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US readies for ‘big one’ as Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, USA: People fleeing North and South Carolina clogged coastal highways early Wednesday as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 4 storm, bore down on the US east coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.President Donald Trump, warning residents to get out of the way, said the federal government was “ready for the big one that is coming.”While coastal residents frantically boarded up homes and businesses and hit the road, others chose to ride out a storm that is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some...


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3 hour 10 minute

Letter from Africa: Cremations 'threaten' Zimbabwe's ancestral spirits

Cremation is provoking a huge debate in Zimbabwe, bringing cultural and religious beliefs to the fore, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe writes from Harare."For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return" - this verse from the Bible holds little sway with many Christians in Zimbabwe who oppose cremation.They want their bodies interred intact - and feel that nature should take its course, instead of hastening a return to dust.Cremation subjects a human body to intense heat ranging from between 500C (930F) and 800C. It is the family's choice to then decide what to do with the ashes afterwards.The...
3 hour 20 minute

Ivanka Trump's use of personal email a focus of Democrats in next Congress

Amid reports that first daughter and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump exchanged hundreds of official government business emails using a personal email account, top Democrats on Capitol Hill "want to know if Ivanka complied with the law" and in the next Congress plan to continue their investigation of the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act. Trump’s reported use of a personal email account to conduct official government business, first confirmed by the Washington Post, creates an awkward dynamic in the West Wing. Her father’s presidential campaign heavily criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server account during...
3 hour 23 minute

Trump submits answers to Mueller's Russia inquiry

US President Donald Trump has submitted his written answers to the special counsel over alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.Mr Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said some of the questions posed by special counsel Robert Mueller had gone "beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry".Last week Mr Trump said he had answered the questions "very easily".The US president strongly denies any collusion with Russia, calling Mr Mueller's investigation "a witch hunt".On Tuesday, Mr Giuliani confirmed that Mr Trump's answers had been handed over to investigators, adding that the president had provided "unprecedented co-operation" and that it was time to...

3 hour 25 minute

Photo of Cindy Hyde-Smith wearing a Confederate soldier hat upends Mississippi Senate race

In a race that was supposed to be a Republican rout in the Deep South, GOP incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith's campaign seems to be stumbling after a series of public statements on video and a collection of public photos from 2014 were released, calling into question her views on race and voting rights. On Tuesday, photos surfaced on Facebook showing Hyde-Smith donning a Confederate soldier hat, with the caption "Mississippi history at its best." The existence of the photos was first reported by Politico. Hyde-Smith's campaign declined to comment to ABC News for the story. The campaign of her Democratic challenger,...
3 hour 43 minute

Eel Trafficking In The EU Is "The Largest Wildlife Crime On Earth"

Paris, France: Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe, ending up on tables in China and Japan in what campaigners say is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth."Stocks of European eel (anguilla anguilla) have plummeted 90 percent in three decades as mankind has developed the wetlands and dammed the rivers it needs to grow and feed in, and experts fear criminal gangs smuggling the lucrative fish are pushing it towards oblivion.Despite growing alarm from conservationists, hundreds of tonnes of eels are still legally and illegally fished each year. In France -- which...
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Turkey Calls For Prosecuting Whoever Ordered Jamal Khashoggi's Murder

Washington, United States: Turkey's foreign minister called Tuesday for holding accountable whoever ordered the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi -- with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused of being behind the crime."Whoever gave the instruction should be held accountable... Whoever committed this crime should be brought to justice," Mevlut Cavusoglu said after meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.He said Ankara's "aim" was to find out who was behind the murder, after US President Donald Trump said the author of the crime may never be known, and vowed to stick by ally Saudi Arabia.(Except...