The worsening wildfires in Australia

December 30, 2019

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A helicopter drops water on a bushfire behind houses in Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 30, 2019.


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In Sydney, Australia, city officials are going ahead with New Year's fireworks, despite calls for the spectacle to be canceled amid record dry conditions and massive wildfires. Also, the US military struck Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria on Sunday — a reprisal for a rocket attack last week that killed an American contractor. Plus, an Israeli-Canadian doctor working in an Indigenous community built a six-foot-tall menorah out of ice.

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