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Hurricane Maria tears through Puerto Rico



Hurricane Maria has made landfall in Puerto Rico. It is one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the island. The Category 4 storm is packing winds of 250 kilometres per hour, with officials warning of catastrophic damage. Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from San Juan. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Report highlights effects of gender stereotypes on health



Across the world, children are subjected to gender stereotypes. A new global study has found the notion that men should be strong and women are weak is imposed on children before they reach adolescence.
This has important implications for countries trying to address issues of youth suicide, teenage pregnancy and HIV. Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Johannesburg, in South Africa. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Niger: Thousands left without homes after severe flooding



Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless in Niger after months of severe flooding.
Residents in the capital, Niamey, have criticised the authorities, saying that rebuilding efforts in flood-stricken areas have been slow.
At least 56 people have died in the flooding since the rainy season began in June. Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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US resettlement for refugees in Australian prison camps



Dozens of refugees who spent years in Australian prison camps are finally being resettled in the United States.
However, around 2,000 of them will be left behind while government leaders decide their fate. Some face being sent back home to conflict zones. Al Jazeera's Yaara Bou Melhem reports from Sydney. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Iraq’s Kurdistan pushes ahead with referendum despite pressure



Iraq's Kurdistan region is pushing ahead with an independence referendum next Monday despite pressure to call it off.
President Masoud Barzani remains defiant, but many Kurds are worried about the consequences of the vote. Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico



The eye of Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 250 kilometres per hour.
It is threatening 750mm of rain to some parts of the mountainous island, which means high risks of flash floods and landslides. The hurricane is expected to weaken as it crosses Puerto Rico, but then strengthen again as it moves over the sea once more. Al Jazeera's Steff Gaulter explains. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Qatar and Saudi Arabia to compete at show jumping competition



At Ashghabat 2017 in Turkmenistan, riders from Qatar and Saudi Arabia will compete while their countries are locked in a bitter political dispute.
The Gulf diplomatic crisis spilled over onto sports when it led to the cancellation of this year's Gulf Cup of Nations in football. However, there is hope that the games in this horse-loving nation can promote cooperation and understanding. Al Jazeera's Sohail Malik reports from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Muslim Aid head talks about dire situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine



Al Jazeera speaks to Jehangir Malik, CEO of Muslim Aid, a UK-based organisation, about the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Malik has just returned from Sittwe in Rakhine and has seen the devastation wrought upon the Rohingya, where aid has been scaled down due to the security situation. Meanwhile, the northern part of Rakhine state is completely isolated with no aid making it through. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Study finds that plane air causes illness



A new study published by the World Health Organization says people who fly regularly may be at risk from breathing contaminated air.
UK-based airline, EasyJet, is trying out a new air filtering system, but it is not connected to the study's findings. Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone explains. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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German election 2017: Martin Schulz unable to make headway against Angela Merkel



With just a few days to go before what's expected to be a comfortable victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sunday's elections, her main contender on the left is facing mounting criticism for his campaign. Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament, is stuck on polls of about 20 percent support, seemingly unable to make any headway against Merkel. Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Karlsruhe, Germany. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Mexico: More than 200 killed in 7.1 earthquake



Rescuers in Mexico are searching through collapsed buildings to find survivors of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
At least 217 have been killed, including 20 children. The quake's epicentre was in Puebla state, 120km from Mexico city. Al Jazeera's Duncan Crawford reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Oman’s Sailing Stars – Al Jazeera World



n 2011, four young Omani women decided to break the mould, challenge stereotypes and learn to sail. It's a sport dominated by men, but Rajaa Mubarak al-Owaisi, Entisar al-Tobi, Raya Rashid al-Habsi and Asrar al-Ajmi made up the crew of al-Thuraya under the auspices of Oman Sail. The crew and their boat take their name, al-Thuraya, from a constellation of stars. The four young women were part of a government initiative to promote the power of sport internationally, put Oman on the global map and revive the country's maritime heritage. By doing so, they challenged Gulf stereotypes of women. The women and their families had to think carefully about the effect their sailing might have on family life and whether it would affect their marriage prospects or responsibilities in the future. "It [marriage] hasn't happened yet," says Asrar al-Ajmi. "If it happens, I'll have to think about my priorities. It also depends on whether he'll accept it or not." As well as empowering these young Omani women in ways they didn't imagine possible, sailing enabled them to develop as people. "I've changed a lot", says sailor Rajaa Mubarak al-Owaisi. "I wasn't a sociable person before. But now I've changed. I meet journalists and people from other countries. I never thought I'd travel abroad." Al-Thuraya was the first women's sailing team in the Gulf region.They set out to change perceptions of women in the region by doing the same thing as the men, in the same conditions. But it was about more than just a yacht racing. They wanted to move barriers to achieve something different. "We're doing this for our country, our families who've supported us and the management as well," explains Raya Rashid al-Habsi. "We want to present a positive image and change the stereotypical expectation of women… We want to tell them that women can do more, physically and mentally. We want to change the misperception of women's capabilities." Al-Thuraya crewmembers and coaches paved the way for what's now called The Oman Women's Sailing Team and hope their example will encourage young Omani women to follow suit. "What I would really like the al-Thuraya team to do… is to show other people, women, men that this is a good adventure," explains coach Niall Myant. "It is something really special to have people say 'well, you know, you were impressive, I respect your talent' and that is what this team is about. It is about hopefully some children will look at the team and think maybe that is for me, maybe I should work hard enough that I can go to the world championship, with the Oman flag on my back and show everybody how strong we can be." More from Al Jazeera World on: YouTube – http://aje.io/aljazeeraworldYT
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Qatar’s emir addresses Gulf crisis at UN General Assembly



Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani has denounced the blockade of his country at the UN General Assembly. Among his other engagements in New York City on Tuesday, Sheikh Tamim met US President Donald Trump, who has denied reports that he warned the blockading Arab states not to take military action against Qatar. Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from the UN. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort investigated in Russia probe



As Donald Trump addressed world leaders at the UN headquarters in New York City, back in Washington, DC the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia revealed new developments. Media outlets in the US reported on Tuesday that investigators tapped the communications of the former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Rising water levels threaten Cuba’s capital Havana



Earlier this month, Hurricane Irma caused severe flooding and damage across Cuba's capital. Ageing infrastructure means Havana is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change and rising water levels. And as tropical storms become more frequent, residents are being forced to look for new ways to stay safe. Al Jazeera's Julia Galiano reports from Havana. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech



Donald Trump has stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea, threatening to "totally destroy" the country. In a highly combative debut speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, the US president mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his "depraved regime". Al Jazeera's Diplomatic Editor James Bays reports from the UN headquarters in New York. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after battering Dominica



Maria is heading towards Puerto Rico. The governor there is warning that the hurricane could hit with a force that the island has not seen for several generations. Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech



The US President, Donald Trump, has stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea, threatening to "totally destroy" the country. In a highly-combative debut speech to the UN General Assembly, Trump mocked Kim Jong-un and described Pyongyang as a “depraved regime”. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from the United Nations in New York. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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UN demands access to Myanmar’s Rakhine amid Rohingya crisis



A landmark speech on the Rohingya crisis by Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has done little to placate the international community. UN investigators are demanding full access to Myanmar to investigate claims of human-rights violations by security forces. UN staff in Bangladesh have started collecting testimonies from Rohingya Muslims who have fled the violence. More than 400,000 people have left their homes. Al Jazeera's Duncan Crawford explains. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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More than 100 dead as 7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico



A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico, leaving more than 140 confirmed dead. The earthquake happened shortly after 1pm local time near Puebla city. Several buildings collapsed in and around Mexico City, 120km away. Al Jazeera's Diane Eastabrook explains. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim’s UN speech in full



Qatar's emir has addressed the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York City. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani addressed Qatar’s blockade and called “for an unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty”. On international matters, he called on Myanmar's government "to stop violence against Rohingya minority" and appealed to Palestinians to complete their "national reconciliation". – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Controversial Israeli film Foxtrot wins at Ophir awards



It is a film that's been denounced by Israel's culture minister, but that did not stop Foxtrot from winning best picture at the country's annual movie awards. Miri Regev says the depiction of Israeli soldiers in the film is a "horrendous lie". The film had already won international acclaim and is tipped for Oscar success. Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from the Israeli film industry awards in Ashdod. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Russia launches Zapad war games on Europe’s borders



Russia and Belarus are holding large-scale joint military exercises, called Zapad (meaning ‘West’ in Russian), on NATO’s eastern border. It is the first time the “Zapad-2017” war games are being held since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, causing concern among neighbouring countries. The war games – one of Moscow’s largest since the Cold War – have been under way since last Thursday. Moscow says just under 13,000 personnel have been participating, though Western observers believe the real number is far higher. Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Belarus. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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German election 2017: Martin Schulz unable to make headway against Angel Merkel



With just a few days to go before what's expected to be a comfortable victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sunday's elections, her main contender on the left is facing mounting criticism for his campaign. Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament, is stuck on polls of about 20 percent support, seemingly unable to make any headway against Merkel. Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Karlsruhe, Germany. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
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Is the far right now on the rise in Germany? – The Stream



For the first time since World War II, a right-wing nationalist party is poised to enter the German parliament after elections on September 24, with polls predicting the party may win up to 60 seats in the Bundestag. The Alternative for Germany, or AfD, originally campaigned as an anti-European Union – or Eurosceptic party – attracting members that were dissatisfied with Germany’s other main political parties. Since its foundation in 2013, the party has moved to the far-right and become an unexpected force in German politics with seats in 13 state parliaments. Though Chancellor Angela Merkel winning a fourth term is all but a certainty, the lingering question is which parties she will form a coalition with. She, along with every other party in parliament, has ruled out any deal with the AfD and several politicians say they will refuse to even sit beside them. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister has compared the AfD to the Nazis, and the party has stirred up plenty of controversy in this year’s campaign. AfD candidate Alexander Gauland recently said Germans should take pride in what their soldiers achieved in the world wars. Its leaders have said repeatedly that Islam has no place in Germany. They have campaigned on closing the country's borders, not allowing refugees already there to bring their families to Germany, and putting a quota in place for deportations. We’ll look at the rise of the AfD and ask how it will influence German politics. Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream GOOGLE+: http://google.com/+TheStream
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Can the Caribbean recover from Irma? – The Stream



Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc from Puerto Rico to Antigua, turning lush landscapes into barren land and upending the lives of thousands. Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister described Barbuda’s terrain as “total carnage”, adding that approximately half its population is “literally homeless” and recovery would take “an enormous amount of financial resources”. Traumatized by the wrath of a Category 5 storm, residents now wonder how they’ll pick up the pieces – and if they’ll be left alone to foot the bill. Most of the Caribbean falls under the territorial jurisdictions of either the UK, France, the Netherlands, or the US, relying on them to provide assistance when disaster strikes. Others, like St. Lucia and Barbuda, are dependent on their own economies or funds they request from the international community. Writing for The Guardian, former Anguilla Attorney General Rupert Jones questioned the UK’s financial commitment to overseas territories, saying its relief package is “a drop in the Caribbean Sea”. So, what does the Caribbean need to recover from Hurricane Irma? We’ll speak with people affected by the storm to learn about how residents are working to rebuild their homes, communities, and lives. Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream GOOGLE+: http://google.com/+TheStream
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German elections 2017: Who are the AfD? – The Stream



For the first time since World War II, a right-wing nationalist party is poised to enter the German parliament after elections on September 24, with polls predicting the party may win up to 60 seats in the Bundestag. The Alternative for Germany, or AfD, originally campaigned as an anti-European Union – or Eurosceptic party – attracting members that were dissatisfied with Germany’s other main political parties. Since its foundation in 2013, the party has moved to the far-right and become an unexpected force in German politics with seats in 13 state parliaments. Though Chancellor Angela Merkel winning a fourth term is all but a certainty, the lingering question is which parties she will form a coalition with. She, along with every other party in parliament, has ruled out any deal with the AfD and several politicians say they will refuse to even sit beside them. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister has compared the AfD to the Nazis, and the party has stirred up plenty of controversy in this year’s campaign. AfD candidate Alexander Gauland recently said Germans should take pride in what their soldiers achieved in the world wars. Its leaders have said repeatedly that Islam has no place in Germany. They have campaigned on closing the country's borders, not allowing refugees already there to bring their families to Germany, and putting a quota in place for deportations. We’ll look at the rise of the AfD and ask how it will influence German politics. Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream GOOGLE+: http://google.com/+TheStream
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