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Hurricane Willa to make landfall in Mexico as Category 3 storm
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Hurricane Willa, now a Category 3 storm, is churning toward Mexico with winds up to 125 mph.Deadly storm surge is expected between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, which has already seen heavy rain and flooding.Willa was passing over Las Islas Marias, Mexico, Tuesday morning and is forecast to make landfall Tuesday afternoon.As Willa continues inland, it will lose its tropical circulation but not tropical moisture, as heavy rains will continue into Texas on Wednesday.Flashing flooding is possible.Willa is expected to combine with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, which could cause significant rainfall from Texas all...
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China opens world’s longest sea bridge and tunnel connecting to mainland
iStock/Thinkstock (HONG KONG) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated China’s latest mega-infrastructure project on Tuesday: The world’s longest sea crossing.The 34.2-mile bridge and tunnel that have been almost a decade in the making for the first time connect the semi-autonomous cities of Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai by road.The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge spans the mouth of the Pearl River and significantly cuts the commuting time between the three cities. The previously four-hour drive between Zhuhai and Hong Kong will now take 45 minutes.One section of the crossing dives underwater into a 4.2 mile tunnel...
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Turkish President Erdogan says Saudis' killing of Jamal Khashoggi was 'savagely planned'
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned by the Saudis.Erdogan said Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, "was the victim of a murder which was savagely planned," laying out a timeline of events from the moment a team of Saudis arrived in Istanbul."The information and evidence we have gathered until now shows that Khashoggi was the victim of a murder which was savagely planned,” Erdogan said.The 18 individual Saudi officials identified as being involved in Khashoggi's death were the same that a Turkish investigation found...
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Why some doctors would still call Meghan Markle's pregnancy at 37 'geriatric'
Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is not old by any means at 37, but when she announced her pregnancy earlier this month, she immediately fell into the category of being an "older mom," according to the medical community.Markle's pregnancy, her first, will be treated by the medical community as -- and called by many doctors, much to the derision of their patients -- "geriatric" because she'll be giving birth past the age of 35.When Amanda Candy, a mom of two from Bethesda, Maryland, heard the term at age 34 with her first pregnancy, she suggested...
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Meet Harriet, the Irish singing donkey
iStock/Thinkstock (DUBLIN) -- A singing donkey in Ireland is now an internet sensation.Martin Stanton, a local who has visited Harriet the donkey regularly for over a year, posted a video of her singing on Facebook last week.The donkey was praised for her operatic tones and stage presence and Stanton's post was shared more than 2,000 times.Stanton told ABC News he was shocked to hear her sing.“She lives about 20 minutes away from me in Toureen, Connemara,” he said. “I know the family who own her and I bring carrots, bread and ginger nut biscuits. She never hew-haws like other donkeys.”Stanton...
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What will happen if Trump exits the INF Treaty with Russia?
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- As National Security Adviser John Bolton was in Moscow, where he's expected to inform Russian officials of the Trump administration’s intention to withdraw from a major nuclear arms agreement -- the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty -- President Trump himself said Monday it definitely would happen."I’m terminating the agreement because they violated the agreement," Trump told reporters in Washington. "I’m terminating the agreement," he repeated for emphasis.Asked whether he was threatening Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said, "It’s a threat to whoever you want. And it includes China, and it includes Russia, and it includes anybody else that...
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US national security adviser John Bolton in Russia to announce end to historic Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty
iStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has arrived in Moscow, where he is expected to tell Russian officials that America plans to withdraw from a historic nuclear arms treaty that dates to the Cold War.Bolton met on Monday with the head of Russia’s National Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti reported, citing Patrushev’s press office. Later Bolton dined with foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, with Russia's foreign ministry tweeting photographs of the U.S. delegation sitting at an elaborately laid table across from Russian officials.Bolton is spending two days in Moscow, and is due to...
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Two U.S. Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait
iStock/Thinkstock (BEIJING) -- Two U.S. Navy warships sailed through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait on Monday, the body of water separating China and Taiwan, the island nation that China considers a breakaway province.The transit could increase tensions between the U.S. and China as both countries are involved in a trade dispute and as the U.S. voices concerns over China’s militarization of the South China Sea.“USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Antietam (CG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait Transit on Oct. 22, in accordance with international law,” Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Deputy Spokesman, US Pacific Fleet. ”“The ships’...
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Bob Dylan's lyrics and art on display at new exhibit in London
Rob Kim/Getty Images (LONDON) -- A new Bob Dylan exhibit has opened in London and features handwritten copies of some of his most famous songs.Included in the Mondo Scripto exhibit, which opened in Halcyon Gallery on Oct. 9, are "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Knockin' on Heaven’s Door." Each song is accompanied by a drawing from the singer-songwriter. “Mondo Scripto is a historical first,” Paul Green, president and owner of Halcyon Gallery, told ABC News. “It is the first time ever that Dylan has actually rewritten any of his lyrics.”Some of the lyrics, however, have drastically changed. In "Tangled...
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5 dead, including 4 Americans, in Costa Rica rafting accident
iStock/Thinkstock (SAN JOSE, Costa Rica) -- Five people, including four Americans, died in a rafting accident in Costa Rica, authorities said.The bodies of Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo and Andres Denis were found Saturday evening, along with that of Kevin Thompson Reid, 45, a Costa Rican guide. The Americans were aged 25 to 35.The four Americans were on a rafting tour that included 14 people on three rafts, all of which capsized Saturday afternoon. The remaining tourists and guides survived. The case is being investigated, Marco Monge, a press officer for Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Organization, confirmed to ABC...
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Police in Mexico try to stop caravan of Central American migrants determined to reach the US
Twitter/@MattGutmanABC (TAPACHULA, Mexico) -- A caravan of thousands of footsore Central American migrants who say they are seeking refuge from violence in their countries was moving north Sunday under the close watch of an army of Mexican federal police in riot gear.Mexican officials said federal police were staying in front of the caravan, which stretched about two miles and comprised of mostly people from Honduras and Guatemala, many of whom say they are determined to reach the U.S. border 1,700 miles away.Those Mexican officers, transported in a convoy of tour buses and joined by riot police from across the country,...
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Khashoggi died when he was put in a chokehold to prevent him from calling for help
Omar Shagaleh/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (ISTANBUL, Turkey) -- A Saudi official has told ABC News that Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he was "placed in a chokehold position" to prevent him from leaving the country's consulate in Turkey and calling for help. The evolving explanation comes 19 days after Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had been critical of his country's current government, disappeared on Oct. 2 after going into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Once Khashoggi was reported missing, the Saudi government initially said Khashoggi had come out of the consulate the same day, and denied any involvement in his disappearance. Two...
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