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'We have nothing'

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Parts of downtown Miami were under water Miami dodged much of Irma’s wrath but the aftermath of the storm has been devastating for the city’s poor. Tiffany Strong walks through the debris in the top floor of her house and sighs as she points to a stack of shoes in one of the rooms. Everything is drenched and neither she nor her two children can use

British war bride and Canada groom die within hours of each other

Image copyrightWayne Cuddington / Courtesy of Ottawa CitizenImage caption Jean and George Spear met the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 when she visited Ottawa A British wartime bride and her Canadian veteran husband have died five hours apart – a month after celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. George and Jean Spear met in 1941 at a dance hall near London, while he was stationed in Britain during the Second World

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling hashish

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Eirik Jensen, 60, was once a senior officer responsible for tackling organised crime A senior Norwegian police officer has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for taking bribes and aiding a notorious drug smuggler. Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo, was arrested in 2014. On Monday, a court found he had received at least 667,800 kroner (€71,300, £63,200) in

Cyclist Mark Beaumont breaks around the world record

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEndurance athlete Mark Beaumont has smashed the record for circumnavigation of the world on a bike Mark Beaumont has broken the world record for cycling around the world – by 44 days. The 34-year-old, from Perthshire, arrived in Paris one day ahead of schedule having cycled the 18,000-mile route in 79 days. He set a new world record of 194 days in

Egypt social media users mock college flag ceremony

Image copyrightEgyptian IndependentImage caption Students line up by faculty to salute the flag The Egyptian government has decreed that the country’s 2.5m college students should salute the flag at the start of the academic year, in a move that has prompted widespread online mockery. Standing to attention as the state flag is raised to the strains of the national anthem has long been a daily routine in schools, but the

Geneva: 500 euro notes found flushed down toilets

Image copyrightPA/GETTYImage caption The high-value euro notes are being withdrawn from production because of their links to criminality Swiss prosecutors are investigating why tens of thousands of euros were flushed down toilets in Geneva. The €500 (£440; $600) notes were cut up and found in the toilets of a branch of the bank UBS and in three nearby restaurants. Thousands of francs have reportedly been spent on plumbing repairs to

Strong women

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Kidman and Witherspoon said they created Big Little Lies “out of frustration” One of the reasons this year’s Emmys stood out was for its celebration of strong female characters and actors. Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale – two dramas led by exceptional actresses – got five Emmys apiece. Reese Witherspoon, who produced and starred in Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, said: “It’s been an

Textbook revolution

Image copyrightAFPImage caption There is a storm of criticism over textbooks revised for children aged six to 14 Turkey’s schools have begun the new academic year with a controversial curriculum that leaves out the theory of evolution and brings in the concept of jihad. For Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government, the idea is for a new “education of values”. Critics have denounced new textbooks as “sexist” and “anti-scientific”, and complain of a

Army exercise blunts bumper Belarus mushroom harvest

Image copyright1+1 TVImage caption Picking mushrooms under the tank guns The Russian-led Zapad 2017 military exercises in Belarus are news because of NATO fears about their wider strategic implications, but some villagers are more worried about tanks disrupting this year’s bumper mushroom harvest. You will find no criticism of Zapad 2017 on state-controlled TV, but other media have relayed complaints about draconian bans on entering forested areas where the exercises

Reality check

Image copyrightEPA The claim: The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said: “We have drastically reduced the loss of life in the Mediterranean,” in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament. Reality Check verdict: The estimated number of deaths has gone down this year, but for those who make the crossing the risk of dying is greater in 2017. Is it an accurate assessment by the