California experienced its largest tremor in years Thursday as a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck a remote region in the southeastern part of the state. The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed the epicenter near Ridgecrest, in a remote region about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles between the Sequoia National Forest and the Mojave Desert. The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted that “at this time, there are not any reports of serious damage to City infrastructure, nor have any injuries been reported” in the city.
Royal Marines have helped seize an Iranian supertanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria off the coast of Gibraltar, escalating tensions between the UK and Tehran as the agreement aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear program unravels. Tehran responded by summoning Britain’s ambassador to its foreign ministry to explain what it described as an “illegal seizure”, which had been earlier described by the UK as enforcing the EU’s sanctions regime against Syria.
At least 80 migrants are feared dead after a boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia. Four people were rescued from the inflatable vessel – which sank in waters near the town of Zarzis – but one died later in hospital, reports said. The three Malians who were rescued said that they had set out from Zuwara in Libya. The country is a main departure point for migrants hoping to reach Europe.
A number of patients who were diagnosed with complete paralysis have been given new hope, after pioneering nerve surgery restored movement in their elbows and hands. Australian surgeons were able to attach nerves connected to working muscles above the spinal injury, to nerves attached to the paralyzed muscle below it. The study, which has been published in The Lancet, is the largest of its kind and researchers have called it a “major advance” in restoring hand and arm function.
Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups have agreed to share power for three years and then hold elections, in a deal that brought thousands of people onto the streets to celebrate. The deal has revived hopes for a peaceful transition of power in a nation plagued by internal conflicts and a deepening economic crisis in the wake of nearly three decades of rule by Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in April.