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China’s biggest ally in the South China Sea? A volcano in the Philippines
On June 15, 1991, an otherwise unremarkable mountain in the Philippines blew its top. And with that massive eruption, Mount Pinatubo became an unlikely actor that profoundly shaped today’s South China Sea power contest.
Right in the line of fire of the volcanic eruption, just 9 miles (14.5 km) away, was Clark Air Base, then the most populated overseas US military installation in the world. Also nearby, about 20 miles distant, was the Subic Bay Naval Base…
At least 9 die in Arizona flash flooding
Nine people are dead and one is missing after flash flooding swept away a family at a swimming hole in central Arizona, police say.
Fourteen family members were near the Cold Springs swimming hole on Saturday afternoon when heavy rains caused flash floods, said Sgt. David Hornung with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
The victims have not been identified. Police said Sunday that six children between the ages of 2 and 13 are among the dead, and the oldest victim was in their late 60s.
The missing family member is a 27-year-old male, Hornung told CNN on Sunday. The search resumes Monday.
Four family members were rescued Saturday afternoon, said Hornung. They were…
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