The US has announced a countrywide ban on some e-cigarette flavors amid concerns about vaping among teens. The ban applies to mint and fruit flavors that are offered in cartridge-based e-cigarettes, like the popular pods sold by Juul. The US will continue to allow menthol and tobacco flavors, as well as fruit flavors delivered in other ways.
The United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, on Friday in an airstrike at Baghdad airport, the Pentagon and Iran said. “At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
A wanted notice was delivered to Lebanese authorities on Thursday by Interpol for Carlos Ghosn, three days after the former head of Nissan jumped bail in Japan and surreptitiously fled to Beirut via Turkey. In addition, seven people suspected of being accomplices in Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon have been detained in Turkey. Lebanese Justice Minister Albert Serhan says Ghosn may be called in for questioning.
Hundreds of people have been rescued from beaches and tens of thousands have been told to evacuate with more hot weather and strong winds set to worsen Australia’s devastating bushfires. With over 200 fires already burning, and more predicted, the country’s navy launched what has been billed as the largest peacetime evacuation in Australia’s history. Thousands have already fled at-risk coastal areas, creating traffic gridlock in places.
Indonesia will carry out cloud seeding to try and prevent further rainfall over the capital, Jakarta, and surrounding areas the death toll reached 43 on Friday amid flash floods and landslides. With more rain forecast, two small planes were readied to drop sodium chloride to break up potential rain clouds in the skies above the Sunda Strait with a bigger plane on standby, said Indonesia’s technology agency.