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October 16, 2017
Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
British tycoon Richard Branson called Friday for rebuilding the hurricane-thrashed Caribbean with more durable housing and sustainable energy, to limit the damage of future storms. Branson, who rode out massive category-5 hurricanes Irma and Maria last month on his private Necker Island in the British Virgin islands, compared the devastation throughout the region to that of a nuclear blast. "None of us hunkering down in the basement in Necker Island were prepared for its force and its intensity, ... read more

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Donald Trump warned Thursday that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash, with the mayor of San Juan branding the president a "Hater in Chief." ... more
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At least eight migrants drowned after their boat sank following a collision with a Tunisian navy vessel in the Mediterranean, the defence ministry said on Monday. ... more
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India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. ... more
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Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
When they signed up to study in the Caribbean they thought they were heading for an island paradise. But when Hurricane Irma devastated Sint Maarten, they ended up being transferred to drizzly northern England instead. ... more
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US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected
Nate eased quickly overnight from one of the fastest-moving hurricanes ever to hit the US Gulf Coast to a fitful and deteriorating tropical depression, but only after flooding streets and casinos, pitching boats onto beaches and leaving thousands without power. ... more
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Puerto Rico's hurricane-wracked environment faces long recovery
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800 Yazidis refugees resettled in Canada: minister
Nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others who fled persecution by the Islamic State group in northern Iraq have been resettled in Canada, the immigration minister said Thursday. ... more
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Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday to restart two reactors in Japan, its first since the 2011 tsunami sparked the worst atomic accident in decades. ... more
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NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ... more
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Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress for a bumper $29 billion package of emergency relief after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. ... more
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Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... more
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Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll
President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico and told them to be "proud" the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration's response to the disaster. ... more
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The white pipes carved into the foot of the rain-soaked mountain stick out like needles, and from them flows water. ... more

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The emergency.lu Rapid Response Kit has been deployed by the Government of Luxembourg to provide vital satellite-enabled connectivity to the coordination center in Dominica, following the devastatio ... more
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