Author: Adriaens Leadbetter

Houston floodwaters falling as storm begins to give up its dead

In a glimmer of hope for the hurricane’s victims, Harvey’s floodwaters are beginning to drop across much of the Houston area, officials said on Wednesday. But as the crisis eases, the storm could begin to give up its dead. “We have good news,” said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. “The water levels are going down. And that’s for the first time in several days.” The number of confirmed deaths rose to 20 when authorities reported that two men drowned on Monday. One of them drove around a barricade and into standing water, while...

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Harvey horror: shivering tot found clinging to drowned mum

A weakened Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall in southwest Louisiana, leaving residents bracing on Wednesday for more wind, rain and possible tornadoes and hoping water would stay out of their sandbagged homes. The storm came ashore before dawn just west of Cameron, Louisiana, bringing maximum sustained winds near 72km/h, the US National Hurricane Centre said. Harvey had lingered over Texas for days before meandering back into the Gulf of Mexico. Authorities in Beaumont, southeast Texas, found a shivering toddler clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal. Captain Brad Penisson of the fire-rescue department said...

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Trump tested on two fronts by Hurricane Harvey and North Korea’s missile test

US President Donald Trump is grappling with a pair of external threats in the form of Hurricane Harvey and North Korea – domestic and international risks that pose a major test of his presidency. Trump’s handling of the crises is perhaps the greatest challenge of his leadership so far and a real-time proving ground with tens of thousands of lives in the balance. In some ways, Trump faces both a higher and lower bar when it comes to how the nation will assess how he deals with the tropical storm and Pyongyang’s decision to launch a medium-range missile over...

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Why sanctions will only fuel North Korea’s missile tests

Missile that flew over Hokkaido may be an open threat to Japan, but Kim Jong-un knows he cannot yet strike terror into US leaders – and he’s unlikely to stop testing until he can By Phar Kim Beng 30 Aug 2017 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over a target strike exercise. Photo: AFP An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) travels at six and a half kilometres per second. Or, in other words, twenty times the speed of sound. The North Korean missile that crossed over Hokkaido in Japan before landing in the Pacific wasn’t an ICBM. It was a...

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From Princess of Fails to Jawdrey Hepburn, this US waxworks is a house of horrors

A good roasting hasn’t caused a meltdown at Boston’s new wax museum. Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they’re embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. “It’s absolutely been a blessing to have all of that controversy,” said Michael Pelletz, the museum’s vice president of sales. “Even if it’s negative press, it’s working wonderfully.” Photos of the museum’s life-sized wax figures have been circulating online since it opened its doors in July, in some cases inspiring scorching ridicule. It started with a wax portrayal of US President...

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