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Magnitude-8.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

Mexico gets 8.1 earthquake; worst in centuryA major earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has killed at least 32 people, according to authorities, with the president saying it was the biggest hit the country in a century.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude of the earthquake late on Thursday as 8.1, but President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday it was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years.

He also said it was bigger than the one in 1985 when thousands were killed in four Mexican states.

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Defying Trump, Senate panel approves funding for U.N. climate body

UNFCCC funded by Senate panelThe United States is still a party to the 1992 UNFCCC, which oversees the Paris agreement, although Trump announced in June that he would withdraw the nation from the global climate pact and cease funding the Green Climate Fund, which supports clean energy and climate adaptation projects in vulnerable countries.

The United States has usually contributed to around 20 percent of the UNFCCC budget.

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the amendment’s author, said on Twitter on Thursday: “Despite @RealDonaldTrump’s dangerous #ParisAgreement decision & unwillingness to act, we can & will fight back to combat #climatedisruption.”

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Wife of Israeli prime minister to be charged with fraud, attorney general says

Sara Netanyahu faces fraud chargesIsrael's attorney general notified the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday that she is likely to be indicted on fraud charges.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit notified Sara Netanyahu that he intends to charge her with fraud. Mandelblit has been investigating four criminal charges against Sara Neyanyahu. One charge leading to the expected indictment involves the alleged misuse of about $102,000 in state funds to pay for catered meals at the prime minister's official residence and for chefs -- both of which are not allowed to be funded from state coffers.

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House passes Harvey aid, debt limit extension, government funding

House passes Harvey aid billThe House on Friday passed a nearly $15.3 billion disaster aid package that also raises the debt ceiling and extends government funding for three months into December.

Lawmakers approved the legislation 316-90, and it now heads to President Trump's desk.

The massive package will replenish rapidly dwindling emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of the Harvey storm.

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South Korea: World's longest protest over comfort women

South Korea protest over 'comfort women'For the past 25 years, Koreans both young and old have gathered in front of the Japanese embassy in central Seoul every Wednesday - 1,300 times - making it the world's longest-running protest.

South Koreans demand that the Japanese government apologise and compensate the estimated 200,000 female victims - known euphemistically as "comfort women" - forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan.

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Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Equifax breach

Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information -- including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses.

Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted.

The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29.

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U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Trump’s Effort To Broadly Enforce Travel Ban

US Appeals Court Rules against Trump againA U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled against President Donald Trump’s effort to broadly enforce a temporary travel and refugee ban on people from certain Muslim-majority countries that the Republican president said was necessary for national security.

A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said that the government did not persuasively explain why the travel ban should be enforced against grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins from the six countries.

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The Sun Just Fired Off A Massive Flare, And It’s Headed Toward Earth Right Now

Solar flare

It’s one of the biggest solar flares in years, and it’s coming this way.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images on Wednesday of the most powerful flare recorded since at least 2008, when the current solar cycle began.

The space agency said radiation from solar flares “cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground.”

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Sources: Trump Jr. said he did not recall WH involvement in response to meeting

Donald Trump, Jt.Donald Trump Jr. told Senate judiciary committee staffers Thursday that he did not recall the details of White House involvement in the public response to his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and did not know much about the Air Force One meeting that allegedly led to the production of the statement, sources told CNN.
Trump Jr. was explicitly asked whether he either took any of the Russian participants in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting to see his father -- now President Donald Trump -- or whether he told his father about the meeting after, sources said. He insisted he did neither.
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