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United States beefs up embassy security in Baghdad

The Chancellery building inside the compound of the US embassy in Baghdad.
The Chancellery building inside the compound of the US embassy in Baghdad. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The US State Department said it is increasing security at its embassy in Baghdad and will move some workers out of the Iraqi capital - but said a "substantial majority" of the embassy presence will remain.

"Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated - both to our Consulate Generals in Basra and Arbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman," a State Department statement spokesperson said.

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Two police officers shot in Las Vegas pizza restaurant

Two police offers were shot in a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas during a shooting spree that left at least three dead.

According to the Associated Press news agency, police said two suspects shot two officers who were eating lunch, with one shouting: "This is a revolution."

They were then said to have fled to Walmart across the street, where they shot a person before killing themselves.

The condition of the officers is not immediately known, the police spokesman said.

China slams 'made-up' US claims of cyber-spying

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the case indicates the threat cyber crime poses.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said the case indicates the threat cyber crime poses.

China has hit back at US claims that military officials targeted American companies and stole trade secrets, insisting that the allegations are "made up" and would "damage" relations between the two countries.

Five Chinese individuals have been indicted in the US on on cyber espionage charges, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang urged "immediate rectification".

"China is a staunch defender of network security, and the Chinese government, military and associated personnel have never engaged in online theft of trade secrets," he said in a statement.

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'Fire-nados' blaze across US in searing hot heat

A mix of tornado winds are fire burning out of control in southern California has given rise to phenomenon US media outlets have dubbed 'fire-nados'.

One blaze, in the city of San Marcos, has burned over 700 acres and is being made worse by high temperatures.

Firefighters are gaining ground on a number of other fires in the region. A total of nine different blazes are forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people as the air quality drops due to the smoke wafting over the area.

Read: State of emergency declared in San Diego after wild fires

State of emergency declared in San Diego

Authorities have been forced to declare a state of emergency in San Diego after wild fires ripped through the surrounding countryside.

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The destructive cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season in the midst of its worst drought in decades. Credit: Reuters

A wall of flames dozens of feet high has advanced towards an upscale hillside community near San Diego, threatening to destroy up-market homes, along with eight other wild fires threatening the Californian city.

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer praised the "extraordinary acts of bravery" by those battling the blazes. Credit: Reuters

The nine blazes raging round San Diego have destroyed more than 10,000 acres, and evacuation notices have been sent to areas that are home to 125,000 residents since the first blaze broke out on Tuesday, county officials said.

'The global response' called for rescue of Nigerian girls

The American ambassador to the UK - Matthew Barzun - has defended the twitter campaign to raise awareness of the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls on Good Morning Britain.

He reiterated that the rescue operation was lead by the Nigerian Government, but said the international community had "stood up" for women's right to an education.

"It's interesting - they didn't see bring back their girls, or bring back the girls, they said bring back our girls," he said.

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