Explosive wildfire nears Yosemite Park

The Ferguson fire continued its march toward Yosemite National Park over the weekend, growing to more than 30,000 acres. The explosive fire is eating through dead and dying trees in the forest and has prompted evacuations. The fire, which started July 13, killed a firefighter on its first day when a bulldozer tumbled down a hillside during the building of a defensive line. The flames have pushed south and east along a south fork of the Merced River. Two other firefighters have been injured.

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Some Ritz Cracker products are recalled

Mondelez Global is voluntarily recalling some of its Ritz Cracker products over potential risk of salmonella. The Hanover-based company says it's recalling 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products in the U.S. The products contain whey powder, which its supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella. No illnesses have been reported.


Assange's embassy days may be numbered

Ecuador is close to withdrawing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and evicting him from the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been living for six years. President Lenin Moreno traveled to Britain on Friday to meet with officials to finalize a deal under which protection for Assange will be withdrawn and he will be turned over to British authorities. The Australian national has been there since 2012, when he breached bail in relation to sexual assault allegations he faced in Sweden.


Suicide bomber kills 14 as VP returns

A suicide bomber carried out an attack near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 14 people and narrowly missing the country's vice president, who was returning home after living in Turkey for over a year, security officials said. The blast occurred near Kabul International Airport shortly after the convoy of the vice president left. The local ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded 50.


Candidate killed in suicide attack

A candidate in this week's general elections was killed in a suicide bomb attack while on his way to a campaign event in northwest Pakistan, adding to concerns over public safety in an election in which at least 160 people have died this month in political attacks. Ikramullah Khan Gandapur, a provincial assembly candidate for the Pakistan Justice Party in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, died of injuries after a bomb detonated near his car.


Financial gurus warn of tariff ramifications

The world's top financial officials called for more dialogue on trade disputes that threaten global economic growth, with one warning that differences remain and tensions could escalate further. The two-day meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 nations came as the United States clashes with China and other nations over trade, with the nations imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of the other's goods.


Draft of updated constitution is OK'd

Cuban lawmakers approved a draft of a new constitution that would seek to modernize the nation by recognizing the right to own private property and opening the door to the legalization of same-sex marriage, among other economic, political and social changes. The document would also encourage foreign investment and strengthen the judicial system, including recognizing the presumption of innocence.

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