Receive Breaking News updates as they occur
Large swathes of the United States could see a five-fold jump in the frequency of extreme downpours by century's end due to climate change, according to a study released Monday. "These are huge increases," said lead author Andreas Prein, a scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Summertime downpours are predicted to multiply across the continental United States, but the highly-populated Gulf and Atlantic coasts, along with much of the Southwest, would be hit especially hard.
By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, residents said, in preparation for a new front against Islamic State seven weeks into a difficult campaign to drive the militants from the city. Federal police forces, stationed a few miles south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris River that divides the city, have long said they aim to advance towards the airport on the southwestern edge. Some 100,000 Iraqi soldiers, security forces, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and mainly Shi'ite paramilitary forces are participating in the assault that began on Oct. 17, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international military coalition.