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Hurricane Iota brings catastrophic winds and likely life-threatening flooding just miles from where Eta made landfall

Hurricane Iota barreled into a Central America still recovering from Eta on Tuesday, bringing with it the possibility of life-threatening flooding, catastrophic winds and mudslides. Swells from the storm will be felt from Central America to the Yucatán Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia. Its landfall was …

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Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

A CONSORTIUM  led by Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK. It says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England over the next five years. The prime minister is understood to be poised to announce …

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Pakistan ‘to boycott French products’ over cartoons

AN ISLAMIST  group in Pakistan has called off its anti-France protests, saying the Pakistani government has endorsed a boycott of French goods. The demonstrations had been in response to France defending the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. President Macron has strongly defended French secularism in the wake …

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US election 2020: Trump back on campaign trail in Florida

PRESIDENT DONALD  Trump has returned to the campaign trail less than two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus. He told thousands of supporters, many not wearing masks, that he could give them “a big fat kiss”, at a rally in the battleground state of Florida. His rival, Joe Biden, speaking …

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US warns Ghana, other African states over election violence

THE UNITED  States of America has threatened to impose visa restrictions on African politicians who engage in election related violence. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger and some other African states are all expected to head to the polls later this year to elect a new president and parliamentarians. Ghana will vote …

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Cameroon minister’s phone hacked

CAMEROON’S MINING  Minister Gabriel Dodo Ndoké has said that hackers have taken over his phone number. The minister warned all his contacts not to respond to any financial requests coming from his number. Mr Ndoké said the authorities were working to recover the number. Ministers in Cameroon are often targets …

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Covid: Donald Trump and Melania test positive

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus and are now self-isolating. Mr Trump, aged 74 and therefore in a high-risk group, wrote on Twitter: “We will get through this together.” It comes after Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, …

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Presidential debate: Trump and Biden trade insults in chaotic debate

President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden have fiercely clashed in one of the most chaotic and bitter White House debates in years. Mr Trump frequently interrupted, prompting Mr Biden to tell him to “shut up” as the two fought over the pandemic, healthcare and the economy. The US …

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Trump to name Supreme Court pick by Saturday as Democratic hopes of blocking nomination dim

PRESIDENT DONALD  Trump raced on Monday to cement a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election, telling reporters he planned by Saturday to reveal his pick to succeed liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats’ hope of keeping the seat empty faded when two Republican senators, …

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EU imposes sanctions over Libya arms embargo

THE EUROPEAN  Union has imposed sanctions on three companies for violating the UN arms embargo on Libya. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels resolved that the sanctions imposed include an asset freeze for the three companies. Two individuals were also sanctioned for human rights abuses in Libya. “These …

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