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(CNN)Parts of France's southern Cote d'Azur were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to a statement from the Var police.

US President Donald Trump

Republican efforts to find a replacement for President Obama's healthcare system have collapsed. Two Republican senators said they opposed their party's proposed alternative, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form.

The party has been divided on the issue, with moderates concerned about the effects on the most vulnerable.

President Trump has now called for repeal of Obamacare, so Republicans can start "from a clean slate".

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva served as Brazil's President from 2003-11

He was charged as part of a wide-ranging anti-corruption investigation

(CNN)Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former President, was found guilty Wednesday of corruption and money laundering charges, a representative of the federal court in Parana state told CNN.

Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula da Silva to nine-and-a-half years in jail. He will remain free during his appeal, and faces corruption, obstruction of justice and money laundering charges in four other court cases.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russia is ready to expel about 30 US diplomats and seize US state property in retaliation for Washington's sanctions, Russian officials say.

The threat came from Russian foreign ministry sources, quoted by the daily Izvestia. Other Russian officials have made similar statements recently.

In December the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two intelligence compounds.