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US weather: 'Bomb cyclone' expected to lash northeast with fierce winds and rain

US weather: 'Bomb cyclone' expected to lash northeast with fierce winds and rainA potential bomb cyclone is expected to hit the Northeast of the US Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Boston.New York City, Boston, and Maine will be affected, among other New England locations. It follows last week’s storm in the same area, which brought strong winds to beach’s along the East Coast.



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U.S. Begins Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Leaving Kurds Vulnerable ahead of Expected Turkish Invasion

U.S. Begins Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Leaving Kurds Vulnerable ahead of Expected Turkish InvasionThe White House announced on Sunday night that U.S. forces will withdraw from northern Syria, leaving our Kurdish allies weakened in advance of an expected Turkish invasion that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday "could come at any moment."Turkey has signaled it wants to establish a "safe zone" inside Syria where it can resettle some 3.6 million refugees who fled the Syrian civil war and currently live in Turkey. However, Kurds in the region have warned that Turkey's intention is to remake the demographic composition of the region by flooding it with Sunni Muslims, weakening the Kurds' regional foothold.The withdrawal by the U.S. leaves the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a largely Kurdish organization instrumental to the U.S.-led fight against ISIS, without cover in the face of a Turkish invasion. Turkey considers the SDF, which has ties to Kurdish militants in Turkey, a terrorist organization.A statement from the White House press secretary indicated that President Trump had spoken with Erdogan by phone in advance of the invasion."The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," the statement read.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted 9n Monday that the country was "determined to ensure our country's existence and security by clearing terrorists from this region," referring to the SDF.The SDF put out a statement saying, "As the Syrian Democratic Forces, we are determined to defend our land at all costs." It also warned that a U.S. withdrawal from the area would "reverse the successful effort to defeat ISIS."



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The Latest: Morning arraignment expected in homeless attack

The Latest: Morning arraignment expected in homeless attackThe suspect in the New York City attacks that killed four sleeping homeless men and left another critically injured has been taken to a hospital for evidence collection. Twenty-four-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos was escorted out of a Manhattan precinct house late Saturday by two uniformed police officers who put him in an unmarked car. Detectives at the scene told journalists Santos was being taken to a hospital to gather DNA evidence.



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A tropical wave is forming in the Caribbean as Lorenzo is expected to hit Ireland and the UK

A tropical wave is forming in the Caribbean as Lorenzo is expected to hit Ireland and the UKFor the first time in several weeks, there are no named tropical storms or hurricanes anywhere in the Atlantic.



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe now expected to be buried on Saturday

Zimbabwe's Mugabe now expected to be buried on SaturdayZimbabwe’s longtime leader Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried on Saturday, a family spokesman said Friday, after three weeks of drama over the former strongman’s final resting place. Security was tight around the rural home that now will be the burial site after an abrupt change of plans left Zimbabwe’s government with an incomplete mausoleum on a hilltop in the capital, Harare. Family spokesman Leo Mugabe confirmed the new plan, a day after the government announced it would comply with the family’s latest wishes.



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Tropical Storm Karen is expected to loop-de-loop back towards the Bahamas after soaking Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to loop-de-loop back towards the Bahamas after soaking Puerto RicoTropical Storm Karen may loop around in the Atlantic, heading back towards the Bahamas, after hitting Puerto Rico with serious rain on Tuesday.



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Hurricane Center monitors 3 Atlantic systems; Gabrielle expected to become hurricane

Hurricane Center monitors 3 Atlantic systems; Gabrielle expected to become hurricaneDorian remains a hurricane; Tropical Storm Gabrielle predicted to become a hurricane, but affect land; a third system may become a tropical cyclone.



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Ukraine releases 'key MH17 suspect' ahead of expected prisoner swap with Russia

Ukraine releases 'key MH17 suspect' ahead of expected prisoner swap with RussiaA Kiev court has released a “key suspect” in the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 shortly before Vladimir Putin said prisoner swap negotiations with Ukraine were in their final stages, raising fears among European politicians that the man will be sent to Russia. That would put him out of the reach of international investigators, as Russia doesn't typically extradite its citizens.  Vladimir Tsemakh, a former fighter for Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine who was captured and smuggled across the frontlines in June, was released from custody on his own recognisance on Thursday. He is slated to go on trial for terrorism in October but has not been fitted with an electronic tag.  Ukrainian nationalists later protested with road flares outside the court, calling it a “terrorist accomplice” and “branch of the FSB”. Mr Tsemakh reportedly commanded anti-aircraft defences in the town of Snizhne when a Buk missile fired from the area brought down MH17 in July 2014, killing 298, including 10 Britons.  The Dutch-led joint investigative team has said the Russian military deployed the Buk launcher to eastern Ukraine, findings denied by Moscow, and charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder in June. Court proceedings are scheduled for March. Nationalists protest outside the court after Mr Tsemakh was released Credit: Sergii Kharchenko/EPA-EFE/REX Discussing the downing of MH17 in a 2015 Russian nationalist video interview, Mr Tsemakh said that he “got that guy out” and “hid” something. Although the exact word was bleeped out, many believe that he was saying he had hid the “Buk” after the plane was shot down.  Rumours began appearing in recent weeks that Mr Tsemakh could be included in the prisoner exchange that Moscow and Kiev have been negotiating since Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy called Mr Putin in July. A Russian newspaper quoted sources on Thursday as saying that Moscow demanded Mr Tsemakh in exchange for freeing Crimean director and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Oleg Sentsov. If true, that would be an unusual level of interest by Moscow in the fate of a foreign national, as Mr Tsemakh is a Ukrainian citizen, and suggest it does not want him to be questioned. In a letter to Mr Zelenskiy on Wednesday, 40 MEPs including Catherine Rowett of the United Kingdom opposed Russia's alleged requests to trade for Mr Tsemakh, calling him a “key suspect” in the MH17 investigation who should testify in the case. Dutch chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said in a leaked letter to his Ukrainian counterparts last week that Mr Tsemakh's status as a suspect meant that “keeping him available for (further) questioning by the joint investigation team is therefore of the utmost importance”.  A spokeswoman for the team told media on Thursday that it wanted him to remain in Ukraine, as it would be difficult to question him if he was sent to Russia. Vladimir Putin speaks at a forum in Vladivostok on Thursday Credit: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg The Ukrainian prosecutor general's office also objected to the release of Mr Tsemakh, whom it called “an important element of truth-seeking in this case”. Mr Putin breathed new life into the prisoner exchange process on Thursday when he said at the eastern economic forum in Vladivostok that a “fairly large” swap was close to being agreed.  “We're approaching the finalisation of the negotiations that we are holding with the official authorities, among others,” he said. “I think this will become known in the near future.” Ukrainian officials had said the trade of 33 prisoners from each side would happen last Friday, only to have Moscow dismiss this.  Among others, Kiev is hoping to bring home 24 sailors captured when their three navy vessels were seized in November trying to pass through the Kerch strait, which since the annexation of Crimea has been controlled by Russia.  Several Ukrainian prisoners in Russia have been moved from far-flung prison colonies to Moscow in recent weeks. Mr Tsemakh's dramatic seizure in separatist territory by a grab team of Ukrainian agents who reportedly drugged him and smuggled him across the de facto border in a wheelchair was the first of its kind. Some 13,000 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since 2014.



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President Trump Displays Altered Hurricane Dorian Forecast Chart Showing It Was Expected to Hit Alabama

President Trump Displays Altered Hurricane Dorian Forecast Chart Showing It Was Expected to Hit AlabamaThe Aug. 29 weather chart that mapped the predicted direction of Hurricane Dorian was marked in black ink to touch a corner of Alabama.



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Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to become a hurricane today, and could hit Florida on Monday. Here's where the storm is heading.

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to become a hurricane today, and could hit Florida on Monday. Here's where the storm is heading.Tropical Storm Dorian is moving north through the Caribbean this week. Puerto Rico is under a hurricane watch.



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