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Trump visits Texas amid 'epic' rainfall

US President Donald Trump is visiting Texas as the state struggles amid record rainfall from a massive storm. He and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Corpus Christi, where Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on Friday.


Dera Sacha Sauda chief sentenced to 10 years in jail

The Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim has been sentenced for 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in the rape case. Indian media reported that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers had set two vehicles on fire just ahead of sentencing. Singh was not taken to court to hear his sentence.


Fears grow over severe flooding risk in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that severe flooding is his main worry as the rains from Tropical Storm "Harvey" continue to lash the state. Mr Abbott said the cities of Houston and Corpus Christi had already received as much as 20 inches of rain.

He said another 40in of rain could be due before the storm subsides midweek. Rescue efforts are being hampered by strong winds and thousands are without power. Two deaths have been confirmed, in the Rockport area and Houston.(BBC)

Hurricane Harvey caused Catastrophic' flooding to hit Texas


Texas will be hit by "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding", the US National Hurricane Center has warned, as Tropical Storm Harvey moves inland. Harvey battered the coast as a category four hurricane - the biggest to strike the US mainland in 13 years.


First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker.

A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker's Russian owners. The 300-metre-long Sovcomflot ship, the Christophe de Margerie, was carrying gas from Norway to South Korea. Rising Arctic temperatures are boosting commercial shipping across this route.

Indian Supreme Court pass a landmark ruling in protection of privacy.

India's Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, in a landmark judgement. The judges ruled the right to privacy was "an intrinsic part of Article 21 that protects life and liberty". The ruling has implications for the government's vast biometric ID scheme, covering access to benefits, bank accounts and payment of taxes. Rights groups are concerned personal data could be misused. The authorities want registration to be compulsory.

Dutch gig cancelled over terror tip-off.

A van containing gas canisters has been discovered near a music venue in Rotterdam, hours after a tip-off from Spanish police led to the cancellation of a rock concert. The driver of the Spain-registered van was detained by police, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told journalists. US band Allah-Las - which often gets threats because of its name - had been due to perform at The Maassilo. But the warning led to the gig being called off at the last minute.

India court bans Islamic instant divorce.

India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "un-Islamic". India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called "triple talaq" custom. The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups.

Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police.

Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub. Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others.


US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension.

The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam, but said it would watch US actions. It has already condemned these drills as pouring "gasoline on fire". Washington describes the drills as defensive in nature, but the North sees them as preparation for invasion.

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