State Of Emergency Declared In Los Angeles

State of emergency declared in Los Angeles

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles as the city battles the worst wildfires in its history. 

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated around the Glendale and Burbank suburbs. The fires, covering about 5,000 acres, started in La Tuna Canyon on Friday and have sent plumes of smoke over the city. At least three homes have already been destroyed and a major road, the 210 Freeway, closed. 

Mayor Eric Garcetti declared an emergency on Saturday night and a further emergency order was made by California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday. The declarations allow state and federal funds to be provided as soon as possible.

James Bridenstine

US President Trump names James Bridenstine to head NASA

US President Donald Trump has announced that he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA. Bridenstine, who backed Trump during the US presidential campaign, had long been considered the favorite for the job of NASA administrator. The space agency is involved in all aspects of space exploration, as well as in Earth observation missions from space and in the development of new aerospace concepts. Since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011, the United States has had to rely on Russia to ferry their astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA is currently developing a heavy launcher and capsule capable of taking astronauts to Mars in 2030 and beyond.

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

The Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea has launched a missile over Japan, in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions. Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed it. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan will take full steps to ensure the safety of its people following a North Korean missile test today that passed over the country.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched around from Sunan, near Pyongyang, and traveled east and over Japan. He said, it travelled around 2,700 kilometers at a maximum altitude of around 350 miles, adding that South Korea and the US were closely analysing for more details.

Donald Trump

Trump calls Fattah al-Sisi, says keen to overcome obstacles and develop relationship between countries

US President Donald Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi late last night and said he was keen on developing the relationship between their countries, and overcoming any obstacles that might affect it.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's office said, the telephone call came two days after two U.S. sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Washington had decided to deny Egypt 95.7 million dollars in aid and to delay a further 195 million dollars because it had failed to make progress on respecting human rights and democracy. 

Hato Typhoon

Hato Typhoon: 9 killed, 1 remain missing in China

In China, 12 people have been killed and one remained accounted for since the arrival of Hato, the strongest typhoon of the year. Local meteorological bureau said typhoon Hato made landfall in the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province at noon yesterday. It brought winds of up to 160 kph to the mouth of the Pearl River and heavy rain to nearby regions. The government evacuated nearly twenty-seven thousand people to temporary shelters. About 6,64 hectares of farmland has been damaged.