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October 25, 2019 | Via BBC

Criminal Probe into Russia Inquiry Begins

The US justice department has launched a criminal investigation into the origins of the Mueller inquiry, US media report. An administrative review into the special counsel’s investigation of 2016 election interference began in May. But the switch to a criminal probe means investigators can now issue subpoenas for testimony and documents. President Trump has long alleged Robert Mueller’s probe of reports of collusion with Russia was a “witch hunt”.

October 25, 2019 | Via Sky News

Tens of Thousands Evacuated as Wine Country Under Threat

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate as wildfires rage in California, threatening large areas including its famous wine-growing region. At least 40,000 fled their homes in the foothills north of Los Angeles, with winds of up to 40mph fanning the flames and creating huge plumes of smoke in the Santa Clarita area.

October 25, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Lion Air Crash Report ‘Criticises Design, Maintenance and Pilot Error’

The final report by Indonesian investigators into the crash of a Boeing 737 Max plane flown by Indonesia’s Lion Air that left 189 people dead has found that problems with Boeing’s design, the airline’s maintenance of the jet and pilot errors contributed to the disaster. The report into the October 2018 crash criticized the US planemaker’s new anti-stall system, MCAS, that automatically pushed the plane’s nose down, leaving pilots fighting for control.

October 25, 2019 | Via Telegraph

Thousands Climb Uluru before Sacred Australian Site Closes to Tourists

About 1,000 people a day are climbing Uluru, the world-famous red rock at the heart of Australia, as tourists rush for a last chance to ascend the landmark before a ban comes into force. Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is sacred to the Anangu nation, the traditional owners of the Unesco-listed rock, who have spent years encouraging people to not climb it out of respect.

October 25, 2019 | Via NY Times

Bolivian Court Orders Partial Presidential Revote

An elections court threw a new wrinkle into Bolivia’s bitterly disputed presidential election on Thursday, ordering a revote in four places because irregularities. The ruling from the Supreme Electoral Court further delayed final results for the election, which was held last Sunday. Early returns suggests that President Evo Morales did not secure enough votes to avoid a runoff, but in the days that followed, he insisted that he had.

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