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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.

Bangladeshi Supreme Court allows a lower court to run a case against former Prime Minister Khaleeda Shia.

In Bangladesh today The Supreme Court cleared the way for a lower court to run trial proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco corruption case.  A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed two leave-to appeal petitions filed by Khaleda seeking stay on the trial proceeding. Khaleda filed the petition on May 10 last year, also challenging a High Court verdict that rejected her writ petitions against the initiation and continuation of the case.

Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters during Barcelona attack

Spanish police say that a 12-strong terror cell that carried out two attacks in Spain this week had collected 120 gas canisters and was planning to use them in vehicle attacks. Canisters were found at a house said to be used by the cell that blew up in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday night. Police are still hunting for the driver of the van that hit dozens of people on Barcelona's Las Ramblas, killing 13. Today, a Mass was held in Barcelona to mourn the victims.

Spanish Government says Barcelona terror cell dismantled


The terror cell behind the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead has been dismantled, Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says. "The cell has been fully dismantled in Barcelona, after examining the people who died, the people who were arrested and carrying out identity checks," he told a news conference. But the regional Catalan government said there could be further arrests. A key suspect linked to the Barcelona attack and a later one is still sought.

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