The number of deaths officially attributed to the new coronavirus topped 200,000 globally, a figure widely believed to understate the actual total.
Saudi Arabia closed the sites to foreign pilgrims and traditional tourists from some 25 countries to stop the spread of the virus.
Authorities say they've found the wreckage of a Hawaii tour company's helicopter in a mountainous area on the Island of Kauai.
Australia’s most populous state was paralysed by “catastrophic” fire conditions amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires also ravaged the country’s southeast.
The incident comes three days before the 78th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on the naval base that led the United States to enter World War II by declaring war on Japan.
Erick, rated a Category 1 hurricane, is the season's third hurricane and potentially could grow to a Category 3, but is expected to weaken again before reaching Hawaii.
The weather system, also known as an atmospheric river, gets its name from the flow of moisture that periodically heads east from waters adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands to soak the US West Coast.
Forecasters say Hurricane Lane will move close to or over portions of Hawaii's main islands, bringing dangerous surf of 6 metres.
US President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Hawaii, releasing disaster funds as powerful Hurricane Lane bears down on the archipelago's Big Island.
Many of the homes that were destroyed were vacation homes in two ocean front communities from where residents had been evacuated a week ago.
Officials say cracks near the Puna Geothermal Company are active and producing lava that slowly flows into the property near Kilauea volcano – one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano threatened highways after two more fissures opened in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 19.
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