Egyptian police and military have accidentally killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists.
The convoy carrying the tour party and its Egyptian guides was mistaken for “terrorist elements” that were being pursued by the armed forces. Ten more of the tour party were injured during the incident near Al Wahat in the Western Desert. The Interior Ministry issued a statement saying the convoy had entered an area that “was off-limits to foreign tourists”. The military has been sweeping the remote region for dissidents aligned with the extremist ISIS group who last month beheaded a young Croatian abducted there while he was working for a French company.
Germany to impose temporary border control
Germany will temporarily close its borders with Austria to control the influx of Middle Eastern migrant refugees and allow a “return to orderly procedures when people enter the country”. On Saturday, 13,000 more refugees entered the country, prompting the vice-chancellor to say the country was “at the limit of its capabilities”. Train services between Austria and Germany were suspended for 12 hours. Despite the slowdown Germany expects to absorb 800,000 refugees, primarily Syrians driven from their homelands by four years of unrelenting civil war.
Bush fires sweep California
Governor Jerry Brown of California declared a State of Emergency today as fires swept through forests in the north of the state, forcing thousands to flee their homes. At least 1300 people were evacuated from Middletown, north of San Francisco. More than 7000 firefighters have been deployed to contain fires that still threaten residential areas, but some have been at it for a week fighting flames that have reached 60 metres, and need to be rested. Four firemen have been injured during the operations. – Compiled from web sources by Sion Weatherhead