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Hurricane Gonzalo gains strength, nears British Virgin Islands SAN JUAN: Hurricane Gonzalo picked up power as it churned through the northern Caribbean late on Monday headed for the British Virgin Islands, the US National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo was expected to pass northeast of the Virgin Islands overnight and was packing top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 km per hour), the center said. The storm was about 105 miles (170 km) east of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and a hurricane warning was in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Anguilla. Hurricane watches were in place for St. Thomas and St. John in the US Virgin Islands, the center said. Gonzalo was forecast to gain strength and could become a major hurricane by Wednesday with sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). Most forecasts showed Gonzalo posing no threat to the mainland United States and moving north into the Atlantic ...

No thanks to Ebola medical waste: US facility WASHINGTON: A Louisiana firm said it will not accept medical waste from the late Ebola patient in Texas, even though it acknowledged the refuse is safe.Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person diagnosed with Ebola outside Africa. Duncan was hospitalized September 28 and died of Ebola on Wednesday in Dallas.The company, Chemical Waste Management, insisted that while its facility in the city of Lake Charles is "permitted by the state and federal government to ...
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, ...
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 ...


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