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Hurricane Ophelia kills 3 as it hurtles toward Ireland, UK

This Sunday Hurricane Ophelia hurtled with 80mph winds toward Ireland. Hurricanes are not common in the western Atlantic coast due to the usual patterns of the Gulf Stream and prevailing winds.   In fact, this is the first time a severe weather alert has been issued for the entire country of the Republic of Ireland.  Ophelia is the 10th Atlantic hurricane this season- the most since 1893. The last time a hurricane this powerful hit Ireland was 1961. According to the Verge, “Hurricanes are created from warm tropical oceans. Since the water on the other side of the Atlantic tends to be colder, European hurricanes are …

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Vladimir Putin- Russia’s Dog Person in Chief

Russian President Vladimir Putin is often known for his machismo, including wrangling a Siberian tiger, fishing, and other outdoor exploits. On occasion, Mr. Putin has shown a softer side, including singing karaoke on TV and even singing about space with Russian students. While Putin may be a tough negotiator, a former spy, and pending investigation may have allegedly been involved with tampering the 2016 election, what may not be commonly known is that Vladimir Putin is also a dog lover and has been the Dog Father of long-term animals.  Putin’s Birthday Pooch Earlier this week the Russian president met with the leader of …

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Suicide bomber kills seven people in Helmand Province:

In a recent suicide bombing attack a suicide bomber targeted a group of Afghan soldiers and policemen who were collecting their pay at their base in Helmand province. The suicide bomber succeeded in killing seven people and seriously injuring over 40 soldiers and civilians. According to the spokesman for Helmand province’s governor, Omar Zhwak, the suicide bomber who came with a truck detonated his bomb beside the police headquarters in the Lashkar Gah region of the country. The attack claimed seven lives: a girl, four soldiers, and two women, according to Zwak. The spokesman believes the death toll from the …

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Theresa May’s speech betrayed her conservative inclination

Many people were taken aback by Theresa May’s speech delivered at the conference organized by the Conservative party. Contrary to people’s expectation the speech was littered with policies that betrayed the British Prime Minister’s leaning towards the left wing rather than express the policies that represent the principles of her right-wing party.   During her well-broadcast speech, the British Prime Minister announced that her administration will roll out a policy in support of organ donation. Under the new policy, all British citizens are presumed to give their consent to make organ donations whenever they are called upon to do so …

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US Special forces ambushed in Niger, 3 Green Berets killed

It was a gloomy day for the US Army Special Forces troops in Niger last Wednesday when Nigerien militants ambushed US soldiers on patrol in the country. The slain soldiers, with their trainee Nigerien troops, were on a routine patrol when they were ambushed. Three US soldiers were killed while two sustained various degrees of injury, and all were a part of the elite Green Berets division of U.S special forces command. After the news of the deadly ambush that took place close to the Niger/Mali border was reported by Radio France International (RFI), the attack was later confirmed by …

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Catalan President suspends declaration of Independence to allow forTalks with Spain

Today in Barcelona the leader of Catalonia, Carlos Puigdemont, stated that while the region has “earned the right to independence from Spain”, it has suspended its declaration of independence in order to allow for talks with the Spanish government in Madrid. Speaking in front of the regional parliament in Barcelona, Mr. Puigdemont stated that the recent election served as a mandate for independence, but he also opened the possibility for mediation. This latest stance seems to be more moderate than his earlier stance where he claimed he would be ready to go to prison for the sake of the independence …

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Saudi Arabia Government finally lifts ban on female drivers

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, millions of Saudi Arabia women were ecstatic as the government lifted his restriction on women drivers in the kingdom. Prior to the king’s announcement, Saudi Arabia was arguably the only country where women were not allowed behind the wheels. This was a welcome development for women who had been denied the rights to drive a vehicle since the early 1990s. Although Saudi Arabia women were driving before the ‘90s, a religious law, fatwa, banned this practice among the Islamic country in the ‘90s. The decree was later sanctioned by a statement issued by the country’s …

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Catalonia Elections: Declaration of Independence Near?

Last Sunday, the Catalans went to the polls for a reason. It wasn’t to vote a new political leader. No, they were not at the polls to replace their president. Rather, it was to find an answer to a question of national importance: Will Catalonia gain independence from Spain? Why is finding a satisfying answer to that question important? Earlier this week, we documented the background behind the Catalonian elections, and how Spain has been cracking down on the region’s latest attempts to secede from last week’s referendum. Catalonia, a region of Spain with over 7.5 million people makes up …

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Divers find Swedish journalist Kim Wall’s body parts

Danish police have new information concerning the strange case of Swedish Journalist Kim Wall who died in a mysterious submarine incident in August. Earlier we reported how Ms. Wall’s headless body was found in August and since then the inventor Peter Madsen was charged with killing the journalist who went missing during a trip they conducted on August 10th. Divers found the head and legs of Ms. Wall and identified the body parts as a match for the missing journalist. Madsen, a Danish inventor of homemade submarines, has been in custody since August, and although he denies the charges, police strongly …

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E.U sides with Spain on Catalonia Independence Referendum

The Barcelona Question Earlier this week the autonomous region of Catalonia, a state within Spain took to the polls to vote on whether they would remain a part of Spain, or elect to become an independent nation.  Catalonia has long maintained its own identify, from their Catalan language which differs from Castillian Spanish, FC Barcelona contrasting Real Madrid, and a prior referendum in 2014 where they last debated the issue of independence. This week Catalonia held a controversial referendum on whether they would vote to remain a part of Spain, and according to the Catalan government, over 90% of respondents …