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The forgotten quake victims outside Mexico City

The forgotten quake victims outside Mexico City

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Just how much damage the Mexico earthquake has caused is still impossible to gauge because proper analysis of affected regions outside Mexico City has yet to be carried out.One hundred miles south of the capital lies the Jojutla, the largest town near the epicentre of the quake.Most of its old downtown is either destroyed or will be bulldozed, almost all shops have been destroyed or will be, over half the population is now homeless. It is a proper disaster.The locals are claiming the government is ignoring them and focusing everything on Mexico City.So far, they say, almost no government aid has been delivered; they are almost totally dependent on donations from aid organisations and civil society.Video:Search continues for survivors trapped in rubble In searing hot weather we came across ...
Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

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Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria began moving north away from the Caribbean on Friday after lashing many of the islands there over the past week, the National Hurricane Center said.A Category 3 storm, Maria was located 115 miles east-northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas and about 395 miles east-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm was moving north-northwest at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 5 p.m. Friday advisory.Forecasters added that the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Southeastern Bahamas and the Central Bahamas.Storm surge-related water levels were forecast to subside in the Turks and Caicos, and Bahamas as Maria moved north.Maria is not expected to make landfall again in the Caribbean, tho...
North Korea's Kim responds to Trump's U.N. speech with insults, threats

North Korea's Kim responds to Trump's U.N. speech with insults, threats

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Sept. 21 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded to President Donald Trump's United Nations speech in a lengthy statement Thursday that included several insults.Kim mostly responded to Trump's threats to "totally destroy" North Korea if the reclusive nation attacks a U.S. ally. Trump also dubbed Kim, "Rocket Man," a reference to the North Korean leader's proclivity for launching test missiles."I'd like to remind Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world," Kim said. "The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to 'totally destroy' a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes...
North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

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US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North.The president also said China's Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang.It comes less than two weeks after the UN approved new sanctions against the country over its latest nuclear test.Tensions have risen in recent weeks over the North's continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests, despite pressure from world powers to stop.Announcing a new executive order on Thursday, President Trump said the measures were designed to "cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest wea...
North Korea's top diplomat likens Trump speech to 'dogs barking'

North Korea's top diplomat likens Trump speech to 'dogs barking'

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Sept. 20 (UPI) --North Korea's top diplomat slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's speech on Wednesday after arriving in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is expected to deliver a keynote address to the assembly on Friday, likened Trump's United Nations speech to the "sound of dogs barking," Yonhap reported.Ri initially stayed tight-lipped after landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport, refusing to speak to Yonhap reporters who followed the North Korean diplomat soon after his arrival.Several policemen were dispatched to the terminal, and security agents quickly escorted Ri out of the building.Yonhap reported a "dour" Ri ignored reporters' questions when he was asked what he thought of Trump's U.N. speech.In t...