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South African floods kill over 440 people

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The devastation from the South African floods is becoming evident as rescuers continue the search for dozens of missing people.

Extremely heavy rains triggered a wave of floods and mudslides, killing over 440 individuals.

Torrential rain has been pouring for over a week and locals fear the rain will continue.

The floods have caused severe damage to the nation’s infrastructure with repairs costs expected to surpass 600 million dollars.

In KwaZulu-Natal, over 4,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 8,000 were damaged.

Nearly 300 schools and some health facilities have also been ruined.

One of South Africa’s busiest ports, Durban, has been disrupted due to the heavy rain.

South Africans hope for an end to the downpour, however, there are fears more rain is on the way.

Thousands of individuals have been left homeless and unable to access basic supplies.

Many individuals currently don’t have access to power and water services.

The government has declared a nationwide state of disaster and instructed over 10,000 troops to assist with clean up.

Along with mop-up work and transporting aid, the troops will provide medical support.

The government has also arranged helicopters for rescue and reconnaissance missions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the floods are a direct correlation to climate change.

The nation’s president has also delayed a working visit to Saudi Arabia to focus on the disaster.

South African floods have caused severe damage to infrastructure, which will take months to rebuild.

Amanda Gunn contributed to this report

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Japan court rules ban on same-sex marriage is allowed

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There are concerns for equality in Japan after a court ruled a ban on same-sex marriage is not unconstitutional.

It’s a major blow for the country’s gay couples, with Japan remaining the only G-7 member nation not to allow people of the same sex to wed.

This is all despite wide-sweeping opinion polls which show a majority of the public is actually in favour of marriage equality.

Several regions have now begun issuing partnership certificates in an attempt to help impacted couples rent properties together and gain hospital visitation rights.

This most recent case in Osaka was brought forward by three same-sex couples, two male and one female.

Japan’s constitution currently defines marriage as being based on “the mutual consent of both sexes”.

The court found marriage is still defined as being only between opposite genders… noting not enough debate on same-sex marriage has taken place in the country to warrant changing this.

Under current rules, same-sex couples living in Japan are also unable to inherit their partner’s assets, and have no parental rights over their partner’s children.

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‘Sesame Street’ put a twist on ‘Friends’ intro for father’s day

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A special video from “Sesame Street” themed to the classic opening of “Friends” is bound to make you smile.

The classic educational kids’ program took to social media to share the viral clip.

The video is a full-on throwback to many of the things we loved about “Friends,” but this time seen through a lens of some of our favorite Muppets and their dads.

 “To all the fathers and father figures raising amazing kids, thank you for being there. Sing along with your favorite families from the neighborhood in this very special parody song,” Sesame Street tweeted.

Over two minutes, we get all kinds of hilarious reimaginings of “Friends” references, like a few lines of “Smelly Cat”

“We love you every day and week and month and every year,” go the lyrics.

Elijah even echoes Chandler by saying, “Could there be anything better than being a dad?”

The ending will melt your heart, in a beautiful nod to all the fathers and father figures raising kids, the much loved characters show their love for one another outside of the iconic friends fountain

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Why is Prince harrying suing the publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail?

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Prince Harry is suing Daily papers over an article published in February.

His barrister said the story about a dispute over his family’s security arrangements tried to manipulate public opinion.

But the publisher of Daily Mail said it contained “no hint of impropriety” and was not defamatory.

The story, published in the Mail on Sunday and online, referred to the prince’s separate legal case against the Home Office over security arrangements when he and his family are in the UK.

Prince Harry says it caused him “substantial hurt, embarrassment and distress, which is continuing”.

The prince’s barrister said the article suggested he had “lied in his initial public statements” by claiming to have always been willing to pay for police protection in the UK.

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