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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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News: World Travel Awards recognises Quito as South America’s Leading Destination

The city of Quito has been recognised as South America’s Leading Destination by the World Travel Awards, one of the most prestigious and influential awards in the tourism industry. The Ecuadorian capital also won in the category South America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination, consolidating its position in the industry. The results were announced during the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony that took place at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. Veronica Sevilla, general manager of the Quito Tourism Board, said: “It’s an honour to receive such…

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First hurricane warnings issued for South Florida as Irma approaches

The first official hurricane warnings were issued for Florida by the National Hurricane Center late Thursday evening as the storm continues to draw closer to the U.S. South Florida and the Florida Keys were both issued hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings as the National Weather Service sent out its 11 p.m. update on Thursday. “A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations,” the NWS said in its newest…

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Bell Pottinger expelled from trade body for South African campaign

Bell Pottinger has been expelled from the UK public relations trade body for its work on a controversial contract in South Africa. It is the first time that the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has ejected a PR firm as prominent as Bell Pottinger. PRCA director-general Francis Ingham said it was “highly questionable” whether the firm would survive. Bell Pottinger said it “accepts that there are lessons need to be learned”. The PR firm’s work on a campaign for Oakbay Capital, a South African company owned by the wealthy…

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North Korea nuclear test: South holds live-fire missile drill

South Korea has conducted a missile drill simulating an attack on the North Korean nuclear site, in response to Pyongyang’s sixth test. The live-fire exercise saw ballistic missiles launched from fighter jets and the ground. It came as US defence chief James Mattis warned that any threat to the US or its allies by Pyongyang would be met with a “massive military response”. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons…

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Mickey singer Toni Basil sues Disney and South Park

Toni Basil, the one-hit-wonder who recorded Mickey, is suing several companies for using the song without permission. Media giants Disney and Viacom are among the defendants named in her case, filed in Los Angeles on Thursday. According to court documents, Basil only recently became aware that Mickey had been used in TV shows including South Park and Ru Paul’s Drag Race. She claims the discovery left her “despondent and physically ill”. Basil’s lawyers say the 73-year-old “has experienced sleep deprivation, nightmares and anxiety” as a result of the song’s misuse….

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A Dissident South African Cartoonist Tells His Own Difficult Story

The introductory spread of “The Initiation,” the first book of Mogorosi Motshumi’s “360 Degrees Trilogy,” provides an outline of the book’s major themes. Photograph by Andy Mason / Courtesy Mogorosi Motshumi The day that I met the cartoonist Mogorosi Motshumi, he handed me a page of notes and told me to read them aloud. “You have to go through the stuff, because I can’t really read whatever I’ve written,” he said, sitting in a dimly lit living room in an apartment near Cape Town. “I can’t really see.” Motshumi’s eye…

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