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James Roberts: Trump and the G-7 minefield – Successful fight against progressive agenda will bring rewards

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President Trump successfully navigated the minefields laid for him at last weekend’s G-7 summit in France. It wasn’t easy, but in the process he pushed back against the progressive agenda in ways that will benefit him politically.

Progressive European Union bureaucrats use various techniques trying to keep the EU together and keep taxpayer money flowing to Brussels. One of their favorite ploys is to propose big government solutions to huge problems – such as climate change or inequality – that will never be completely eliminated.

Such proposals translate into lifetime job security for the bureaucrats and lucrative government contracts for their “woke” corporate cronies. Bureaucrats in the U.S. government do the same thing.

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In this context, it was no surprise to see French President Emmanuel Macron harp about the fires in the Amazon in the weeks leading up to the G-7. Macron started a bitter personal feud with Brazil’s new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro.

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Bolsonaro, for all his faults (he has been called the “Trump of Brazil”), represents the same disruptive threat to the international progressive agenda that Trump does.

If the issue were really environmental policy, Macron and previous European leaders would have piped up long before now. After all, AccuWeather reports that fires during the dry season in the Amazon Basin have been just as bad, or worse, in seven of the last 17 years (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2016).

Moreover, The New York Times reports that “most of the fires [in the Brazilian Amazon Basin] are burning on agricultural land where the forest had already been cleared.”

Unfortunately, many of these fires were set by farmers to fertilize their fields. It’s an ancient, primitive, and backward Third World farming technique, to be sure. But it is not the destruction of virgin rain forest.

There are also fires being set by peasant farmers in Bolivia’s Amazon Basin so that they may take advantage of jungle land given to them by leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales as part of his ongoing wealth re-distribution schemes.

Funny though, we heard plenty about the “villainous” Bolsonaro at the G-7, but nary a peep about Morales.

In any case, all of these facts didn’t stop the climate change lobby and its mainstream media cheerleaders from whipping up some hysteria about Bolsonaro’s supposed war on the environment.

The fact that these attacks came in the run-up to the G-7 gave away the game: the real target was President Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In this case, Bolsonaro was just a proxy for Trump.

And who stands to gain from that Paris agreement? Well, France does, for starters. Where better to establish a gigantic public sector clearinghouse to supervise the sale to fossil fuel sinners of carbon indulgences? And who would staff that huge secretariat? You guessed it:  French bureaucrats with lifetime job security.

No wonder Macron took the lead on putting climate on the G-7 agenda.

Trump was right to push back against climate and the other “niche” agenda items (as the White House described them) and insist that the G-7 leaders focus on the big economic policy questions.

Macron also pulled the last-minute dirty trick of inviting the Iranian foreign minister to the G-7 meeting to embarrass Trump. The French and the Germans are still angry about Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal that they and President Barack Obama signed.

The U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran by Trump have made it difficult for the Europeans to sell their high-tech manufactured goods to the brutal regime in Tehran. Apparently they are not much bothered by Iran posing an existential threat to Israel. After all, there’s money to be made selling to Iran.

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Trump was right to push back against climate and the other “niche” agenda items (as the White House described them) and insist that the G-7 leaders focus on the big economic policy questions. That necessary and useful discussion to coordinate economic policies at the G-7 took place under the large shadow cast by China.

President Trump has reasserted American leadership in the world, most especially by taking on the increasingly aggressive and predatory actions of China under President Xi Jinping that have upended the global trading system.

China has also committed other “deadly sins” (as White House trade adviser Peter Navarro would say), including the theft of intellectual property, forced tech transfers and cyberwarfare.

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And China’s actions affect not just the United States but market-based democracies all over the world. The other G-7 leaders were probably privately delighted that the U.S. has finally taken the lead in confronting Beijing.

It’s lonely at the top, as President Trump was reminded yet again at another summit. But it’s a fight worth fighting, for America and for the free world.

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Bangladesh court rules to drop ‘virgin’ question on marriage forms

Bangladesh’s top court has ruled that women in the Muslim-majority country will no longer have to declare whether they are virgins on their marriage registration forms — a decision women’s rights groups say is a step in the right direction toward gender equality. 

The high court ruled Sunday that “virgin” – or “kumari” in Bengali – will be replaced with “unmarried.”

The two other options on the form, “divorced” and “widow,” will remain.

Women’s rights groups have long argued that the word “virgin,” which has been used on marriage certificates since 1961, was humiliating, restrictive and discriminatory.

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Lawyers for the group who filed the case in 2014 also argued the word breached a woman’s privacy and fundamental rights.

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Bangladesh’s high court (pictured) ruled Sunday that the word “virgin” will be replaced with “unmarried.”  (Google Maps)

Under Bangladesh’s laws, a bride, sometimes a very young girl, had to select from one of three options on the form.

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Separately, the high court also ruled that grooms will now have to disclose their marital status, according to the BBC.

A full version of the verdict is expected to be released sometime in mid-October.

Bangladeshi lawyer and civil rights activist Nahar Kumrun hailed the decision as an “historic” one, telling CNN: “As far as our constitution is concerned, men and women are equal, but in practice, for example, in these marriage forms, that is not the case.”

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Registrar Mohammad Ali Akbar Sarker told Reuters he is waiting for the Ministry of Law and Justice to officially inform him about the changes to the form.

“I have conducted many marriages in Dhaka and I have often been asked why men have the liberty to not disclose their status but women don’t,” he said. “I always told them this wasn’t in my hands.”

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‘Love Island’ star Theo Campbell reveals he lost sight in his eye after champagne cork accident

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“Love Island” star Theo Campbell has revealed he has gone blind in his right eye after being hit by a champagne cork.

The reality star, 28,  – who broke the news today – was rushed to hospital while on holiday in Ibiza and underwent two rounds of surgery after his eye “split in half.”

Sharing an image of himself with an eye patch on, while lying with girlfriend Kaz Crossley, he told fans today: “Thanks for all the messages and support I’ve got over the last couple days they’re all very much appreciated.

“So yeah basically 2 eye surgeries later after a really unfortunate accident, I’ve lost all vision in my right eye as it got split in half, who would have thought a champagne cork would be the end of me..”

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He added: “But I still have 1 eye left, looking at the bright side of things. Thanks for flying out to look after me as well babe.

“If anyone knows where sells cool eye patches let me know :). #captinhook #thor #fettywap.”

A source told OK! online: “Theo was on holiday in Ibiza enjoying himself when someone popped a bottle of Champagne and the cork flew into his eye.

“People were screaming when they realized what happened and saw the state of his eye. One of the guys said it looked like his eye had exploded.

“Theo was taken to hospital and we haven’t heard from him since. Kaz flew out to see him and will be staying with him until he’s able to leave and go back to England.”

Just two days ago Theo shared a picture of himself partying in Ibiza alongside Wayne Lineker at O Beach, on champagne Veuve Clicot’s table.

Theo was inundated with messages of support from his friends, including “Love Island” host Caroline Flack, who wrote:  “Send Love xxx.”

Georgia Harrison commented: “Love you more than anything in the world. Nothing will hold you back I promise xxxxxxxx.”

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Marcel Somerville, who was on the show with him, wrote: “Ah bro sorry to hear this news, everything will be bless g, mad things happen in life but we roll with the punches. Mans jus got a new niche fashion accessory to rock.”

And Laura Anderson added: “Omg! This is insane. Hopefully see you both soon. Glad @kazcrossley is there to look after you. Story to tell the grand kids hey.”

Kaz – who also found fame on “Love Island” – flew out to Ibiza to be by his side after they started dating earlier this year.

The couple went public in May of this year after spending time filming together in Thailand and have been inseparable ever since.

Kaz split from Josh Denzel in January – and Theo’s been mostly single since getting together with Tyla Carr in the “Love Island” villa.

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Before going on “Love Island” in 2017, Theo –  who is from Bath – was a 400-meter sprinter.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits

The ruling Monday ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to clean up Oklahoma’s opioid crisis could impact similar lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for overdose deaths across the country.

And the impact could be felt rather quickly.

A federal judge in Ohio is presiding over 1,500 opioid lawsuits brought by state, local and tribal governments, with the first two set for trial in October. The plaintiffs in those two cases are Ohio counties.

The Oklahoma verdict could put more pressure on Johnson & Johnson and the other drug industry defendants in those cases to settle while bolstering the claims of plaintiffs.

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“Today’s ruling holding Johnson & Johnson liable for Oklahoma’s opioid epidemic serves as another milestone amid the mounting evidence against the opioid pharmaceutical industry who we allege started, fueled and conspired to create the largest public health crisis of our time,” said lead plaintiffs’ attorney Paul Farrell.

Oklahoma convinced the judge that Johnson & Johnson misled consumers about the risks of opioids creating a public nuisance — one of the claims being advanced in the Ohio litigation.

But Jennifer Braceras, director of the Independent Women’s Forum Center for Law & Liberty, said the Oklahoma verdict distorts public nuisance law beyond recognition.

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Judge Thad Balkman arrives to give his decision in the Opioid Lawsuit in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Balkman found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help abate the problem in the coming years. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

Judge Thad Balkman’s decision “puts manufacturers of all lawful, but politically unpopular, products at risk,” she said.

Echoing her view was Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, who said if the decision wasn’t reversed “almost any industry could be the target of large-scale litigation.”

The deluge of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, marketers and distributors has been fueled by an epidemic that has killed more than 400,000 people across the U.S. since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control(CDC).

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Last year more than 67,000 drug overdose deaths were reported. In 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths was more than 70,000.

More than 6,000 Oklahomans died from opioid abuse in the past two decades, according to reports.

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This June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. The first judgment is expected Monday, Aug. 26, in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and legal settlements are likely to follow the ruling in Oklahoma as the nation looks for answers and solutions to a massive societal and legal problem. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

“Johnson & Johnson was the kingpin behind the nation’s opioid crisis,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said after the verdict.

He said the judge’s ruling was still a victory, even though the judgment amount was much less than the $17 billion the state wanted.

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Johnson & Johson “did not cause the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, and neither the facts nor the law support this outcome,” company lawyer Michael Ullman said. He vowed an appeal.

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Oklahoma reached a $270 million deal with Perdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and an $85 million settlement with Teva, both of which faced criticism from state lawmakers, who argued the companies have control over dispersing funds. The Purdue settlement calls for about $200 million to go into a trust to fund an addiction studies center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jennifer Lopez was warned that ‘American Idol’ could kill her career

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Jennifer Lopez says that she was warned joining “American Idol” as a judge could be the death knell to her career.

The 50-year-old quadruple threat (singer-dancer-actress-producer) signed on as lead judge of the music competition series in 2011, during her marriage to Marc Anthony, despite urging from those around her not to do it.

“I had the kids and wasn’t being offered a whole bunch of stuff,” Lopez told Variety of her workload at the time. “I really concentrated on my marriage. I was going around with Marc. I went on two or three tours with him.”

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Lopez hoped that doing the show would display her character, which she felt had been unfairly maligned in the press following her 2002 ill-fated romance with Ben Affleck — and the focus on her infamous derriere.

“It’s probably what kids deal with, with social media now,” she said, “like ‘Everybody hates me.’ No, everybody doesn’t hate you. It’s just a few people writing a few things.”

J.Lo noted that directors actually commented on her rear in front of her, which she understandably found frustrating. “They would never say to a guy, ‘Your d—k is really big,” she said.

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“American Idol” was a breath of fresh air for Lopez, as well as a guaranteed steady gig, which was a relief at the time, as she says her record label was undergoing management shifts that had potential to put her singing career in jeopardy.

“It was a big turning point in my career. Everybody was like, ‘Don’t do this. Your career will be over, and they won’t offer you any movies. They’ll think you’re a joke as an artist,’” Lopez recalled. “And I was like, ‘The truth is, I’m not getting offered a whole bunch of movies, so what are they not going to offer me?’”

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The “Hustlers” star was happy to improve her reputation through “Idol” and counteract stories of a vicious diva attitude who didn’t know how to carry a tune — all of which ended up being proven untrue during her tenure on the series.

“You can’t hide on reality TV,” she explained. “And they got to see I was a real, caring person who was actually nice.”

Another benefit to being watched by millions weekly: “I don’t think I had been taken as seriously up until then for what I knew about music. Even though I had several hit albums, I think they put me in this ‘pretty pop’ category.”

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After the show, Lopez released her biggest dance hit, “On the Floor,” in 2015 and went on to executive produce “World of Dance” and star in “Shades of Blue” and her own Las Vegas residency.

“Everything changed,” Lopez says of her post-“Idol” career. Except it actually changed for the better.

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Legoland guests stuck 30 feet in air in sweltering heat for 40 minutes

Everything was apparently not awesome at Legoland.

A family claims that a roller coaster got stuck while they were riding it, stranding them 30 feet in the air for about 40 minutes with no shade to protect them from the nearly 90-degree heat.

Danielle Hollins was riding The Dragon when the coaster came to a stop mid-ride, The Sun reports. According to her, this was after seven other rides broke down that same day, which caused longer than normal lines on the working attractions. The family theme park is located in Windsor, Berkshire in England.

After reportedly waiting in line for almost two hours only to have it break down, Hollins says her family was given “priority passes,” which they took to The Dragon.

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A family claims that a roller coaster got stuck while they were riding it, stranding them 30 feet in the air for about 40 minutes. Worst of all, there was no shade to protect them from the nearly 90-degree heat. (Caters News Agency)

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“But just as we got to the top, the ride stopped leaving all of us stuck,” Hollins told The Sun. “It wasn’t just us, there were lots of other small children. They had to escort us all down in twos or threes which was really scary. All the staff had safety harnesses but we had nothing.”

Hollins claims that she and other riders were stuck for more than 40 minutes in the sweltering heat. When she and her family were finally off the ride, she claims, Legoland offered them more priority passes.

“At the very least I think we deserve a refund for the four of us who paid $73 each,” she told The Sun. “My partner complained to customer services and they kept blaming the hot weather. It was forecast so they could have been more prepared.”

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In a statement obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson for Legoland said, “We want everyone to always have the best possible experience with us and are sorry to hear some people experienced discomfort caused by the stoppage on the Dragon roller coaster on Sunday.”

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“Unfortunately, over the course of any day at the Park, rides may stop due to technical issues or guest actions,” the statement continues, “and on the few occasions like this, where an evacuation is required, our only priority is to assist guests from our rides safely – and to do this as quickly possible. Our staff are highly trained on these procedures and at no point were any guests at risk.”

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“In this case, the first guests left the ride within 15 minutes and everyone was off within 40 minutes,” the statement concludes. “We also communicated and reassured guests throughout the process including providing bottled water. Once off the ride guests were taken care of by our team until they were happy to get back to enjoying their day, and were provided with two fast track access passes for rides of their choice.”

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Beto blames U.S. for drought in Guatemala, says God and nature had nothing to do with it

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2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke blamed the United States for the drought in Guatemala and claimed America’s harmful environmental emissions are spreading destruction throughout the world.

O’Rourke was speaking with Texas voters Monday at a small rally and said the drought in Guatemala was not caused by “God, nor by mother nature,” but climate deniers and citizens who generate large carbon emissions. He also blamed America for helping cause civil war in Central America.

“The people of Honduras, and Guatemala, and El Salvador – reduce violence in their home communities, violence which we are somewhat to blame for – the civil wars we’ve been involved in, the drug trade that we’ve facilitated, the war on drugs that has militarized and hollowed out their civic institutions in their home countries,” the failed 2018 Senate candidate began.

“And Guatemala, suffering one of the greatest droughts in their recorded history, caused not be God nor by mother nature, but by you and me and all of us and our emissions and our excesses and our inaction in the face of the facts, and the science, and the truth.”

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O’Rourke previously stated in June that the world had only 10 years left to address climate change and wean off fossil fuels before it was too late. He also said climate change could lead to the extinction of the human race in March.

“The clock is ticking,” O’Rourke said during an episode of “Pod Save America.” “The scientists tell us that there are roughly ten years left to us to free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuel, to make sure that every single one of us is doing our part, that we’re fortifying those communities — very often lower-income and communities of color.”

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“If I think about the single greatest threat that we face, it’s the fact that this climate is changing,” he added.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report

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British composer and musician wife killed in plane crash with their baby daughter

A young British family has died after their plane crashed in the Swiss Alps and burst into flames on Sunday.

Award-winning music producer Jonathan Goldstein, his musician wife Hannah and their baby daughter were flying from Switzerland to Italy when their aircraft crashed above the pass near the Italian border.

The plane had been in the air for just over an hour when their Piper PA-28 Arrow aircraft burst into flames above the Simplon Pass.

The pass is a popular route 6,578 feet above sea level through the mountains which connects Switzerland and northern Italy.

The couple had set off from London on Saturday morning and landed in Troyes, France before making a second stop in Lausanne, Switzerland, Le Matin reported.

Their bodies, along with their baby, were recovered from the wreckage, Valais Police confirmed.

A statement from police read: “The small plane type ‘Piper’ took off around 9 a.m. from a Vaudois airfield for Italy… For currently unclear reasons, the plane crashed around 10.25 a.m. on the Simplon Pass above the hospice and went up in flames.”

However, it has not been determined what caused the crash.

A hiker walking in the area with his family, said he saw two burning objects fall before hearing two huge bangs.

The couple’s neighbor Ankita, 30, told the Mirror Online that she was told the sad news by Hannah’s father late last night.

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Award-winning music producer Jonathan Goldstein, his musician wife Hannah and their baby daughter died in a plane crash. (Reuters)

Stay-at-home mum Ankita said: “We were friendly with each other. We’ve only lived here about three months. They have a pet rabbit and we both have little ones.

“I started speaking to Hannah quite often about six weeks ago.

“She asked if I could look after Rufus because they said they were going on vacation.

“We were out yesterday and when we returned yesterday, I noticed the hutch was missing.

“I tried ringing Hannah and Jonathan but their phones weren’t connecting. Hannah had given me her parents numbers for emergency so I called her dad last night.

“I said I was sorry to ring so late as it was about 9.15pm but I couldn’t find Rufus. He said there was a tragic accident and three of them died.

“After that, I don’t remember what happened as I started crying.

“Hannah had said they were going to Italy and the weather might be bad. I started crying when I speaking to him.

“I still cant believe it, I couldn’t sleep last night.”

The Federal Safety Investigation Authority has launched an investigation into the crash.

It is unclear who was actually flying the plane at the time.

A Foreign Office spokesperson told Sun Online: “Our staff are assisting the relatives of a British family who died in a plane accident in western Switzerland and are also in contact with the local authorities.”

The couple were said to be aviation enthusiasts and had acquired a Piper PA-28 Arrow several years ago.

According to their social media profiles, they traveled regularly.

Jonathan Goldstein founded the Goldstein Music Group and has worked with HBO, the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

The award-winning musician worked on Hollywood movie soundtracks, including Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear.

He also won an Ivor Novello Award in 2007 for his work on the BBC/HBO film Primo.

Hannah Goldstein performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra.

Her performances included those at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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Madrid area inundated by severe rain, hail storm that spawned dramatic flooding

A massive storm around Spain’s capital on Monday spawned severe rain and hail that triggered dramatic flooding that swept away vehicles and caused numerous rescues throughout the region.

Madrid and the surrounding areas were hit by the intermittent storm throughout the day that caused flight delays, flooded tunnels and parking lots and interrupted subway services.

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Cars are swept away by floodwater after heavy rainfall hit Arganda del Rey suburb of Madrid, Spain August 26, 2019. (Larisa Andrei via REUTERS)

Arganda del Rey, a suburb southeast of the capital, was hit hardest by the wild weather. The storm triggered torrents of water that were through the streets, taking along cars and garbage containers.

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Resident Larisa Andrei was at home with her family when she noticed the escalating rainfall, followed by significant hail and then captured dramatic footage of raging floods.

Videos posted to Twitter by local residents showed cars being washed down flooded streets. Large hail could also be seen falling in several neighborhoods.

Spain’s meteorological agency says it registered more than 9,000 bolts of lightning in six hours.

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Several villages nearby were also affected, but there were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters responded to more than 1,000 calls for service, most of which included fallen trees or flooding, El Pais reported.

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Spain’s meteorological agency said that by Tuesday, the rains had moved to the east coast and the Mediterranean Balearic Islands, such as Mallorca.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hepatitis A outbreak at New Jersey golf club leaves 1 dead, 27 others sickened

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At least one person who contracted hepatitis A linked to an outbreak at a golf and tennis club in New Jersey has died, local officials said.

At least 27 others have been sickened due to the outbreak connected to the Mendham Golf & Tennis Club, officials with the Morris County Office of Health Management said, according to NJ.com. That’s an increase from the 23 who were sickened earlier this month when news of the outbreak first broke.

The person who died was not identified.

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An infected food handler was likely behind the outbreak, the New Jersey Department of Health previously said. Those sickened were exposed between June 9 and June 30 but were not notified of a possible exposure until July 5.

The outbreak was contained to the members-only club.

When members were first notified, they were asked to inform any guests who may have dined at the club with them.

“This notification also advised that those who dined at the club when the food-handler was potentially infectious should receive post-exposure prophylaxis,” health officials said at the time.

The “highly contagious” liver infection is caused by the hepatitis A virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus typically spreads when a person eats or drinks something “contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person,” the health agency said.

Those who contract hepatitis A — not to be confused with hepatitis B or C, which are caused by different viruses — may be sick for “several weeks” and usually fully recover, according to the CDC. It is rare to die from the illness, though hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death, typically in those who are 50 years of age or older.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain, and jaundice, among other signs.

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While hepatitis A infections do happen in the U.S., they’re more common in developing countries where sanitation and hygiene are poor, the CDC says.

The disease is preventable with a vaccine.

A spokesperson for the Morris County Office of Health Management did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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