NewsGlobal Overnight Roundup: Fires, Protests, and Political Upheaval

Global Overnight Roundup: Fires, Protests, and Political Upheaval

In western Canada, the first major fires of the season have been reported.
In western Canada, the first major fires of the season have been reported.
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6:20 AM EDT, May 13, 2024, updated: 7:16 AM EDT, May 13, 2024

It happened while you were sleeping. Here's what the world agencies reported overnight from Sunday to Monday.

It happened while you were sleeping. Here's what the world agencies reported overnight from Sunday to Monday.

  • Fires in Canada prompt evacuation orders. The initial severe fires of the season erupted in western Canada, engulfing around 24,710 acres, as reported by Reuters. Thousands from the Northern Rockies municipality, including Fort Nelson in British Columbia, have been evacuated. Northern Rockies Mayor Rob Fraser shared with the media that most of Fort Nelson's 3,500 residents and those in the surrounding areas were evacuated. Residents in Alberta were also advised to ready themselves for possible evacuation. Alerts were issued for Fort McMurray, Saprae Creek Estates, and Gregoire Lake Estates, among other locations. Alberta witnessed more than 40 fires on Sunday, two becoming extremely uncontrollable. Although the fires were brought under control and pose no direct threat, as per Reuters, the warning remains due to potential risks with rising temperatures.
  • Georgian parliament blocked amid tension in Tbilisi. Protestors were protesting against the foreign agents' law following a call by the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs to clear the entrances to the parliament. The streets of Tbilisi saw one of the largest demonstrations in the country's history, with many Georgians spending the night outdoors. Special units have been deployed. Reports from early Monday indicate that protestors blocked the parliament entrances ahead of the legal committee's discussion on the bill concerning the transparency of foreign influences, also referred to as the "foreign agents law" or the Russian law.
  • Belgorod tragedy: A 10-story building collapses, resulting in dozens of casualties. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations confirmed the recovery of the 15th victim from the debris of the collapsed building in Belgorod. The collapse, which occurred on Sunday afternoon, left 15 dead and at least 20 injured, while the cause remains undetermined. The Kremlin has accused Ukraine of orchestrating the attack, which Ukraine has not addressed. With around 16 apartments destroyed, rescue operations continue at the site.
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