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Maria eyes Turks and Caicos as toll hits 32
SAN JUAN: Hurricane Maria churned towards the Turks and Caicos on Friday after lashing Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with winds and rain that destroyed homes, flooded streets, crippled economies and left at least 32 people dead. In Dominica, Maria damaged about 95 per cent of roofs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. Maria is the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and
 
 
Kremlin says not involved in Facebook ads
MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Friday distanced itself from the controversy over Russia-linked Facebook ads which may have influenced last year’s US election, saying Moscow had nothing to do with them. “We don’t know who places ads on Facebook and how,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We have never done it and the Russian side has never had anything to do with it.” US President Donald Trump on
   
Sessions ties gang violence to immigration
BOSTON: Protesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where US Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border. Sessions reemphasised what he said was a need to target cross-border criminal organisations, specifically the gang MS-13, which the Justice Department says has more than 30,000 members
 
 
Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre director passes away
LOS ANGELES: Movie director Tobe Hooper, best known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist horror films, died in California on Saturday, US media reported. He was 74. The cause of the director’s death in the town of Sherman Oaks was not announced, the Hollywood industry magazine Variety reported. Hooper, a native of Austin, Texas, was a college professor and documentary producer before branching out in 1974 to direct
   
Trump’s travel ban to expire tomorrow
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban expires on Sunday with little clarity over whether America’s door will reopen for travellers from six majority-Muslim countries. Based on the policy, US embassies or representatives in Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen should resume granting visas to their nationals planning to visit the United States for work, study, pleasure or to emigrate. But some think
 
 
Anxiety mounts as hope fades for quake survivors
MEXICO CITY: Anxiety mounted Friday as Mexico approached the crucial 72-hour mark after a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, with exhausted rescuers racing to reach possible survivors trapped in the rubble before it is too late. Anguished families watching and waiting at buildings that collapsed with their loved ones inside pleaded with authorities not to send in the bulldozers while there is still hope people
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