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August 19, 2019 | Via Reuters

Iranian Tanker at Center of Standoff with West Leaves Gibraltar

The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further. The tanker’s detention ended last week, but a federal court in Washington on Friday issued a warrant for the seizure of the tanker, the oil it carries and nearly $1 million. Gibraltar said on Sunday it could not comply with that request because it was bound by EU law.

August 19, 2019 | Via ABC News

Explosion at Wedding in Afghanistan Kills 63 and Injures 182

An explosion at a wedding hall in the city of Kabul has killed 63 people and wounded 182, according to Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack, The Associated Press reported. The Taliban released a statement shortly after the explosion condemning the bombing and denying any involvement.

August 19, 2019 | Via BBC

Thousands Flee out of Control Gran Canaria Fires

About 8,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The fires, which started on Saturday, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island. Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about 700 firefighters on the ground including 200 from the military, are being deployed. Efforts to tackle the fires are being hampered by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, officials say.

August 19, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Trump Confirms He is Considering Attempt to Buy Greenland

Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea is “not No1 on the burner”. The US president’s interest, reported earlier this week, was greeted internationally with widespread hilarity but with indignation in Greenland and Denmark. The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale “absurd”.

August 19, 2019 | Via AP News

Rescue Workers Try to Free 2 Trapped Cavers in Poland

Polish media are reporting that more than two dozen rescue experts are trying to free two spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave in southern Poland. The private broadcaster TVN said Sunday that rescue officials have not yet managed to make contact with the two, who became trapped Saturday in the Wielka Sniezna cave in the Tatra mountains. Wielka Sniezna is the deepest and longest cave in Poland.

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