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Biden visits Kentucky pledging federal support for tornado hit state

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Offering hugs of support to locals who’ve lost everything to a devastating storm US President Joe Biden visits the devastation zone in Kentucky after the state was lashed with deadly tornadoes and severe storms 

President Biden flew to Kentucky on Wednesday to survey the damage wrought over the weekend reprising a role comforting disaster victims  as he pledged that the Federal Government will cover the costs of the rebuild.

The president announced that the white house would cover 100% of costs of emergency work for the first 30 days after the extreme weather event.

Late Monday, Biden approved disaster declarations for Tennessee and Illinois, and had previously approved a major disaster declaration for Kentucky. 

On Wednesday, Biden amended the Kentucky disaster declaration to make additional assistance available, increasing federal funding.

The President said during his remarks in Dawson Springs that he previously “wasn’t sure” he had the authority to make the change to the disaster declaration, but added, “it turns out I do.”

Joining local leaders earlier at a storm briefing in Mayfield in Kentucky… the President expressed shock at some of the images he saw during his aerial tour of the area pledging the full force of the federal government to help rebuilding and recovery efforts.

Kentucky hit by devastating storms / Image: File

Biden said he was “amazed” at the way the community has come together in the wake of the storm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent search-and-rescue and emergency response teams to Kentucky, along with teams to help survivors register for assistance.

Dozens of generators have been into the state following mass power outages along with 135,000 gallons of water, 74,000 meals and thousands of cots, blankets, infant toddler kits and pandemic shelter kits.

Mayfield was the hardest hit of several western Kentucky communities in the 200-mile path of a twister that turned cities into piles of debris that are now being hauled away by work crews and National Guard troops.

The city of 10,000 is under a boil-water order and accounts for more than one-third of the state’s 14,000 power outages.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile

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The launch continues a provocative streak in weapons testing as a US aircraft carrier visits South Korea

The launch was detected by South Korean and US militaries, who are currently conducting their annual joint military exercises in the region.

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is also taking part in the exercises, in a show of force against North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile testing.

North Korea's push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea’s push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in recent months, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.

The latest launch comes just days after North Korea test-fired a new type of anti-aircraft missile, and as the US prepares to deploy its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

The US has also sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force, and is reportedly considering additional sanctions against North Korea.

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Super Typhoon Noru smashes into the Philippines

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Super Typhoon Noru is continuing to strengthen as it approaches the northern Philippines.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Sunday afternoon local time and could bring damaging winds and heavy rains to the region.

Noru is currently a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).

The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the Philippines, which could lead to significant damage.

If you are in the path of Super Typhoon Noru, be sure to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property from the storm.

Stay tuned to local news and weather reports for the latest information on the typhoon’s path and expected impacts.

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Iran cuts internet access over “hijab violation”

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Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets

Protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police continue to rock the Islamic Republic.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center,” apparently for not wearing her hijab properly.

Amini’s death has sparked outrage among Iranian women, who have long been subject to repressive rules mandating their dress and behavior.

In recent years, the government has stepped up its enforcement of these rules, with morality police attacking women for offenses such as wearing loose headscarves or talking to men in public.

The death of Amini, who was reportedly beaten in custody, has galvanized young Iranians who are fed up with the repression they have faced for their entire lives.

In addition to taking to the streets, they are using social media to spread the word about the protests and to call for an end to the government’s oppressive policies.

It remains to be seen whether the current wave of protests will lead to lasting change in Iran. But one thing is clear: the country’s young people are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo.

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