A ‘heat dome’ engulfing Canada and the US states of Washington and Oregon is thought to have caused dozens of deaths, officials said on Tuesday. Police in British Columbia said they had responded to 65 sudden death callouts since the heatwave began in the region on Friday. Canada saw 103 heat records broken on Monday across the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
The National Security Agency released a statement Tuesday denying a conservative television host’s claims that he is an intelligence target of the agency. Tucker Carlson, a political commentator and host of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, said Monday the NSA is “spying” on him with intent to leak certain information to get his show canceled — an allegation the NSA firmly denied.
Kim Jong-un has berated top officials over lapses which caused a “grave incident” related to Covid-19, North Korean state media report. It was a rare sign of the pandemic’s severity in North Korea, which previously insisted it had no Covid cases – a claim doubted by experts. The country has closed its borders to keep out the virus. But coupled with international sanctions, this has led to food shortages and a worsening economy.
U.S. forces in Syria were attacked by rockets a day after the U.S. military carried out what a Pentagon official called “defensive” airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran-backed militia groups. The 14th brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a state-sanctioned umbrella group for a number of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, said four of its militiamen were killed in Sunday’s attack.
A 435-kilometer (250-mile) rail line connecting Tibetan capital Lhasa with the city of Nyingchi entered into service on June 25, giving all 31 provincial-level regions of mainland China access to high-speed train travel. Some 90% of the route, which took six years to construct, sits higher than 3,000 meters above sea level. The Lhasa-Nyingchi line features 47 tunnels and 121 bridges — which account for about 75% of the whole route.