1. EXPLOSIONS IN AFGHANISTAN WOUND DOZENS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 34 people, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.
No group claimed responsibility for the 10 bombs but both DAESH and the Taliban militants operate in the area.
The Jalalabad bombs were planted near a market where hundreds of people had congregated after attending Independence Day events.
Senior health official Fahim Bashari said at least 34 people were wounded.
President Ashraf Ghani, in an Independence Day address in Kabul, called on the international community to stand with Afghanistan to eradicate the militants’ “nests”.
2. EBOLA SPREADS 200 KM WEST TO REMOTE, MILITIA-RUN CONGO TOWN
Congolese authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled town of Walikale, hundreds of kilometres away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred.
Walikale lies about 200 km west of Goma, one of the towns affected by the Ebola epidemic, and much further away from the epicentre of the epidemic in Butembo and Beni.
According to the Health Ministry, a third case was also confirmed in South Kivu region, more than 700 km south of where the first case was detected.
3. 8,000 EVACUEES FLEE CANARY ISLANDS WILDFIRE
Around 8,000 people have been evacuated as firefighters battle an out-of-control wildfire on Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands.
Authorities said the blaze, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda, is advancing on several fronts, propelled by a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
So far, the fire is affecting the mountainous central part of the island rather than coastal areas busy with tourists in the summer months.
Authorities added that sixteen planes and helicopters as well as more than 700 firefighters are currently working to contain flames as high as 50 meters.
More than 3,400 hectares have burned so far and the fire is moving aggressively toward the northwestern Tamadaba natural park, home to some of the island’s oldest pine forests.
Some 400 firefighters spent the night battling the fire’s flanks, hoping to choke it off as it moved toward more populated areas.