UPDATE 1-Park visitors rescued from bushfire as heatwave strikes Australia
SYDNEY, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Holidaymakers trapped by bushfire had to be rescued by boat from a national park south of Australia's largest city of Sydney and 200 people were evacuated by firefighters as a heatwave struck the eastern seaboard on Saturday.
Storm damages parts of Russia's S-400 system on its way to China: RIA
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A storm has damaged parts of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system while it was being shipped to China, RIA news agency said on Friday, quoting a Russian official.
Syrians freeze to death crossing mountains into Lebanon
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nine Syrians froze to death crossing into Lebanon when an icy storm hit a smuggling route in the mountains near a border post with Syria, the Lebanese Army said on Friday.
Malawi seeks divine intervention as drought, pests threaten maize crop
LILONGWE (Reuters) - A dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompting President Peter Mutharika on Friday to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.
Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe.
Ruthless Nadal storms past Dzumhur
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday.
UPDATE 1-Tennis-Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under fresh scrutiny on Friday as players complained of "dangerous" conditions on a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) weather at Melbourne Park.
Thaw on the way in southern United States
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the southern United States will wake up to more frigid temperatures and slick roads Friday, but a thaw is expected by the weekend, forecasters say.
Tennis-Australian Open heat policy could be 'dangerous' - Cornet
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Australian Open's extreme heat policy could be endangering the safety of players according to France's Alize Cornet after she suffered dizzy spells during her third round match against Elise Mertens on Friday.
Tennis-Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park.
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