapped between the ground and rubble. The United Nations’ migrant agency has officials at the scene in Enga province helping shelter 1,600 displaced people. The agency estimates 670 villagers have died, while Papua New Guinea’s government has told the United Nations it thinks more than 2,000 were buried.

Typhoon leaves at least seven people dead and thousands displaced in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon has finally moved away from the Philippines, leaving at least seven people dead, mostly due to floods or toppled trees. Typhoon Ewiniar also forced the closures of several seaports, stranding thousands of passengers, officials said Tuesday. The typhoon crept by the country’s eastern coast late Friday night and lingered over the Philippine islands for several days before shifting northeastward away from the archipelago. All storm warnings were lifted Tuesday. It was last tracked about 280 miles east of the northern town of Basco with sustained winds of 81 miles per hour and gusts of up to 99 mph, according to government forecasters.

Georgian parliament overrides presidential veto of the divisive foreign influence bill

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The Georgian parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the “foreign agents” legislation that has fueled Western concerns and sparked massive protests for weeks. The legislature, controlled by the ruling Georgian Dream party, dismissed President Salome Zourabichvili’s veto of the legislation that she and other critics say will restrict media freedom and obstruct Georgia’s chances of joining the European Union. The bill that was approved by the parliament earlier this month requires media, nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit groups to register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign power” if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad.


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