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Firefighters, helicopters battle to contain Cuba fuel depot blaze
Firefighters, helicopters battle to contain Cuba fuel depot blaze

Helicopters and firefighters battled Tuesday to gain access to four tanks at a fuel depot that has been ablaze for days, hoping to deploy special foam to control the flames. Each of the eight tanks can hold up to 50 million liters of fuel -- three have collapsed while a fourth has been engulfed by flames.

Biden signs major semiconductors investment bill to compete against China
Biden signs major semiconductors investment bill to compete against China

President Joe Biden signed into law Tuesday a multibillion dollar bill boosting domestic semiconductor and other high-tech manufacturing sectors that US leaders fear risk being dominated by rival China. Shortly, Biden is also expected to be signing an enormous domestic investment bill -- backed only by Democrats -- aimed at fighting climate change and reducing health care costs.

Blinken arrives in DR Congo on 2nd leg of African tour
Blinken arrives in DR Congo on 2nd leg of African tour

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in DR Congo on Tuesday for a one-day visit expected to focus on a conflict in the east of the country that has sparked tensions with Rwanda. The DRC accuses Rwanda of backing the rebels -- an assertion repeatedly denied by Kigali, which Blinken will visit immediately after his one-day stay in Kinshasa.

France readies rescue of beluga astray in Seine
France readies rescue of beluga astray in Seine

Marine experts will attempt Tuesday to rescue a beluga whale that swam up the Seine river and return it to the sea, officials said, a complex and risky operation for an animal already sick and malnourished. "An operation to transport the beluga astray in the Seine will be attempted this evening," said government officials in the Eure department, who are orchestrating the effort.

Turkey sends drill ship on first Med mission in two years
Turkey sends drill ship on first Med mission in two years

Turkey on Tuesday sent its newest drill ship on the first eastern Mediterranean energy exploration mission in nearly two years. A Greek and a Turkish warship that were shadowing one of the exploration missions became entangled in a small collision in the Mediterranean that August.

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