A heatwave forecast to sweep across Australia in coming days could escalate conditions for the nation’s bushfires, authorities fear. Temperatures are set to hit over 40C (104F) from Friday in several bushfire-affected states including New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. There are more than 100 fires burning, with the largest to the west of Sydney.
A passenger plane carrying nearly 100 people crashed soon after take-off near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, slamming into a house in an accident that killed 12 people and injured dozens. The Fokker 100 aircraft, operated by Bek Air, got into trouble shortly after departing from Almaty, the Central Asian country’s commercial center, on a pre-dawn flight to the capital Nur-Sultan.
Benjamin Netanyahu has won a landslide victory in a primary election for leadership of the ruling Likud party in Israel. The prime minister, head of Likud for the past 14 years, retained the famously loyal rightwing party’s leadership in the internal ballot, despite battling three damning corruption indictments. There had been speculation that Saar, his former protege turned rival, could dent the 70-year-old’s previously watertight Likud party support.
Trump fans, including the president’s oldest son, ripped the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday for editing out his father’s cameo in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out an article from a right-wing website that called the trimming of the seven-second cameo as “pathetic.” Later, the president himself appeared to joke about it, tweeting, “I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!”
Archeologists in Mexico have uncovered a large palace likely used by the Mayan elite more than 1,000 years ago in the ancient city of Kuluba. The country’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said the building, measuring six meters (20ft) tall, 55 meters (180ft) long and 15 metres (49ft) wide, was thought to have been inhabited between 600-1050 AD.