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Hurricane Irma hits mainland US

The centre of Hurricane Irma has hit mainland Florida, just south of Naples, amid warnings of storm surges as high as 15ft (4.5m). Irma made landfall on Marco Island off Florida’s west coast with winds of up to 105mph (169km/h) but has since been downgraded from category three to two. …

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Mummies discovered in new Egypt tomb

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a royal goldsmith containing the mummies of a woman and her two children, authorities said. The tomb, dating back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th Centuries BC), was found near the Nile city of Luxor, 400 miles (700km) south of Cairo. …

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Eye of Hurricane Irma hits Florida Keys

The eye of Hurricane Irma has hit Florida’s southern islands as a category four storm, forecasters say. The storm is lashing the low-lying Keys with winds reaching 130mph (209km/h). Florida Governor Rick Scott said he was “very concerned” about the state’s western Gulf Coast, where the storm is expected to …

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Zuma accuses opposition Democratic Alliance party of witchcraft

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has blamed witchcraft for his party’s failure to beat the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in its Western Cape stronghold, the Sowetan Live reports. “In the last elections, I was satisfied that we were taking the Western Cape‚ I even said so. What went wrong? I …

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Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises to 90

At least 90 people have died in Thursday’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, officials have confirmed. A government spokesman said 71 people had been killed in the south-west state of Oaxaca alone. Hundreds of families have reportedly been camping in the streets, afraid of the dangers of aftershocks. The Mexican …

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Faure Gnassingbe has nothing new to offer Togo after 12 years – Obasanjo

“I believe whatever he (Faure Gnassingbe) has to do in terms of development, whatever ideas he has, he must have exhausted them by now, unless he has something new that we do not know,” this is the view of ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on the unfolding political crisis in Togo. …

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Powerful Hurricane Irma strikes Cuba

Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands. The category five storm made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, off the north-eastern coast. But the Bahamas have largely been spared after Irma changed track. In Florida, 5.6 million people, or 25% of the …

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Deadly earthquake strikes off Mexico

A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck off southern Mexico, killing at least five people. The epicentre was in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 70km, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning has been issued for …

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Praised but unpaid: Nigeria’s Ebola heroes

In October 2014, Nigeria received universal praise for its swift and efficient tackling of the Ebola pandemic which had struck West African neighbours Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. But the core team of staff from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) who led the effort have since quit their …

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U.S. appeals court rejects Trump’s bid to bar most refugees

Kabh, a produce vendor in Monrovia, Liberia is one of the recipients of loans from Liberty Finance, a microfinance bank started by Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee. ARC announced on March 27, 2014 that it has sold the bank to a group of local A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected …

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