UN Security Council slaps new sanctions on North Korea

Sep 12 The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test. With backing from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to slap a ban on textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to North Korea. The resolution is a watered-down version of the original US proposal. It does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates. But it...

Tourism across Caribbean struggles following Hurricane Irma impact

Sep 11 The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has released its latest assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma, reporting widespread disruption across the region. Among the worst hit was the island of Barbuda with its approximately 1,800 residents. The destination was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. The prime minister, Gaston Browne said 90 per cent of homes were destroyed. Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but with less than...

Australia gay marriage rally draws record crowd ahead of postal vote

Sep 10 SYDNEY: More than 20,000 people rallied in Sydney on Sunday urging the legalization of same-sex marriage, days ahead of a contentious postal survey on the issue that has divided the country. Organizers said the gathering was Australia’s largest gay rights demonstration, as a diverse range of people clad in rainbow colours converged on the heart of the city to insist on equal rights.   “We’re blown away by the response,” Cat Rose from Community Action Against Homophobia said....

Florida braces for Hurricane Irma after Cuba landfall

Sep 10 Millions of US state of Florida residents have been ordered to evacuate after Hurricane Irma killed at least 25 people in the eastern Caribbean and left destruction in its wake. Irma made landfall as a Category Five storm in Camaguey Archipelago on Cuba’s north-central Atlantic coast packing 260 kilometres per hour winds late on Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Category Five is the NHC’s most powerful designation. ‘Chaos’ in Caribbean islands after Hurricane Irma One...

Irma heads to Florida, kills 14 across Caribbean

Sep 8 The eye of Hurricane Irma grazed the Turks and Caicos Islands, rattled buildings after it smashed a string of Caribbean islands as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, and killed 14 people on its way to Florida. With winds of around 290 kilometres per hour (kph), the storm the size of France has ravaged small islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days, including Barbuda, Saint Martin and the British and US Virgin Islands, ripping...

Earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes off Mexico’s Pacific coast

Sep 8, 2017-A powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck in the Pacific off the southern coast of Mexico, BBC repoted.  The epicentre was about 100km (62 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 35km, the United States Geological Survey said. Following the quake, a tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. The quake was felt in Mexico City, with buildings shaking and people running...

Irma lashes at Puerto Rico, leaves tiny Barbuda devastated

SEP 7 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds late Wednesday, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Florida rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph winds.   Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of...

Sanctions doubts grow as North Korea warns of ‘gift packages’ for US

SEP 6:GENEVA/SEOUL: A top North Korean diplomat on Tuesday warned that his country is ready to send “more gift packages” to the United States as world powers struggled for a response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear weapons test. Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, confirmed that North Korea had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday.   ”The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other...

Next Miss America could be pilot, governor, alpaca farmer

Sep5 ATLANTIC CITY: One wants to be the first female governor of North Dakota. One is a half-blind baton twirler who performed at a Super Bowl. Another wants to chase tornadoes. One wants to run an alpaca farm, another is a former NFL cheerleader, yet another wants to sing the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game, and there is another who wants to be a criminal profiler for the FBI. The 51 women vying to become the next...

Australia’s high court hears challenge to same-sex marriage vote

 Sept 5:  SYDNEY: Australia’s high court on Tuesday began a hearing on the validity of a government plan for a postal vote to legalise same-sexmarriage, a challenge that risks destabilising the ruling centre-right coalition. If the court rules against the plan, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could find himself presiding over a government fractured on the issue, endangering his razor-thin parliamentary majority of one. With the non-compulsory vote a couple of weeks away, its opponents have launched a legal challenge, saying the vote needs the backing of parliament – which has twice rejected such a...

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