A fire that broke out on Thursday at a key Iranian nuclear facility has caused “significant damage”, a spokesman for Iran’s nuclear energy body has said. He said the cause of the blaze at the Natanz enrichment site had been determined, but gave no details. Other fires and explosions have also occurred in the past week in Iran.
Torrential rain hit Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu on Monday, with at least one more river bursting its banks, as the death toll from three days of floods and mudslides rose to 44, including 14 at an old people’s home. Evacuation orders were issued for more than half a million island residents, as well as evacuation advisories for tens of thousands more in western Japan, broadcaster NHK said.
One person in Florida has been diagnosed with brain-destroying amoeba, health authorities have said. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) said in a statement that one person in Hillsborough County had contracted the rare disease known as Naegleria fowleri. The microscopic single-celled amoeba can destroy brain tissue and prove fatal, said the DOH. Only four people have survived Naegleria fowleri in the United States between 1962 and 2016, out of 143 contracted the disease.
Fears that emergency services would be overwhelmed after pubs and restaurants reopened in England were not realized, according to initial reports. Early indications, however, were that criminality and the number of A&E admissions as a result of alcohol were not as high as many had anticipated, although there were small pockets of disorder.
Chinese authorities have issued a warning after a suspected case of bubonic plague was identified in Inner Mongolia. The case was reported at a hospital in the city of Bayannur, to the west of the Chinese autonomous region, on Saturday. It is not known how the patient became infected, local officials said. Known as the Black Death after overwhelming outbreaks in Britain in the Middle Ages, bubonic plague is not uncommon in China.