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Hundreds living near ‘falling’ Puerto Rico dam evacuated

Hundreds living near ‘falling’ Puerto Rico dam evacuated

Most people living near a crumbling dam in storm-battered Puerto Rico have been moved to safety, Governor Ricardo Rossello said yesterday as he urged the US Congress to fund an aid package to avert a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria.

Mexico City schools still closed

Mexico City schools still closed

Most schools in Mexico City remained closed yesterday after last week’s deadly earthquake, but children outside the capital were set to return to their classrooms even though aftershocks are still jolting the country.

Judge gives Weiner hard time in teen ‘sexting’ case

Judge gives Weiner hard time in teen ‘sexting’ case

Former US congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison yesterday for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, setting off a scandal that played a role in the 2016 US presidential election.

A demographer working for democracy

A demographer working for democracy

Nancy Stiegler has participated in the counting of nearly half a billion people, in African deserts, Pacific archipelagos and the teeming megacities of Asia.

Students protest against Myanmar

Students protest against Myanmar

Students from Anwar-e-Habib Welfare Foundation shout slogans against Myanmar’s government to condemn the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority, in Karachi yesterday.

Australia to get its own space agency, says govt

Australia to get its own space agency, says govt

Australia will join the growing global space industry with its own national space agency, the government announced yesterday.

N Korea warns it could shoot down US bombers

N Korea warns it could shoot down US bombers

North Korea’s foreign minister said yesterday that President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers even if they are not in its air space.

Polish president concedes in row over judicial reform

Polish president concedes in row over judicial reform

Poland’s president has unexpectedly dropped his demands for a greater say in nominating judges, in an effort to secure broader political support for an overhaul of the judiciary that the European Union fears will harm democracy.

Helping Ponso the ape, sole survivor of ‘Chimpanzee Island’ in Ivory Coast

Helping Ponso the ape, sole survivor of ‘Chimpanzee Island’ in Ivory Coast

Screeching “Oooah! Oooah!” to see visitors on the forested ‘Chimpanzee Island’ in Ivory Coast, Ponso is the last, lonely survivor of a colony of 20 apes who mysteriously died or vanished.

Macron’s party suffers setback in Senate vote

Macron’s party suffers setback in Senate vote

French President Emmanuel Macron’s new centrist political party suffered its first electoral setback in Senate elections on Sunday in which the right-wing Republicans party strengthened its dominance in the upper chamber of parliament.

Merkel vows to win voters back

Merkel vows to win voters back

Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that she would talk with all mainstream parties about trying to form a “good, stable” government after Germany’s watershed election, and vowed to try to win back voters who supported an upstart nationalist force.

Govt’s war on corruption, terrorism will continue: PM

Govt’s war on corruption, terrorism will continue: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday declared that his battle against corruption was “uncompromising”, and said those indulging in graft cannot escape.

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