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Three strong quakes hit across the world just hours apart


A spokesman for PNG's National Disaster Management Office in Port Moresby said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but claimed these usually take several hours to reach the capital after a major shake. Hazardous tsunami waves from the natural disaster were possible within 300 km of the epicenter along Papua New Guinea coastlines, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Read More »

Kericho accident updates: Death toll hits 50


The 67-seater bus was headed to Kisumu from Nairobi when it reportedly veered off the road and rolled over at Fort Tenan black spot. Fort Ternan is a small town in Kericho County, just 50 kilometres east of Kisumu. President Uhuru Kenyatta said authorities were investigating what he called a catastrophic incident. "I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incident", he said on Twitter. Read More »

Korea, Russia call for "review" of UNSC sanctions in joint communiqué


Francis visited South Korea in August 2014. As for Japan's motive for hosting the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , the daily said Japan is likely seeking to avoid being kept from being involved in intensifying dialogue regarding the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

White House: More talks with Saudi crown prince


Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the continuing to monitor the unfolding investigation in Istanbul, but offered no information about what the crown prince told the US officials regarding Khashoggi's disappearance. "We want to see what's going on there", he said. Earlier, Turkish daily Sabah listed the names and images of 15 suspected Saudi operatives who landed in Istanbul on the day Khashoggi vanished last week after entering the Saudi consulate . Read More »

Pipeline explosion near Prince George


The incident forced the evacuation of several homes in the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, but most of the roughly 100 residents have been allowed to return home. Puget Sound Energy asked its customers in a tweet on Wednesday to conserve natural gas. "We thought it might have been a train crash or a low-flying jet", he said. Read More »

'Gay cake' case: Supreme Court rules Ashers did not discriminate against customer


President of the Supreme Court Lady Hale said of the decision arrived at by the five justices that the McArthurs "would have refused to make such a cake for any customer, irrespective of their sexual orientation". Lady Hale continued: " This court has held that 'nobody should be forced to have or express a political opinion in which he does not believe ". She went on: "As to Mr Lee's claim based on sexual discrimination, the bakers did not refuse to fulfil his order because of his sexual ... Read More »

Tropical Storm Michael could form late Sunday, hit the USA midweek


On the forecast track, the low or the tropical cyclone should move near the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico tonight through Sunday night, and then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday. While the storm's projected path shows it making a landfall somewhere along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, Tampa Bay will also be feeling some impacts. Read More »

Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn't confirm whether six more people were still missing at midday as local media reported. Spanish authorities say that a total of five people have died, and a further 12 are missing. At least 220 millimetres of rain are believed to have fallen in the region, flooding homes, roads and fields. Read More »

Tropical Storm Michael could form late Sunday, hit the US midweek

As we head into the start of the week, all eyes turn to the Gulf of Mexico, where Tropical Storm Michael is gaining strength. It was moving to the north at 5 miles per hour. The NWS release said major impacts are possible by mid-week, but that could change, depending on the cyclone's track and intensity. "There will be a significant threat along the coast of hurricane force winds, storm surge that could be exceed 6 to 12 feet in some locations, rains totaling 4" - 8" with local amounts up to ... Read More »

'Prove' Jamal Khashoggi walked out of consulate - Erdogan asks Riyadh

Security camera footage shows boxes being loaded into the van, which carried diplomatic number plates. "It has to prove that Jamal wasn't oppressed at the consulate and that he left safely". The countries have significant trade and investment ties and vie for influence across the region. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said a search would be conducted there. Read More »

Trump questions United Nations global warming report


The IPCC study , which took almost three years to complete and involved 91 authors from 40 countries, is the first to look in detail at the 1.5 deg C limit, which is one of the goals in the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement . But the report adds: "The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development". Read More »

Stark warning says we have a decade to avoid catastrophic climate change


The authors of the study estimate that updating the global energy system would require an annual investment of $2.4 trillion between 2016 and 2035. If we fail to meet this objective and global temperatures rise by even a mere half a degree Celsius more to 2°C (3.6°F), the effects on our planet are expected to be devastating. Read More »

Justice Kavanaugh makes low-key Supreme Court debut, after raucous confirmation


House Democrats' lead in the generic congressional ballot has slightly increased in the wake of the bombshell hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh , according to a newly released survey from CNN - numbers that conflict with some other recent polling and push back on the narrative that the Kavanaugh hearings were a political win for the GOP. Read More »

Nikki Haley resigns as US Ambassador to UN, Trump accepts


Haley, a close colleague of Powell's, was also known to be friendly with Ivanka Trump and Kushner. "You know look at a certain point everyone sort of leaves, you have to leave", he said in July. "We are a better country because they are in this administration", Haley enthused. Ms Haley, 46, was appointed to the UN post in November 2016 and last month coordinated Mr Trump's second trip to the United Nations, including his first time chairing the UN Security Council. Read More »

Apparent white tiger attack kills keeper at Japan zoo


He was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital. A white tiger attacked and killed a zookeeper in its enclosure in southern Japan , officials said Tuesday. No one saw the moment of the apparent attack. Zoo director Akinori Ishido told a televised news conference that he was saddened by the loss of his staff. Read More »

Is a diplomatic row awaiting Turkey-Saudi ties?


Image copyright AFP Image caption The Saudi consulate said Khashoggi left after completing paperwork Who is Jamal Khashoggi? Khashoggi, a progressive journalist who left Saudi Arabia past year, is feared dead by Turkish authorities , who claim he never left the consulate after going in last Tuesday on an administrative errand. Read More »

Trump official sought Israeli help to disrupt rival campaigns


Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel's office are now investigating these proposals according to the New York Times . There is no evidence Trump's campaign acted on any of the proposals by Psy-Group, a company staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, the Times reports, citing interviews and copies of the proposals the paper obtained. Read More »

Israeli PM’s wife goes on trial for fraud


She was not asked at the hearing to enter a plea. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison. She was charged in June with fraud and breach of trust and aggravated fraudulent receipt of goods. In one case, the prime minister is suspected of accepting lavish gifts from a pair of billionaire friends. There is also an ongoing inquiry into the prime minister's ties with local telecoms giant Bezeq and its largest shareholder, Shaul Elovitch. Read More »

'They erupted in cheers' - footage of NZDF Indonesia tsunami evacuation


Australia is providing additional support to Indonesia in the wake of the devastating natural disaster and tsunami which struck Sulawesi on 28 September. The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6 million people have been affected. Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake and tsunami that struck a central island last week has increased slightly to 1,424. Read More »

Child among three Palestinians killed in Gaza protests


In the second stage, the bodies of two Israelis, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, were to be returned and hundreds of millions of dollars were to be invested in Gaza projects and infrastructure. Egypt threatens to back out as mediator between Hamas and Israel and Hamas and Fatah, according to reports Sunday . Israel's Haaretz reported that among the three Palestinians killed was a boy. Read More »

Fatal N.Y. Limo Crash Raises Safety Questions About 'Frankenstein' Vehicles


Police said the driver was not properly licensed, and the vehicle failed inspection a month ago. A call to the company's office from Associated Press was unanswered on Monday (local time). "They'd do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family". Vertucci, who grew up in Amsterdam, New York , was an administrative assistant at St. Read More »

Saint John oil refinery explosion worries residents


He said there had been a problem with the refinery's diesel treating unit, which removes sulphur from diesel fuel, but it wasn't yet clear exactly what caused the malfunction. A local hospital had issued an "orange alert", meaning it was preparing for a possible influx of patients, while the City of Saint John advised residents to shelter in place. Read More »

Toronto's Yazidi refugee community welcomes Nadia Murad's Nobel Peace Prize win


After announcing the Nobel Peace Prize, Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said that the pair won the award for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war". Following her escape, she chose to speak openly about what she had suffered. Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009 for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen worldwide diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and "creating a new climate in global politics". Read More »

Pakistan poised to seek bailout from International Monetary Fund to stabilise economy


In the United States, momentum is still strong as fiscal stimulus continues to increase, but the forecast for 2019 has been revised down due to recently announced trade measures, including the tariffs imposed on $200 billion of U.S. The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for the world economy, citing rising interest rates and growing tensions over trade. It urged the government to relax controls on its currency and to do more to help the poor to help lay the foundations ... Read More »

Second Skripal poisoning suspect named as 'Russian GRU doctor'


Bellingcat has now identified "Alexander Petrov" to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin , a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU . A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police said they would not comment on "speculation regarding their identities". The home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on Christie Miller Rd in Salisbury, Wiltshire under police guard. Read More »

Mining sector, Morrison government on the defensive over IPCC report


The IPCC report was released just as this year's Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to two professors studying the economic impact of climate change . Limiting warming to "well below" 1.5 degrees hotter than pre-industrial levels was the promise made by governments all over the world at the Paris climate talks in 2015. Read More »

Susan Rice considering 2020 challenge to Collins in Maine


They had even attempted what some senators called a "bribe", raising millions of dollars in campaign pledges that they said they would donate to her opponent if she voted for President Trump's nominee. "I have met with so many Mainers that were sexual assault survivors", she told the TV station. "I believe (Dr. Blasey Ford) was sexually assaulted and that that trauma has stayed with her throughout her life", Collins told WXIA. Read More »

Climate change: Could changing your lifestyle really make a difference?

Coal consumption by Indian thermal generators needs to be cut by two thirds within 2030 and to nearly zero by 2050 if India has to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees said Greenpeace India in a statement. And she said: "Today's report by the IPCC makes clear that avoiding risky climate change will require a transformational effort, and that is precisely what Labour is offering - a plan to rapidly decarbonise our energy system as part of a green jobs revolution, and a long term target of ... Read More »

NY limousine crash kills 20 people


The National Transportation Safety Board and State Police were investigating the crash. Axel's brother, Rich Steenburg, was also in the limo, their aunt Jessica Andrews confirmed to CNN affiliate WHAM . " The motor is making everyone deaf ", Erin McGowan texted a friend, complaining that the vehicle was in " terrible condition ", according to the Times . Read More »