‘The Greatest Forest Disaster in Our History’: Wildfires Tear Through Chile

A series of wildfires has devastated homes, farmland and livestock in a large area of southern and central Chile over the past week. A prolonged drought and high temperatures have worsened the blazes, which have so far destroyed around 300,000 acres of forest land and killed three firefighters.

Russia says no direct contacts yet between White House and Kremlin

MOSCOW Direct contacts between the White House and the Kremlin have not been established since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday. “Contacts at the level of the administrations are not taking place at the moment, there haven’t been any yet, such contacts are yet to be established,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

Duma eyes restrictions on silly names for Russian children

The bill was initially drafted by Russian Senator Valentina Petrenko (Republic of Khakassiya) in April last year. The document introduces rules into the family and civil codes and reads that “The citizen’s name is understood as a means of individualization that cannot be comprised of figures, numerals, symbols in any combination, abbreviations, explicit words and cannot contain indications of official ranks or positions.