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The death toll from Hurricane Michael's devastating march up the East Coast rose to 13 on Friday as the storm lashed Virginia and killed at least five people in the state.

Michael was making its way toward the Atlantic Ocean on Friday as a post-tropical cyclone, with winds gusting at 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center said that the storm was headed offshore but that it still posed a risk, with damaging winds extending more than 200 miles from its center. North Carolina, where one man was killed, could see more storm surge. Meanwhile, parts of the Northeast could get up to 5 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.
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On the evening of July 1, police in Bavaria surrounded the rented van of an Iranian diplomat after he pulled over at a gas station on the autobahn. Fearing he might be transporting explosives, the authorities summoned the bomb squad.

The diplomat, based at Iran’s embassy in Vienna, had been under surveillance for some time and was suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb a rally of Iranian dissidents in Paris. Despite his diplomatic status, he was arrested and extradited to Belgium, where two others, suspected of planning to carry out the attack in France, were detained.

The foiled plot has sparked growing anxiety in France, Germany and several other countries, including the United States and Israel, that Iran is planning audacious terrorist attacks and has stepped up its intelligence operations around the world.
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Hundreds of Bulgarians queued silently at a church in Ruse on Friday to pay their last respects to Viktoria Marinova, the television journalist whose brutal rape and murder shocked the country and triggered debates over freedom of the press.

The body of the 30-year-old Marinova, a host of a regional current affairs show at a local TV station, was found in a park near the Danube port of Ruse, her hometown, on Saturday. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled.

A Bulgarian man, Severin Krasimirov, 20, was arrested in Germany over the killing, and German authorities said he would be extradited to stand trial in Bulgaria soon.

Bulgarian prosecutors said no evidence indicated Marinova's death was related to her work. A random attack and sexual assault were the most likely motive, they said, although they were still investigating all possibilities.

In her last aired show, Marinova featured investigative journalists and pledged to engage in similar work, which stoked
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fears about retribution against journalists exposing corruption. She is the third journalist to be killed in the European Union within a year.

Marinova, who left a seven-year-old daughter, is to be buried later on Friday in Ruse Cemetery. More than 500 grieving Ruse citizens, carrying red and white carnations and funeral wreaths, flocked to the funeral service at the Sveta Troitsa (Holy Trinity) Cathedral.

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Prominent Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi disappeared last week in Istanbul and may have been murdered — and it’s looking increasingly likely that the highest levels of the Saudi government, who were the primary targets of his criticism, are behind it.
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A booster malfunctioned but US astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely.
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Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site. The trio, known as the “Fracking Three”, are believed to be the first environmental activists to be imprisoned for public nuisance since 1932. Critics have claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”. Now the Daily Mirror can reveal the Altham family business supplies the Irish Sea oil and gas industry. J.C. Altham and Sons is believed to be part of the supply chain for energy giant Centrica, which has invested tens of millions of pounds in fracking.


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A 19-year-old woman wearing a #NotHim, or #EleNão, T-shirt has been attacked by a group of men claiming to support far-right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Baronesa do Gravataí, Cidade Baixa neighborhood in Porto Alegre Monday. The victim, who has refused to comment publicly on the attack fearing further attackes, told the Civil Police she was disembarking a bus and about to walk home when she was approached by the group of attackers. After physically assaulting her, one of the attackers, she said, took out a pocket knife and carved a sign, similar to a swastika, into her stomach. The swastika is well known around the world to be associated with the Nazi regime of the 1930s and 1940s and is associated with ideas of racism and anti-semitism.


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Police in Bahrain say four people have been killed and some 20 others were injured when a building collapsed in the island kingdom.

The Interior Ministry said that an "old building" collapsed Tuesday in Salmaniya, a neighborhood of Bahrain's capital, Manama.

The two-story residential building reportedly housed foreign labourers.
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Greece's government, now free of its bailout programme, is to renew its call for Germany to pay €279 billion in war reparations in compensation for the Nazi occupation during World War II, which could strain the already-fraught relations between the two countries. Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will raise this issue with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, this week during a meeting in Athens, Triandafyllos Mitafidis, president of the Greek parliamentary committee on war reparations, confirmed to Euronews.


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An official says 50 people have died after the bus they were traveling in left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed in the western Kenyan town of Kericho.

Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said survivors from the bus that was headed from Nairobi to western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at local hospitals. The accident happened around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
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Japan has overtaken Singapore as the world's strongest passport, claiming top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, Henley & Partners, a residence and citizenship advisory firm, announced in a press release on Tuesday (Oct 9).

After gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared to Singapore’s total of 189, pushing Singapore into second place on the index.

The two had been neck-and-neck since they both climbed to first place in February, said the release.
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Negotiators have moved within sight of a deal on terms of Britain’s divorce from the European Union, diplomats from the two sides say, narrowing differences over a key sticking point: How to avoid a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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In her first one-on-one interview since her husband's disappearance, the wife of missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei claims her life was threatened.

Grace Meng told the Associated Press she received a threatening phone call one week after she last had contact with her husband.
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A Bulgarian journalist who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds has been murdered in the Danube town of Ruse, authorities said Sunday.

Prosecutors in the Balkan country said that the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found in a park in Ruse on Saturday. They identified her only by her initials.
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Five protesters were arrested as violence broke out at the Paris demo as images emerged of French armed police officers tackling protesters, injured people and police using tear gas to control the demonstrators.

One protester and one police officer were injured in the clashes on Tuesday, which are the first since June and are taking place in cities across France including Nice, Marseilles, Tours, Rennes and Bayonne.

Students, employees and pensioners have all been protesting against what they believe is the “destruction of the social model”.
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US President Donald Trump has accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations, saying she would be leaving his administration at the end of the year.
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China said it is investigating the former head of Interpol for bribery and other crimes on Monday, just days after Meng Hongwei sent his wife an image of a knife before disappearing from his home in France.
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Right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro took a commanding lead in Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, but the race headed for a second round of voting between him and leftist former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, according to exit polls and partial results.

With 92 percent of votes counted, Bolsonaro received 47 percent of valid ballots, far ahead of Haddad's 28 percent but short of the outright majority needed to avoid an Oct. 28 runoff.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has praised Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship and vowed a brutal crackdown on crime and graft, had surged in recent opinion polls on a wave of antipathy toward Haddad's Workers Party, whose leader is in prison after a corruption conviction.

Bolsonaro's rise prompted a rally in recent days in Brazil's currency and stock market. Many investors want to avoid a return of the leftist Workers Party after the end of its 2003-2016 rule saw the world's eighth-largest economy tip into its worst recession in deca
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Turkish officials told reporters that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Saudi officials have denied the allegations, calling them "baseless".
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Khashoggi's alleged murder in Istanbul would ‘constitute a horrific, utterly deplorable, and absolutely unacceptable assault on press freedom,’ Reporters Without Borders said.
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Chinese companies are building infrastructure and dams along the vast river that runs through five Southeast Asian countries before emptying into the South China Sea.
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In the last days of Brazil’s splintered and divisive presidential race, most of the 13 candidates stumped across the country, sparring in debates and broadcasting attack ads in a last-ditch bid for votes.

But Jair Bolsonaro, the populist, far-right candidate leading the pack, spent much of the final stretch in a hospital bed, convalescing from a near-fatal stabbing, occasionally posting selfies and shaky videos in which he looked feeble and groggy. His near-disappearance from the political stage only increased his lead: polls suggest Mr. Bolsonaro will trounce opponents in the election on Sunday.
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Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi exchanged hugs as India signed a $5bn (£3.8bn) deal to buy a Russian air defence system, despite the threat of sanctions being slapped on New Delhi.

The Russian president and the Indian prime minister discussed nuclear energy, space and economics as Mr Putin visited the Indian capital to close the deal.

Russia and India also made agreements relating to railways, fertilisers and space.
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Nearly a week since a huge earthquake and tsunami, rescuer and relief workers are fighting to overcome delays and despair in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the death toll has grown to more than 1,500 people.
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BREXIT supporter and Labour Party councillor Brendan Chilton said he thought the UK would end up walking away from EU negotiations with no deal, before adding it would be “no problem”.
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Soldiers have been ordered to fire on people caught looting on the quake and tsunami-struck island of Sulawesi.

Over the last week, desperate survivors have been raiding shops for food and water but as aid now starts to trickle in, the authorities have vowed to end it.

This morning, local military colonel Ida Dewa Agung Hadisaputra revealed soldiers had now been given orders to shoot people spotted stealing from shops.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/04/soldiers-ordered-to-shoot-looters-on-sight-after-earthquake-that-killed-over-1400-8005114
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South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The plan is designed to break the impasse between North Korea and the United States as President Trump comes under mounting pressure to demonstrate progress on the denuclearization talks. It will be one of the options available to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he arrives in North Korea on Sunday to restart negotiations.
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The Russian president to ink defence deal worth $5bn as Moscow plans to cement ties amid opposition from the US.
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A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same island in Indonesia where an earthquake and tsunami last week killed at least 1,400 people.
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Dozens of migrants were feared dead after waiting for more than 36 hours to be rescued from a semi-sunken boat in waters off Morocco, according to a Spanish nonprofit group.

The Moroccan Interior Ministry said Tuesday 11 bodies were recovered and the boat's teenage skipper had been detained.
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France publicly linked Iran’s intelligence services to a foiled bomb plot that targeted a June meeting near Paris of an Iranian opposition group, and announced that it would freeze the assets of the Iranian spy ministry.

A plot of “such extreme seriousness on French territory could not be let go without a response,” France’s ministers of foreign affairs, interior and finance said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
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A senior scientist who said physics "was invented and built by men" has been suspended with immediate effect from working with the European nuclear research centre Cern.

Prof Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, made the comments during a presentation organised by the group.

He said, in comments first reported by the BBC's Pallab Ghosh, that physics was "becoming sexist against men".

Cern said on Monday it was suspending Prof Strumia pending an investigation.
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Police say around 180,000 protesters gathered in Barcelona pushing for independence from Spain.
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"There are multiple theaters where escalations could result, and something bigger than anybody really wants to see," one expert warned.
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Over 840 people are now confirmed to have died in Friday’s Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, and nearly 50,000 more have been displaced in the disaster’s aftermath. The death toll is expected to rise as many coastal towns remain inaccessible and rescuers have been unable to assess the damage. The 7.5-magnitude quake hit Friday night, creating a tsunami that swept terrifying 20-feet waves onto parts of the coastline. Many buildings collapsed and rescuers are still working to free survivors. President Joko Widodo urged a “day and night” effort to rescue them. Volunteers have begun burying victims in a mass grave.

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Seoul said on Monday that the rival Koreas had begun removing mines and other explosives at two sites inside their heavily armed border as part of their recent tension-reduction steps. They will likely end up pulling out a very small portion of an estimated 2 million mines littered inside and near the 155-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone.

But it would be the two countries' first joint demining work in more than a decade and comes amid international diplomacy aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to hold a new round of direct talks with his North Korean counterparts soon, and he's kept the prospect of a declaration officially ending the Korean War on the table.
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Rescuers struggled to reach victims in several large coastal towns in Indonesia that were hit by an earthquake and tsunami. On Sunday, authorities feared that the death toll of more than 800 confirmed dead would rise.

With the area largely cut off by damaged roads and downed communications lines, military and commercial aircraft were delivering aid and supplies to the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, and others in the region.
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Catalan police intervene as rival demonstrations by separatists and Spanish police take place in central Barcelona.
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Local boats helped rescue all 47 passengers and crew after the plane hit the water while trying to land at the Chuuk Island airport in the Micronesia archipelago.
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A powerful and rare storm is set to hit the eastern Mediterranean this weekend.

The hybrid storm, often called a "Medicane" (Mediterranean + hurricane) has features similar to hurricanes and typhoons.

According to a study published in 2011, only about 1-2 "Medicanes" occur per year. These powerful storms usually happen during the months of September and October, when sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean are still quite warm, although they can occur at any time of year.

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The UN Human Rights Council voted to set up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar - including possible genocide against the Muslim Rohingya - for any future prosecution.

The 47-member council voted by 35 votes to three, with seven abstentions, on Thursday in favour of a resolution brought by the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

China, the Philippines, and Burundi voted against the move.
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If you go to a chain restaurant, you normally expect the food to be at least OK.

A woman was shocked when she went to Pizza Express and ordered a vegan pizza off the menu - only to be confronted with a 'shameful' excuse for a meal.


Mary Nesbitt-Larking was at the branch in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, last month when she was told the kitchen had run out of vegan cheese.

She received what has been branded as a 'monstrosity' of a pizza - and uploaded a snap of the sorry looking meal to Facebook, where her friends were stunned.
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An Instagram user has uploaded video that shows a seal swimming up from the depths, armed with an octopus, which it flings across the face of an unsuspecting kayaker.
Geo-tagged off the coast of Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island, paddler Kyle Mulinder, along with a number of other kayakers, is seen on the footage watching a seal swim underwater, hunting the octopus.
As they chat about the seal, it can be seen surfacing next to Mulinder's kayak, before launching out of the water, prey in mouth, to deliver an almighty slap to the Kiwi.
Mulinder is momentarily taken aback by the attack before shouting out in surprise.
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China and Russia called on Thursday (Sep 27) for an easing of sanctions against North Korea, rejecting a US call at the UN Security Council to press on with vigorous enforcement despite a dip in tensions.

Led by the United States, the Security Council adopted three sanctions resolutions last year aimed at depriving North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a council meeting that the thaw in relations between North and South Korea - combined with warmer US-North Korean ties - should lead to sanctions relief.

"Given the positive developments," Wang said the council should consider a provision to "modify the sanctions measures in light of the DPRK's compliance."

Russia backed China's call to consider a sanctions review.
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By 2020, many European countries are trying to reduce greenhouse gases and lower climate change in accordance to the Paris Agreement. Here are some of the EU countries leading the way with renewable energy sources.

According to Eurostat: Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark and Latvia, are doing a good job - with more than half of their electricity consumed in 2016 being generated from renewable sources. Meanwhile, in contrast, there were four countries where less than 10 percent of the electricity consumed in the same year came from renewable sources (Malta, Luxembourg, Hungary and Cyprus.)

In 2016, electricity generation from renewable sources contributed to more than one quarter, or 30 percent, of total gross electricity consumption in the EU, according to Eurostat.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the United States is finding NAFTA talks tough because Canadians are tough negotiators. Trudeau’s comments comes a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had rejected the Canadian prime minister’s request for a one-on-one meeting, though Trudeau’s spokeswoman said no meeting was requested. “The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be,” Trudeau told reporters on …
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China has accused US President Donald Trump of "slander" after he accused Beijing of trying to meddle in upcoming US congressional elections.

Trump told a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday that Beijing was interfering in the November 6 mid-term elections because it opposes his tough stance on trade.

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Russia sought to dismiss a report identifying one of the suspects in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury as a highly decorated special service operative.

On Wednesday, two investigative online news organizations reported that one of the men who allegedly smeared poison onto the door handle of defected Russian spy Sergei Skripal was Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, a high-ranking member of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Thursday dismissed the report in a Facebook post, saying “there is no proof” and that the release was aimed to coincide with an address at the United Nations Security Council by British Prime Minister Theresa May. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Home Office declined to comment on the report, citing an ongoing probe into the matter.
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Three men accused of torturing and killing kangaroos are being hunted by police in Australia, just days after a man was arrested for intentionally mowing down emus in another high-profile animal cruelty case.

Police in Western Australia on Wednesday released images of the men wanted for questioning over separate incidents in June and May during which "two kangaroos were tortured and killed".

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Advertising authorities in Sweden have criticized a major internet service provider for using a viral meme which “objectifies” women as “interchangeable objects” in one of its recruitment ads on social media.

Sweden’s Advertising Ombudsman (RO) criticized internet service provider Bahnhof for using the popular ‘Distracted boyfriend’ meme in a recruitment advertisement, describing it as sexist. The meme shows a couple walking in hand in hand, but the man has wandering eyes for another lady in the frame. It began going viral in the summer of 2017.

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