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Hurricane Maria 'leaves 15 dead in Dominica'

At least 15 people are dead and 20 others are missing on Dominica after Hurricane Maria, the Caribbean island’s prime minister has said. It was a miracle that the death toll was not in the hundreds, PM Roosevelt Skerrit tearfully told a local television station. Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica as a category four storm late on Monday, damaging hundreds of homes. The storm later devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the whole island without power. Mr Skerrit said he has spent the last 24 hours surveying by air the destruction caused…

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Armed LGBT student Scout Schultz shot dead by Atlanta police

Police in the US state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, leading to an independent investigation. Police encountered Scout Schultz at a campus in Atlanta after a call about “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday, officials say. Footage has emerged apparently showing Schultz, 21, refusing to obey multiple police commands to drop a knife. Schultz’s mother said police should not have used lethal force. In a video filmed by fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Schultz is heard saying…

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South Gloucestershire M5 crash: 'At least' four dead

At least four people have died in a crash on the M5, police have said. Emergency services were called just after 14:30 BST to junctions 15 and 14 in south Gloucestershire to a collision involving several vehicles including a lorry. The motorway is closed in both directions and Avon and Somerset Police said it would be shut “for a considerable amount of time”. The force asked drivers to avoid the area. Highways England warned of “long delays” and said there was a six-mile queue northbound between junction 18 for Avonmouth…

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Irma: Five dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Five people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. Police evacuated some 120 residents on Wednesday from the facility, which the storm left without air conditioning. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the Hollywood Hills nursing home. Two others died after reaching hospital. Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma. Irma struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a Category four storm before weakening to a…

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Rio Olympian Torrence, 31, found dead in pool

American middle-distance runner David Torrence has been found dead in a swimming pool in Arizona at the age of 31. Torrence won silver for the USA at the World Relay Championships in 2014 and claimed another second-placed finish at the Pan American Games in 2015. He switched allegiances to represent Peru at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play,” a police statement said. American runner Leo Manzano, who won silver in the 1500m at the 2012 London Olympics, said: “It saddens me…

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Earthquake on Ischia leaves at least one dead and 25 injured

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the Italian island of Ischia has left at least one person dead and 25 more injured. Italian media say up to 10 others are unaccounted for after buildings in the town of Casamicciola collapsed. The island off the coast of Naples has a population of about 50,000 and is extremely popular with tourists. Photographs on social media show extensive damage to buildings, including a historic church. Local reports say a hospital has been evacuated and emergency workers are attempting to free people from collapsed structures….

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