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Wildfires in Galicia Spain

Tara Devlin’s commentary, online news & headline news, which aired on Youtube on August 11, 2022.

Images published by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine show rescue workers clearing rubble at the “Amstor” shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk. The mall was hit by a Russian missile strike that killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 40, according to a regional governor.    Source:   Agence France Presse

In the northeast region around Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv, a Russian missile attack killed three in the town of Chuguiv, and destroyed a residential house and a local school. “Why me? Just because I was born in Ukraine?” asks resident Raiysa Kuval, as she sits on the rubble. Source:   Agence France Presse

AFPTV images show a tail of a 300mm rocket launched from Smerch rocket launchers embedded in the ground, as Ukrainian signalmen dig in a crater where another rocket exploded trying to restore damaged communications. Over the weekend, shelling in Kramatorsk left a scene of wreckage and destruction. The city is the administrative centre of Ukraine’s Donbas region.    Source:   Agence France Presse

Aftermath of Israel’s air strikes in Gaza.   Source:  Agence France Presse

Argentines protest next to the Pueyrredon Bridge to call for the implementation of a universal basic income, as the South American country struggles to repay its $44 billion debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) amid rampant inflation.   Source:  Agence France Presse

One of many places in Ukraine destroyed by artillery.   Source:  Agence France Presse

Kharkiv, Ukraine    Source:  Agence France Presse

Like many Spanish villages, Belchite was devastated by Spain’s 1936-39 Civil War. But it is the only one which looks largely as it did at the end of the conflict, with piles of rubble strewn about, the clock tower barely standing and mass graves. “Here we found men, women and children,” says Ignacio Lorenzo, a 70-year-archaeologist as he exhumes the last skeletons from a mass grave in this village in the northern region of Aragon.   Source:  Agence France Presse

Jerome Powell, Chairperson of the Federal Reserve    Source:  Agence France Presse

Volcanoes continue to erupt in Iceland.   Source:  Agence France Presse

“Putin promised that they wouldn’t bomb and agreed they’d give safe passage so they could get the grain out – but what does he do, he bombs” says one Odessa resident after Russian missiles hit the Ukraine port. Kyiv called the attack a “spit in the face” of a day-old deal between the warring sides to resume cereal exports blocked by the conflict, and help ease a growing global food crisis.  Source:   Agence France Presse

It’s a rather special snack for the animals in the Sainte-Croix wildlife park in Moselle, north-eastern France. Along with much of southwest Europe, the animals are enduring an extreme heatwave and, in a bid to keep them cool, animal keeper Anais Huard is hanging fruit ice lollies from trees.      Source:  Agence France Presse

UN head Antonio Guterres warns that humanity is “just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” with the world facing a threat “not seen since the height of the Cold War.” Guterres opens the start of a conference of countries belonging to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by saying, “we have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict.”   Source:  Agence France Presse

Unrest in Iraq & the occupation of Iraq’s parliament building.   Source:  Agence France Presse.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow backs Beijing’s One China policy on Taiwan and calls on the US not to “aggravate the situation” over the island. Lavrov is speaking after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.     Source:   Agence France Presse

Iraqi supporters of the Coordination Framework hold an anti-Sadr protest near the parliament occupied by Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr supporters. Sadr’s supporters have been occupying parliament in the normally high-security Green Zone — also home to government buildings and embassies — since Saturday. They started their protest in response to the rival alliance’s prime ministerial nomination.    Source:  Agence France Presse

Days after the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the estimated 200,000 people to evacuate from the front line region of Donetsk, evacuees arrive in the city of Kropyvnytsky in the Kirovograd Region in central Ukraine.    Source:  Agence France Presse

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Iceland’s active volcanoes