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STORM Helene is expected to bring gusts of wind of up to 85mph across Wirral next week. "The centre of the storm will go up through the middle of Ireland and most of the strong winds will be in the Irish sea and to the west of Scotland". A Met Office statement said: "A spell of strong winds for western and some central parts of the United Kingdom during Monday night and Tuesday morning".
  • U.S. border agent charged with murder of four women

    U.S. border agent charged with murder of four women

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    The first murder took place September 3, authorities said. 47-year-old Claudine Anne Luera was found on Thursday morning in the brush near Camino Colombia about half a mile east of US-83 North with head trauma. We have advocated for and implemented new standards during the hiring process as well as new standards of professionalism after joining Border Patrol.
  • Typhoon death toll in Philippines jumps to 28

    Typhoon death toll in Philippines jumps to 28

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    Some 14 people have been killed in a massive storm which brought destruction to the northern Philippines, a presidential adviser says. Tolentino says that at least two other people are missing and that the death toll could climb to 16 once other casualty reports are verified.
  • Trump Signs Order Enabling Sanctions on Foreign Election Meddling

    Trump Signs Order Enabling Sanctions on Foreign Election Meddling

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    As The Washington Post first reported in August, the order appears to be an effort to stave off bipartisan legislation that would mandate tough federal action. The order would direct intelligence agencies to assess whether any people or entities interfered. The order declares a national emergency, Bolton said, and requires DNI to make regular assessments of activities targeting the USA electoral process, reporting findings to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller reach tentative plea deal

    Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller reach tentative plea deal

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    The conference will begin at 11:30, pushing it back two hours .Jury selection in the Manafort case was set to start next week, with a trial beginning on September 24. Mr. Trump has repeatedly come to Mr. Manafort's defense. And it suggests that investigators, who have brought charges against four Trump aides and two groups of Russian operatives, still have other targets in their sights.
  • Doc Shows Trump Transferred $10M From FEMA To ICE

    Doc Shows Trump Transferred $10M From FEMA To ICE

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    With this said, however, a DHS spokesperson says that the funds have nothing to do with disaster relief, meaning it won't impact FEMA's ability to help in the recovery of Hurricane Florence or any subsequent hurricanes . The decision to transfer the funds came directly from the Department of Homeland Security . "Under no circumstances was any disaster relief funding transferred from FEMA to immigration enforcement efforts", Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said.
  • Pope Francis Summons Bishops for Summit on Preventing Clergy Sex Abuse

    Pope Francis Summons Bishops for Summit on Preventing Clergy Sex Abuse

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    The Vatican hasn't responded to the accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, but has promised "clarifications" that presumably will come sometime after Francis' meeting Thursday with the USA delegation. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Monsignor Michael Bransfield as bishop of Wheeling-Charleston in the USA state of West Virginia, a Vatican statement said.
  • As Idlib offensive looms, Syrians flee to border villages

    As Idlib offensive looms, Syrians flee to border villages

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    Though Germany has said it will not simply comply with Russian requests for reconstruction help in Syria , the issue could provide leverage in stopping the Idlib offensive. It is seeking to gain time to support its efforts, it said, to separate radical militants from moderate opposition groups it backs. Although the Foreign Minister did not specify where the meeting would take place, several local media outlets reported it would be held in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted a ...
  • Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach

    Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach

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    It was crawling west-southwest at 3 miles per hour, lifting huge amounts of ocean moisture and dumping it far from the coast. The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.
  • Trump Stands By Lie About Hurricane Maria: Death Toll Increased 'Like Magic'

    Trump Stands By Lie About Hurricane Maria: Death Toll Increased 'Like Magic'

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    Colbert described the tweets as "sickening" before calling out the President, saying: 'It is in no way true'. Some well-known Republicans split with Trump on the issue. Trump has been on a tear about the death toll in Puerto Rico for days. We don't know if it was sufficient, that it was enough, I don't know. A small number of Republicans seemed to side with the president.
  • Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

    Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

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    It hit the coast as a Category 1 storm with 90 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, the NWS said. But the size of the storm meant the path didn't really matter. "I've been through hurricanes before", he says. One team from Maryland helped with about 40 rescues in New Bern starting Thursday, member Mitchell Rusland said.
  • China welcomes U.S. invitation for new round of trade talks

    China welcomes U.S. invitation for new round of trade talks

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    China is a major buyer of lobsters, and the country imposed a heavy tariff on exports from the United States in early July amid trade hostilities between the two superpowers. Beebe said that may be because survey respondents were mostly smaller firms, adding larger companies "have the ability to withstand the impact of the tariffs but it's going to be the smaller ones that are going to feel the pinch sooner".
  • British companies excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit

    British companies excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit

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    However, today's government papers insis this would not weaken gun controls as "the police would continue to assess an applicant's fitness to hold a firearm as part of their consideration of the Visitor's Permit application". Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the government would try to force firms to limit charges but he could not give a "cast iron guarantee" on the issue.
  • Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings 'epic' floods

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    The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding . The Weather Channel voiced support for one of its reporters on Friday after a video of him reporting during Hurricane Florence went viral online.
  • NHC says Florence has weakened to a tropical storm

    NHC says Florence has weakened to a tropical storm

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    By late Wednesday, authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state. Hurricane Florence has already proven to be not just powerful and destructive but wildly unpredictable.
  • Boston-area explosions have MA governor declaring state of emergency

    Boston-area explosions have MA governor declaring state of emergency

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    Massachusetts State Police said around 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odor had been reported on Thursday, though by Friday afternoon officials said that all had been extinguished. Thousands of residents were forced from their homes and into the street as city officials implored residents to evacuate the area immediately. The blast levelled the Scores Gentleman's Club, injuring about 20 people and damaging dozens of other buildings.
  • U.N. Chief Says a 'Bloodbath' Must be Averted in Syria's Idlib

    U.N. Chief Says a 'Bloodbath' Must be Averted in Syria's Idlib

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    Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran , have been massing troops for weeks around Idlib in preparation for an attack. On Tuesday, Erdogan said Russian Federation and Iran were also responsible for stopping a humanitarian disaster in Idlib, and said the worldwide community had to "throw its weight behind a political solution".
  • Russian Federation includes China in biggest war games in decades

    Russian Federation includes China in biggest war games in decades

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    Vostok 2018 comes amid increasing tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia's involvement in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. He said Moscow is interested in seeing how Beijing military has evolved through modern times given that the country has not fought since 1979.
  • Xi's Vladivostok trip injects fresh vigor into China-Russia ties, regional cooperation

    Xi's Vladivostok trip injects fresh vigor into China-Russia ties, regional cooperation

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    The disputed islands, known as the Southern Kurils in Russian Federation and the Northern Territories in Japan, were seized by the Soviet Union in 1945 in the closing stages of World War II. Japan and the Soviet Union signed a joint declaration aimed at ending wartime hostilities and restoring diplomatic ties in 1956. Some diplomats and analysts have taken Putin's proposal with a grain of salt.
  • MEPs back action against Hungary for undermining EU values

    MEPs back action against Hungary for undermining EU values

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    Under Article 7 of the European Union treaty, breaching the bloc's founding principles can lead to the suspension of a member state's rights as a punitive measure. "I reject that the European Parliament's forces supporting immigration and migrants threaten, blackmail and with untrue accusations defame Hungary and the Hungarian people", he said during a feisty speech.
  • Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort 'strikes plea deal'

    Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort 'strikes plea deal'

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    Trump's former fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted financial crimes and is helping federal prosecutors in NY. Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning (local time). Judge TS Ellis declared a mistrial on 10 other charges after the jury failed to reach a verdict. The remaining five charges against Manafort will be dropped.
  • Donald Trump disputes Puerto Rico death toll

    Donald Trump disputes Puerto Rico death toll

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    Santana, who works as a photographer with the Puerto Rican state police, told CBS News he took the photographs because he is frustrated to see them still sitting there. He went down there, he did what he did. She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy".
  • Pope OKs probe into US bishop as he meets with US delegation

    Pope OKs probe into US bishop as he meets with US delegation

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    While Pope Francis has refused to respond to Vigano's allegations so far, the Vatican said Monday that he was "formulating the eventual and necessary clarifications". No statement was scheduled to be released following the meeting at the Vatican, said a spokeswoman for the Holy See. The Council of Cardinals , sometimes called the "C9", is a group formed by Pope Francis himself, some members of which have been bogged down in recent days by their own set of scandals .
  • California gunman kills five in mass shooting

    California gunman kills five in mass shooting

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    According to the sheriff: The suspect left the area and went to a residence and confronted two more people, where he shot both of them. The woman whose vehicle was taken, and her child, were unharmed. The body camera video from the officer who confronted the shooter also needs to be examined. "Six people lost their lives in a very short amount of time", Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a Wednesday night news conference .
  • Trump touts Puerto Rico response as Hurricane Florence looms

    Trump touts Puerto Rico response as Hurricane Florence looms

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    The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially inflated by adding those who passed away from natural causes such as old age. The emergency supplies were brought in by FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which smashed the island and left its residents without power, without roofs and without running water.
  • Arun Jaitley lying on meeting with Vijay Mallya, says Rahul Gandhi

    Arun Jaitley lying on meeting with Vijay Mallya, says Rahul Gandhi

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    Mallya had told reporters outside a court in London , where he is fighting extradition to India, that he had met Jaitley to settle matters. "Today we have a categorical assertion by Mallya about the number of times he met the finance minister to have some resolution of his dues with banks".
  • Typhoon 'Mangkhut' to enter PH Wednesday noon

    Typhoon 'Mangkhut' to enter PH Wednesday noon

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    Almost 43 million people in the south-east Asian region could be affected, according to United Nations' Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System . "Even moderate winds can topple their houses", regional civil defence official Dante Balao told AFP. Weather forecaster Robert Sawi assured that the incoming typhoon will be weaker than super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, which claimed thousands of lives and destroyed billions of pesos worth of assets in 2013.
  • Trump signs executive order to impose sanctions against any election interference

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    The two lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require such mandatory sanctions earlier this year. One source, a USA official, said the order would slap sanctions on any attempt to interfere in national elections. The move follows sustained criticism of the president for failing to take seriously threats to the United States electoral system from foreign actors.
  • People pay their respects on 9/11 anniversary

    People pay their respects on 9/11 anniversary

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    The first came at 8:46 a.m.to mark the moment hijackers crashed Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center . "We're gathered together on these hallowed grounds to honor the memory of almost 3,000 souls who were murdered on this day 17 years ago", the president said.
  • Russian Federation begins its largest ever military exercise with 300,000 soldiers

    Russian Federation begins its largest ever military exercise with 300,000 soldiers

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    The military exercises come amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the west over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. According to Felgenhauer, China´s participation - although modest with only 3,200 men - will be a key factor at the drills. "It fits into a pattern we have seen over some time - a more assertive Russian Federation, significantly increasing its defense budget and its military presence", the alliance's spokesman Dylan ...
  • South Africa's murder rate up almost 7 per cent, police say

    South Africa's murder rate up almost 7 per cent, police say

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    There were 4 382 people murdered in KwaZulu-Natal in the past financial year, while 8 759 Sexual offences were reported. In Nquthu, there were 26 murders, up by seven, and 152 burglaries - also up. In the a year ago, 291 more women were killed than in 2017 - 117 more boys and 29 more girls. South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
  • Putin: There's 'Nothing Criminal' About Men Accused Of Poisoning

    Putin: There's 'Nothing Criminal' About Men Accused Of Poisoning

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    Putin said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov may soon make appearances in the media to protest their innocence. Sergei Skripal , a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the nerve agent Novichok was applied to his home's front door.
  • Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November has been cancelled

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    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has yet to respond to the news. A spokesman for the Irish Government said: "I can confirm that the proposed visit of the USA president is postponed". A number of political parties - including Labour, the Green Party, and People Before Profit - had called for protests to coincide with the visit. Mr Martin said the whole episode has been "a very unedifying experience".
  • Raped nun likely to seek action against PC George for slander

    Raped nun likely to seek action against PC George for slander

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    Bishop Mulakkal on his part rejected the charges against him as "baseless and concocted" and said he was open for a probe. It was also observed there that Court can not compel investigating officer to arrest an accused, as it was a matter within the discretion of police.
  • Trump Renews Attack on Critical Book

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    Trump also insisted that the White House is a "smooth running machine". Bob Woodward in NY on September 10, 2018. But he said his book "is as carefully done as you can do an excavation of the reality of what goes on" in the Trump White House.