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UNITED STATES – Hurricane Irma strengthens as Florida declares state of emergency

UNITED STATES – Hurricane Irma strengthens as Florida declares state of emergency

Hurricane Irma, barreling toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, was upgraded to a powerful Category 4 storm on Monday as islands in its path braced themselves. Hurricane advisories were issued for territories that dot the West Indies, including parts of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in […]

TEXAS – ‘Worst not yet over’ . . as rain continues, flooding may last another week

TEXAS – ‘Worst not yet over’ . . as rain continues, flooding may last another week

HOUSTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said “the worst is not yet over” for the south-east of the US state, after devastating Tropical Storm Harvey. Rain continues to fall, he said, and flooding in certain areas may last another week. More than 20 people are reported dead and large parts of Houston, Port Arthur […]

TEXAS – ‘Catastrophic’ . . as floodwaters rise to roof lines , more rain likely

TEXAS – ‘Catastrophic’ . . as floodwaters rise to roof lines , more rain likely

HOUSTON – “Catastrophic” flooding in the US state of Texas is only expected to worsen in coming days as waters rise following a storm of historic proportions. A record 30 inches of rain has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers. But forecasters say that […]

USA: Fears grow over severe flooding risk in Texas

USA: Fears grow over severe flooding risk in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that severe flooding is his main worry as the rains from Tropical Storm Harvey continue to lash the state. Abbott said the cities of Houston and Corpus Christi had already received as much as 20in (50cm) of rain. He said another 40in of rain could be due before the […]

USA – Steve Bannon vows to ‘go to war’ for Trump agenda

USA – Steve Bannon vows to ‘go to war’ for Trump agenda

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist has vowed to go to war against the president’s opponents, after being fired from his job at the White House. Steve Bannon, who has returned as head of ultra-conservative website Breitbart News, said he would fight for the agenda that won Trump the election. “I’ve got my hands back on […]

Trump criticised over response to far-right

Trump criticised over response to far-right

US President Donald Trump is facing criticism for his response to the violence at a white supremacist rally. A woman was killed and 19 people injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump condemned violence by “many sides” – but stopped short of explicitly condemning the far-right. Republican Senator […]

NEW YORK – Guilty!

NEW YORK – Guilty!

NEW YORK –– Martin Shkreli, who gained national notoriety two years ago for jacking up the price of an AIDS drug, was convicted of securities fraud Friday for mismanaging two investment funds. A jury in Brooklyn deliberated almost five days before returning guilty verdicts against Shkreli, 34, on two counts of securities fraud and a single […]

NEVADA – Man arrested for WannaCry cyber-attack

NEVADA – Man arrested for WannaCry cyber-attack

LAS VEGAS – The British cyber-security researcher who was praised for stalling the worldwide WannaCry cyber-attack has been arrested in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins, 23, has been charged for involvement with Kronos – a separate piece of malware used to steal banking logins from victims’ computers. Fellow cyber-security researchers have expressed surprise at the indictment. […]

MINNESOTA – School building collapses after explosion

MINNESOTA – School building collapses after explosion

MINNESOTA – Two people were unaccounted for and nine were hospitalized Wednesday after a natural gas explosion shook Minnehaha Academy and collapsed part of a building, officials in Minneapolis said. One witness said two men yelled “gas!” shortly before the blast. Fire crews were searching for possible victims in the debris at the private school, […]