Wildfires continue to burn in N. California, almost fully contained in Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO. KAZINFORM - Three big wildfires near the San Francisco Bay Area, started by lightning a month ago, were almost completely contained Saturday, but major fires continue to burn in Northern California, according to updates by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Xinhua reports.
Three dead, 53 rescued in refugee, migrant vessel sinking off Greece's Crete island ATHENS. KAZINFORM - The bodies of three victims have been recovered, while 53 others have been rescued about 12 nautical miles off southeastern Crete island, after a vessel carrying a still unclear number of refugees and migrants sank, Greece's Coast Guard said on Monday, Xinhua reports.
Mauritius asks Japan for 3.6 bil. yen to help fishermen after oil leak TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Mauritius has requested that Japan pay a total of 1.34 billion Mauritian rupees, equivalent to around 3.6 billion yen ($34 million), to support the local fishermen community affected by an oil leak from a Japanese freighter that ran aground in July, according to a Mauritian government document, Kyodo News reports.
UNESCO announces initiative to rebuild Beirut's heritage buildings BEIRUT. KAZINFORM - Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), announced on Thursday that the UNESCO has launched the initiative «Beirut» to attract funds to be used in rehabilitating Beirut's heritage buildings, LBCI local TV channel reported, Xinhua reports.
2,060 restaurants, 163 hotels severely damaged after Beirut's blasts BEIRUT. KAZINFORM - Pierre Ashkar, president of the Syndicate of Hotels Owners in Lebanon, announced on Monday that 2,060 restaurants and 163 hotels were severely damaged by Beirut port's explosions, Elnashra news website reported, Xinhua reports.
At least 8 killed, 28 injured in blast at Mogadishu hotel MOGADISHU. KAZINFORM - At least eight people, including three suspected attackers, were confirmed dead, and 28 others injured in the ongoing attack at a popular hotel in Somalia capital Mogadishu on Sunday, a government official confirmed, Xinhua reports.