Nine Dead as Hurricane Maria Reaches Puerto Rico

A major hurricane has struck the US territory of Puerto Rico, becoming the second to hit the Caribbean this month. Hurricane Maria has flooded streets, damaged buildings and brought down telecommunication towers and power lines, leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the region. Maria blew ashore in the morning in the…

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Hundreds Dead as Powerful Earthquake Hits Mexico

A powerful earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing 248 people and leaving rescuers frantically searching for survivors. The 7.1 magnitude quake struck around lunchtime, toppling 44 buildings including at least one primary school in the Mexican capital. Millions of people fled into the streets when the disaster occurred, many concerned about their welfare and the…

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Russia conducts Zapad exercise sparking fears for Eastern Europe

Russia is conducting its largest European military exercise since the cold war, involving land, sea and air units, and encompassing a huge area across western Russia, Belarus, the Baltic Sea and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Officially the ‘Zapad’ (meaning ‘West’) drills include just under 13,000 troops, though there are claims from NATO that as…

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London bombing confirmed as terrorist incident

The explosion on a London underground train that has left 29 injured has been confirmed as a terrorist attack, with ISIS claiming responsibility. The bomb, which was wrapped in a plastic grocery bag and hidden in a bucket, went off at 8:20am, and is believed to have only partially exploded. The threat level in the…

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