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An Israeli firefighting plane. Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images

Cyprus on Saturday asked European Union countries for help fighting a forest fire that has been consuming a western mountainous region, AP reports.

The state of play: A Cyprus government spokesperson told AP that the fire dimensions are "concerning," and added that the country will be receiving help from Greece and Israel, who are sending firefighting planes. The head of the Cypriot forestry department said it was impossible to extinguish the fire without outside help, the Cyprus Mail notes

  • Cypriot Environment Minister Costas Kadis said that the fire had taken over "huge tracts of forest" in the Troodos mountain range. Local authorities evacuated several villages in the area.
  • While Cypriot firefighting planes have been assisting on-the-ground crews, strong winds and high temperatures (over 86 degrees Fahrenheit) are obstructing them, per AP.
  • Cypriot police arrested a man in connection to the fire late Saturday, according to the Cyprus Mail.

Worth noting: The fire conditions have made it so that off-duty firefighters are being called back into service to help, a fire service spokesperson told AP.

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Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

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Intel CEO wants to compete against Apple

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.