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No tsunami threat to Hawaii after major quake strikes Papua New Guinea

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Both Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The official said there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake but these typically took several hours to reach the capital after a major shake. Read More »

Michael, Now Post-Tropical Storm, Batters Tri-State With Rain, Wind

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In Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around. The hospital was evacuating 130 patients as it faced challenges of running on generators after the storm knocked out power, ripped off part of its roof and smashed windows, a spokesman for the hospital's owner HCA Healthcare said in an email. Read More »

Brexit: PM's compromises a 'concern' for cabinet ministers

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It is understood that cabinet ministers Liam Fox, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt expressed concerns. The Guardian said House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom was also concerned about May's reported plan to accept keeping Britain in the EU customs union for an indefinite period after it withdraws. Read More »

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Wuerl amid abuse cover-up scandal

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Ouellet said there was no evidence of a cover up. DiNardo on Sunday "welcomed" the "additional steps Pope Francis is taking to ensure the faithful are protected from the evil of sexual assault". The historic record, however, is rife with evidence that McCarrick travelled widely in the years in which he was allegedly under sanction, with even Vigano toasting him warmly at an awards ceremony in NY in 2012. Read More »

Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

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The yellow warning has been issued for strong gusts of wind up to 60mph - and up to 70mph in exposed and hilly areas - which would be coupled with very heavy rain. "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water". SEPA said that high tides are expected to affect the area Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire and Arran and Skye and Lochaber in particular, due to "a storm surge and large waves" associated with the storm. Read More »

Air India flight hits airport wall before take-off

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As a result of the impact, the antenna, a part of the west-side wall and the instrument landing system (ILS) of the flight was reportedly damaged, The Times of India reported. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. Officials said the DGCA was probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed. Read More »

Japan has the world's 'strongest' passport, according to this index

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This infographic by the Henley Passport Index's "Compare My Passport" section shows some differences between the access of Singapore passports (left) and Japan passports (right). "It is therefore with much enthusiasm that we greet the latest announcement from South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba about the planned revisions to South Africa's visa policy, which pave the wave for a number of reciprocal waivers for South African passport-holders". Read More »

Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35s after crash

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Two U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II's assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly a combat mission over Afghanistan, Sept. allies. " The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents ", according to the statement. The U.S. military on Thursday grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighters after one of the jets crashed during a training mission in SC last month, officials said Thursday. Read More »

Cyclone Titli Makes Landfall in Odisha, No Loss of Life Reported

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The latest observations indicate that " Titli ", over west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 19 kmph during the past six hours. The official also said there were no reports of deaths due to electric shocks in the area. According to data with the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 3,000 hectares of paddy, 29 hectares of banana crops and 9,000 hectares of vegetable crops were damaged across two mandals in Srikakulam, Jalumuru, ... Read More »

Status Orange weather warning issued for County Galway ahead of Storm Callum

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The strongest winds are expected across eastern areas of Northern Ireland during the early hours of Friday morning followed by Scotland from mid-morning onward. Cllr John Campbell says areas of South Donegal which have been prone to flooding in the past owing to high tides could still be vulnerable. Coats on the south and west of the country are expected to be the worst affected by the storm, worth risks of heavy flooding and structural damage. Read More »

Bride Breaks Down At Late Fiancé's Grave On Wedding Day

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Things took a tragic turn when Murphy perished last November after he was hit by a auto driven by a fellow firefighter while responding to an accident near their home, according to Global News on October 8. Ms Knepp shared the photos on Facebook with the caption: "It's hard when you miss someone". 'She made broken look lovely and strong look invincible. Read More »

China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options

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Though she clarified that there was no "pan-governmental" discussion on the issue yet underway, she added: "I think it's a matter to be reviewed in comprehensive consideration of South-North relations". Kang was not specific but her comments are likely to fuel speculation Washington wasn't fully on board before Seoul signed the agreement. While U.N. sanctions against North Korea don't ban tourism, they do place strict restrictions on the transfer of funds, he said. Read More »

Erdogan: Saudis must prove missing reporter left consulate

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Police also said a special team of around 15 Saudis were especially sent to Istanbul and in the building at the same time as Khashoggi . Turkish investigators believe that Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after he entered and his body was later removed from the premises, a US official and sources close to the investigation said. Read More »

British pair among five dead in Majorca flash floods

Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours". Two Britons are said to be among at least five people killed as flash floods hit the Spanish island of Majorca overnight, emergency services said. Read More »

Tropical Storm Michael forms in Caribbean, eyes Gulf Coast

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Officials believe the storm could strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall midweek. Keep in mind that in a hurricane, the impacts can stretch hundreds of miles outside the center - including wind , tropical downpours that lead to flooding, storm surge, and tornadoes. Read More »

Tropical Storm Michael looms over Gulf of Mexico, could become hurricane

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Wind shear, which has slowed the storm's development so far, is forecast to relax, which should also enable the storm to gain strength. At this time of year wind shear can tear storms structures apart, but some meteorologists are suggesting that wind shear will be lower than normal, providing an environment more conducive to intensification and for the storm to maintain its structure over the coming days. Read More »

Americans win economics Nobel Prize for work on climate and growth

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The prize is given to an economist who has made a substantial contribution toward the subject, with an award of 9 million Swedish kroner ($US990,000) split between the pair. He founded the NYU Stern Urbanization Project a year later where he conducted applied research on the many ways that policy makers in the developing world can use the growth of cities to create economic opportunity and pursue social reform. Read More »

Turkey Claims Saudis Killed, Chopped Up Journalist — NY Times

Khashoggi , a regime critic and prominent journalist in Saudi Arabia , was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The obvious difficulty of imposing ambitious reforms on the Kingdom led the administration to cut MBS some slack for heavy-handed tactics, but if Khashoggi was kidnapped or murdered by Saudi officers in Turkey (with his corpse dismembered to dispose of the evidence, according to the most lurid rumors in Turkish circles) it could become a major ... Read More »

Ramaphosa dodges questions on Nene, says he is "hard of hearing"

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Nene asked Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties, the Johannesburg-based Business Day newspaper reported Monday, without saying how it got the information. "Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance". Read More »

'Team player' Brett Kavanaugh sworn in again as US Supreme Court Justice

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At a White House ceremony on Monday night, Mr Kavanaugh said he was starting his new job without bitterness. Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction". Kavanaugh's nomination was thrown into jeopardy when university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford came forward with accusations that he had sexually assaulted her when they were teens in the Washington area. Read More »

USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reportedly set to resign

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Trump also said that Haley is welcome back in his administration if she wants to return. She has been more outspoken in calling out Russian aggression than Trump, for example. Powell, who worked for a decade at Goldman before joining the Trump administration, would have to be confirmed by the Senate if Trump were to nominate her. Read More »

Zookeeper dies after 'tiger attack' in Japan

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According to a preliminary investigation, he was attacked and killed by a five-year-old male tiger named Riku, who measures 1.8-meters (six-feet) long and weighs 170kg (375 pounds). Park chief Santos Kumar said: "The victim was assisting the caretaker in pushing the cats into their enclosure for the night when they turned around and pounced on him as one of the four gates was not shut and latched by then". Read More »

Pompeo wants 'thorough' Saudi probe of journalist's disappearance

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Yasin Aktay, who advises Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in his ruling AK Party, told Reuters that Turkish authorities believed a group of 15 Saudi nationals were "most certainly involved" in the matter, and added that statements by Saudi officials on the absence of camera records were not honest. Read More »

Israel PM, Russia President to meet over Syria

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Sara, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appears at a court hearing in the fraud trial against her, at the Magistrate court in Jerusalem October 7, 2018. In 2016, a court ruled she abused a housekeeper and awarded the man $42,000 (£32,000) in damages. In June, the court charged the wife of the Prime Minister of Israel on charges of embezzlement of budget funds for personal needs. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan tells Saudis to prove missing journalist left Istanbul consulate

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He said that, according to his understanding, Mr Khashoggi had left the consulate within an hour of entering. The image released by the Post bore a date and date stamp. The private Turkish broadcaster, NTV , reported on Monday that police had requested access to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul . The incident has angered rights activists and press freedom advocates, who have called on the Saudi government to clarify Khashoggi's whereabouts. Read More »

5000 feared missing as Indonesia quake death toll rises

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The quake and subsequent tsunami that struck Palu, Central Sulawesi, on 28 September are estimated to have destroyed 10,000 houses and damaged a further 55,000. The aid is part of a $3.6 million relief commitment, including more than 50 medical professionals, that Australia made on Wednesday. The official death toll from last week's quake and the tsunami it triggered stands at 1,571, but it will certainly rise. Read More »

USA dollar soars to Rs134 in interbank market

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China was set to grow by 6.2 in 2019, down from the 6.4 percent projected last July. The IMF warns that risks highlighted in previous reports "have become more pronounced or have partially materialized" in the real world. It also said inflation in India is on the rise, estimated at 3.6 per cent in fiscal year 2017/18 and projected at 4.7 per cent in fiscal year 2018/19, compared with 4.5 per cent in fiscal year 2016/17, amid accelerating demand and rising fuel prices . Read More »

Saint John oil refinery explosion worries residents

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Scott said the unit was quickly shut down after the blast. Michael Steeves, who lives in Saint John, said he was driving about a kilometre away when he noticed what was happening at the refinery. "I heard a rumbling, roaring sound", Guimond said. He chose to drive by the refinery and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumed must have been a second explosion. Read More »

British website says 2nd Russian blamed for Skripal poisoning is GRU doctor

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Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin , a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU . The British open-source website said it had identified the suspect using testimonies from people the suspect knew and a scanned copy of his passport. Britain accuses the Russian government of trying to kill Skripal in retribution for his ongoing work with European intelligence agencies. A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police said they would not comment on "speculation regarding their ... Read More »

Russian minority party wins Latvian vote; populists surge

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The pro-Kremlin Harmony party won Latvia's general election ahead of populists, final results showed yesterday, but talks on forming a governing coalition looked thorny due to the country's fragmented political scene. Still, its leaders and analysts believed it would have a say in the next government coalition. "Forming a new government will be very hard", Kucinskis said after the election. Read More »