Top News Stories for Today – Sept 5, 2017
Category 5 hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday morning, with maximum sustained winds near 175 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. Irma is more than 300 miles east of the Leeward Islands, and is expected to make landfall on the island of Anguilla early Wednesday.
The hurricane is projected to hit Florida early Sunday, though its path is unpredictable. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has declared a preparatory state of emergency in all 67 counties. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have also declared states of emergency, and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has activated the National Guard and canceled school starting Tuesday. Unlike Hurricane Harvey, which caused terrible flooding throughout Houston, Irma isn’t expected to linger over land. CNN, The Associated Press, The Week
Haley: N Korea is begging for war
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday urged the U.N. Security Council to enact “the strongest sanctions” against North Korea to curb the nation’s growing nuclear program. “Enough is enough,” Haley said at the emergency meeting. “We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.” She said that Kim Jong Un is “begging for war” and the stakes “could not be higher.”
The meeting was called after North Korea conducted a test Sunday of what appears to have been a hydrogen bomb. Both President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have called for sanctioning countries that do not cut business ties with the defiant Hermit Kingdom. “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea,” Trump tweeted Sunday. CNN, CBS News, The Week
Scientists may have developed a blood test that can accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences details the experimental test, which researchers say helped them ID Alzheimer’s patients with up to 86% sensitivity and specificity.
Right now, the only way to conclusively diagnose someone with Alzheimer’s is after the person has died. But the test will have to be further evaluated, a process that will take years, before it can be used by doctors. CNN
Sweden rejects 106-year-old refugee
A 106-year-old woman thought to be the world’s oldest refugee is set to be deported after being denied asylum in Sweden. Bibihal Uzbeki’s son and grandson carried her on their backs as they fled from Kunduz in northeastern Afghanistan via Iran and Turkey in the hopes of finding haven in Europe. Their journey made headlines in 2015, when they were part of a huge influx of people who came to Europe from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. They traveled by foot and on trains through the Balkans before reaching Sweden.
Two years later, she and her 11 family members are living in the small village of Hova, in central Sweden. Her family says Uzbeki has suffered a stroke since her application was rejected. They say traveling back to Afghanistan is out of the question for the bed-bound centenarian who is unable to see, speak or walk. The family is appealing the decision. VOA
US – China trade
After Pyongyang detonated its biggest nuclear bomb in an underground test Sunday, Trump said he was considering several options in response, including cutting off trade with countries that do business with North Korea. That could quickly hinder the nearly $650 billion in annual trade between US and China, because Beijing is North Korea’s sole major ally and its biggest trading partner.
China is saying it endangered vast trade relations between Washington and Beijing. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday, “What is definitely unacceptable to us is that on the one hand we work so hard to peacefully resolve this issue [of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development], but on the other hand our own interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized. This is neither objective nor fair.” VOA
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