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Over the past two weeks, Mexico has experienced a lot of shaking. On Sept. 8, a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck 54 miles (87 kilometers) southwest of Pijijiapan, which sits just above the Mexico-Guatemala border. Eleven days later, a magnitude-7.1 quake struck 3 miles (5 km) east of Raboso, near Mexico City.
A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area. The carcass of a 5.2-metre (17-foot) adult male was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland on Thursday with a single gunshot wound to the head, the environment department said. "It is illegal to 'take' and kill a crocodile without authority and police will work closely with (the environment department) to locate the person responsible," Queensland police said.
Lestina Marie Smith, from Saginaw, Michigan, was 17 when she allegedly raped a 19-year-old man inside his car and threatened him with a knife. Ms Smith reportedly filmed the incident. Ms Smith, who is now 18, faced up to life in prison, but may now avoid a prison sentence after pleading “no contest to lesser charges”.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY ― There are a couple of ways you could describe what happened Wednesday night as demonstrators once again took to the streets to protest last week’s not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley ― a former St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer who in 2011 shot and killed a black man fleeing a drug stop.
Hurricane Maria left more than 15 people dead in hard-hit Dominica, the small Caribbean island's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced on Thursday. The toll from Dominica brings the overall number of confirmed deaths caused by Hurricane Maria to 18, including two in Guadeloupe and one in Puerto Rico. "So far, we would have buried in excess of 15 people," Skerrit told a television network of Antigua and Barbuda, a neighboring country.
This year has been a historic one for hurricanes, with major storm after major storm churning through the Atlantic. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria all reached "major hurricane" (Category 3 or above) status as they spun through those warm waters. And as these storms have lashed not only the U.S. mainland but many of the smaller islands that populate the Caribbean and the Atlantic, we've been reminded of what a devastating and destructive force nature can be. SEE ALSO: Reports: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico entirely without power Puerto Rico is no different. The small island of 3.4 million people was still cleaning up from being side-swiped by Irma when Maria slammed into it on Tuesday, engulfing nearly the entire island with hurricane-force winds. Now the clean up begins anew and we're reminded once more of the raw power of these storms, of he widespread damage they can cause. An image acquired by the GOES-13 satellite at 1:15 pm local time of Hurricanes Maria in the Caribbean (bottom) and Jose (L, top) in the North Atlantic Ocean.Image: NASA Earth Observatory HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Hurricane Maria Landfalls in Puerto Rico San Juan September 20, 2017.Image: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images A picture shows rocks swept by strong waves onto a road in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.Image: LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images A parking lot is flooded near Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during Hurricane Maria.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico leaving behind a path of destruction across the national territory. San Juan September 20, 2017.Image: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images A stranded pleasure boat is pictured in Goyave on September 19, 2017 in the French territory of Guadeloupe, after the passage of Hurricane Maria.Image: CEDRICK ISHAM CALVADOS/AFP/Getty Images A woman who voluntarily left her house to take refuge is seen at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images A road is flooded in Saint-Pierre, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.Image: LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images Residents seek shelter inside Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, early on September 20, 2017, as Hurricane Maria passes the island.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images Trees block the streets after Hurricane Maria at Escambron Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.Image: Pablo Pantoja/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Flooded roads are seen as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in Fajardo, on September 20, 2017.Image: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images Trees are toppled in a parking lot at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during the passage of the Hurricane Maria.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images A man passes through a door at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which suffered damages from wind on September 20, 2017.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images Residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico, deal with damages to their homes on September 20, 2017, as Hurricane Maria batters the island.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests. VW admitted cheating diesel emissions tests in 2015, triggering political and consumer pressure that has caused a slump in sales of diesel cars in major markets, with governments announcing plans to ban vehicles powered by conventional combustion engines. Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England.
By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said. As Kurds in neighboring Iraq prepare to vote on secession from Baghdad, Hadiya Yousef told Reuters that Assad's aim to take back all of Syria could lead to its partition, though Syria's Kurds insist that independence is not their aim. The three-phase vote set to begin on Friday is part of a plan mapped out by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies to set up a federal system of government that will shore up the autonomy they have enjoyed in the north since 2011, when Syria's civil war broke out.
Wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, 45, visited the Falkland Islands this year to shoot pictures and scout the area for future tours. Wim’s breathtaking images show a small group of king penguins before they head out to sea at sunrise. Wim said: “The sunrise created beautiful vibrant colors and amazing reflections.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling annulling his recent election victory was a "coup" that stole democracy from the people. The Supreme Court on September 1 declared Kenya's August 8 presidential election "invalid, null and void" after hearing a legal challenge filed by the opposition, led by Raila Odinga. On Wednesday judges issued their full, detailed ruling, faulting the election commission for running a poll that was "neither transparent nor verifiable".
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. Han Tae Song, Pyongyang's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child late on Wednesday.
The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher from north London. Da Costa was shot twice in the early hours of Wednesday morning at his home in the remote town of Coari and later died in hospital, police said.
Virgin boss Richard Branson has hit out at Donald Trump after Hurricane Irma partially destroyed his home on the British Virgin Islands. Donald Trump, who has previously denied climate change, has planned to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, which aims to reduce the impact of global warming on Earth. Mr Branson criticised the President's stance in an interview on CNN, where he was asked about the impact of climate change on hurricanes. Richard Branson on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com "Look, you can never be 100 per cent sure about links" he replied, "but the scientists have said the storms are going to get more and more and more intense and more and more often." He continued: "We've had four storms within a month, all far greater than have ever, ever, ever happened in history. "Sadly, I think this is the start of things to come." Hitting out at Donald Trump, he continued:"Look, climate change is real. Ninety-nine per cent of scientists know it's real. "The whole world knows it's real except for maybe one person in the White House." Richard Branson launches aid relief campaign for the British Virgin Islands 02:33 The British billionaire and adventurer took refuge in the wine cellar of his home on his private island while it suffered a direct hit from the Category 5 Hurricane Irma. "As you can see from the photos, much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged," Sir Richard wrote from Puerto Rico, where he was mobilising aid efforts for the British Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean. "We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean. But we are very fortunate to have a strong cellar built into Necker’s Great House and were very lucky all of our teams who stayed on Island during the storm are safe and well." He has now called for a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Irma and fears of further damage by Hurricane Maria. Hurricanes Irma and Maria | Advice for travellers
In April, Fox News canned O’Reilly amid a bombshell New York Times report discussing workplace sexual harassment allegations throughout the host’s tenure at the network. On Wednesday, the conservative talk show host discussed his firing on NBC’s “Today” show and on conservative pundit Laura Ingraham’s radio program. “I learned a lot from you on television, what works and when I didn’t do such a great job,” Ingraham, who recently joined Fox News’ primetime lineup, told O’Reilly.
When Hurricane Maria took aim at the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, Sali Gear knew she had to move fast. Gear, the co-founder of Virginia Beach’s Island Dog Rescue, grew up in the islands. To make this happen, Gear initially aimed to fly 20 animals to the continental U.S. every day for one week, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region. "We need the 2015 accord," he said of the agreement. Macron was speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, while ministers from Iran the six world powers that signed the accord met to discuss it.
Politico’s Michael Calderone reported Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York whom Trump fired in March, joined the cable news network as a senior legal analyst. The network also signed a deal with Walter M. Shaub Jr., the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in July.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump, a billionaire, is reportedly using money raised by the Republican National Committee to cover legal fees associated with the Department of Justice investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has used over $230,000 in money raised by the RNC for his own legal defense, according to Reuters. The president is currently under investigation for potential illegal coordination with Russia ― which is alleged to have hacked the Democratic National Committee and intervened in the election to defeat Hillary Clinton ― and for possible obstruction of justice when he fired James Comey, the former FBI director, in May.