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South Sudan shutters 2 newspapers in apparent crackdown

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Two newspapers in South Sudan say the government has stopped their operations in an apparent crackdown on the independent media.
California ramps up battle against two dozen wildfires

More than 10,000 firefighters are now tackling fires that have forced thousands to flee their homes and ravaged large tracts of land across CaliforniaCrews battling two dozen tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements, using a window of humidity and cooler temperatures to try quench the blazes ahead of a forecast spell of drier weather. More than 10,000 firefighters are now tackling the fires that have forced thousands to flee their homes and ravaged large tracts of land in the most populous US state. The biggest blaze in northern California, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has drawn in 3,478 firefighters.

At least 24 killed, 300 survive after trains derail in India

In this image made from video, people gather by the twisted track alongside two derailed trains in Harda in Madhya Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Two passenger trains derailed over a bridge in central India while crossing a track that was flooded by heavy monsoon rains, killing at a number of people, officials said Wednesday.(Photo via AP Video)NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains jumped off slippery tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on one side at an embankment, officials said Wednesday.

Zimbabwean trial of guide in Cecil killing is postponed

HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28.
Desperation mounts in flood-hit Myanmar as death toll climbs

International aid efforts accelerated in flood-hit Myanmar on Wednesday as the death toll from the deluges rose to 69 and authorities evacuated people from new downstream areas threatened by run-off waterTens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid. In Myanmar, international aid efforts accelerated on Wednesday to meet the widening crisis following an appeal from the government for help. Tens of thousands of people remain stranded in Myanmar's rugged and mountainous western border regions after relentless rains caused flash floods and triggered landslides swept away homes, roads and bridges.

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