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Sunday Weather, 07.02.17

Sunday Weather, 07.02.17

Highs this year should be close to 90°, but 5 different times we had hit 100° or more on the big day in St. Louis! That's a range of upper 80s to low 90s area-wide, with cool spots to the north and west as per usual. Sunny to partly cloudy, breezy and very warm; a shower or t-storm in spots. Highs will be in the lower 90s. There will be a little bit of moisture still available, but with the ridge of high pressure, there will be more sinking air than rising air.


Backed Forces Breach Wall around Raqqa's Old City

Backed Forces Breach Wall around Raqqa's Old City

The battle for Raqqa is not dissimilar to that of Mosul, where US-backed Iraqi forces are fighting to expel the last of ISIS fighters from Iraq's second-largest city. "The portions targeted were 25-meter sections and will help preserve the remainder of the overall 2,500-meter wall", CENTCOM said. The Observatory said "dozens" of SDF fighters had been killed in Raqqa in the same period, "including 36 in the past week".


Floods in Southern China Kill 30 People, Leave 15 Missing

Floods in Southern China Kill 30 People, Leave 15 Missing

The continued rainfall also resulted in an increase in water levels by about 50 centimeters in Dongting and Poyang lakes and three sections along the Yangtze River, according to the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. Across the province, flooding has forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate, damaged crops and destroyed houses, causing a total direct economic loss of 8.26 billion yuan (US$1.2 billion), the provincial civil affairs office said.


Pulp Fiction Director Quentin Tarantino Engaged

Pulp Fiction Director Quentin Tarantino Engaged

The couple reportedly met while Tarantino was promoting Inglorious Basterds (2009) and have since had an "on-again, off-again" romance. According to an Israeli news site Wallah!, the director proposed on Friday night in Los Angeles, with a sparkling engagement ring.


Syrian Armed Opposition to Join Astana Talks Tuesday Afternoon

Syrian Armed Opposition to Join Astana Talks Tuesday Afternoon

There was no immediate comment from the army on the rebel allegations. The extension of the cease-fire comes after the Western-backed Free Syrian Army coalition the Southern Front announced its refusal to participate in the fifth round of peace talks in Astana which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday.


SC set to rule on Martial Law petitions

SC set to rule on Martial Law petitions

They said the acts of terrorism in Marawi "are not necessarily equivalent to actual rebellion and the consequent requirement of securing public safety" to justify the issuance of Proclamation No. Duterte imposed military rule across the insurgency-wracked region of Mindanao on 23 May, hours after hundreds of gunmen waving black IS flags occupied parts of Marawi city and triggered deadly clashes that are yet to end.