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Tropical Storm Lidia leaves seven dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula

Tropical storm LidiaTropical Storm Lidia’s death toll rose to at least seven people, including two children, as the storm doused various states in Mexico with heavy rain on Saturday and left a severe trail of damage in the Baja California peninsula, authorities said.

The victims were either electrocuted or drowned while trying to cross streams, according to a report from the prosecutor’s office in the state of Baja California Sur, home to the tourist area Los Cabos, that was cited by local media.


North Korea says it has missile-ready hydrogen bomb

N Korea says it has hydrogen bombNorth Korea has said it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has "great destructive power" and can be loaded onto a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The North's official KCNA news agency on Sunday showed Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was a hydrogen bomb that is to be loaded onto a new ICBM.


Heavy rains paralyze India's financial hub Mumbai

Mumbai floddedMumbai was under water on Wednesday following exceptionally heavy rainfall which overwhelmed the city's drainage infrastructure.

Mumbai is India's most populous city, and very few of its 18.4 million inhabitants were unaffected by the downpours.

In the 24 hours to 12:00 GMT on Wednesday, the city recorded a total of at least 417mm of rain.


Trump administration orders 3 Russian diplomatic facilities closed

PutinThe Trump administration retaliated Thursday against Russia's expulsion of U.S. diplomats ordering closed the Russian consulate in San Francisco, a a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., embassy and consular annex in New York.

The closures will need to happen by Saturday, the State Department said. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the move brings the U.S. and Russia into “parity,” with each having three consulates in each other's country.


Mattis responds to Trump: US 'never out of diplomatic solutions' on North Korea

DefGeneral Mattisense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay President Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea's ongoing missile tests.

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Mattis broke from that view, telling reporters asking about the tweet at the Pentagon, “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”


South Korea holds live-fire drills that simulate destroying North Korea's leadership

S. Korea firesSouth Korea's air force has staged a live-fire drill simulating the destruction of North Korea's leadership, hours after Pyongyang launched a missile over Japan.

Just before 6 a.m. South Korea time Tuesday, North Korea fired an unidentified missile from near the capital Pyongyang, towards the northeast.


Oxford professor in Trump donation row defends resignation

Oxford professer defends resignation over Trump donorA Swedish academic who resigned his Oxford professorship over the support given to Donald Trump by one of the university’s key patrons says he has had hundreds of messages of support and a job offer from another leading institution.

Prof Bo Rothstein said he had no regrets about his decision to stand down as the Blavatnik chair of government and public policy – a post named after Leonard Blavatnik, the Ukrainian-born billionaire who gave £75m to Oxford University.


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