Category: World

USA – ‘Rogue killers’

WASHINGTON — In a comment that could give Saudi officials a route to climb down from outright denials, president Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Trump’s comment […]

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U.S. – Hurricane Michael kills 17, death toll expected to rise

Rescuers are picking their way through devastated areas of north-west Florida, in the United States (U.S.), amid fears that the death toll from Hurricane Michael will rise. The hurricane, one of the most powerful in US history, struck on Wednesday with winds of up to 155 miles per hour. According to officials, at least 17 […]

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USA -Governor: Limo that crashed shouldn’t have been on the road

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state moved to shut down the owner, Prestige Limousine, as state and federal authorities […]

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China confirms detention of Interpol chief

SOURCE: BBC NEWS: China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, […]

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WORLD – Bodies of children found in church as death toll spikes in Palu

PALU, INDONESIA – Desperation is growing in the stricken Indonesian city of Palu as residents faced a fifth day with little food or clean drinking water and the official death toll mounted in the wake of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The number of people killed rose to 1,234 on Tuesday, Indonesia’s national disaster agency […]

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WORLD – Indonesia accused of mishandling tsunami warnings

The Indonesian government has defended itself against accusations it issued inadequate safety warnings as a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed at least 844 people. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Sulawesi island on Friday causing three-meter-high (10 foot) waves to surge over parts of its northwestern shore, with groups of people caught on the […]

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World: Hundreds dead in Indonesia quake and tsunami

More than 380 people have been confirmed dead after a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit an Indonesian city on Friday. Waves up to three metres (10 feet) high swept through Palu on Sulawesi island. Video on social media shows people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque among the buildings damaged. […]

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WORLD – Facebook says big breach exposed 50 million accounts to full takeover

Facebook Inc said on Friday that hackers stole digital login codes allowing them to take over nearly 50 million user accounts in its worst security breach ever given the unprecedented level of potential access, adding to what has been a difficult year for the company’s reputation. Facebook, which has more than 2.2 billion monthly users, […]

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EAST AFRICA – Kenyan governor charged in murder of pregnant student

Nairobi – Kenyan governor Okoth Obado has been charged in court with aiding and abetting the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend, a pregnant student. The married governor pleaded not guilty to the charge. Obado’s arrest followed weeks of public anger after the body of Sharon Otieno, 26, was found in a forest. A post-mortem revealed she […]

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Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries

SOURCE: BBC NEWS: The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves. There have been over 100 reports of needles being […]

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WHO releases global status report on alcohol and health

More than three million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol each year, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents one in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than five per cent […]

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EAST AFRICA – Death toll climbs

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching […]

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INDIA – ‘Honour killing’

On September 14, Pranay Perumalla was murdered in front of his wife, Amrutha, in an alleged honour killing. BBC Telugu’s Deepthi Bathini spoke to Amrutha, whose father has been arrested for plotting the attack. Amrutha and Pranay were high school sweethearts in Miriyalaguda, a small town in the southern Indian state of Telangana. They first […]

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INDIA – Seven-year-old in critical condition after rape

NEW DELHI – A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition at a New Delhi hospital after undergoing surgery for injuries she suffered while being raped with a metal water pipe, officials said Wednesday. Her mother was by her bedside after the girl underwent hours of surgery. The exact type of pipe used in the assault […]

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WORLD: Typhoon Mangkhut batters the Philippines

Some 14 people have been killed in a massive storm which brought destruction to the northern Philippines, a presidential adviser says. Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, and is now moving west towards China. Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao sustained some damage, a government official said, and communications […]

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USA – At least four dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph (155 kph) winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people were killed. Forecasters warned that drenching rains […]

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USA – ‘Threat becomes reality’

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last […]

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