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Fresh xenophic attacks in South Africa, two killed, scores injured

Fresh xenophobic attacks burst out in Johannesburg, South Africa, with at least two persons killed and scores injured. The violence occurred after the whole world condemned another rounds of attack on foreigners, mainly Africans, involving killing and looting of their shops as well as razing down houses. The violence is the latest in a slew…

Zimbabwe’s ex-President Mugabe dies 95

Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe with an iron fist from 1980 to 2017, has died at the age of 95, the country’s president announced on Friday. “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe,” Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a tweet. Details later…

BA persists after airline rejects union proposal

British Airways has rejected a last-ditch proposal from pilots’ union Balpa to re-start negotiations aimed at averting strike action. BBC reports that BA pilots are due to strike on Monday and Tuesday over a pay offer they say is too low. Balpa said it would call off the strike if BA would discuss a new…

Hurricane Dorian: Bahama counts huge losses

The death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas will be “staggering”, the country’s government has warned as aid efforts are being stepped up. The official death toll stands at 23, but is expected to rise further, says BBC. Officials are sending morticians and 200 body bags to the Abaco Islands, the worst-hit part of…

Hurricane Dorian threatens Florida

Hurricane Dorian is moving toward the United States as a Category 2 storm after causing devastating floods and damage in the Bahamas. Officials expect the hurricane to hug the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the next three days. At least five people have been killed in the Abaco Islands, where…

Brexit: Conservatives MPs warned not to rebel against govt

Conservative MPs have been warned not to rebel against the government over Brexit, as opposition MPs plan legislation to stop no deal. A senior source from the whips office – which ensures MPs vote in line with the party – said MPs who voted to block no deal would “destroy” the government’s Brexit negotiating position….

Trainee pilot lands successfully after instructor passes out

A student pilot in Australia safely landed a light aircraft during a flying lesson, after his instructor passed out at the controls, BBC reports. Western Australian man Max Sylvester made a distress call to air traffic control about an hour into his flight on Saturday when his teacher collapsed beside him. Operators at an airport…

Hurricane wreaks havoc in Bahamas

The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean islands of the Bahamas since records began has torn roofs from buildings and caused severe flooding. Hurricane Dorian, a category five storm, has sustained winds of up to 180mph (285km/h). A “life-threatening” storm surge of 23ft (7m) is also predicted in places, officials warn. The hurricane is…

US: Florida declares state of emergency, as hurricane gains force

Hurricane Dorian is “expected to become a major hurricane on Friday,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds at 5 a.m. ET Thursday were 85 mph — a Category 1 hurricane — with higher gusts, according to the center’s most recent update. Dorian was about 150 miles north northwest of Puerto Rico, moving…

US: State of emergency in Florida as hurricane gains force

Hurricane Dorian is “expected to become a major hurricane on Friday,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds at 5 a.m. ET Thursday were 85 mph — a Category 1 hurricane — with higher gusts, according to the center’s most recent update. Dorian was about 150 miles north northwest of Puerto Rico, moving…

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