Russia’s Navalny visited by German chancellor in hospital

MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday confirmed reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited him in a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for what German authorities determined was nerve agent poisoning.

“There was a meeting, but one shouldn’t call it secret,” Navalny said in a tweet, referring to media reports alleging that Merkel made a secret visit to the Charite hospital where he spent 32 days.

“Rather, (it was) a private visit and a conversation with the family. I’m very grateful to chancellor Merkel for visiting me in the hospital,” the politician wrote.

German magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday evening, without citing sources, that Merkel had made a secret visit to Navalny when he was at the Charite hospital in Berlin. It didn’t specify when the visit happened, but Navalny was discharged from the hospital last week.

Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, confirmed to reporters on

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California Wine Country Wildfire Forrest Evacuation of Hospital, Homes

A home is seen fully engulfed in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, California, U.S. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam.

By Stephen Lam and Steve Gorman I Reuters

A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country to spread across nearly 2,000 acres (809 hectares), forcing the evacuation of a hospital and hundreds of homes, authorities said.

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Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighborhoods and vineyards at the northern end of the famed wine-growing valley and surrounding hillsides, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent communities of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames reaching within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

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California wildfires rage as wine country blaze forces evacuation of hospital, thousands of homes

Thousands of homes and a hospital have been evacuated in California’s wine country as a fast-spreading wildfire has exploded in size Monday with another day of dangerous fire conditions in a badly scorched state.

Cal Fire said the blazes, dubbed the Glass Incident, have now grown to at least 11,000 acres and remains 0% contained as it threatens neighborhoods and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco. The blaze started early Sunday.

“Two additional fires have started overnight and been merged with the Glass Incident,” the agency said Monday morning.

WILDFIRE ERUPTS IN CALIFORNIA’S NAPA COUNTY, EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS OVER ‘DANGEROUS RATE OF SPREAD’

The wildfire began as the Glass Fire north of St. Helena before moving at a “dangerous rate of spread.”

A firetruck travels on the Silverado Trail as a hillside goes up in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.

A firetruck travels on the Silverado Trail as a hillside goes up in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena,

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California wine country wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes and one hospital

Wildfire flames engulfed part of California’s wine country, prompting widescale evacuations of the area.



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Hundreds of homes in Napa and Sonoma counties were evacuated as the Grass Fire continues to spread throughout more than 2,500 acres. As of Monday morning, the blaze was 0% contained.

The fire started north of St. Helena, California, roughly 75 miles north of San Francisco, on Sunday morning and has been growing at a “dangerous rate of spread,” according to officials with Cal Fire. At least 2,268 structures are in the path of the fire, including a hospital, which had to evacuate 55 patients.

“For the safety of our patients and associates, Adventist Health St. Helena is temporarily suspending emergency and hospital care, and all patients will be transferred, due to the Glass Fire. Emergency contacts will be informed about their loved ones’ new hospital location,” the hospital announced on

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California wine country wildfire forces evacuation of hospital, hundreds of homes

ST. HELENA, Calif. (Reuters) – A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country and spread across more than 1,000 acres (404 hectares), forcing the evacuation of several hundreds homes and a hospital, authorities said.

A home decoration damaged by the Glass Fire is seen in Calistoga, California, U.S. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighbourhoods and vineyards in the northwest corner of the famed wine-growing valley, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent towns of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames advancing to within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

All 55 patients who were at the hospital at the time were safely

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The Latest: Coronavirus Outbreak Grows at Boston Hospital | World News

BOSTON — An outbreak of coronavirus infections at a major Boston hospital has grown to 19 confirmed cases.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital originally said it had identified 10 cases among staff and patients connected to two inpatient units.

A new hospital statement says 98 employees have been tested to date, and 11 of them tested positive. In addition, it says 50 patients have been tested, with eight positive.

An additional 445 people are in the process of being tested, and the hospital expects the number of positive cases to grow.

No other areas of the hospital have been affected.

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Berlusconi’s back: Ex-Premier leaves hospital after COVID

ROME – Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who has made a career out of bouncing back from setbacks, was released from the hospital Monday after an “insidious“ bout of COVID-19 that he said was the most dangerous challenge he had ever faced.

Wearing a suit and smiling after taking off his face mask, the 83-year-old Berlusconi said doctors at San Raffaele hospital in Milan told him he had the highest levels of virus they had seen in the tens of thousands of samples they had taken over the past six months.

An emotional Berlusconi urged Italians to take the virus seriously and “rigorously” adhere to mask mandates, social distancing norms and frequent handwashing. He sent a special appeal to Italy’s students, millions of whom were returning to school for the first time Monday since early March, when the country became the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe and schools shut

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