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Meghan and Harry are now in Australia on an official 16-day tour and will be travelling to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. They have taken advice from medical professionals about the risk in the Pacific Islands from the Zika virus , which is unsafe for pregnant women.
  • Florida counting cost as Hurricane Michael causes huge devastation

    Florida counting cost as Hurricane Michael causes huge devastation

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    Luis Belo Costa of Portugal's National Protection Agency recommended that people "avoid at all costs walking on the street". Portugal's weather service issued red warnings - its highest level- for high winds or unsafe coastal conditions for 13 of its 18 mainland districts, including Lisbon, the capital.
  • Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak

    Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak

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    Despite not being as high as other Himalayan mountains in Nepal, Mount Gurja has seen only a fraction of the climbers of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Mountaineer Kim Chang-ho was the first Korean to climb 14 peaks above 8,000 metres without using supplemental oxygen, The Himalayan Times reported.
  • Theresa May faces fresh pressure from Brexiteers ahead of crunch summit

    Theresa May faces fresh pressure from Brexiteers ahead of crunch summit

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    Meanwhile, Dominic Raab has said the United Kingdom will not accept a Brexit deal that involves being indefinitely locked into a customs union with the EU. The prominent Brexiteer said that at least 40 MPs would vote down Theresa May's deal, even after "every possible technique" is used by the Government to persuade or force MPs to toe the party line.
  • Bodies of 11 babies found in ceiling of funeral home

    Bodies of 11 babies found in ceiling of funeral home

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    Inspectors made a grisly discovery Friday when following up on a complaint against a Detroit funeral home. The funeral home was also found to have other violations such as two improperly stored bodies covered in what appeared to be mould, and a third body with unknown fluids covering the facial area.
  • Excerpts of Pope Francis' letter to Cardinal Wuerl

    Excerpts of Pope Francis' letter to Cardinal Wuerl

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    Wuerl offered his resignation to Pope Francis weeks ago after he became subject to scrutiny for his handling of child sexual abuse while leading the Pittsburgh Diocese. The report is thought to be the most comprehensive to date into abuse in the U.S. church , but while prosecutors have filed charges against two priests, the vast majority of crimes happened too long ago to prosecute under current laws.
  • Critics slam, administration lauds PH seat in UN Human Rights Council

    Critics slam, administration lauds PH seat in UN Human Rights Council

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    The 193-member UN General Assembly held elections at the worldwide organisation for new members to the UN Human Rights Council. The 18 new members were selected from five regional blocs of countries, and their elections were largely predetermined since they were not challenged by other countries.
  • Dozens killed after Gaza border protests

    Dozens killed after Gaza border protests

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    Four Palestinians were killed along the border east of Al-Bureij in the centre of Gaza, while one died east of Gaza City and one near Rafah in southern Gaza, a ministry spokesman told AFP . The area is near several ultranationalist Jewish settlements. About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.
  • United Nations chief tours tsunami-hit Palu city

    United Nations chief tours tsunami-hit Palu city

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    Indonesia's disaster agency says the September 28 disaster that hit Sulawesi island has killed 2,045 people. "All my neighbours were also running". A recent update from a command center for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Badung regency, revealed that there were 11 aftershocks measuring between 2.5 and 3.5 magnitude.
  • Michael Bloomberg says he's once again a registered Democrat

    Michael Bloomberg says he's once again a registered Democrat

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    Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. Bloomberg was previously a member of the Democratic party but switched in 2001 to run for NY mayor as a Republican. "Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats", Bloomberg wrote in an Instagram post. "I believe that the Republicans have not done what they should have done in terms of providing some counterbalance to the executive branch".
  • Indonesia, Papua New Guinea hit by new earthquakes

    Indonesia, Papua New Guinea hit by new earthquakes

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    The warning Center for tsunamis in the Pacific has warned that a tsunami could hit the coasts of this country, and the Solomon islands. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned hazardous tsunami waves were possible in coastal areas 300km from the epicentre.
  • Archbishop of Washington DC Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigns amid cover-up scandal

    Archbishop of Washington DC Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigns amid cover-up scandal

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    The Pittsburgh native spent more than 50 years climbing the ranks of the Catholic Church, building a reputation as a loyal churchman and scrupulous teacher. The pope goes on to extol Wuerl's move as that of a "shepherd" who, "by widening his vision to recognize a greater good that can benefit the whole body, prioritizes actions that support, stimulate and make the unity and mission of the Church grow above every kind of sterile division sown by the father of lies".
  • British PM May briefed inner cabinet 'Brexit deal close'

    British PM May briefed inner cabinet 'Brexit deal close'

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    Downing Street has insisted the government will not sign up to any deal with the EU that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union indefinitely, as the prime minister tries to assuage concerns in her cabinet. Arlene Foster's party, which is propping up the Conservative government, has threatened to vote against its budget on October 29 if there is any deal that treats Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the UK.
  • Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

    Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

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    The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a statement asking drivers and other road users to exercise caution as Storm Callum approaches Ireland. The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.
  • "Michael" Could be in Our Forecast by End of Week

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    The low is expected to turn northward later today, with that motion continuing for the next couple of days. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in more than 20 counties along the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend on Sunday.
  • Air India 737 makes emergency landing after hitting wall on takeoff

    Air India 737 makes emergency landing after hitting wall on takeoff

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    The airport authorities have started a probe into the freak accident while technicians in Mumbai are examining the damaged aircraft. The 130 passengers and 6 crew members are safe and the IX 611 flight made an emergency landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
  • Cyclone Titli: Schools, colleges to remain closed on Oct 11 & 12

    Cyclone Titli: Schools, colleges to remain closed on Oct 11 & 12

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    The cyclonic storm Titli made landfall near Palasa in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district early on Thursday, bringing with it strong winds that uprooted trees and heavy rainfall. Wind speeds of up to 150kph were reported, with gusts of up to 165kph. Thereafter, it is likely to re-curve northeastward, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually, said director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar , H.R.