Woman who gave birth alone in wilds of California says she started fire for rescue

Amber Pangborn told her newborn daughter ‘I think mommy just started a forest fire’ after being stranded without provisions – both were rescued by firefighters

A woman who gave birth alone and was stranded for days in a remote area of northern California survived the ordeal by starting a fire that roared out of control and drew firefighters to her rescue, local media reported.

Officials with the Plumas National Forest confirmed on Tuesday that a fire broke out on Saturday at the park and that firefighters rescued a woman and a newborn baby from the burn area. They declined to discuss the cause of the fire, saying it was under investigation.

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Marco Rubio seeks answers as eight charged in Malala shooting go free

Republican presidential candidate joins Senator Barbara Boxer in letter to US ambassador to Pakistan demanding ‘honest and transparent account’

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is demanding answers after a Pakistani court quietly freed eight of the 10 men charged with coordinating the shooting of schoolgirl and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Related: Pakistan says only two convicted for attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai

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Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statement

Video issued from Isis stronghold in Syria is rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis who oppose its truces with Israel

Islamic State insurgents have threatened to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

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Melbourne prison unrest under control as riot police stand down

Several hurt and many prisoners transferred after hundreds of inmates at Ravenhall remand centre broke down doors and lit fires well into Tuesday night

A prison riot in Melbourne over the introduction of a statewide jail smoking ban has been brought under control, Corrections Victoria said.

Police remained in place around the Metropolitan remand centre at Ravenhall on Wednesday morning, but heavily-armed riot squad officers packed up and left about 3am.

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Misty Copeland’s success shows ballet leaping in the right direction

For years, the ballet world has been overwhelmingly white; Copeland’s entirely deserved promotion will inspire legions of young people who feel excluded

After much conjecture and a barrage of media coverage so intense it must have turned her spring season into an unenviable gauntlet of pressure – as if debuting in Swan Lake on her home turf weren’t pressure enough – Misty Copeland has been promoted to the top rank of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. At the age of 32, and after 14 years in the company, she is the first African American woman in ABT’s history to achieve this. (Back in the 90s, Desmond Richardson was its first and so far only black male principal.)

Related: Misty Copeland attains American Ballet Theater’s highest rank in historic first

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Why we spoke out: former detention centre workers explain

Ten people who have worked in immigration detention centres outline why they took the risk to defy new secrecy laws that would prevent abuses being reported

Former staff who have worked in Australian run detention centres on Manus Island, Nauru and across the country have signed an open letter in defiance of new laws that will criminalise public disclosure of information about what is happening to asylum seekers in Australia’s care.

Related: Detention centre staff speak out in defiance of new asylum secrecy laws

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Rand Paul to court marijuana industry donors at campaign fundraiser

The Republican is the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek out legal cannabis entrepreneurs to financially support his run

Leslie Bocskor is looking forward to Rand Paul’s fundraiser.

As the managing partner in Electrum Partners, a consulting firm specialising in the medical marijuana industry, and the founding chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, the only thing that would stop Bocskor from attending the fundraiser would be if business gets in the way – which, he told the Guardian, might well happen.

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Greece will be in default tomorrow, says Eurogroup president – video

The head of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, speaks to the press on Tuesday evening and says that it is too late to agree a deal to save Greece from defaulting at midnight. Appearing after an emergency conference call of the currency bloc’s finance ministers, Dijsselbloem says that Greece’s request to extend the current bailout package ‘simply isn’t possible’ Continue reading…

Spread of Isis into Libya sowed seeds for Tunisia attack, says Philip Hammond

Foreign secretary says group’s presence in Libya’s ‘ungoverned territory’ threatened neighbouring countries as the first murdered Britons are repatriated

The spread of Islamic State into the “ungoverned territory” of Libya helped sow the seeds for the atrocity which left up to 30 Britons dead at a Tunisian beach resort, the foreign secretary Philip Hammond said as it was confirmed that the terrorist responsible for the killings had travelled to an Isis training camp in Libya in January.

Hammond said the presence of Isis in the largely lawless Libya posed a threat to neighbouring countries “which sadly we have seen realised”.

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