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Tropical Storm Bill has made landfall on the Texas coast along Matagorda Island, northeast of Corpus Christi with emergency services preparing for further flooding and infrastructural damage. “The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Bill had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph Tuesday morning as it came ashore about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

Last month flooding led to more than 30 deaths in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Texas climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says May was the wettest month on record for the state, with an average rainfall of nearly 9 inches.

The National Weather Service says average rainfall through Wednesday evening for portions of Texas will be 3 to 6 inches but there could be as much as 12 inches in some isolated areas.” [ABC News/AP]

The planned gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey, named the “Turkish Stream,” is facing obstacles due to ongoing political uncertainties in Turkey following the recent general election, Russia’s daily Kommersant has reported. “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in Baku on June 13, reportedly to discuss the latest developments in the region as well as leading energy projects.

Putin also held a closed meeting with Gazprom chief Alexei Miller on June 15 over the company’s activities, but no clue was given about the project in the subsequent press announcement. “At the Kremlin meeting, it was seen that there were some uncertainties over the Turkish Stream project following the talks with Turkey,” Gazprom sources told Kommersant.” [Hurriyet Daily News]

Vladimir Putin has announced Russia’s plans to put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into operation this year. “It is part of a wide-reaching programme to modernise the country’s military. The move comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe.

Nato has condemned the Russian announcement, saying the move amounted to “nuclear sabre-rattling” and was “unjustified” and “dangerous.” [BBC News]

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