Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers dug through toppled buildings in Mexico City for a second night Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake. One is a 12-year-old girl, identified as Frida Sofia, who is believed to be […]

Mexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200

Media captionMoments after the earthquake hit A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage […]

Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PM

Media captionFootage from Martinique shows early devastating winds Dominica has suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says. “We have lost all that money can buy,” he said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island. Earlier Mr […]

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy protection in US

Image copyright Getty Images Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada as it attempts to restructure its debts. The firm was once a dominant player in the US toy market, but has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon. The move casts a shadow over the future of the […]

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77

Media captionStanislav Petrov: ”I knew perfectly well that nobody would be able to correct my mistake if I had made one” A former Soviet military officer credited with averting a possible nuclear disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77. Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian […]

Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption American military units were evacuated from the US Virgin Islands on Sunday Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, […]

EU’s Juncker sees window of opportunity for reform

Media captionBrexit is “a very sad and tragic moment in our history” The “wind is back in Europe’s sails”, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said in his annual state of the union address. He told the European Parliament there was a “window of opportunity” to build a stronger, more united union – but it […]

Edie Windsor: Gay rights trailblazer dies aged 88

Image copyright Getty Images Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to a landmark US ruling, has died aged 88. Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her wife Judith Kasen-Windsor. Windsor’s Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, granting same-sex married couples federal […]

Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles

Image copyright AFP Image caption The S-400 missile system is deployed at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in Syria Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had already paid the deposit on the deal, estimated to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn). Turkey […]

Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast

Image copyright EPA Image caption Damage in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, about 300km from the epicentre An earthquake described by Mexico’s president as the country’s strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least six people. One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said. The quake, which […]

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