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'Apocalyptic' 😱 devastation in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷, and little help in sight 😓

Hurricane Maria whipped Puerto Rico with Irma-level winds, drenched the island with Harvey-level flooding, crippled communications, decimated buildings and damaged a dam that puts downstream residents at risk of catastrophe.

But help has been slow to come to communities where the devastation is described as "apocalyptic," officials and residents argue …

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HRW: Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 hate speech 😡 still targets minorities‼️

A leading rights group says some state religious scholars and institutions in Saudi Arabia incite hatred and discrimination against religious minorities, including the country's Shia Muslim minority.

A report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) titled 'They are not our brothers: Hate Speech by Saudi Officials', released on …

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BBC launches Korean news service

The BBC has launched a Korean service as part of an expansion of its foreign language outlets. The service, which began broadcasts on Tuesday, will provide news, sport, business and culture through a website and radio transmissions.

A primary focus of the service is North Korea, where government censorship restricts …

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Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry - Erdogan

Turkey's president has said Iraqi Kurds could go hungry as a result of the punitive measures it is considering after Monday's independence referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government of "treachery" for pressing ahead with the vote despite international opposition.

Massoud Barzani should now "give …

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Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis at settlement

A Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis at a West Bank settlement on Tuesday before being shot dead, in an attack that Palestinian militant group Hamas called a "new chapter" of a Palestinian uprising. The man had a work permit and entered the settlement at a back entrance with other construction …

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Angola swears in Lourenco, first new president for 38 years

Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda. Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed “on my honour to devote myself” to the role of president, as …

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🇦🇪Dubai Launches 🌐World's First Self-Flying 🚕Taxis

Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan, has attended the maiden flight of the world’s first self-flying taxi, but it will be at least another five years before it goes into public use. Provided by Germany-based Volocopter, the two-seater Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) is being introduced by Dubai’s Road …

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Seven arrested in Egypt after raising rainbow flag at concert

Egyptian police have arrested seven people after they were allegedly seen raising rainbow flags at a concert in Cairo last week, security sources say. The seven were reportedly detained on Monday for "promoting sexual deviancy", but have not yet been formally charged.

Prosecutors opened an investigation after images from the …

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US rejects North Korea war allegations as 'absurd'

The US has dismissed North Korea's accusation that President Donald Trump has declared war against the country, calling it "absurd". The comments come as South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that Pyongyang had moved to bolster its coastal defences by relocating its warplanes along the east coast.

Regional leaders …

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Lesedi La Rona 💎Diamond Goes for 💲53 M

The world's second-largest gem-quality diamond has been sold to a London-based company for $53m (£39.5m). The private sale comes after its owner, Canada's Lucara Diamond Corporation, failed to sell it at a Sotheby's auction last year. The 1,111-carat stone was recovered by Lucara in Botswana two years ago …

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🇷🇺Russian Cannibal💀🥘💀 Couple Ate 30

A couple arrested for murder in the south-west Russian city of Krasnodar have admitted killing up to 30 people, local media report. Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia, were reportedly arrested after a dismembered body was found at the military base where they lived.

Police confirmed a number of …

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