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Stranded cars, rescues and deadly flooding: Waters slowly begin receding in Houston after Imelda

Stranded cars, rescues and deadly flooding: Waters slowly begin receding in Houston after ImeldaAs floodwaters began slowing receding in Houston, police worked to clear freeways of hundreds of stranded vehicles after four days of relentless rain



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Stranded cars, rescues and deadly flooding: Waters slowly begin receding in Houston after Imelda

Stranded cars, rescues and deadly flooding: Waters slowly begin receding in Houston after ImeldaAs floodwaters began slowing receding in Houston, police worked to clear freeways of hundreds of stranded vehicles after four days of relentless rain



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Netanyahu vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements

Netanyahu vows to begin annexing West Bank settlementsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins re-election next week, a move that could inflame the Middle East and extinguish any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state. Arab leaders angrily condemned Netanyahu’s remarks, and a U.N. spokesman warned the step would be “devastating” to the prospects for a two-state solution. Netanyahu said he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley — an area seen as the breadbasket of any Palestinian state — shortly after forming a new government and would move later to annex other Jewish settlements.



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Trial to begin in 9-year-old's killing that shocked Chicago

Trial to begin in 9-year-old's killing that shocked ChicagoIt stands as one of Chicago's most horrific crimes, in large part because of small details that are impossible to shake: The promise of a juice box that lured the 9-year-old boy off a playground and into an alley, and the basketball he dropped when he was shot and killed there. Jury selection will begin Friday in the murder trial of two of three men charged with carrying out the November 2015 attack on Tyshawn Lee, a smart fourth-grader who prosecutors say was killed by gang members to send a message to his father, a purported member of a rival gang. Dwright Boone-Doty, who will represent himself, and Corey Morgan will be tried together but before separate juries, each of which will only consider the evidence as it pertains to one of the defendants.



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Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc in the northern Bahamas as mandatory evacuations begin on coastal Florida

Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc in the northern Bahamas as mandatory evacuations begin on coastal FloridaMandatory evacuation orders have been issued for parts of coastal Florida in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, including the site of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate. Little over an hour after the Category Five storm  made landfall and began wreaking havoc in the northern Bahamas Florida governor, Ron DeSantis announced the evacuation of some coastal communities. Dorian was reportedly packing winds of 185 mph, with fears that gusts could top 200 mph. A Hurricane watch is in force for much of the state's east coast as the storm made its slow devastating progress west towards the US mainland. In some cases the evacuations are mandatory in others voluntary. Tolls charges have been suspended to allow people to make their escape. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mar-a-Lago was included in the evacuation of barrier islands and other vulnerable areas in Palm Beach County. Dorian made landfall twice in the Bahamas' Abaco Islands early on Sunday afternoon.  It tied with the most powerful landfall ever recorded in the Atlantic with winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kph), according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre. Hurricane Dorian's powerful winds hit Abaco Islands Credit: Rich Roberts/AFP Powerlines were torn down and roofs swept away as hundreds of residents sought shelter in schools and churches. Residents in one block of flats who lost their roof were unable to leave because of the flooding outside. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis broke down in tears as he addressed a news conference, calling it "probably the most sad and worst day of my life," the Nassau Guardian reported. "We're facing a hurricane … one that we've never seen in the history of the Bahamas," he said. The Abaco Islands were reported to be under water as forecasters warned it was facing a towering 18 to 23 feet storm surge. Winds were gusting over 220 mph, the NHC said. Around 28,000 Britons people visit the Bahamas annually and the islands have enjoyed a bumper year for tourism. According to the latest projections Dorian, which on Sunday morning was around 225 miles off West Palm Beach, Florida, will batter the Bahamas for up to 24 hours before turning north. Hurricane Dorian Both the European and US models show the hurricane turning north on Monday night with winds still at 140 mph, but remaining offshore. By the early hours of Thursday morning, with the wind have dropped down to around 100 mph, Dorian is expected to be off the shore of Georgia, before reaching Cape Hatteras, North Carolina early on Friday. Even though the centre of the hurricane is now projected to remain off the US mainland, the states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina are still bracing themselves for heavy rainfall and storm damage. “This storm has been particularly difficult, a lot of uncertainty,” Peter Gaynor, acting administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told NBC’s Meet the Press. Georgia Bernard, right, and Ana Perez are among residents filling sandbags to take home in preparation for Hurricane Dorian Credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP “It’s going to be a slow mover as it gets towards the Florida Coast. The time now is for residents to really prepare. “It is going to impact Florida, it is going to impact Georgia, it is going to impact the Carolinas and now is the time to  make those preparations.” Mr Gaynor warned that people should not become complacent even though the projections suggested the hurricane would stay offshore. “I think the mistake most people make is they follow that thin black line and think that is the exact location they think the storm will be in. “Your really have to look at the ‘cone of uncertainty’. If you look at that it really covers the majority of Florida and as you go north great parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. “We are not out of this just yet.”



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Families begin burying the 28 victims of Mexico bar fire

Families begin burying the 28 victims of Mexico bar fireAnger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life impossible in this southern Mexico oil town. At least seven of the victims were buried Thursday, with the 3-year-old daughter of one woman, Xochitl Irineo Gomez, waving goodbye to her mother after her coffin was placed into the ground.



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Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020

Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a “second-term project”.Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week they spoke to the president about reducing the costs of the federal health care and retirement programmes — a move that would likely stir controversy in a presidential election season.



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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimageMore than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions. The hajj, one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings, is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives. It consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over five days in Islam’s holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia.



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Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin SundayThe head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency’s acting director, said targets were on an “accelerated docket” of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. “This family operation is nothing new,” Albence told The Associated Press.



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Authorities Begin Arrests in Hong Kong as Beijing Ramps Up the Rhetoric

Authorities Begin Arrests in Hong Kong as Beijing Ramps Up the RhetoricTensions over the protests are also simmering between China and the U.K.



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