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Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power due to Irma disaster

Eight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood.

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North Korea's recent nuclear weapons test fuels concerns over a potential high altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

North Korea's recent nuclear weapons test is fueling concerns over a potential high altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, which could cripple power supplies across a wide area. An Electromagnetic Pulse takes effect when a nuclear warhead explodes above the Earth's atmosphere releasing a burst of Gamma Rays, which consist of high energy electromagnetic radiation. Waves of radiation collide with Oxygen and Nitrogen atoms stripping away electrons.

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Europe steps up response to Hurricane Irma

European countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid. UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the region and the king of the Netherlands is touring Dutch islands. Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.

Hurricane Irma: Florida to re-open storm-ravaged Keys

Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma when the category-four storm struck on Sunday, are to re-open. Entry is being restricted to residents and business owners as work continues to clear roads and check the state of bridges linking the islands.

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The US senate committee opposes a proposal to reduce foreign aid for Sri Lanka.

Citing the geographical and strategic location of the island, a US Senate committee has opposed the Trump Administration's proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in US aid to Sri Lanka. The Senate Committee said in its report, that The Committee recognises and supports the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to advance democracy and the rule of law, and encourages further steps to address the underlying causes of the armed conflict by promoting justice and reconciliation. Last week during a Congressional hearing, lawmakers had expressed concern over massive cut in US aid to Sri Lanka.
A US lawmaker was quoted saying, "while we're forming a large Millennium Challenge Corporation compact with Sri Lanka, we will focus on economic activities. We are concerned that by changing course so drastically, we want to make sure that we're not throwing away the investments we've already made in Sri Lanka, which will leave a gap in the democracy and governance programs Sri Lanka badly needs, and will potentially force the closure of our USAID mission".

Bangladeshi Prime Minister urges Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees


Bangladesh's prime minister has urged Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state. Speaking as she visited a refugee camp, Sheikh Hasina urged Myanmar to view the situation with humanity, saying innocent people were suffering.

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New malware detected in India

A new malware named Xafecopy Trojan has been detected in India which steals money through victims mobile phones. Xafecopy Trojan is disguised as any other useful app and operates in the same way. Once the app is activated the Xafecopy malware clicks on web pages with Wireless Application Protocol Billing, which is a form of mobile payment that charges costs  directly from the users mobile phone. Experts at Kaspersky lab have found traces showing that cyber criminal gangs promulgating other Trojans are sharing the malware code among themselves.  [courtesy: PTI]

North Korea slapped with new UN sanctions.

China and Russia have joined a unanimous UN vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The council voted 15-0 to back the US-drafted sanctions resolution banning exports of coal, lead and seafood. Pyongyang has claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb and has continuously threatened to strike the US. North Korea is already under UN sanctions to force the leadership to curtail its weapons programmes.

Total oil ban not to be included in UN resolution

A UN Security Council sanctions resolution to be put to a vote today will place a ceiling on crude oil exports to North Korea instead of a complete oil embargo. It remains unclear whether China and Russia will support the resolution. Both countries have veto rights and are cautious about strong sanctions. The United States last week circulated a draft resolution among the Security Council member nations after the North's 6th nuclear test on September 3rd.

UK's Hurricane Irma response was not late

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted the UK was "not late" in its response to help British overseas territories hit by Hurricane Irma.
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, he said the government's response had been "as good as anybody else's".
Two senior MPs and residents of the Caribbean islands have criticised the response after the storm struck.
Some 500 UK troops have been sent to Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Asked about reports of looting in the region, Sir Michael said there had been a "security issue" in the BVI.(BBC)

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