Irma intensifies into Category 3 hurricane -U.S. NHC

(Reuters) – Hurricane Irma yesterday strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane over the eastern Atlantic and was headed towards the Caribbean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.

The hurricane was about 720 miles (1,160 km) west of the Cabo Verde islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

NHC forecast models were showing it heading for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti with possible landfall by the middle of next week.

 

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Harsher sanctions needed against Venezuela, targeting oil -OAS chief

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Sanctions should be stepped up against Venezuela’s leaders and oil sector in response to the country’s repressive political climate, the head of the Organisation of American States (OAS) said yesterday.

Brazil’s ‘What a shot’ music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

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Barbadian man shot dead

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