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Record dry November in Australia fuels deadly fires

SYDNEY- Australia recorded its lowest level of rainfall for the month of November, the country’s weather bureau said on Thursday, as an unrelenting drought fuels deadly bushfires. All of Australia received less then 50 mm (1.9 inches) of rain during November, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, with parts of the west coast receiving […]
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German manufacturing downturn drags into final quarter

BERLIN- German industrial orders fell unexpectedly in October as demand at home and from outside the euro zone weakened, suggesting a manufacturing downturn will continue to hold back growth in Europe’s largest economy in the final quarter. Contracts for German-made goods were down 0.4% from the previous month, the Statistics Office said on Thursday. That […]
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Fires ring Sydney, blanketing city in thick smoke

SYDNEY- Firefighters were on Thursday battling several blazes ringing Sydney, leaving Australia’s most populous city blanketed by smoke that is expected to linger for days. Bushfires have killed at least four people and destroyed more than 400 homes since the start of November. Fires are still burning in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and […]