Six dead at US nursing home hit by Irma


Six people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Three others died in hospital. ...

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Brexit: UK will ‘soon regret’ leaving EU – Juncker


The UK will “soon regret” leaving the EU, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said. Mr Juncker told the European Parliament that Brexit would be a “sad, tragic” moment for the EU but that the 27-member union would “move on”. “Brexit is not the future of Europe. It is not the be all and end all.” But, speaking in the ...

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Gay rights trailblazer Edie Windsor dies aged 88


Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to a landmark US ruling, has died aged 88. Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her wife Judith Kasen-Windsor. Windsor’s Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time. She had sued the ...

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns amid sexual abuse allegations


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned following allegations of sexual abuse against teenage boys. Mr Murray said he was stepping aside just hours after the Seattle Times reported that his younger cousin, Joseph Dyer, had accused him of abuse. Mr Dyer is the fifth man to accuse Mr Murray of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s, the newspaper reports. Mr ...

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN General Assembly

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to miss next week’s UN General Assembly as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Some 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed to Bangladesh since violence in Rakhine state escalated last month. Ms Suu Kyi is facing allegations from supporters in the West that she has failed to speak out ...

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Italian couple and son die at Solfatara volcano crater


A boy and his parents have died after falling into a volcanic crater at Solfatara near Naples. What happened is still unclear, but Italian reports suggest the drama unfolded when the 11-year-old walked into a prohibited area. When his parents tried to pull him to safety, the crater’s base collapsed and they fell 1.5m (5ft). It is not known if ...

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Hurricane Irma: Florida reopens storm-ravaged Keys


Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma when the category-four storm struck on Sunday, have re-opened. Entry is being restricted to residents and business owners as work continues to clear roads and check the state of bridges linking the islands. Nearly 6.9 million homes were without power in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, ...

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Irma leaves two-thirds of Florida without power


About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two-thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the state, officials say. Relief operations are under way and engineers are working to restore power, but many areas remain stranded. The islands of the Florida Keys and western parts of the US state bore the brunt of the ...

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Rohingya civilians ‘maimed by landmines’


The BBC has spoken to Rohingya Muslims who suffered crippling injuries after apparently stepping on army landmines as they fled violence in Myanmar. One of them, a 15-year-old boy being treated in Bangladesh, lost both legs. A woman at the same hospital said she had trodden on a landmine after she and her family were fired on. It’s unclear who ...

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Ironically, Erdogan has done exactly what the failed coup wanted to do


Some conspiracy theorists think Erdogan himself was behind the coup – indeed, that is Gulen’s contention. Yet the reality is more straightforward: he has seized an unexpected opportunity Turkey has remained in a state of emergency since the failed coup Murad Sezer/Reuters If President Erdogan is to be believed, last year’s failed coup in Turkey was an attempt by his erstwhile ally, Fethullah ...

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