Category: World

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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Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains. Florence was expected to blow […]

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USA – Evacuation order

RALEIGH, N.C. — Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 130 mph and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. Communities along a stretch of coastline that’s vulnerable to […]

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USA – Officer Tasers girl, 11, for shoplifting

Cincinnati – A Cincinnati police officer who deployed a stun gun on a 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting violated department policy, investigators say. Officer Kevin Brown, 55, was also heard on bodycam video telling the girl that actions like hers were “why there’s no grocery stores in the black community”. His comment prompted an internal […]

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WORLD – India throws out ban on gay sex

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to ten years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future”. The 1861 law, a relic of Victorian England that hung on long […]

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USA – $400,000 ‘gone’

NEW JERSEY – More than $400,000 (£307,000) that was raised for a homeless man with the help of two strangers is gone, his lawyers have told the BBC. The story of Johnny Bobbitt led to over 14,000 people to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign. He sued the couple who started it for mismanagement. A judge […]

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JAPAN – Deadly typhoon

TOKYO – Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people and canceled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi sliced across the west on Tuesday, cutting power, overturning cars and killing at least six people. Jebi, or “swallow” in Korean, was briefly a super typhoon and is the most powerful storm to hit Japan […]

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Rev. Jasper Williams Jr

Franklin’s family says eulogy was offensive

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin’s family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address that described children being in a home without a father […]

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Women caned in Malaysia

Malaysia women caned for attempting to have same sex

Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court. The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu. According to an official, this is the state’s first conviction for same-sex relations […]

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World: Meghan McCain pays tribute to her father

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain’s daughter paid tribute to her father on Saturday with a broadside at President Donald Trump, lambasting the U.S. leader without naming him for using “cheap rhetoric” against a man celebrated as a war hero and statesman. Meghan McCain, who has made no secret of her unhappiness with Trump’s criticism […]

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Carnival Fascination rescues Barbadian fishermen

At approximately 10 pm Wednesday, August 29th, Carnival Fascination responded to a distress signal from a small fishing boat that was 25 nautical miles from Barbados. The boat had run out of fuel and was adrift. The two fisherman, from Barbados, ages 43 and 51, were rescued and taken aboard Carnival Fascination. They received medical […]

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WORLD – Failed dam

SWAR CREEK DAM, Myanmar (Reuters) – As many as 85 villages were flooded in Myanmar after a dam failed, unleashing waters that blocked a major highway and forced more than 63,000 people from their homes, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday. The disaster spotlights safety concerns about dams in Southeast Asia after last month’s collapse […]

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Air Canada, WestJet raising checked baggage fees

MONTREAL – Travellers will be forced to spend a little more to travel after Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. said they are increasing fees for passengers to check their bags. The country’s two largest airlines are raising the fee for the first checked bag to $30 from $25, and for the second bag to […]

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USA – Final journey

DETROIT – The body of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has arrived in Detroit to begin lying in state as thousands of fans gather for a final goodbye. Her body was delivered in a vintage white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town where it will remain for two days. The […]

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