The US state of Oregon is battling record-breaking wildfires, which have destroyed at least five towns. Three deaths in Oregon have been blamed on the wildfires, with another in neighboring Washington state, where blazes are also burning. In California, three people died in a wildfire that has forced thousands from their homes, authorities say. Fires are raging in nine other western states, according to the National Fire Information Center.
Delivering a COVID-19 vaccine around the world will require at least 8,000 jumbo jets, a trade body has warned. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging governments to begin planning now to ensure a vaccine reaches populations in every corner of the globe. The IATA warns delivering the vaccine will be the “mission of the century” for the aviation industry.
A large fire erupted on Thursday at Beirut port, sending a huge column of smoke above the city a little more than a month after a massive blast devastated the port and surrounding residential area of the Lebanese capital. The blaze erupted in the shattered duty free zone of the port and one official said it was limited to that area.
Disney is facing a new round of controversy, including calls for a boycott, after it was revealed that the new live-action remake of “Mulan” thanked Chinese government agencies that have been accused of extreme human rights violations in the Xinjiang province. The province is home to detention camps that have held Uighur Muslims, where detainees have allegedly been subjected to terrible human rights violations.
The US has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers it said had ties to the Chinese military, accusing some of espionage, in the latest dispute between the rival superpowers. It follows a proclamation in late May from President Donald Trump that “certain graduate level and above Chinese nationals associated with entities in China” that support or work with the Chinese military.