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When Hurricane Irma came through and knocked out the power around here, all I had for entertainment or information was the radio. I thought even that would be no help, since our local rock, pop, and talk stations all went out with the power, and the only thing I could pick up were the three local country music stations, all of whom had generators and kept broadcasting at near full power. Not being a fan of country music, I was set to turn the radio off when I just happened to pick up NPR (National Public Radio) from nearby Gainesville. I ended up listening to it for several hours, and I just wanted to point out that nearly everything you've discussed in this thread so far was also covered on NPR during those 36 or so hours.

At home I only listen to classical music on the radio and you can only find that locally on NPR.


(I have to save my ears for loud classic rock in the car.LOL)


I get a lot of my news national and international, first on NPR. As a news source, they are on close to the same covrage level, unfortunately with a much lower budget, as the BBC in terms of following not just the United States, but also world events.

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Al Jazeera EnglishVerified account @AJEnglish 2h2 hours ago


Aung San Suu Kyi says she doesn't fear "international scrutiny", inviting observers to visit Myanmar's Rakhine.


The Associated PressVerified account @AP 2h2 hours ago


The Latest: Suu Kyi says most Rohingya Muslim villages are not affected by violence in Myanmar.

The Associated PressVerified account @AP 3h3 hours ago

In one Myanmar township, group finds few Rohingya Muslim areas untouched by fire, and nearly every village emptied. http://apne.ws/BaSaQc7 






BBC News (World) Retweeted


Suu Kyi says she wants to find out why the Muslims have fled to Bangladesh. Does she have a TV?


Jonah FisherVerified account @JonahFisherBBC 3h3 hours ago


Suu Kyi says all people in Rakhine have access to healthcare and education without discrimination.

Just not true.


Jonah FisherVerified account @JonahFisherBBC 3h3 hours ago


Suu Kyi wants to find out why the Rohingya are fleeing.

And yet she has been blocking UN fact finding mission.

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Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map -


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, they are, quite literally, being wiped off the map.


After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of homes in the enclaves of the predominantly Buddhist nation where the Rohingya live.

That has sent some 417,000 people fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, according to U.N. estimates. There they have joined tens of thousands of others who have fled over the past year....



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POLITICOVerified account @politico 3h3 hours ago


Rex Tillerson presses Myanmar leader to address 'deeply troubling' allegations of human rights abuses http://politi.co/2hgap9q 


"...Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she had spoken to President Donald Trump about the humanitarian crisis and flood of refugees.


“He just asked, ‘How is Bangladesh?’ I said, ‘It’s doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar,’” she recalled. “But he didn’t make any comment about refugees.”

Hasina, who will address the General Assembly on Thursday,

added that the U.S. has already said it won’t accept any refugees. “He already declared his mind,” she said of Trump, “so why I should ask?”

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A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed nearly 400 people.


The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7.

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Barzani on the Kurdish referendum: 'We refuse to be subordinates'

Exclusive: Iraq’s Kurdish leader tells the Guardian why the independence vote is so vital, and how he will defy global opposition....






"The UN Security Council has warned of the potentially destabilising impact of a planned referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


The 15 member states said Monday's non-binding vote could hinder efforts to counter so-called Islamic State (IS) and help displaced Iraqis return home.

It called for "dialogue and compromise" between the Kurdistan government and the central government in Baghdad........



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Here's What You Need To Know About Germany's Election-


"...That leader, Angela Merkel, looks set to return to office for her fourth term when Germans go to the polls on Sunday.


But even if she does, there's no guarantee it will be business as usual. Governments in Germany are most commonly formed as coalitions, and for now, it's unclear what the country's next coalition will end up looking like — and how that will affect Germany's global role.


How it works.....


Possible outcomes......



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HuffPostVerified account @HuffPost 22m22 minutes ago


Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving http://huffp.st/dMyxQlV 



"It is good to celebrate this hard-won victory for Saudi women, but we should recognize that the biggest impediment for women has not been the inability to drive—or the fact that women, by law, must be totally covered in public.


The biggest obstacle to women’s freedom is the male guardianship system. Under this system, a woman, no matter her age, is treated as a minor and must live under the supervision of a wali, or guardian. This is a legally recognized male —her father, husband, uncle, or some other male relative (even her son)—who must grant formal permission for most of the significant issues affecting her life.......



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More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence


"Referendum results in overwhelming endorsement of split from Baghdad, after troops are sent into disputed areas-


...in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked increasing threats of air and land blockades that could be imposed as early as Friday.

The result came after Iraq’s parliament authorised the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to send troops into areas disputed between Arabs and Kurds that were contentiously included in the ballot.

Euphoria on the streets of Erbil in recent days has been met with sharply increasing tension in the region, which is likely to escalate in the wake of the result....




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