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  • Powerful hurricane Odile barrels through Mexico's Baja tourist haven
    Powerful hurricane Odile barrels through Mexico's Baja tourist haven

    By Gerardo Esquerre CABO SAN LUCAS Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Odile barreled into the Mexican beach Mecca of Baja California early on Monday, lashing luxury resorts and ripping trees from their roots as tens of thousands of tourists hunkered down in shelters. Winds of up to 120 miles per hour (195 km/h) blew away boards nailed over windows and tore signposts out of the ground, as one of the worst recorded storms to slam the region hammered the golden sand beaches of the popular resort of Los Cabos. My ears are about to explode by the pressure and I have an inch of water in my kitchen/living room," said Sarah McKinney on her Twitter account. Scary sound of howling wind," Alba Mora Roca said on her Twitter feed.

  • Qatar steps back into line on Brotherhood
    Qatar steps back into line on Brotherhood

    Long seen as the "black sheep" of the Gulf monarchies for backing the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar appears to have fallen into line with its neighbours and started to curb the group's activities, experts said. Doha's support for the Brotherhood -- banned by most Gulf monarchies, who see the group's political Islam as a threat to their stability -- harmed ties with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. After the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Cairo labelled the Brotherhood a "terrorist organisation" and some of the group's leaders fled to Qatar.

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands. "Please don't worry," he said, to rising laughter and applause. "Even though we are going to shut you down, we will find you guys new jobs."

  • 'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result
    'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears.

  • Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires
    Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has burned 21 structures, authorities said.

  • Scottish independence could mean messy divorce
    Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

    LONDON (AP) — How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.

  • Hurricane Odile hits Mexico's Pacific resorts
    Hurricane Odile hits Mexico's Pacific resorts

    Thousands of tourists and locals in Mexico hunkered down in luxury hotels converted into shelters Monday after Hurricane Odile crashed into Los Cabos resorts in the northwest, taking down trees with powerful winds. The "dangerous" hurricane, a category three storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, packed 205-kilometer (125-mile) per hour winds when it made landfall near Cabo San Lucas in late Sunday, according to the US National Hurricane Center. Hurricane-force winds spread northward as the eye of the storm moved over the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula, the NHC said. At 0600 GMT, Odile was packing winds of 195 kilometers per hour as it moved north-northwest at 28 kilometers per hour.

  • America's gay marriage battle goes global
    America's gay marriage battle goes global

    Starting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.

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