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Gonzalo gains strength in Atlantic: US forecasters MIAMI: Hurricane Gonzalo continued to gain strength east of the Caribbean basin Monday, and forecasters said it could become a "major hurricane" in the coming days. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm, a Category One on the Saffir-Simpson scale, was 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of St. Thomas at 0300 GMT, packing winds of 85 miles (140 kilometers) per hour.A hurricane warning was issued for St Martin; Anguilla; and the British Virgin Islands, the center said. That means hurricane conditions are expected in 12 hours' time."Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Gonzalo could become a major hurricane by Wednesday," the NHC warned.A watch was declared for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the NHC added. That means Gonzalo could hit there, but is not necessarily expected to do so.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Turkey says US can use air bases for IS fight: US official WASHINGTON: Turkey has granted the United States access to its air bases for the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group, including a key installation near the Syrian border, a senior US defence official said on Sunday."Details of usage are still being worked out," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.In southern Turkey, US crews have long operated out of Incirlik Air Base and about 1,500 airmen are stationed there.US aircraft bombing IS militants ...
In Arkansas, conservative Harvard war vet eyes US Senate DARDANELLE: Senate candidate Tom Cotton has energy to burn, and why shouldn't he? The rising Republican star is a fit former US Army officer who served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participating in a recent charity run in Little Rock, Arkansas, the 37-year-old Ivy grad and freshman congressman spotted incumbent Senator Mark Pryor, whose seat Cotton is seeking, on the sidelines."I ran right by him," Cotton told a supporter at a campaign stop later ...
Harvard student charged in December bomb hoax NEW YORK: A Harvard student has been charged in a bomb hoax that forced the elite US university to evacuate four buildings, call in police and disrupt final exams, prosecutors said on Friday.Eldo Kim, 21, is accused of emailing university police as well as the student-run newspaper last year, with a subject line that read "bombs placed around campus," according to a statement from United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz.But he may never see a trial, ...
Canada advises citizens to leave Ebola-hit countries OTTAWA: The Canadian government advised its citizens Friday to leave the West African countries hardest hit by Ebola, while taking measures at its own borders to screen for potentially exposed travelers."We are asking Canadians living in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to consider leaving by commercial means while they are still available," Health Minister Rona Ambrose said.The minister also said that anyone traveling to Canada from the countries affected by the epidemic will be screened ...
US court bars 'discriminatory' Texas voter law WASHINGTON: A US federal court on Thursday barred Texas from enforcing a law requiring voters to produce photo ID when casting ballots, agreeing with opponents of the measure who said it unfairly targeted minorities.With November elections just weeks away, US Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said in a written opinion the law created an "unconstitutional burden on the right to vote."It also "has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an ...
Mexico arrests Juarez drug cartel leader MEXICO CITY: Mexican police arrested Juarez drug cartel boss Vicente Carrillo Fuentes on Thursday, catching a man known as "El Viceroy" whose gang's turf wars with enemies were blamed for thousands of deaths.Wearing a short-sleeve blue shirt and jeans, Carrillo Fuentes was hauled in front of television cameras at Mexico City's airport and escorted into a helicopter by a masked federal police officer holding him down by the neck. On TV, he later denied killing ...


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