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Tracking Hurricane Irma, Now a Category 5 Storm in The Atlantic


Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince, Cuba provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, and Las Tunas. "The Leeward Islands are going to get destroyed", warned Colorado State University meteorology professor Phil Klotzbach, a noted hurricane expert. Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossello urged the island's 3.4 million residents to seek refuge in one of 460 hurricane shelters. However, if that decision is made, it will likely be made on Friday. Read More »

Current US-Russia row has to do with geopolitics


At a press conference after a summit of BRICS nations in Xiamen, Mr. Putin said, Russian Federation reserves the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow. However, relations have been damaged by claims Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election and differences on foreign policy issues like Syria and North Korea . Read More »

Putin Says Russia 'Reserves Right' to Oust More US Diplomats


U.S. President Donald Trump agreed "in principle" to scrap a warhead weight limit on South Korea's missiles in the wake of North Korea's sixth nuclear test, the White House said on Monday. But it will be watching the American moves very carefully and do anything to avoid war on the Korean peninsula. "It would be extremely hard to advance the situation at hand without political and diplomatic instruments", he said. Read More »

White House still deciding who gets Trump's Harvey donation


Much larger future installments will be required but the initial package, to replenish Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster coffers through September 30, shouldn't be controversial. " Most of all, Mr. President, we thank you for acknowledging that ultimately it is God who is the source of our unity as Americans, and I thank you for issuing this proclamation", he said. Read More »

Cabinet reshuffle to stimulate development process: India Inc


Piyush Goyal , who has been credited with turning around the coal mining sector, will run the railways while remaining coal minister. Mr Prabhu was shifted to the commerce and industry ministry, while Mr Pradhan and Mr Naqvi retained their portfolios of Oil and Gas and Minority Affairs respectively. Read More »

Harvey floods or damages 13 Texas Superfund sites


Associated Press reporter Michael Biesecker charged in a detailed story published Saturday that the EPA has failed to ensure the safety of Superfund sites in southeastern Texas in the wake of historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The EPA responded quickly saying that 13 out of the 41 Superfund sites in Texas had been affected by the flooding but were not "accessible" by EPA officers, confirming the AP's initial reporting that the EPA had not been able to dispatch personnel to the ... Read More »

Glacier National Park socked in by wildfire smoke


Areas included in the evacuation order include all public facilities, trails, campgrounds etc. accessed by and adjacent to Going-to-the-Sun Road from Apgar Campground to Logan Pass. "Most recently we've had help from our local fire department from across the valley lending their fire trucks and their personnel in helping us along that Lake McDonald Lodge area and we deeply appreciate that". Read More »

Democrats: Trump agrees to deal on spending, debt, Harvey aid


The decision was one of the most fascinating and mysterious moves he's made with Congress during eight months in office. Trump's deal essentially handed leverage to Congressional Democrats and left many Republicans shocked, dumbfounded and even enraged Wednesday. Read More »

North Korea: 'More Gift Packages' Coming For The US


But he said North Korea would rather "eat grass" than give up their nuclear programme "if they don't feel safe". Following North Korea's nuclear test, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to formulate a response. The closest European country to North Korea is Norway, which is a straight-line distance of around 3,900 miles away. Speaking at the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday after his country carried out its sixth nuclear test, Han Tae-song, ... Read More »

San Diego Immigration Expert Says DACA Decision Is A Political Bargaining Tool


While we are hopeful Congress will pass legislation to maintain the DACA protections, we know how hard and painful this current situation is for you. UI Student Government President Jacob Simpson and Vice President Lilián Sánchez said in a statement that the termination of DACA will revoke the documentation of nearly 800,000 people, many of them students. Read More »

Israel hits Syria target reportedly tied to chemical weapons


Israel has targeted one of Syria's positions in Hama province, which a war monitor says was a branch of the government agency accused by the United States of producing chemical weapons . The strike - if confirmed - follows increasingly bellicose noises from senior Israeli government officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, over the trajectory of the war in Syria where President Bashar Assad has made advances backed by Iran, Hezbollah and Russian Federation. Read More »

USGC Statement On Potential Withdrawal From KORUS


The move reportedly has drawn opposition from members of the president's national security team who are concerned it would increase tensions with an important ally (South Korea) during the middle of the crisis involving North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs. Read More »

Putin opposes tougher sanctions against N. Korea


Putin in July demanded that the American diplomatic mission in Russia reduce its staff from approximately 1,200 to 455, the same number of Russian diplomatic staff in the U.S. Relations between the two countries have not improved much since Trump took office, though. Dismissing the question from a reporter as naive, he said: "He is not my bride, and I am not his bride or groom". Read More »

Congress returns to Washington today; Harvey relief efforts top agenda


Capitol Hill Republicans were floored Wednesday after President Donald Trump cut a deal with Democratic leaders and agreed to a short-term debt ceiling increase many Republicans had publicly railed against just hours before. "Why would you do that under a Republican president?" Another G.O.P. source told Politico the experience was "mystifying". "Nothing shocks me around here", said Sen. Read More »

'93 blasts guilty to be sentenced today


The first part of the trial related to the Mumbai blasts came to an end in 2007 with 100 people being convicted by the anti-terrorism court, out of which 23 were later acquitted. Abdul Qayyum has been acquitted in the case. The prime targeted locations included the Air India Building , Bombay Stock Exchange , Zaveri Bazar, then existing five star hotels, Hotel SeaRock and Hotel Juhu Centaur, and others leading to public and private property worth Rs. Read More »

Five charred to death in Juhu building fire


All the casualties of the fire are labourers from West Bengal who were working in the construction of the building. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he said. The fire was confined to the ground floor where scrap materials were being stored and labourers lived in 15-17 makeshift residences in the stilt portion. Read More »

Trump overrules GOP on deal


Many Republicans felt Trump caved too early in negotiations, and should have sought a longer extension, past December and into 2018. Sen. "And we all agreed we'd work together in December as well to avoid a default". It also came after he was warned of a packed legislative calendar that could have pushed off tax reform past this fall. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to provide $7.9bn for victims of the floods before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) runs out of funds ... Read More »

Packers Sign Free Agent DL


Brooks is the latest free-agent addition for the traditionally draft-and-develop Packers. The team isn't hurting on the defensive side of the ball either - especially after picking up former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. "I enjoyed every minute that I played the game", Jones said on Twitter . He did start 16 games in New Orleans past year. Barclay missed much of camp with an ankle injury. Read More »

Trump says there are no 'mixed signals' with Congress on DACA


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that DACA recipients are "not a targeted priority". Like Becerra, Santa Clara County Supervisor David Cortese condemned the administration's decision to end the program, saying it would deprive DACA recipients of government benefits - including social security accounts and health care - that they're entitled to under the program. Read More »

Hurricane Katia strengthens off Mexico, could pummel land by weekend


Hurricane Irma hammered the Caribbean island of St. Martin on Wednesday as it packed a potentially catastrophic mix of pounding winds and rain and surging surf that was expected to make landfall in Florida over the weekend. The amount of rain and strength of the winds will depend on the exact track the system takes in the days ahead. Jose became a Category 1 hurricane with 75-mph winds. Read More »

NFL Star JJ Watt grateful for Tropical Storm Harvey help


President Donald Trump , in a widely watched test of his handling of the disaster, distributed food and played with children at a centre for evacuees. More than 32,000 Texans are believed to have been displaced by Harvey as the death toll rose to near 50. "It appears we will basically need to rebuild Houston ", her spokesperson said. Read More »

Prepares for Hurricane Irma; Declares Emergency

OCPS will be open on Friday; cancellations begin with Friday after-school activities/weekend activities. Beaufort County schools will operate on normal schedules Tuesday. The school closings aren't entirely unusual: While some parts of the country have snow days, Florida has hurricane make-up days built into its academic calendars. Read More »

North Korea threatens more 'gift packages' for the US

For there to be a war on the Korean peninsula, the United States will have to be the aggressor. "We can not afford such [distractions]" as tensions continue to escalate between the North, the USA and its Pacific allies, he added. China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it would take part in Security Council discussions in "a responsible and constructive manner". Robert Wood, US disarmament ambassador, said North Korea had defied the global community once again with its test. Read More »

House Approves Harvey Relief Aid As FEMA Runs Low On Money


FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund had about $3.5 billion when the Harvey hit, and is now down to about $1 billion. That sobering cost and the urgent needs of Harvey's victims have helped to calm a fiscal storm that had threatened to engulf Congress and President Donald Trump ahead of October 1. Read More »

7 coaches of Shaktipunj Express derail in Uttar Pradesh, no one injured


According to reports, since the train was running at a relatively slow speed of 40 km/hr there was minimal damage when the Shaktipunj Express derailed around 6:00 AM, however, the cause of the derailment is yet to be identified. Shaktipunj Express heading to Jabalpur from Howrah derailed in Sonbhadra district today in the morning. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu chose to move away from the post after the incident took place. Read More »

Vermont joins suit to preserve DACA from Trump action


Trump and other Republicans bristled over DACA because they - rightly - saw Obama's implementation of immigration policy via executive order as Obama's overreach of presidential authority. "These individuals are low-hanging fruit for us", Omidvar said. Before she applied for Daca protection, she was undocumented. The other plaintiffs in the lawsuit , which Ferguson said had a "constitutional basis and a statutory basis", are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, ... Read More »

Microsoft vows to protect its Dreamers in court

But we need to put the humanitarian needs of these 800,000 people on the legislative calendar before a tax bill. "The outcome of the President's animus-driven decision is that approximately 800,000 persons who have availed themselves of the program will ultimately lose its protections, and will be exposed to removal when their authorizations expire and they can not seek renewal". Read More »

End of DACA Puts at Risk Up to 6000 Young Filipino Recipients


But the administration's policy, officials confirmed, is that anyone who is in the US illegally should be prepared to no longer remain here. The bishops invited people to join them in praying for the "dreamers" who may be experiencing anxiety and fear about the loss of DACA status, and for elected officials, "that they might be blessed with the wisdom and prudence needed to address these important issues in a way that is both just and humane and that reflects who we are as Americans". Read More »

Texas celebrates what might be short-term voter ID win


The dissenting judge on the panel, Judge James Graves Jr., said it was still uncertain whether Texas would succeed - and pointed to the court's ruling a year ago that a North Carolina voter ID law had been propelled by race and was never properly fixed. Read More »

Rami Malek pictured as Freddie Mercury for new biopic


See the first look of Malek as Mercury below! An actor, moreover, totally invested in his role since he is now in the famous studios at Abbey Road to work on the musical passages of the story, which mixeront his voice and that of the singer for more authenticity. Read More »

Tropical Storm Jose forms east of Hurricane Irma


Jose in the Atantic Ocean reached tropical storm status on Tuesday after gaining strength thousands of miles southwest of the Lesser Antilles, AccuWeather said Wednesday morning. "The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb [29.77 inches]". "A slightly faster west to west-northwest motion is expected during the next two days". Read More »

Tropical Storm Katia forms in Gulf of Mexico

Because of the close proximity to land, the National Hurricane Center cautioned about the heavy rainfall the storm is expected to generate. All eyes are on fearsome Hurricane Irma on Monday as it tracks closer to the Leeward Islands as a Category 4 storm. Read More »

Trump ignores Republicans on Democrats' debt limit and Harvey funds plan


Republican Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Trump "wasn't left with a lot of good options". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that "the president and the congressional leadership agreed" to the proposal following a meeting at the White House. Read More »

Abe, Moon agree on stronger pressure on North Korea through sanctions


During a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today, Moon Jae-in said that "due to North Korea's provocation, I think it has become desperately necessary to have closer relations between Korea and Japan". He added, "today, we cannot help discussing again the measures to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue". In 2015, Japan and South Korea reached a landmark deal to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the decades-old issue, with Japan disbursing 1 billion yen ($9.1 ... Read More »