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Hurricane Matthew will be devastating: Obama

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Washington: US President Barack Obama warned that hurricane Matthew could have a devastating effect, as residents of the southeastern coastline braced themselves for one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in almost a decade.

“This is a serious storm,” said Obama on Wednesday after visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters.

“Even if you don’t get the full force of the hurricane, we are still going to be seeing tropical force winds, the potential for storm surge, and all of that could have a devastating effect,” he added.

According to the US National Hurricane Center, the deadly Category 3 hurricane was roughly 105 miles, or 169 km, south of Long Island in the Bahamas on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We anticipate that by tomorrow (Thursday) morning, it will already begin to have significant effect in Florida, and then … potential(ly) … strengthen and move on up the coast …,” said Obama.

In its preparation, the US states of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida started evacuation of over two million residents from its coastal areas and urged them to stock food, water and medicine for at least upto three days.

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Pakistani man arrested for attacking Sikh shrine in England

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New Delhi/London, 25 May : A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilise Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.

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Italy registers 63,927 COVID-19 cases, toll touches 6,077

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Rome, March 24 : A total of 63,927 coronavirus cases have been assessed in Italy since the pandemic broke out in its northern regions on February 21, the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency has said, adding that 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 per cent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday. The daily fatality figure dropped from Sunday’s 651 and Saturday’s 793, the department said, Xinhua reported.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

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Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed sent to jail for five years

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New Delhi/Islamabad, 12 Feb : Just ahead of the FATF review, founder and patron of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted in terror funding cases and sent to jail for five-and-a-half years by a Pakistani court on Wednesday.

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