New storm aims to­ward Caribbean

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Caribbean is­lands dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Irma last week may get an­other hur­ri­cane by Mon­day, Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter fore­cast­ers said Satur­day.

A sys­tem about 755 miles east-south­east of the Lesser An­tilles was ex­pected to be­come a trop­i­cal storm Satur­day as it heads west at a quick 22 mph. Fore­cast­ers ex­pect the storm — Maria is the next name up — to be­come a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane in the next few days.

Trop­i­cal storm watches have been is­sued for St. Lu­cia, Mar­tinique, Guade­loupe and Do­minica.

The sys­tem does not yet have an eye, mak­ing it hard to pre­dict what track it will take..

Ice­land has elec­tion date

Ice­landers are be­ing called to the polls after a sex-crime scan­dal in­volv­ing the prime min­is­ter’s father caused the col­lapse of the coun­try’s three­party coali­tion gov­ern­ment that was formed only eight months ago.

Elec­tions have been pro­posed for Nov. 4, sub­ject to par­lia­men­tary ap­proval, after Pres­i­dent Gudni Th. Jo­han­nes­son ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Bjarni Benedik­ts­son Satur­day.

The prime min­is­ter’s father, Benedikt Sveins­son, wrote a let­ter to the Jus­tice Min­istry call­ing for the crim­i­nal record of a con­victed sex of­fender to be erased. The man had been sen­tenced to 5 1/2 years in prison in 2004 for the sex­ual abuse of his un­der­age step­daugh­ter.

Syr­ian kids in school

In a class­room, light fil­tered in through a gap­ing hole in the ceil­ing, with crum­bling con­crete and ex­posed steel bars sus­pended over­head. The build­ing was dam­aged at some point dur­ing Syria’s bru­tal six-year con­flict that has turned this res­i­den­tial area out­side Da­m­as­cus, the cap­i­tal, into a bat­tle­ground.

Amid such de­struc­tion, Syr­ian chil­dren re­turned to classes — de­spite the war still go­ing on around them — in the rebel-held sub­urb of Douma on the northeastern out­skirts of Da­m­as­cus.

Gov­ern­ment airstrikes are still a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence in Douma, as Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s forces fight to wrest con­trol of the area from op­po­si­tion groups.

In­ter­na­tional mon­i­tor­ing groups say the gov­ern­ment has de­lib­er­ately tar­geted schools and hos­pi­tals in rebel-held ar­eas in the past.

Vast Bangladesh camp

BANGKOK— Bangladesh, fac­ing an un­prece­dented in­flux of eth­nic Ro­hingya, plans to build a vast camp to house about 400,000 refugees who have poured into the coun­try the past three weeks.

The new set­tle­ments will be built within the next 10 days on 2,000 acres in the Cox’s Bazar dis­trict near Bangladesh’s bor­der with Myan­mar, of­fi­cials have said.

Of­fi­cials plan to con­struct 14,000 shel­ters, each with the ca­pac­ity to hold six fam­i­lies, with the help of in­ter­na­tional aid or­ga­ni­za­tions and the Bangladesh mil­i­tary.

Camps were al­ready over­flow­ing with at least 400,000 Ro­hingya be­fore the cur­rent ex­o­dus was pro­voked by Ro­hingya mil­i­tants’ at­tack­ing Myan­mar po­lice posts and an army base on Aug. 25.

The Myan­mar mil­i­tary then be­gan a cam­paign of vil­lage torch­ings, ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.

The United Na­tions de­scribed the ac­tions against the Ro­hingya as a “text­book ex­am­ple of eth­nic cleans­ing.”

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