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Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina Colleges Close for Irma


However, he depicted the destruction in the Keys, which experienced the first landfall, as "horrible". Meanwhile, search-and-rescue teams located in Orlando and other staging areas were waiting out the storm until it was safe enough to go out and assess the extent of the damage and injuries. Read More »

Australian party asks PM to take in Rohingya refugees


The Muslim Rohingya minority community has always been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar , which denies them citizenship. Bangladeshi officials are due to begin registering the refugees on Tuesday. Bangladesh's foreign ministry recently issued a statement highlighting the point that the country is already hosting almost 4 lakh Rohingyas since the past three decades. Read More »

Tropical Storm Jose expected to become hurricane


According to the National Hurricane Center, April tropical storms are rare , and this is only the second one (the first was 2003's Tropical Storm Ana ) since the use of satellite. Hurricane Katia churned 215 miles east of Tampico, Mexico , with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center . Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About Hurricane Irma


Katia now poses no immediate threat to land but is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center . It has winds of 100 mph, and it's moving west-southwest at 5 miles per hour. Hurricane Irma has been gaining strength in the Caribbean for over a week. Hurricane Katia is about 120 miles south-southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and about 115 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center. Read More »

Oil Drops On Concerns Irma Could Affect US Demand

Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the United States, were up 24 cents at $54.73 a barrel, just shy of their Friday peak of $54.79 a barrel, their highest level since April. National Hurricane Centre. US refineries increase their oil demand as they recover from recent flooding. Texas is home to 5.6 million bpd of refining capacity, and neighboring Louisiana has 3. Read More »

Russian Federation to work on trilateral projects with North & South Korea


U.S. President Donald Trump has urged China , North Korea's biggest ally and trading partner, to do more to rein in its neighbor. "Japan will coordinate with Russian Federation as well as the global community to make North Korea understand that there is no bright future (if it continues to promote its current policy) and to bring change to North Korea's current policy", Abe told reporters in Tokyo before leaving for Vladivostok. Read More »

Australian High Court approves gay marriage vote


According to the government, the result of the postal ballot will be finalized and announced at 11:30 a.m. on November 15, with the government to take appropriate action depending on the result. Elaine Pearson, director for Human Rights Watch, maintained fundamental rights should never be put to a popular vote. They alleged that the government, through Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, didn't have the authority to allocate such a large amount of money for such a non-urgent and non-binding ... Read More »

Apple backs marriage equality campaign in Australia


The bill will have a sunset provision, lasting only for the period of the postal survey. By September 25, all 16 million enrolled Australians should have received their forms. Frustrated progressive members said they would side with the opposition Labor Party to secure same-sex marriage if the PM could not finally resolve the issue, though some conservative lawmakers threatened to resign if Turnbull did not stick to a public vote, threatening the PM's one-seat majority. Read More »

Putin: North Korea should learn from fall of Saddam Hussein


The Russian President's warning comes as North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Han Taes-song, warned his country is ready to send "more gift packages" to the US. South Korea and the United States on Thursday completed the deployment of a U.S. missile defence system to counter North Korean threats, sparking demonstrations by residents and a diplomatic protest from Beijing. Read More »

North Korea Receiving Russian Supplies Despite sanctions


Chinese and Russian negotiators have also managed to persuade the United States delegation not to impose a travel ban or asset freeze on Kim Jong-un. The resolution instead bans textile exports, cuts off natural gas shipments to North Korea , places a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and caps crude oil shipments at their current level. Read More »

Russian Envoy Visits Saudi Arabia for Syria, Gulf Talks


The Shi'ite threat in Syria is of joint concern to both Israel and Saudi Arabia , and has made for a number of interesting alliances in the past several months. While many have called out the information as fake, with some even blaming Saudi Arabia for the "fabricated statement", some slammed Qatar for its links to terrorism. Read More »

Florida Deals With Irma's Aftermath as Flooding Rains Move North

Parts of east Alabama remained under tropical storm warnings on Monday morning as Irma continued to track northward across Florida . Hurricane Jose is lingering in the Atlantic as a category three hurricane , amid fears it could affect parts of the USA east coast later this week. Read More »

Israel summit called off


In recent months the prime minister has embarked on several trips to countries that have never, or rarely, been visited by Israeli leaders, such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Australia, Singapore, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Liberia. In preparation for the summit, Togo invited 54 African countries to participate in the four-day African Israeli Summit in which 20 to 30 heads of state were expected to take part. Read More »

Delta flight from Puerto Rico threads needle around Hurricane Irma


Almost 200 passengers - including flight crew - found themselves (literally) in the middle of category 5 Hurricane Irma , one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Here's a series of tweets by self-proclaimed aviation geek Jason Rabinowitz watching the flight into the storm from afar. And check out how the plane weaved its way through the outer bands of Irma to get out of dodge. Read More »

Russian Federation sells S-400 to Turkey


Speaking to reporters in Istanbul on Friday, Erdogan said he had made it clear to the previous US administration that Turkey wouldn't take part in any sanctions against neighboring Iran and that former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan was simply executing the policies of his government. Read More »

The Green Bay Packers win with….defense?

That's what I am saying. He should be raring to go", head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday afternoon. "I'm disappointed that we are talking about that today, " Carroll said. When running back C.J. Prosise gained 4 yards to move the chains, Carroll called a timeout with 30 seconds left - and it worked. Graham didn't get his $40 million contract that's ending this season by blocking. Read More »

Irma weakens to Category 1 storm but still poses threat


Millions have lost power in Florida with Hurricane Irma striking the state. Standing water along US 41 from Colonial to the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers was reported after Hurricane Irma passed through the area Sunday. Most outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. A day later, it had weakened to a tropical storm , but still brought risky storm surge flooding to Jacksonville. Read More »

Irma knocks out power to almost 6 million - authorities


In the central province of Villa Clara, storm surge caused coastal waters to rise more than 500 meters inland. Residents fled to shelters, hotels or relatives in safer areas. "We are about to get punched in the face by this storm". Indian-Americans who own hotels have opened up their unreserved rooms and in many cases their banquet halls have been converted into makeshift dormitories for those who left their homes in Florida to escape from the wrath of the hurricane. Read More »

Peru says expelling North Korean ambassador over nuclear programme


While condemning North Korea's nuclear ambitions, Moscow and Beijing are pushing for the so-called double freeze initiative that would see North Korea suspend its missile and nuclear tests in exchange for South Korea and the U.S. sanction plans. The Security Council last month imposed new sanctions over North Korea's two long-range missile launches in July. "The world will witness how the DPRK [North Korea] tames the USA gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever ... Read More »

Hurricane Irma leaves Americans frantically Googling: 'When is hurricane season over?'


Irma weakened to a Category 1 hurricane at around 2 a.m Monday as it's center and core moved over land, forecasters said , and it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by late Monday morning. They come after Hurricane Harvey killed about 60 people and caused property damage estimated at $180 billion after pummeling the coasts of Texas and Louisiana with torrential rain and severe flooding . Read More »

Two dead in Georgia, millions without power as Irma continues inland


The massive storm , which had menaced Florida for days and triggered evacuation orders covering 5.6 million people, made two official landfalls on Sunday, reports The Washington Post . "We get into your Tuesday , it's not even windy anymore", he said. Hurricane Irma has officially made landfall in Florida , and one of the major side-effects of its presence is the "whiteout conditions" it's created. Read More »

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane sends heartfelt message to title rival


Manchester City , spearheaded by two South American strikers, issued a warning to the Premier League rivals in the emphatic win. "We both had chances, but the game was equal". It's only the start and now we need to be focused for the next one". "All three up front were not really involved". "We didn't give Liverpool time and if you score a few goals it makes it a lot easier". Read More »

Irma weakens to Tropical Depression


As of 8 p.m., Irma was about 120 miles south of Atlanta , moving north-northwest at 16 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph. A similar warning covered parts of SC and most of eastern Alabama, where schools and businesses were closed today. Read More »

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, Indian Priest Kidnapped In Yemen, Rescued


Later that year, a video of the priest appealing to the government to free him was released. An announcement in this regard was made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter , according to ANI. "If I were a European priest, I would have been taken more seriously". In the earlier video, Uzhunnalil said that there have been reports in the media that everything was being done to secure his release "but in reality, nothing seems to have happened". Read More »

United Nations security council approves new sanctions on North Korea


The newly added penalties come just one week after North Korea carried out its sixth and largest confirmed nuclear test. Prior to the approval, Trump and the USA treasury secretary threatened to impose unilateral sanctions against any country that trades with North Korea if the Security Council was unable to come to an agreement. Read More »