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California wine country fire quadruples in size, more evacuations ordered

Slideshow ( 4 images ). (Reuters) - A wildfire in northern California’s Napa Valley wine country more than quadrupled in size overnight to 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) as thousands of residents awoke to mandatory evacuation orders on Monday. The blaze, since named the Glass Fire, ignited on Sunday morning near Calistoga about 60 miles (100 km) north of San Francisco and was fanned through the area’s famed vineyards by dry wind gusts. More than ... Full story

From Kennedy-Nixon to Trump-Biden: 60 years of U.S. presidential debates

(Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden face off on Tuesday in a televised presidential debate, part of a 60-year-old tradition marked by some of the most memorable moments of modern U.S. political history:. Slideshow ( 13 images ). - 1960: The first televised debate pitted Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy against Republican Vice President Richard Nixon, who was recovering from a hospital visit and had a 5 o’clock ... Full story

Fourth U.S. judge issues order blocking Postal Service cuts

FILE PHOTO: A box to drop off ballots, instead of attempting to mail them via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), stands on a sidewalk in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fourth judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Postal Service from making service changes ahead of the November presidential election that critics have said could prevent timely ballot ... Full story

'Or gas them': Germany's far-right AfD fires official over migrant comment

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s hard right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party fired an official on Monday who had been caught on a hidden camera discussing gassing refugees. Slideshow ( 2 images ). In footage, recorded secretly by ProSieben television in February, Christian Lueth, then a party spokesman, was filmed in a Berlin cafe talking to someone he believed to be a sympathiser about the challenges the AfD faced. Asked if the AfD wanted to ... Full story

Japan's NTT to take full control of wireless unit Docomo for $38 billion: Nikkei

The logo of NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) is displayed at a building in Tokyo, Japan May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese telecoms group Nippon Telegraph and Telephone will take full control of its wireless carrier business NTT Docomo Inc for about 4 trillion yen ($37.89 billion), the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday. The move comes as Japan’s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga has criticised ... Full story

Pakistan to save ruined homes of Bollywood greats

Image caption The 100-year-old Kapoor haveli came close to being demolished by its current owner. The ancestral homes of two Bollywood greats are to be saved from crumbling into ruin in northern Pakistan. The houses belonged to the families of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar who migrated to India in the years before Pakistan was created from British India in 1947. Officials in Peshawar say the dilapidated homes are to be bought, restored and turned ... Full story

French boy thrown from London's Tate Gallery can now stand again

FILE PHOTO: The Tate Modern, including the 10th-floor viewing platform from where a six-year-old child was reportedly thrown, is seen in London, Britain, August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls. LONDON (Reuters) - The French boy who was thrown from the roof of London’s Tate Gallery more than a year ago can now stand unaided though he had yet to regain his balance, his parents said in a statement. The unnamed boy, who was visiting Britain with ... Full story

Frenchman says tattoos cost him kindergarten teaching job

PALAISEAU, France (Reuters) - A schoolteacher whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black said he was prevented from teaching at a French kindergarten after a parent complained he scared their child. But the teacher, Sylvain Helaine, 35, still teaches children from the age of six up, and said that, after an initial shock when they see him for the first time, his pupils see ... Full story

Threat to evacuate U.S. diplomats from Iraq raises fear of war

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Washington has made preparations to withdraw diplomats from Iraq after warning Baghdad it could shut its embassy, two Iraqi officials and two Western diplomats said, a step Iraqis fear could turn their country into a battle zone. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces the news media with Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File ... Full story

U.S. pension funds sue Allianz after $4 billion in coronavirus losses

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Pension funds for truckers, teachers and subway workers have lodged lawsuits in the United States against Germany’s Allianz, one of the world’s top asset managers, for failing to safeguard their investments during the coronavirus market meltdown. Slideshow ( 2 images ). Market panic around the virus that resulted in billions in losses earlier this year scarred many investors, but no other top-tier asset manager is facing ... Full story