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Hazardous bushfire smoke blankets Sydney, residents warned to stay inside

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavy winds stirred dozens of fires across Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country’s most populous city. Wildfires have destroyed about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush over the past couple of weeks, fueled by tinder-dry conditions after …


U.S. blacklists former Kenyan attorney general over corruption allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Kenya’s former attorney general, Amos Sitswila Wako, accusing him of involvement in “significant” corruption, according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Wako, who was attorney general during Kenya’s rocky transition from one-party rule to democracy, is barred from entering the …