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Supreme Court seeks EC's help in PIL seeking Nitish's disqualification

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However, their tussle for the "arrow" doesn't look very hopeful. He circulated that theory again last month, urging his party to initiate a nationwide debate on the proposal. Welcoming EC's decision, the Nitish Kumar-led JD (U), which had approached EC on Monday with affidavits from an "overwhelming" number of party MLAs, MLCs, MPs and officer-bearers backing Nitish's leadership, said the party would now request Rajya Sabha chairman to decide its plea seeking disqualification of Sharad ... Read More »

Category 4 Hurricane Jose winds decrease to 130 mph

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There were no immediate reports of tornadoes touching down. Hurricane Irma is pounding closer to the US and Georgia is expected to experience high winds and heavy rain. The Tampa-St. Petersburg area, with a population of about 3 million, has not taken a direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921. Now around 3 million people live there. Read More »

French government condemns attack on Jewish family

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The SWC's Samuels noted that the attack on the Pinto family "follows the April murder of 65 year old Sarah Halimi, first tortured and then thrown from her third floor balcony by her neighbor who was screaming 'Allahu Akbar'". Interior Minister Gérard Collomb decried what he called "a cowardly act" that "seems directly linked to the religion of its victims" in a statement issued on Sunday. Read More »

India, Belarus ink 10 MoUs to expand cooperation

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India and Belarus on Tuesday signed 10 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in areas like Oil and Gas, Youth Affairs and Sports, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Agricultural Research and Education and Culture. Read More »

Sharif family requests five-member SC bench to take up review pleas

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A three-judge Supreme Court bench is due to start hearing review petitions by the Sharif family members and finance minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday. The Sharif family had moved two separate review petitions, one challenging the decisions given by the SC bench and the other the appointment of a three-member bench of the apex court. Read More »

Hurricane Irma's Eyewall Reaches Florida Keys

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But the hurricane - larger than the state itself - also brought destruction to the heavily-populated east coast of Florida . The massive storm, which is expected to reach southwest Georgia by Monday afternoon , prompted Deal to place the entire state - all 159 counties - under a state of emergency Sunday. Read More »

Power starts to go out as Hurricane Irma moves toward Georgia

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Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday as it spun northward through Florida, but forecasters warned of hazardous storm surges and "some wind gusts to near hurricane force". Johns River overflowed its banks - and it's going to get worse around 2 p.m., when high tide will come, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says. "Gwinnett County Government urges residents and businesses to take steps to prepare for the storm ", according to a press release. Read More »

Irma churns through central Florida, leaves trail of destruction

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Coastal and south Georgia accounted for most of the outages at electric coops as well, according to Georgia EMC, with more than 208,000 affected customers. Forecasters warned that Irma remained unsafe as it toppled trees and power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 4.6 m. Read More »

Forecasters studying path of Hurricane Jose

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Throughout the week, Hurricane Jose is expected to complete a loop in a clockwise direction between Bermuda, Bahamas as well as Puerto Rico . Don't buy into the hype. Meanwhile, a tropical wave over the east Atlantic only has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next five days. Dr Julian Heming, who works on predicting tropical cyclones for the Met Office, yesterday said that Jose seems to be "grinding to a halt". Read More »

If Irma hits Tampa Bay, blame the mother*cking Washington Post

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The paintball mask Drake is wearing is ripped off his face and the storm chaser is nearly blown off his feet several times as he holds his wind reading device, an anemometer, aloft. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented, warning that storm surges could be deadly. DeKalb and Fulton Counties, including Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Buckhead and all of metro Atlanta are also under a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Irma begins to track northward, ... Read More »

Trump names 28-year-old Hope Hicks as permanent communications director

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Hicks took the job on what was an interim basis after the resignation of Anthony Scaramucci, who resigned just ten days after being tapped for the spot. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer also filled the role for a short time before resigning in July. Mike Dubke, the administration's first full-time communications director, resigned in May . Read More »

51 pets found tethered outside evacuated homes in FL

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Many of them were left tied to poles or in outside pens, officials said to the New York Post . Sauve said officials will use every paper trail imaginable to track down animal cruelty offenders. - As Hurricane Irma's outer bands inch closer to Palm Beach County, animal control officers say they are hustling to rescue abandoned animals. 'It's always disappointing, ' she told USA Today about the surrenders. Read More »

Tropical storms Jose, Katia become hurricanes

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The NHC has not now put out any watches or warnings, but has said that authorities in the Leeward Islands-a group of islands also known as the Lesser Antilles-in particular should monitor the storm. The storm is now heading west-northwest. The rains may cause flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas, the NHC said . Jose has wind speeds of 60 miles per hour and is moving west at 13 miles per hour. Read More »

Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Irma in Atlantic

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Martin early Wednesday and then continued northwest with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. It said a hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of the Mexican state of Veracruz where heavy rainfall could be expected. Jose's projected path is expected to come close to striking Barbuda this weekend. "Everyone who lives in an area at risk of landslides must vacate their homes, because it will continue to rain, the ground is getting softer and we should not run risks", said Yunes. Read More »

Moon, Putin Agree N. Korean Nuke Issue Needs Swift Resolution

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We'll see whether or not he can do it. Guterres told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY on Tuesday that North Korea's nuclear and missile tests threaten regional and global stability. Putin did not say how close the two countries were to such an agreement. North Korea said it tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday, prompting global condemnation and a US warning of a "massive" military response if it or its allies were threatened. Read More »

Hurricane Irma exposes Trump over climate change says Christian Aid

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Amid Hurricane Harvey and Irma here's a look at some of the most devastating, most horrific storms, which have hit the US over the past century. Hurricane Katrina , which battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, caused $160 billion in damage in today's dollars, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read More »

Georgia orders compulsory evacuation of coast as Irma roars closer

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Because it is a quick-moving storm and because river levels are low statewide, North Carolina is unlikely to see flooding on a par with Hurricane Matthew's damage in 2016. Albemarle Electric Membership Corp. spokesman Chris Powell said Thursday night that Irma's local impacts are still hard to predict - everyone will better know what to expect over the weekend. Read More »

Space station captures Hurricanes Irma, Jose churning in the Atlantic

Forecasters say it will be near the Florida Keys by Sunday morning. Restoring power at storm shelters on the west coast where Irma is taking aim is a top priority. Sarasota has ten shelters now open, including Heron Creek Middle School and North Port High School, which opened today, while Manatee opened 23 of its shelters yesterday afternoon. Read More »

Peru expels North Korea ambassador as new United Nations sanctions ratified

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un ordered the production of more rocket warheads and engines, shortly after the United States suggested that its threats of military action and sanctions were having an impact on Pyongyang's behavior. Rycroft called the resolution "a very significant set of additional sanctions", declaring that "we are tightening the screw, and we stand prepared to tighten it further". Read More »

May Asks Trump to Step in Over Boeing and Bombardier Dispute

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The fact Downing Street has become involved demonstrates the level of concern over the impact an adverse ruling by the US Department of Commerce against Bombardier could have on the future of the Northern Ireland factory. It followed a visit from Greg Clark, the business secretary, to Chicago last month to meet Boeing's chairman and chief executive and plead with them to drop the case. Read More »

Finch ruled out of Australia's warm-up game

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The bowling department will be spearhead by pacer Sandep Sharma who will carry the responsibility of providing early breakthroughs for his side. In the Board President's XI , only Gurkeeramat Mann has played for the National side so far, and the remaining players are all youngsters who are aiming to make it big by marking their presence felt in this game. Read More »

Evacuation orders mount as wildfire spreads in southwestern Alberta

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Parks Canada says as of Monday, the Kenow fire had covered about 114 square kilometres and moved 11.5 kilometres down British Columbia's Akamina Valley over the past three days. As for finally putting this fire out, Stoesser said that wont happen without a little help. Presently, the whole fire is considered to be burning out of control. Read More »

United Nations rights body rebukes India over its measures to deport Rohingyas

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Rumours have spread on social media that Muslims, who represent about 4.3 per cent of the Buddhist-majority country's population of 51.4 million, would stage attacks to avenge violence against the Rohingya . Nigeria has condemned the "ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar, calling on the United Nations to invoke the principle of "responsibility to protect" to rein in the security operations that have led to the forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims. Read More »

Jose strengthens into hurricane in Atlantic Ocean

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Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall. However, Jose is coming behind Hurricane Irma , a risky Category 5 hurricane that the National Hurricane Center is calling "potentially catastrophic ". Read More »

Plane crashes into tree after takeoff from CT airport

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Officials say the pilot, Manfred Frost, 79, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. The FAA said they are investigating the crash, but stated it appears there was some kind of fuel leak. Police are now carrying out an search of the crash scene, with an investigator of the Federal Aviation Administration expected to visit later on. This is the state's eighth small plane crash this year. Read More »

Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Katia has weakened to a Category 1 storm Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center said . Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico . Read More »

Winds whip Florida Keys as Hurricane Irma turns sights northward

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Tens of thousands of people huddling in shelters watched for updates as the storm swung to the west, now potentially sparing Tampa as well Miami the catastrophic head-on blow forecasters had been warning about for days. ABC News meteorologists are forecasting storm surges of 10 feet in Tampa and Sarasota, and 10 to 15 feet from Fort Myers to Naples. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (129 kilometers) from its center. Read More »

Oil prices decline on Hurricane Irma

The S&P 500 surged toward a record high on Monday with its strongest one-day performance since April after tropical storm Irma did less damage than expected in Florida , and North Korea did not test missiles over the weekend, which some had feared. Read More »

Putin warns of Korean 'global catastrophe'

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Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said at an emergency UN Security Council Briefing on North Korea that the freeze-for-freeze plan was "insulting". "This leads nowhere", he said. He later said he was considering stopping all U.S. trade with any country that maintained commercial relations with the North Korean regime. Read More »

Music prodigy Karan Joseph from Bengaluru ends life in Mumbai

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Karan had been a patient of depression for a long time. "The cops recorded the statement of pianist Karan Joseph's father Thomas Joseph for four hours on Monday morning in which Thomas claimed that his son was tortured by unknown persons and that his wife Tina had received messages from Karan saying he was "afraid and lonely" and that he was beaten up". Read More »

Putin Urges Diplomacy, Not Sanctions on North Korea

Western capitals have been paying closer attention to Russian economic ties with North Korea since a series of missile and nuclear tests carried out by Pyongyang prompted warnings that a military conflict could break out on the Korean peninsula. Read More »

UN Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry warned Washington that if it did "rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays the due price". Read More »