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Massive Wildfires Force 80,000 To Flee Canadian Oil Sands City

The entire population of the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been ordered to leave because of massive wildfires sparked by record high heat. Abnormally warm and dry weather — with temperatures hitting 90.6 °F (32 °C) Tuesday — in Fort McMurray is fuelling the fire, whose origin is as of yet unknown.

About 80,000 residents were forced to flee, in what the Edmonton Journalcalls the largest wildfire evacuation in the history of the Alberta's province, home to one of the largest oil reserves in the world. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported at this time, but the fire is still out of control.

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A Writer's Advice For How To Read The Words Of Politics

Colombia's reformist president has promised to tackle endemic violence, economic exclusion, pollution and corruption in the country. So what's new with a politician's promises?

Image of Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan 14, 2023

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, speaks during a press conference in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023.

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Héctor Abad Faciolince

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BOGOTÁ — Don't concentrate on his words, I was once advised, but look at what he's doing. I heard the words so long ago I cannot recall who said them. The point is, what's the use of a husband who vows never to beat his wife in January and leaves her with a bruised face in February?

Words are a strange thing, and in literal terms, we must distrust their meaning. As I never hit anyone, I have never declared that I wouldn't. It never occurred to me to say it. Strangely, there is more power and truth in a simple declaration like "I love her" than in the more emphatic "I love her so much." A verbal addition here just shrinks the "sense" of love.

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