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Rain set to continue in parts of NSW

Rain is expected to continue lashing parts of drought-stricken NSW. The state’s northeast and Northern Rivers regions are tipped to receive further showers on Sunday, as a system that has caused bucketing rain and flash flooding in Queensland moves south. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Abrar Shabren said on Saturday afternoon the effect would be felt for at least another day ...

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Security agencies said to believe malfunction, not missile, downed plane in Iran

Western intelligence agencies believe that a Ukrainian plane that crashed Wednesday in Iran suffered a technical malfunction and was not shot down, the Reuters news agency reported. The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed less than three minutes after taking off from Tehran’s airport, killing 176 people, mostly Iranians and Canadians. The report quoted five unnamed security sources — three ...

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Anti-Semitic incidents dropped by 27% in Ukraine last year, Jewish group says

A Jewish organization in Ukraine said that the number of anti-Semitic incidents documented there last year decreased by 27 percent over 2018. The United Jewish Community of Ukraine, one of several groups representing Ukrainian Jewry, said in a report published Monday that it had documented 66 anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 compared to 90 in the previous year. It attributed the ...

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Intersection confusion cited in identical EasyJet take-off incidents

Two identical serious take-off incidents within two weeks involving EasyJet Airbus A320s at Lisbon have spurred UK investigators to advise Portugal’s airports operator to stop using confusing terminology for runway departure positions. Both incidents involved the aircraft accelerating with insufficient thrust and becoming airborne close to the far end of the runway. The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says an ...

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NSW faces catastrophic fire conditions

Firefighters in the Australian state of New South Wales were bracing for “catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday as temperatures well above 40C (104F) and strong winds were set to fuel more than 100 fires burning across the state. Authorities asked people to delay travel, at the start of what is normally a busy Christmas holiday period, warning of the unpredictability ...

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