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29 Sep 2017 description
report Grasswire

Thousands in Bali flee ahead of what officials are calling a dramatic increase in seismic activity, signaling an “imminent” eruption.

“I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone,” Heather Handley, an assistant Earth sciences professor at Sydney’s Macquarie University told The Associated Press.

Mount Agung, located on the eastern side of the island of Bali, last erupted in 1963, spewing an ash cloud up to 12 miles (19.3 km) high, and killing 1,100 people. Anyone within a 7.5-mile (12.1 km) radius is urged to evacuate immediately.

16 Jul 2017 description
report Grasswire

Mosul’s years-long nightmare seemingly ended last week: On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaimed the full liberation the city. Despite the announcement, sporadic fighting and coalition strikes continued into the next day, as Islamic State fighters were still hiding in pockets around the city they had controlled since 2014.

On July 13, US presidential envoy Brett McGurk told a Coalition meeting in Washington that military experts consider the Mosul campaign “one of the most difficult military operations since World War II.”

04 Jul 2017 description
report Grasswire

Aid agencies are racing to stop the cholera outbreak in Yemen from getting any worse, as the disease continues to spread through the country while clean water and life-saving supplies remain out of reach.

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday, June 20, that it is trying to stop the spread of cholera from the worst-hit areas to the rest of the country. Already 20 out of 22 governorate are affected, and the WHO estimates 1,200 people have died in the current outbreak.