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Asia and Australia Edition: Hurricane Maria, Mexico City, Iran: Your Thursday Briefing
Heres what you need to know to start your day.
Sep 20, 2017 8:17PM - NYTimes
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Whole of Puerto Rico without power
Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m residents, emergency officials have said. Abner Gmez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged "everything in it's path".
Sep 20, 2017 5:22PM - BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
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Harvey and Irma arent natural disasters. Theyre climate change disasters.
If youre like me, you cant stop yourself from watching the weather these days. And if youre like me, you cant help but think: Holy shit, its here. Back-to-back hurricane catastrophes have plunged the United States into a state of national crisis.
Sep 11, 2017 4:20PM - Grist (grist.org)
Florida Power and Light's grid did not fare well under Hurricane Irma, despite the company's assurances that it had spent billions hardening its systems after 90% of its customers lost power to 2005's Hurricane Wilma. But one thing has changed since 2005: solar. Many of the FPL customers who are living through dangerous heat without power now have solar panels on their roofs that could keep them going while FPL repairs its infrastructure.
Sep 18, 2017 6:49PM - Boing Boing (boingboing.net)
JEROME, IDAHO In the Magic Valley of southern Idaho, milk is money. Over 400,000 cows reside in this area, where the miracle of modern irrigation from the Snake River fed pioneer farming. Bovines now outnumber humans by more than two to one.
Sep 16, 2017 12:15PM - POLITICO Magazine (politico.com)
It is a rare opportunity. Seldom does the voting public have the chance to watch their elected politicians confront very specific false promises in real time. Usually campaign promises are either too vague to be contrasted with reality (Make America Great Again) or too long term.
Sep 9, 2017 5:52AM - Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)
Francis, then Fr Bergoglio, was caught in middle between military junta and the left, harming relationships with fellow JesuitsOne of the mysteries of the life of Pope Francis is how a man regarded for many years as an authoritarian by his colleagues was reinvented as a global icon of forgiveness. The news that he visited a psychoanalyst every week for six months may cast some light on this question. At the time of his therapy, he was 42 and Argentina was two years into the terrible struggle between a military junta that killed about 30,000 people and tortured many more, and the left, which included everyone from urban guerrillas to unarmed priests.
Sep 1, 2017 3:05PM - Guardian-Argentina
Australian immigration minister does not comment on reports Muslim minority being paid to return to country where they face persecutionThe immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has refused to say if Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.He told ABCs 7.30 program Australia provided settlement packages for refugees in Australian-run detention centres to return to their country of origin, and some regions of Myanmar would be safe to return to, but he would not comment on individual cases.
Sep 20, 2017 8:42PM - Guardian-AsiaNews
The case of a rights activist from Taiwan awaiting sentencing in China for subversion is emblematic of a wider, global campaign, critics say.
Sep 20, 2017 7:00PM - NYTimes
Fernando Lon de Aranoas retelling of the cocaine kingpins story struggles to stand out in the Narcos landscape, but one scene sticks in the memoryIf nothing else, Fernando Lon de Aranoas latest film Loving Pablo has given us the sight of a corpulent Javier Bardem hustling nude through the jungles of South America, semi-automatic rifle clutched in hand, desiccated buttocks practically flapping in the wind. Its a bizarre scene, kind of funny and kind of pathetic, and thoroughly memorable. If only Aranoa could conjure another scene, even another image quite as surreal.
Sep 12, 2017 1:04AM - Guardian-Colombia
Secretary of state: diplomats health problems a very serious issueSonic attack among theories for hearing loss, concussions and moreThe Trump administration is considering closing the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. Related: Botched surveillance job may have led to strange injuries at US embassy in Cuba Related: How could the 'sonic attack' on US diplomats in Cuba have been carried out? Continue reading..
Sep 17, 2017 4:40PM - Guardian-Cuba
If youve been affected by the storm and its effects, you can share your story, pictures and videos with us hereYour safety is most important. Do not take any risks when recording or sharing your storyThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has passed directly over the Caribbean island of Barbuda, and swiped its sister island of Antigua, lashing both with winds of up to 185mph (295kph) and heavy rain.The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said Irma is potentially catastrophic and warns that preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion in the islands in its immediate path.
Sep 6, 2017 8:16AM - Guardian-DomRep
A local official ordered hunters to kill the rare animal last week after it crossed over from Poland. Animals dont know country borders, a conservationist said.
Sep 20, 2017 7:43PM - NYTimes
Thousands of people have demonstrated in Barcelona after Spanish police officers arrested 12 Catalan officials in a bid to stop an upcoming independence referendum. Catalonia's president, Carles Puigdemont, says the Spanish central government has effectively suspended the region's autonomy. The country's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, insists the independence vote is illegalCatalan president says Madrid is suspending regions autonomy Continue reading.
Sep 20, 2017 5:21PM - Guardian-EuropeNews
Officials hail landmark for child protection as youth vigilante group known as Civilian Joint Task Force pledges to draw a line under recruitment of minorsA landmark agreement between the UN and the Civilian Joint Task Force will end the use of children in the conflict against Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. According to the UN, between October 2015 and August 2017, more than 360 children were used by the 23,000-strong armed taskforce, some as young as nine. The concord, reached after a year of negotiations led by the UN, will draw a line under the enlistment of children by the group.
Sep 20, 2017 1:07PM - Guardian-GlobDev
Racism is endemic to global inequality. This means that those most affected and killed by climate change are black and poor people Just over a year ago, Black Lives Matter UK successfully shut down London City airport. Our aims were to call attention to three things: Britains historical responsibility for global temperature changes, while the UK remains among the least vulnerable countries to the direct effects of climate change; second, that black people and poor people globally suffer the most from environmental impacts; and third, that safe freedom of movement is a reality only for the privileged, wealthy and mostly white.
Sep 14, 2017 3:52PM - Guardian-Haiti
The president declined to tell reporters what he planned to do, though, saying, Ill let you know what the decision is.
Sep 20, 2017 3:32PM - NYTimes
My Saba, Yoseph Amit, made aliya as a young man from Poland in the late 1930s. He was escaping the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and aspiring towards what he called then, in the Hashomer Hatzair Youth youth movement, Hagshama Atzmit, self-realization, in Zion. Would my Saba, a devoted Socialist Zionist pioneer who left everything he knew to build kibbutzim and create a new life, be accepted by todays institutions in Israel? Or would he be targeted by this Israeli government as an undesirable for his left-wing opinions? This week the Jewish Agency for Israel withdrew its funding for Achvat Amim, a Masa-funded program overseen by Hashomer Hatzair based on spurious allegations by a shadowy group called Ad Kan.
Sep 20, 2017 10:55AM - haaretz.com (haaretz.com)
Rouhani says Iran would respond resolutely if US reneges on nuclear dealPresident insists deal must be upheld and says Iran does not tolerate threatsIrans president, Hassan Rouhani, has said his country would respond decisively and resolutely if the US walks away from the nuclear deal agreed with other nations in 2015.Rouhani was speaking at the UN general assembly a day after a speech by the Donald Trump, in which the US president repeated his denunciations of the deal signed by Barack Obama as the worst ever, and encouraged Iranians to overthrow their government. Related: A blunt, fearful rant: Trump's UN speech left presidential norms in the dust Related: Hillary Clinton to Colbert: 'Trump's UN speech was very dark and dangerous' Continue reading.
Sep 20, 2017 4:41PM - Guardian-MiddleEast
The militant group that controls Gaza agreed to Palestinian Authority demands, but said nothing about disarming. In the past, hopes for unity have been dashed.
Sep 19, 2017 12:23PM - NYTimes
As Mexicans rush to one anothers aid, portraits of a country that is already dusting itself off.
Sep 20, 2017 7:39PM - NYTimes
Foreign secretary changes schedule to accompany PM back to UK for cabinet meeting, amid speculation over his futureTheresa May will seek to heal the rifts in her cabinet and bind them into backing her over Brexit on Thursday, after Boris Johnson changed his plans in order to fly back to London at her side.The prime minister is convening a cabinet meeting on Thursday where she is expected to meet little open resistance to the thrust of a closely-guarded speech she will deliver in Florence on Friday, but differences remain about how close Britains future relationship with the EU should be. Continue reading.
Sep 20, 2017 9:30PM - Guardian-UKNews
Two powerful quakes, 12 days apart, have killed hundreds of people in Mexico this month. We look at how, where and why the big ones happen.
Sep 20, 2017 5:19PM - NYTimes
Announcement by transport minister Jesse Norman follows jailing of cyclist Charlie Alliston over death of Kim BriggsThe government is to hold an urgent review examining whether there should be new road laws covering cyclists following the death of a pedestrian in London who was killed after being hit by a teenager riding a type of track bike that is illegal for road use. Continue reading..
Sep 20, 2017 9:30PM - Guardian-World