(Reuters) - The property toll claimed by a deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast has grown as the fire threatened hundreds of more homes and forced several state parks to close at the height of summer tourist season. The blaze, which started last Friday, has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber into the Los Padres National Forest. Fire managers hope steady reinforcements to their ground crews over the past few days will help make a difference, said Robert Fish, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath backed up centurion Kusal Mendis' superlative effort to stun top-ranked Australia by 106 runs in the rain-affected first Test in Pallekele on Saturday. Herath finished with impressive match figures of 9-103 to help the hosts bundle out Australia for 161 on the fifth and final day. Australian skipper Steven Smith provided some resistance with a gritty half-century before Steve O'Keefe and Peter Nevill frustrated Sri Lanka with a 178-ball partnership.
By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Barely 12 hours after a failed coup in Turkey, Somalia's cabinet met in Mogadishu to consider a request from Ankara to shut down two schools and a hospital linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric Turkey blames for the attempted putsch. Such is Turkey's sway in the Horn of Africa nation, where it has spearheaded international reconstruction efforts after decades of war and instability, it was not a difficult decision. Teachers and pupils - almost all of them Somali - at the two huge boarding schools run by Gulen's Nile Academy educational foundation were given seven days to pack their bags and, if they were foreign, leave the country.
Belgian police arrested two men "suspected of planning an attack" in Belgium following raids late Friday ordered by an anti-terror judge, federal prosecutors said on Saturday. Belgium has remained on high alert following deadly March bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in Brussels and a wave of deadly attacks in the last month in France and Germany, some of them claimed by IS. The two men, identified as Noureddine H. and his brother Hamza H., were arrested following house searches in the French-speaking areas of Mons and Liege, a spokesman for the federal prosecutors said.