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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

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Iran schoolgirls stand up to feared parliamentary force

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Iran schoolgirls stand up to a feared parliamentary force, removing headscarves and shouting

Schoolgirls in Iran are continuing to take a stand against the country’s repressive regime, this time by heckling a member of the Basij.

The Basij is a feared paramilitary force and one of the five forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp.

The girls waved their headscarves and shouted at the man who addressed them.

It comes as anti-government protests continue to sweep across Iran, largely sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini died in custody and many believe this was a result of police brutality.

The young woman’s death shone a spotlight on the regime’s brutal treatment of dissenters.  Residents also say it also highlighted the government’s general disregard for human rights.

The nationwide unrest is over two weeks old and has quickly become the biggest challenge to Iran’s clerical leaders in years.

Riot police are spread out across the cities of Urmia, Tabriz, Rasht and Tehran.

The police are particularly prevalent around universities as these institutions have been a focal point of protests.

“There are lots of security forces around Tehran University. Lots of police vans are waiting outside to arrest students,” said a student speaking to Reuters.

Other videos and footage circulating on social media show Iranians taking to the streets. Here they are chanting slogans like “death to the dictator” in defiance of the nation’s leaders.

The Basij has been helping security forces crack down on the demonstrators, often using extreme force.

But the resilience of the protesters, including these schoolgirls, shows that the regime’s days may be numbered.

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Puerto Rico rebuilds after Hurricane Fiona; Florida continues search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ian

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The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season isn’t over until November 1

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill jetted off to Puerto Rico on Monday.

The president pledged $60 million in federal funding for the island which was ravaged by hurricane Fiona weeks ago.

“We’re with you, I mean it—all of America’s with you as you receive and recover and rebuild,” he said.

“We’re investing in Puerto Rico’s roads, bridges, public transit, ports, airports, water safety and high-speed Internet.

Meanwhile, back on the U.S. mainland down in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talked about the search and rescue operations that continue after Florida’s southwestern coast was hit last week by Hurricane Ian.

“So far we’ve had more than 1,900 rescues with more than 1,000 personnel having gone door-to-door to 65 different structures to check on occupants and those are mostly structures in the really hard head areas—the barrier islands and the like.”

Gov. DeSantis added that their division of emergency management is continuing to bring large quantities of water, food, and other substances into the area to help everybody get by.

He said, “we’re also distributing tarps for the roofs—although I will tell you one thing, I’ve noticed the new construction in Florida seemed to have held up very well.”

Florida’s office of emergency management says about half of a million residents are still without power—and that they are working to restore it by Sunday.

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Ex-military contractor escapes house arrest

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Mastermind of the largest corruption scandal in US Navy history is on the run after cutting of his ankle bracelet

A former military contractor who was at the centre of the largest corruption scandal in U.S. Navy history, has escaped house arrest.

It comes just three weeks before he was set to face sentencing.

The fugitive, known to many as “Fat Leonard”, pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges in 2015.

He bribed U.S. Navy officials with cash, prostitutes, and all-expenses paid trips, in exchange for access to military intelligence, earning him millions.

According to authorities, when police arrived at Francis’ home, all that they found was an ankle bracelet he had cut off and left in a portable cooler.

This all comes as the U.S. Military is reporting a 13 per cent spike in the number of sexual assaults last year.

It’s understood 36,000 service members had experienced unwanted sexual assault, with the Army reporting its largest spike in nearly a decade.

Despite this, the Pentagon says it is working to stamp out this poor behaviour.

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