Hurricane Irma: Puerto Rico braces for powerful storm

Media playback is unsupported on your device Puerto Rico is bracing for Hurricane Irma after the powerful storm caused at least seven deaths and left widespread destruction in the Caribbean. The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable” while there were warnings of a “cruel” impact on French territories St Martin and […]

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Aeroflot flight attendants win compensation over uniform size

A Russian court has ruled the airliner Aeroflot cannot tell its staff what clothes size to wear. It sided with two female flight attendants who sued the airliner for alleged discrimination, saying they had been shifted to less lucrative routes because of their body size. Aeroflot had told its attendants they could not wear uniforms […]

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Hurricane Irma lashes Caribbean islands, Florida braces for hit

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, howled past Puerto Rico on Wednesday after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands with roof-ripping winds, drenching rains and pounding surf on a collision course with Florida. At least four people were reported killed on four different islands by Irma, which weather forecasters have […]

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Togo shuts down internet amid protests

Internet access in Togo has been severely restricted as opposition supporters gather to protest against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbé. Some users say internet speeds are slow and access to social media platforms has been limited. Protesters have rejected a government proposal to bring about a two-term presidential limit, saying it is a ploy […]

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Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hurricane Irma has caused major flooding and damage to buildings on several Caribbean islands, France says. The four “most solid” buildings on the island of Saint Martin have been destroyed, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb announced. There was still no news of casualties and more damage was possible, […]

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Europe migrant crisis: EU court rejects quota challenge

The EU’s top court has rejected a challenge by eastern European countries to a migrant relocation deal drawn up at the peak of the crisis in 2015. The European Court of Justice overruled Hungary and Slovakia’s objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme. Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker since the measures were introduced […]

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Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi says ‘all in Rakhine defended’

In her first comments on Myanmar’s latest Rohingya crisis, de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her government is protecting everyone in Rakhine state. But she criticised the “huge iceberg of misinformation” about the conflict promoting the interests of terrorists. Ms Suu Kyi made the comments in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip […]

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Hurricane Irma: Residents prepare for ‘potentially catastrophic’ storm

Media playback is unsupported on your device Islands in the Caribbean have made last-minute preparations for Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, with officials warning of its “potentially catastrophic” effects. The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 295km/h (185mph). It is starting to hit the […]

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