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Turkey Syria offensive: Tens of thousands flee homes

Turkey Syria offensive: Tens of thousands flee homes

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Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Syria, as Turkish forces step up their cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas.Turkish troops have encircled the border towns of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad and aid agencies fear the exodus could reach hundreds of thousands.International clamour has increased for Turkey to halt the attack.Turkey has defended its bid to create a "safe zone" free of Kurdish militias which could also house Syrian refugees.Turkey regards the Kurdish militias of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - which have controlled the cross-border areas - as "terrorists" who support an anti-Turkish insurgency.The SDF have been key allies of the United States in the battle against the Islamic State (...
‘Everything is gone’: Homes lifted up by deadly Hurricane Dorian

‘Everything is gone’: Homes lifted up by deadly Hurricane Dorian

World
An international aid effort is under way in the Bahamas to help 70,000 people who need immediate humanitarian assistance after the island nation was hit by the most devastating hurricane in its history.Dorian, a category five storm which is the most powerful, has killed at least 20 people in the country but authorities expect that number to rise. As many as 13,000 homes may have been destroyed or severely damaged after the nation was pounded by winds up to 185mph and gusts up to 220mph for days earlier this week. ...
Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Health
The teeth of people living in care homes in England are being left to rot, dentists say.The warning comes after the Care Quality Commission found that residents did not always have access to dentists and were not getting the support they needed to look after their teeth.Its inspectors visited 100 homes caring for elderly and disabled people.It comes as the British Dental Association highlighted a number of distressing cases of decay and neglect.How the vulnerable are being failedThese included a blind, 93-year-old woman with advanced dementia whose dentures had become stuck in her mouth because they had been left in for weeks and her gums had grown around them.She was taken to A&E and the dentures had to be surgically removed.Another case involved a w...
Options are few for storm-ravaged homes with insufficient insurance

Options are few for storm-ravaged homes with insufficient insurance

Finance
With the Atlantic hurricane season underway, homeowners should be aware that inadequate insurance coverage can make recovering from a bad situation even worse.Whether damage from a storm comes from wind or water, homeowners whose coverage is insufficient have discovered the hard way that it makes recovery difficult and that their options for help are limited. "Some people believe they don't need [coverage], and then they experience an event and realize they can't afford the cost of repairs or rebuilding," said Brock Long, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and now executive chairman at Hagerty Consulting, an emergency management consulting firm based in Evanston, Illinois.A woman crosses a flooded street.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesAs temperatures rise and m...