1. Qin Gang: China removes foreign minister after unexplained absence
- China has removed Qin Gang as foreign minister less than seven months after he was appointed to the post.
- Mr Qin had been seen as a close associate of President Xi Jinping. He is replaced by veteran Communist Party foreign affairs chief Wang Yi.
- Mr Qin's prolonged disappearance from public view has fuelled furious speculation.

2. Storms ravage northern Italy as Sicily burns
- Extreme weather has been battering Italy from north to south.
- Wildfires are raging in Sicily after weeks of record-breaking temperatures, with local media warning that the city of Palermo is encircled by fires. 
- Meanwhile, northern regions are reeling from violent storms and high winds that uprooted trees and lifted roofs off buildings.

3. Russian jet damaged US drone with flares in Syria
- A US drone's propeller was severely damaged when a Russian jet dumped flares on it while flying dangerously close overhead in Syria.
- The US military accused Russian jets of "blatant disregard for flight safety".
- The 23 July accident is the latest in a series of "buzzing" encounters between Russian, US and Chinese aircraft.
1. Qin Gang: China removes foreign minister after unexplained absence
- China has removed Qin Gang as foreign minister less than seven months after he was appointed to the post.
- Mr Qin had been seen as a close associate of President Xi Jinping. He is replaced by veteran Communist Party foreign affairs chief Wang Yi.
- Mr Qin's prolonged disappearance from public view has fuelled furious speculation.

2. Storms ravage northern Italy as Sicily burns
- Extreme weather has been battering Italy from north to south.
- Wildfires are raging in Sicily after weeks of record-breaking temperatures, with local media warning that the city of Palermo is encircled by fires. 
- Meanwhile, northern regions are reeling from violent storms and high winds that uprooted trees and lifted roofs off buildings.

3. Russian jet damaged US drone with flares in Syria
- A US drone's propeller was severely damaged when a Russian jet dumped flares on it while flying dangerously close overhead in Syria.
- The US military accused Russian jets of "blatant disregard for flight safety".
- The 23 July accident is the latest in a series of "buzzing" encounters between Russian, US and Chinese aircraft.

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