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Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Hagupit lashes Philippines

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A massive typhoon crept across central Philippines on Sunday, sending thousands of people into shelters and pouring heavy rain.
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Late on Saturday a massive typhoon made landfall in the central Philippines. The area was battered with heavy rain and winds; this is a year after a super typhoon Haiyan devastated the region. Typhoon Hagupit, whose name means “lash” in Filipino. Just before 10 p.m. (9.am eastern time) came ashore on the eastern Samar Island. With winds of 205kph (127 mph), this is equal to a category 3 hurricane. The storm surges were up to 15 feet and heavy rain from the slow-moving storm were some of the main concerns as the storm headed west-northwest. On Sunday Hagupit is expected to make a second landfall hitting the island of Masbate. Though the storm is expected to weaken as it overs of the land, it is also expected to remain a typhoon before it moves out to sea most likely on Tuesday. There are about 40 million people in the path of the storms winds. There is a concern with the rain fall and how slowly the storm is moving. At the rate it will take about three days for the storm to travel past the capital. During those three days some areas can get up to a foot of rain. That will lead to flash flooding and mudslides, even in places far away from the storm's center. On Monday evening Hagupit could get significantly weaker by the time it is due to hit the capital. The winds will still be high at up to 100 kph (60 mph) the winds won’t be the capitals biggest treat it will be the heavy rain, which could lead to urban flash flooding. 

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China: Boss takes 6,400 employees on French vacation - CNN.com

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Over 6,000 employees of Tiens Group -- a Chinese conglomerate -- were sent on an all expense paid trip to France to celebrate the company's 20th birthday.
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The Chinese company Tiens Group is treating its more than 6,000 employees to a VIP trip to France for the companies 20th birthday. The tour group was given a privet tour of the Louvre museum and private shopping session at luxury department stores. This tour group is the largest to visit any country. After two days in Paris, the group headed down to the southern resort town of Nice on Friday, where they also broke a Guinness World Record for forming the largest human sentence. All staff members lined up on the waterfront, Promenade des Anglais, to spell out the phrase "Tiens' dream is nice in the Côte d'Azur" that was visible from above. According to local media, the company booked 4,760 rooms in 79 hotels between Cannes and Monaco, and 146 tour buses. "We have mobilized public services as well as tourism professionals, hotels, restaurants, shops and designer brands," Christian Mantel, head of the French tourism development agency told AFP. It's estimated that the group will spend $15 million during their visit added Mantel, and France is seen to reap up to $20 million in total economic benefits. Chinese tourists, who are known to be the world's biggest holiday spenders, are said to spend an average of $7,200 when they go overseas. It's not the first time a Chinese company has arranged for massive tours overseas. Last year, a group of 7,000 made a trip to the U.S. to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Sino-U.S. diplomatic ties. Tiens Group operates in a diverse range of business interests, including biotechnology, tourism and trade. 

 

The Chinese company Tiens Group is celebrating its 20th birthday. The celebration included a VIP trip to more than 6,000 employees to franc. The group was given a privet tour of the Louvre museum and a shopping session at luxury departments. The group is the largest to visit any country. After the two day stay in Paris the group broke the world record for forming the largest human sentence. All the staff members where lined up on the waterfront to spell the phrase Tiens' dream is nice in the Côte d'Azur. It was visible from the sky. The company had booked 4,760 rooms in 70 hotels and had 146 tour busses. The head of French tourism development agency told AFP that it is estimated that the group will spend more than 15 million during their visit. Chinese tourists are known to be the biggest holiday spenders and average 7,200 when they go overseas. Last year a larger group went to the United States to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Sino. Tiens Group operates in a diverse range of business interests, including biotechnology, tourism and trade. 

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Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano: Lava lake rises - CNN.com

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The lava lake at the popular Hawaii tourist destination of Kilauea Volcano is rising to record heights.
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At a popular Hawaiian tourist destination the lava lake is rising to record heights. The latest eruption occurred at the Kilauea summit on Sunday. The overlook at the Jaggar Museum at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is more than a mile away from the crater and officials don't believe visitors are in danger. Gas building up inside the crater's lava bed caused the dramatic eruption, which hurled molten lava and rock fragments 285 feet to the top of the rim, she said. "When a rock falls into that lake, it causes a reaction," Babb said, "much like if you were to uncork a bottle of champagne by hitting the top off with a hammer." And for onlookers eager to catch a glimpse of bubbling lava, the recent activity has indeed been cause for celebration. "If you can get there, go," a post on the "365 Things to Do in Kona, HI" Facebook page said this week. "The telescope there lets you see the lava lake bubbling and churning. Tres cool." Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes and is on the island of Hawaii, the largest in the chain. Last year, lava from the volcano engulfed homes in a nearby village. Hawaii emergency officials say the recent rise of the lava lake does not pose any immediate threats to communities.

 

in Hawaii popular tourist destinations like the lava lake have been dangering those tourists from venturing to the areas. the lava lakes levels have been rising to record heights. the overlook at the jagger museum at the national park is more than a mile away from the crater and the officials do not believe it to be dangerour. yet gas building up inside had caused dramatic eruption.  "When a rock falls into that lake, it causes a reaction," Babb said, "much like if you were to uncork a bottle of champagne by hitting the top off with a hammer." And for onlookers eager to catch a glimpse of bubbling lava, the recent activity has indeed been cause for celebration. "If you can get there, go," a post on the "365 Things to Do in Kona, HI"  

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Syrian group: U.S.-led airstrikes killed 52 civilians - CNN.com

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A Syrian group opposed to the country's autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad, alleges that U.S.-led airstrikes killed 52 civilians.
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A Syrian group that opposes the country’s autocratic leader says that the airstrikes taken by the U.S led coalition killed 52 civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called the alleged killings a "massacre" committed under the "pretext" of targeting ISIS militants. The observatory also leveled a fresh charge against the al-Assad regime on Sunday, saying helicopters dropped explosive barrels on a neighborhood -- and that medical sources believe the barrels contained chlorine gas. At last 40 people suffered from suffocation, the group said. Both attacks were allegedly on Saturday. The London based organization said that the U.S led coalition airstrikes on a village in northeast area of the city of Aleppo. The dead included seven children and nine women said that observatory. The observatory added that there are 13 more civilians are unaccounted for, which means that death toll could raise. The U.S. military vowed to investigate. "I can tell you no other military works as hard as we do to be precise in the application of our airstrikes," said Col. Patrick Ryder, spokesman for U.S. Central Command. "We have significant mitigation measures in place within the targeting process and during the conduct of operations to reduce the potential risks of collateral damage and civilian casualties." "We currently have no information to corroborate allegations that coalition airstrikes resulted in civilian casualties," he added. "Regardless, we take all allegations seriously and will look into them further. I can assure you that before any mission, every precaution is taken to ensure civilians are not harmed." 

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Kim Jong Un's visit to Moscow is off, Russian official says - CNN.com

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Kim Jong Un's visit to Moscow is off, Russian official says.
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Kim Jong UN has backed out of next month’s visit to Moscow for the WWII anniversary celebrations. "We were informed of the decision via diplomatic channels," Pskov said. "The decision is connected with North Korean domestic affairs." The visit was highly anticipated because it would have marked Kim's first official foreign trip since inheriting the leadership of North Korea in late 2011. He was to have met with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of the May visit to coincide with Victory Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Kim also could have had the chance to rub elbows with the heads of about 30 other governments, including the leaders of China, Cuba, India, Germany, Vietnam and Venezuela. This number represents about half the world leaders that Russia has said it invited to the celebrations. Kim's trip had been anticipated since late December, when Russian state media reported that Moscow had extended an invitation. There was no further explanation, from Moscow or Pyongyang, as to why he wouldn't head west. Still, North Korea has a number of issues it's been wrestling with for years. They include widespread poverty, its longstanding spat with neighboring South Korea and the United States, as well as its international isolation largely due to its controversial nuclear program. And news about Kim's non-visit comes a day after South Korean intelligence agents told lawmakers that Kim is ruling with an iron fist, having ordered the execution of about 15 senior officials so far this year. 

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Space probe crashes into Mercury, ending mission - CNN.com

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The Messenger space probe ran out of fuel and slammed into the planet Thursday afternoon.
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On Thursday NASA says that the messenger space probe crashed into mercury after running out of fuel. This crash ended the 11 year journey that provided valuable data and thousands of photos. Mission controllers at the APL in laurel Maryland confirmed the probe had crashed into the surface of mercury at 3:26 p.m. NASA earlier said that the probe was expected to hit the surface at 8,750 miles per hours and to create an impact crater. The crash was not visible from earth. The messenger was launched in 2004 and travelled fir about 6.5 years before circling mercury in 2011. It was the first spacecraft to orbit the planet closest to the sun. 

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New guidelines allow Japan to defend U.S. - CNNPolitics.com

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The United States and Japan announced big changes Monday to the guidelines that will govern the defense relationship between the two countries.
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On Monday japan and the U.S announced big changes to the guidelines that will govern the defense relationship between the two countries going forward. Under the new guidelines japan will be able to defend other countries that come under attack, such as if North Korea was to launch a missile toward America. Coming nearly 20 years after the guidelines were last updated this announcement is a big deal. And is very important. “The threat from North Korea is increasing," the official said, adding the new directives could lead to more stability on the Korean peninsula and the Asia-Pacific region. Officials also said that as the weight of the Asia-Pacific region in global affairs has increased, not to mention the Obama administration's policy of 'rebalancing' the country's focus in that direction, such an update to the U.S.-Japanese alliance was necessary. But officials dismissed the notion that the new guidelines are a direct response to the economic, political and military rise of China. "The guidelines are not aimed at any single country other than strengthening the defense of Japan," the senior official said. U.S officials have already discussed in general terms the new revisions with Chinese counterparts. 

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14-year-old arrested in UK on terror charges - CNN.com

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One of the youngest suspects yet has been arrested on terror-related charges in the U.K.
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In England one of the youngest suspects has been arrested on terror related charges. A 14 year old boy was taken into custody after encouraging an attack on an Australian parade honoring the war dead and urging the beheading of someone in Australia. The statement was made on Thursday. The teenager was taken into custody on April 2. The UK’s Greater Manchester police examined the electronics and discovered communication between the teen and a man in Australia. The teenager was arrested and was charged with two counts of inciting another person to commit and act of terrorism overseas and will appear in court on Friday. He was communicating with suspects in Operation Rising, an Australian law enforcement operation that apprehended several men suspected of planning terrorist actions, police in Victoria, Australia, said on the department website.

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South Korean President calls for raising of Sewol ferry - CNN.com

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A year after the Sewol ferry sank, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the moment had come to get ready to raise the wreck from the deep.
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On Thursday President Park Geun-hye said that it had come time to get ready to raise the wreck from the deep. The sewol ferry sank just about a year ago. "I believe that it is now time to earnestly prepare to salvage," Park said during a speech marking the one year anniversary of the disaster. She pledged that authorities would carry out "necessary procedures swiftly so that the ferry can be salvaged as soon as possible." She pledged that authorities would carry out "necessary procedures swiftly so that the ferry can be salvaged as soon as possible." Her comments answer repeated calls from the families of victims to recover the ship. They say they want it raised so that the sinking can be thoroughly investigated. There are also nine victims' bodies still missing. Most of the 304 people killed in the disaster were high school students on a field trip. The salvage of the wreck has been deemed technically possible, but it remains a challenge. A recent technical study from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said such a recovery effort has never been done before, citing the size and weight of the passenger ferry and the strength of the underwater currents in the Yellow Sea. The study, released last week, said the Sewol, which is more than 20 years old, could fall apart in the process. The safest way to raise the wreck and look for the missing bodies would be to use a floating dock and cranes, the study said, warning the recovery effort would probably take more than a year and a half.

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Horror as Kenya's Garissa University College attacked - CNN.com

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Students at Kenya's Garissa University College woke up to terror as Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed their campus, killing at least 15 and taking hostages.
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On Thursday at 5:30 a.m. there were explosions and gunshots on the Garissa University College campus. It all started at the college gates. The attackers continued to fire as they walked through the campus, the Red Cross said that they stopped at a girls dormitory. At one point, they burst into a room where Christians had gathered and took hostages, said lecturer Joel Ayora. A student in the room told Alex Kubasu, a reporter with CNN affiliate Citizen TV, that the terrorists sprayed bullets indiscriminately, striking his thigh. "Then they proceeded to the hostels," Ayora told CNN, referring to the university dorm, "shooting anybody they came across -- except their fellows, the Muslims." according to the AFP the gunmen separated the students by religion and allowed the Muslims to leave. This would be consistent with the Somalia based terror group. A similar incident happened in December were the same group claimed responsibility. Whatever their religion, hundreds of students managed to escape, said Dennis Okari, a reporter with CNN affiliate NTV. Some ran. Some crawled. All feared for their lives. And they were the lucky ones. Fifteen hours after the attack had begun it was finally over. By the time the attack was over 147 people were dead and plans were underway to evacuate students and others affected. "It is a very sad day for Kenya," Nkaissery said. Some of those students, at one point or another, were believed to be hostages in one of the four dormitories on campus.

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Tunisian 'Star Wars' town now features in ISIS battle - CNN.com

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The area around Tataouine was once a backdrop for "Star Wars." Now, the town a way-station for jihadists crossing the Tunisia-Libya border.
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In 1976 most of the movie “Star Wars” was filmed in Tunisia. This struggling town on the fringes of the Sahara still draws some fans of the movie but not finds its self in a real conflict, a way-station for jihadists crossing the Libyan border 60 miles to the east. Earlier this month before the gun attack on the Bado Museum in Tunis, three young men were arrested here as they allegedly made plans to cross into Libya to join the terrorist network. Two arms caches have also been found in the region this month, one of which included rocket-propelled grenade launchers and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, thought to have been removed from a Libyan armory in the aftermath of Moammar Gadhafi's ouster in 2011. Driving near the border, it's quickly obvious why the Tunisian government is so anxious about Libya's implosion and the emergence there of an ISIS affiliate whose tentacles stretch half-way across the country. This open space is vast and sparsely populated. Smugglers' tracks crisscross the endless scrub and steep, arid hills that run along the border. Gasoline, drugs and other contraband have long been smuggled across the frontier. Near the town of Remada, south of Tataouine, a couple of soldiers manned a checkpoint. They wore protective jackets -- whether for show or because of the perceived threat from Islamist militants, it's hard to know. When we arrived, passports were requested and phone calls made. We were escorted into the town and politely but firmly told we could go no further without written authorization. Exactly four years ago we had passed through remade unchallenged. Tunisians has just launched the Arab Spring. There was no mood for optimism and the security apparatus of the Ben Ali regime had melted away. But Libya was already falling apart, as different groups of rebels fought to oust Gadhafi.

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26 arrests after mob beats, burns Afghan woman - CNN.com

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Afghan woman killed by mob is buried, 26 more arrests made.
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In Kabul men are traditionally pallbearers, yet on Monday grieving women carry her coffin high on their shoulders in scenes many said they had never witnessed before in the Afghan capital. days earlier a mob of male attackers beat and kicked 27-year-old Farkhunda before tossing her off a bridge, setting her body on fire and throwing it in the river. Like many Afghans, Farkhunda used only one name. Reports suggest that Farkhunda was mentally ill, yet her father says other wise. He said that she was a religious teacher who thought young children from the Quran. He said there was no way his daughter would burn pages of the holy book, which has been cited as the motive for the horrific attack. Twenty-six people have been arrested in connection with the brutal killing, Afghanistan's Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi said Monday in a statement before parliament. Farkhunda's parents said the killing was instigated by a local mullah of the Shah-e-Do Shamshera Mosque in the city's center, who had been angered by Farkhunda's accusations that he was distributing false tawiz. Tawiz are pieces of paper containing verses of the Quran which are sometimes worn as pendants to ward off evil and bring the wearer good luck. TOLOnews reported that "in order to save his job and life," the mullah reportedly began shouting accusations that Farkhunda had burned the Quran. Witnesses said a crowd gathered and hauled Farkhunda into the street. "We were asking the people to stop beating her and let us ask what religion she belongs to," one witness told TOLOnews. "But the people didn't listen to us and kept beating her." Afghanistan's Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs said it had found no evidence Farkhunda burned the Quran. Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the killing as "heinous" and ordered a commission to investigate it fully. Farkhunda's father said those guilty of killing his daughter should face justice: "I don't want blood of my daughter go in vain."

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India train derailment: 30 killed, 50 injured - CNN.com

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At least 30 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in a passenger train derailment Friday in northern India, a railway spokesman says.
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On Friday a passenger train overshot a stop and jumped its tracks in northern India. The accident killed at least thirty people and injured more than fifty others. This information was given by a railroads spokesman. The train was headed from Dehradun to the Hindu holy city of Varanasi whit it overshot an intended stop. The overshot stop was more than halfway along the route, and it was about 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Lucknow in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Neeraj Sharam a railway spokesman had said. Two coaches and the locomotive derailed at the top. Video was captured at the site and was sh0ow by CNN affiliate IBN. The video showed the emergency workers pulling passengers from the train as the crowd looked on at the sight. Neeraji Sharma said that the incident would be investigated.

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ISIS apparently claims responsibility for Tunisia museum attack; 9 arrested - CNN.com

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Tunisian authorities have arrested 9 in connection with the attack on the Bardo Museum, violence ISIS claimed responsibility for in an audio statement.
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On Thursday ISIS apparently claimed responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack at a landmark museum in the heart of the county’s capital. A mass shooting has shaken the birthplace of the Arab Spring and stirred questions about militants in the country. on Thursday an audio statement was posted, ISIS identified two men that used automatic weapons and hand grenades to kill and injure what it t called a “crusader and apostates” in Bardo Museum in Tunis. Tunisian Health Minister Said Aidi said 23 people are believed to have been killed, including at least one who died at a hospital overnight. And that bloodshed, the ISIS message warned, is "just the start." CNN cannot independently verify the legitimacy of the audio statement. A U.S. official told CNN there is no reason to doubt the claim's authenticity. That said, American officials are checking the platform that the statement went out on, including the extent to which it's tied to the group calling itself the Islamic State. The current U.S. thinking is the attack may have been carried out by local "franchise" adherents to ISIS, rather than centrally directed by the Islamist extremist group's leadership, which is now thought to be in Syria. The two attackers were carrying explosives, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said in an interview Thursday with the French broadcaster TF1. He credited Tunisian security forces for responding so quickly to the attack to avoid a larger tragedy because "terrible explosives were found on these (attackers) and they didn't have time to use them." Tunisia has been viewed as the lone democratic success story in the Arab Spring. But the North African nation is not without its issues, including an uneven economy and the distinction of having more citizens -- up to 3,000 Tunisians -- thought to have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight as jihadists than any other country, according to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization in London. Authorities have arrested nine people in connection wojtn the attack, and have two names.

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Super Typhoon Noul clips northeastern Philippines - CNN.com

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Super Typhoon Noul clipped the northeastern Philippines on Sunday, prompting thousands of people to seek shelter in evacuation centers.
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On Sunday the super typhoon Noul clipped the northeastern Philippines. This prompted thousands of people to seek shelter in evacuation centers. The term referred to as Dodong in the Philippines. On Sunday afternoon it hit the northeastern tip of the island of Luzon near the small town of Santa Ana. This information was according to PAGASA said the Philippine government agency that monitors the weather. Noul's outer bands had lashed Luzon's eastern coast through the afternoon as it drew nearer, packing maximum sustained winds of about 260 kph (160 mph) and gusts as strong as 315 kph (195 mph). Authorities said they relocated about 3,800 residents of vulnerable areas to evacuation centers ahead of the typhoon's arrival. No casualties caused by the storm were reported early Monday and the damage wasn't "as significant" as authorities had feared, said Alex Pama, an official at the national disaster management agency. On Monday, the storm weakened as it started to change direction. Noul's maximum sustained winds were around 195 kph (120 mph), no longer super-typhoon strength. It's forecast to curve toward the northeast in the direction of Japan's Okinawa Islands, losing strength as it advances.

 

On Sunday a super typhoon Noul clipped the northeastern Philippines. this situation made thousands of people seek shelter in evacuation centers. On Sunday in the afternoon the typhoon hit the Philippines near the small town of Santa Ana. the information gathered was from the PAGASA said that Philippine government. Noul's outer bands had lashed Luzon's eastern coast through the afternoon as it drew nearer, packing maximum sustained winds of about 260 kph (160 mph) and gusts as strong as 315 kph (195 mph).  the relocation of over 3,000 residents had to happen in vulnerable areas due to the storm. the damage was significant from the storm but not has the citizens and officials had feared. 

 

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ISIS claims responsibility for Garland, Texas, shooting - CNN.com

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas -- and warned of more attacks to come.
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ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack outside a Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas. In a broadcast on its official radio channel Tuesday, the group said two Al Khalifah soldiers opened fire outside the event in Garland, a Dallas suburb. Al Khilafa is how ISIS refers to its soldiers. CNN cannot confirm the claim, and ISIS offered no evidence the gunmen were affiliated with the terror organization. The gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, wounded a security guard before police shot and killed them. The ISIS radio announcer also referred to Simpson and Soofi as the terror group's "brothers." The announcement ended with this warning: "We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S. that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse. The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner." while ISIS has claimed responsibility two days after the attack there was no immediate indication that the terror group was involved or contacted Simpson or Soofi. Tim clemente a former FBI agent said that the gunmen may have plotted the attack without direction form ISIS. "They may not have had formal contact (with ISIS). They may have had email communication or read communications from ISIS, but I don't think they were directed by ISIS," Clemente said. "I think it's the other way around -- they were kind of applying for membership into ISIS. And so they were doing this act, sent out the tweet in advance because if they know there's a possibility they're not going to make it out of this, then they can't give recognition to what they were trying to do after the fact." on Tuesday the white house spokesman described what happened as "an attempted terrorist act (that) was foiled." U.S. authorities, meanwhile, are still looking into what links if any Sunday's shooters had to international terrorism. There are no clues to the gunmen if they were ISIS sympathizers.

 

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack outside a Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas. In a broadcast on its official radio channel Tuesday, the group said two Al Khalifah soldiers opened fire outside the event in Garland, a Dallas suburb. ISIS had offered no other evidence linking the gunmen to the terror group. Simpson and Soofi wounded a security guard before the police had shot and killed them. The announcement ended with this warning: "We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S. that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse. The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner." even though ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack there was no indication that the terror group was ever involved or had contacted the shooters.

 

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Calbuco Volcano in Chile erupts for third time - CNN.com

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Chile's Calbuco Volcano erupted again Thursday, marking the third time since last week, the National Service of Geology and Mining said.
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On Thursday the Chile Calbuco Volcano erupted again making this the third time this week. Gregorio Billikopf lives across Lake Llanquihue from the volcano has been photographing and videotaping the three eruptions and described Thursday's event as spectacular but not as severe as the two prior ones. "There is still smoke on and off, but nothing so dramatic (as before)," said Billikopf, a retired university adviser on agricultural issues. "On a good day I can see about eight volcanoes.” I understand that the rain that was announced for today would have been a disaster," he added. He lives in a rainy part of Chile, which he described as like a Garden of Eden. The explosion produced an extensive plume, but it was also described as smaller than the eruptions on April 22 and April 23, according to CNN Chile. Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said about 1,500 people were evacuated, and security measures will continue as "contingency plans are operating," CNN Chile reported Thursday. For the past several days, the geology agency has maintained there was a possibility of a third eruption as part of steadily declining seismic activity in the area. A 20-kilometer (12-mile) exclusion zone has been established around the crater, and Chilean authorities have been keeping residents away from that zone. Last week, military and police forces helped evacuate more than 4,400 residents, the Interior Ministry said then. The seismic event is sure to add to the volume of ash already spewed since the first eruption. Ash spread to Argentina in the second eruption, which occurred a day after the first.

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First on CNN: Navy to escort U.S. cargo ships near Iran - CNNPolitics.com

First on CNN: Navy to escort U.S. cargo ships near Iran - CNNPolitics.com | News | Scoop.it
The decision comes nearly two weeks after the Iranian navy harassed a U.S.-flagged ship.
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There has been news the U.S Navy warships will now accompany U.S flagged commercial vessels that pass through the Strait of Hormuz due to concerns that ships from Iran’s revolutionary guard corps. Pentagon officials provided clarification on Thursday on this news. Every ship will necessarily be accompanied by the navy, but this is a significant change in the U.S military posture in the Strait. The classified plan was approved by the Pentagon earlier Thursday, according to a senior defense official. While the Navy maintains a routine ship presence in the Persian Gulf and the North Arabian Sea, this new effort specifically requires an armed warship to be in the narrow channel between Iran and Oman when a U.S. commercial vessel passes through. The decision to go ahead with this plan comes as Iran Revolutionary Guard ships harassed a U.S.-flagged vessel, the Maersk Kensington, on Friday and then later seized another cargo ship, the Maersk Tigris, flagged in the Marshall Islands. The worry is that with the uncertainty around Iran's intentions, any seizure of a U.S.-flagged vessel could provoke an international incident with Iran. "This is a way to reduce the risk of confrontation," the official told CNN. The official emphasized the Navy is not trying to "play up" the current situation, but said the orders were approved "based on tensions in the region." A second U.S. official said if it becomes necessary, U.S. warships are prepared to escort U.S. commercial vessels throughout the entire Gulf. There are a number of U.S. ships and aircraft in the immediate vicinity, including four ships and several aircraft monitoring the status of the Marshall Island vessel, which remains in Iranian custody allegedly over a 2005 financial dispute. U.S. Navy ships will be moved in and out of the area depending on the transit schedule of U.S. cargo vessels.

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Israeli airstrikes target alleged militants on border - CNN.com

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Israel conducted airstrikes in the area between Israel and Syria, targeting a group of militants allegedly trying to plant a bomb on the Israeli border.
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The Israeli military conducted airstrikes on Sunday night in the area between Israel and Syria. They were targeting a group of militants allegedly trying to plant bombs on the border. The Israel defense forces said that the airstrikes were carried out in the occupied Golan Heights. "A group of armed terrorists approached the border with an explosive device, which was intended to be detonated against IDF forces," the Israeli military said. The airstrikes prevented the bombing, the military said. Three of the alleged attackers were killed, Israeli media reported, citing IDF sources. It was not immediately known to what militant group the men belonged. The Golan is regarded internationally as occupied territory despite Israeli governmental control. It is home to 41,000 residents, including Jews, Druze and Alawites. Israel seized the territory from Syria during the 1967 Israel-Arab war, and it was eventually annexed.

 

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US aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf - CNNPolitics.com

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The USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Persian Gulf Saturday to conduct what a U.S. defense official called routine maritime security operations.
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Multiple U.S officials have said that many American ships had been deployed to the region to dissuade the Iranian convoy. These ships included armed ships form docking in Yemen where Iran has been supporting and arming the Houthi rebellion. The Iranian ships turned away from Yemen on Thursday and were still sailing northeast toward Iran on Saturday. They were still in international waters off the coast of Yemen on Saturday, the official said, adding that the convoy was moving slowly and wasn't expected to reach the Strait of Hormuz for several days. On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters that there had been no communication between Iranian and U.S. forces at any point. "I think it's fair to say that this appears to be a de-escalation of some of the tensions that were being discussed earlier in the week," Warren said. Although U.S. administration spokesmen had downplayed the link between the U.S. warships and the Iranian convoy, President Barack Obama said earlier this week that the U.S. was sending "very direct messages" warning Iran against attempts to arm the Houthis.

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Nepal tries to cope with earthquake devastation - CNN.com

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On Sunday, Nepal began coming to terms with the death and devastation left by earthquakes and aftershocks. At least 2,430 people died in Nepal alone.
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On Sunday Nepal began coming to terms with the death and devastation left by the earthquakes and aftershocks. At least 2,430 people have died. But the number will climb. In India and china combined more than 2,500 people were killed. Stunned residents wandered the streets of Kathmandu, the capital city of 3 million people that's now the focus of world disaster relief efforts. They dug through piles of rubble where their homes once stood, seeking pieces of their former lives and, possibly, family members. Many injured were treated outside overflowing hospitals, where crowds of people gathered looking for relatives. Stunned residents wandered the streets of Kathmandu, the capital city of 3 million people that's now the focus of world disaster relief efforts. They dug through piles of rubble where their homes once stood, seeking pieces of their former lives and, possibly, family members. Many injured were treated outside overflowing hospitals, where crowds of people gathered looking for relatives. The world’s most scenic spot became a panorama of devastation in minutes. 

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Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard, police say - CNN.com

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Muslims trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat threw 12 fellow passengers overboard, killing them, because they were Christians, Italian police say.
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This week Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy threw 12 passengers overboard, killing them, all because they were Christians. This was reported by the Italian police on Thursday. The police have arrested 15 people in the suspicion of murdering the Christian passengers. On Tuesday the group left and somewhere in the middle in the trip the Muslims threw the 12 overboard. Police reported the other people were spared "because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain”. The passengers were transferred to an Italian navy vessel on Wednesday, after which the arrest was made. Thousands of people every year make the journey from northern Africa. Since last weekend alone more than 10,000 people have arrived on Italian shores. Many die attempting the voyage at least 3,200 people died trying to make the trip. The IOM reported Thursday the latest boat to sink in trying to make the journey. Only four people survived from the original 45 on board, bringing the estimated death toll so far this year close to a thousand.

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ISIS flees Tikrit, leaving bombs and fear - CNN.com

ISIS flees Tikrit, leaving bombs and fear - CNN.com | News | Scoop.it
Iraqi forces, aided by Shiite militiamen, take back Tikrit and find vehicles laden with explosives and buildings they fear might be booby-trapped.
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Even though ISIS is gone the fear still remains. As Iraqi forces aided by Shiite militiamen they took control on Wednesday of the northern city of Tikrit. They found buildings that could be booby-trapped and vehicles laden with explosives. A CNN senior international; correspondent was in Tikrit on Tuesday and saw the large mechanical digger packed with explosives that Iraqi forces had disarmed. The troops were cautious when they entered the buildings in case they were wired to explode. The potential booby traps were political as well as physical. Officials are concerned about the behavior of the conquerors, particularly the Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen who helped Iraqi troops. Officials fear the militiamen might take "scorched earth" reprisals for the reported massacre of Shiite air force cadets by ISIS fighters in Tikrit last year. Much of the population of Tikrit is, like ISIS, Sunni Muslim. And officials fear that reprisals by Shiite militias against the Sunni population could stoke local anger, jeopardizing the government's ability to hold onto Tikrit and pull the country together. Sectarian resentment helped fuel the rise of ISIS in the first place.

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China considering one-child policy changes: premier

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China is considering further changes to its family planning laws, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, after a relaxation in the "one child policy" failed to see significantly more babies being born. The ruling Communist Party imposed strict rules in the late 1970s to limit population growth, with most urban couples restricted to a single offspring. The often brutally enforced policy has been hugely controversial, but officials say it has been a key factor in China's rising prosperity. Li told reporters that Beijing would assess the reform along with "China's economic and social development situation" before any possible change in regulations.
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On Sunday Li Keqiang said that china is considering to change its family planning. This is happening because after a relaxation in the “one child policy” raided to see any significant rise in birthrates. The ruling communist party imposed strict rules in the late 70s to limit the population growth. Urban couples were limited to a single child. The controversial topic has officials saying that it has been a key factor in china’s rising prosperity. Now, though, it is leading to demographic problems including a rapidly ageing population and a shrinking labor force. A relaxation in the regulations in late 2013, allowing couples to have two offspring if at least one parent was an only child, failed to see a marked increase in births. Li told reporters that Beijing would assess the reform along with china’s economic and social development situation. "Both the pros and cons will be weighed," he said, adding that "improvements, adjustments" would only be made in accordance with legal procedures. Li's comments were measured but were in marked contrast to past official declarations that family planning is a "fundamental national strategy that cannot be "shaken". The topic was raised at the one-a-year meeting with journalists are Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Questions are generally submitted in advance. Among its consequences, the one child policy has also created a severe gender imbalance due to a traditional preference for sons. Nearly 116 boys were born for every 100 girls in China in 2014, while the sex ratio in the total population was 105 men to 100 women. On Tuesday senior official Liu Binjie said on Tuesday that china was reviewing the 2013 change after revelations only 470,000 babies were born as a result, this represents the ne tenth of families that are eligible to have a second child. Experts have proposed a further loosening of the laws -- and one local family planning official even called last month for a mandatory two-child policy.

 

 

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North Korea's Kim expected to visit Moscow in May, Russian official says - CNN.com

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to visit Moscow in May for World War II anniversary celebrations, a Russian official told CNN on Thursday.
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On Thursday is was announced that Kim Jong Un is expected to attend World War II anniversary celebrations in Moscow at Russia invitation, a Russian official speaking on condition of anonymity. North Korea had accepted Russia invitation, yet Russia is waiting on Pyongyang to make the official announcement about the trip in May. This would mark Kim’s first official foreign trip since inheriting the leadership in late 2011. "The invitation was sent to Kim Jong UN. North Korea accepted the invitation. The leadership of North Korea is expected to take part in Victory Day celebrations in Moscow," the Russian official said. The official later clarified: "By leadership, we're talking about Kim." So far, North Korean state media has not issued any statement about the invitation. This year's Victory Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Chatter over whether Kim would make his first official overseas trip during the pivotal anniversary started in late December after Russian state media reported that Moscow had extended an invitation to Pyongyang. On December 22, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told Itar-Tass: "First signals are given from Pyongyang that the North Korean leader plans to come to Moscow and attend celebrations." Recently, Russia and North Korea have been fostering warmer relations. In the last year, Russia and North Korea, two historical allies, have increasingly established stronger ties as Russian President Vladimir Putin faces international backlash over the war in Ukraine. The two countries declared 2015 their "Friendship Year."

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Yemen: Bombs kill 137 at mosques; ISIS purportedly lays claim - CNN.com

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Explosions in Yemen's capital rocked two mosques serving a minority Muslim group that recently conquered the city, killing 137, officials say.
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The Sunni terror group ISIS, claimed to of committed the bombings on Friday that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by Shiite rebels in the Yemen capital. This attack would mark ISIS’s first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula. At least 137 people were killed and 375 were injured when the suicide bombers attacks the mosques in Sanaa. Video distributed by Reuters showed people removing bodies from one of the mosques, where a carpeted floor was littered with debris. If ISIS committed the attack, it would not only be a new challenge to the minority Houthis who took control of Sanaa weeks ago, but also a challenge to ISIS's rival, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Sunni extremists more associated with Yemen. And it also would illustrate a seemingly expanding focus for ISIS, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq and earlier this week claimed Wednesday's killings of tourists at a museum in Tunisia. Regardless, Friday's attacks marked one of the worst recent days of violence during a complicated struggle for control of Yemen, where Houthi rebels -- Shiites in a predominantly Sunni country -- already faced resistance from AQAP and from supporters of ousted President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi. A written statement, purportedly from ISIS, claimed that ISIS executed Friday's attacks, calling them "a tip of an iceberg." The statement, posted on a site that previously carried ISIS proclamations, said five suicide bombers targeted Houthis in Sanaa.

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