Updated Nov 26, 2019

Earthquake strikes Bosnia, hours after deadly tremor in Albania

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Texas chemical plant blasts: 50,000 people return home as fire contained

A TPC Group chemical plant is shrouded by smoke as the fire continues in Port Neches, about east of Houston. Photo: Steven Song/Xinhua via Getty Images

Officials warned people who live near a southeast Texas petrochemical plant Saturday "not to touch" debris from fires still burning from a series of explosions on Thanksgiving's eve because of possible asbestos exposure, ABC reports.

What's new: Officials said the fires at the TPC facility in Port Neches had been contained, enabling 50,000 evacuated residents to return home, per CBC News, which notes "plumes of smoke" could still be seen at the plant but the air quality was found to be safe.

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Global gun violence targets worshippers of all faiths

The Al -Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sept. 13. Photo: Tessa Burrows/Getty Images

Hundreds of clergy and worshippers of various faiths were killed at temples, synagogues, churches and mosques around the world this year, AP reports.

The big picture: The Christchurch mosque attacker killed 51 people and the event led to international calls to action against online extremism and terrorism fueled by white supremacist ideology. But other attacks gained sparse international attention, like a deadly Dec. 1 shooting at a Protestant church in the West African country Burkina Faso.

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South Dakota plane crash kills 9 people, including 2 children

A plane carrying 12 people crashed soon after takeoff from Chamberlain, South Dakota, Saturday, killing nine people — including two children, the Argus Leader reports.

Details: National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson told AP that the Pilatus PC-12 crashed about 12:30 pm. The area was under a winter storm warning at the time of the crash, per the National Weather Service. The three survivors were being treated in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to the Washington Post.

  • Knudson said the NTSB was investigating the incident, but "inclement weather in the area is making travel to the site difficult," AP noted.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.