Thursday, October 6, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 6, 2016

Reuters: Deadly Hurricane Matthew blasts Bahamas en route to United States

Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm poised for U.S. landfall in more than 10 years, blasted the Bahamas on Thursday as it headed for Florida after killing at least 140 people in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

Matthew, carrying winds of 140 mph (220 kph), pounded the northwestern part of the island chain en route to Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was likely to remain a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity as it approached the United States, where it could either take direct aim at Florida or tear along the state's coast through Friday night, the center said, warning of "potentially disastrous impacts."

Hurricane conditions were expected in parts of Florida later on Thursday.

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Despite attention on Aleppo, Syria aflame on several fronts.

Eastern Aleppo could be destroyed by Christmas, warns UN Syria envoy.

Assad offers rebels amnesty if they surrender Aleppo.

Syria conflict: UN envoy offers to personally escort rebels out of Aleppo to end Russia, Syria air strikes.

Russia strongly warns US against striking Syrian army.

Blast on Turkey-Syria crossing kills rebel fighters.

Iraq requests U.N. emergency meeting on Turkish troops in north.

Iran tells Saudi navy vessels to avoid its waters.

US 'strongly condemns' Israel over new settlement plan.


U.N. says situation 'rapidly deteriorating' in embattled Afghan city.

$15.2 billion pledged to Afghanistan during Brussels conference.

Opium growth in Afghanistan soars, eradication close to zero – UN.

Exclusive: Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in U.S..

Indian Army says it killed 7 suspected rebels in Kashmir.

South Korea carries out security drill.

US envoy travels to Japan, S.Korea for talks on N.Korea.

‘Go ahead, withdraw your assistance’: Philippines' Duterte dares US, EU.

Rodrigo Duterte rated 'very good' in Philippines poll of first 90 days as president.

Majority of Chinese worry territorial disputes could bring military conflict.

Pakistan adopts new law to tackle 'honour killings'.

Pakistan anxious over potential US lawsuits in wake of 9/11 victims' law.


Al-Shabab blamed for attack in northeast Kenya. Six killed as al-Shabaab attacks residential area in north-east Kenya. Al-Shabab 'kills Christians' in Kenya's Mandera town.

Libya snubs EU calls for refugee camps on its shores.

Violence hinders aid delivery in northern Central African Republic: agencies.

Moroccans set to vote in crucial parliamentary polls.

Opposition blasts hint of third term for Mauritania leader.

Emergency hunger levels likely to hit Madagascar by year-end: U.N..

Shift in U.S. Congo policy leaves Kabila exposed.

No end to student protests in South Africa.

Burundi says plans to quit the International Criminal Court.


Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov hopes warmongers eager to attack Syria won’t gain upper hand in US.

Merkel: EU market access and freedom of movement inseparable.

Montenegro in election tug-of-war between Russia and the West.

EU bolsters border agency to stem migrant flow.

Poland's abortion ban proposal near collapse after mass protests. Poland abortion: Parliament rejects near-total ban.

Juppe ahead, Hollande recovers slightly as French election looms: polls.

Security Council nominates Portugal's Guterres as U.N. chief.


Hurricane Matthew: Live

Obama declares state of emergency in Florida on Hurricane Matthew threat.

Hurricane Matthew: At least 100 people killed in Haiti devastation. Hurricane Matthew: at least 136 people killed in Haiti, officials say.

Colombia's Santos meets critics of FARC peace deal.

Colombian defeat of peace deal not expected to affect US aid plans.

Brazil's former President Lula in 'new corruption charge'.

Brazil's reform agenda boosted by swing right at polls.

Chile Bachelet's approval rating picks up in September after historical low.

Mexico gang 'used women to lure kidnap victims over the internet'.


Ex-CIA officials to testify on brutal interrogations program.

ISIS recruits ‘significantly more educated’ than average countrymen – World Bank study.

Islamic State positions tracked by U.S. satellites as a bonus.


World Bank admits some have lost out from free trade.

Chad high court fines Exxon-led oil consortium $75 billion.

Twitter plunges 19% on report Google won't bid.

World finance leaders seek to address anti-trade backlash. World Bank president: Globalization not the root of all evil it's made out to be.

World food prices soar to 18-mth high. World food prices surge in September.

1 comment:

James said...

Vladimir Putin's image seen on US bridge near you.