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Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 20 in Bahamas as US monitors storm’s path

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The Bahamas health minister said Wednesday that the death toll for Hurricane Dorian has risen from seven to 20 and more deaths are expected as the storm clears the island archipelago and threatens to make landfall in the U.S. later this week.

The Category 5 hurricane slammed the Bahamas this past Sunday where it lingered for nearly two days leaving wreckage and disaster in its wake.

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Dorian, which has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, has been making its way towards the U.S. traveling close to the east coast of Florida, and is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas on Wednesday night or Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Syrian civil war has damaged more than 120 churches, report finds

As many as 124 churches have been damaged or targeted by military forces on all sides of Syria’s civil war, which has stretched on for more than eight years, according to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The report’s timeline of incidents involving Syrian government forces, opposition forces and extremist militants, including the Islamic State (ISIS), extended from March 2011 to September 2019.

The researchers found 75 reported attacks involved forces supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, 33 involved armed opposition forces, 12 involved ISIS or other Islamic extremist groups and four incidents involved other fighting groups.

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Damage from Syrian government warplanes to a church east of Damascus, in February 2018. (Ammar Al Bushy, SNHR)

“Assad has made Syria unsafe for all Syrians, including Christians, and he must be held accountable for his actions,” said Erica Hanichak, a government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria.

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The evidence indicated some churches were the intended targets, while others were collateral damage.

The report found some churches were damaged or destroyed in bombings with no military installations or equipment nearby. Other reported incidents included houses of worship being turned into military headquarters and churches that were subject to more than one attack.

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“Syria will not become calm without transition to democracy and respect for human rights,” SNHR Chairman Fadel Abdul Ghany said.

The group added that its new report clearly showed international law was violated, as global conventions prohibit any hostile acts against places of worship.

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French police launch investigation after Macron hears officer refusing to help domestic abuse victim: report

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Officials in France have opened an investigation after President Emmanuel Macron listened in on a domestic violence hotline call in which a police officer was heard refusing to help a domestic abuse victim, reports say.

Macron listened in on the call during a visit Tuesday to the national hotline center that was meant to showcase the government’s crackdown on domestic violence.

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The alleged victim, a 57-year-old woman, called to report that her husband had threatened to kill her after years of abuse and that she was afraid to go back to the home to gather her things without police protection — and yet the police officer she was dealing with at a local station was refusing to accompany her, The Guardian reported.

According to the report, the French president was visibly upset by what he was hearing and passed a note to the operator after the officer got on the phone and stated that he was unable to go with her without a judicial order, a claim Macron pointed out in his note as wrong.

The officer, unaware that the president was listening in, continued to refuse to intervene.

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After the phone call, Macron asked the veteran dispatcher if this was a common occurrence to which they replied: “Yes, more and more frequently.”

The French gendarmerie launched an investigation into the incident the following day.

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Scottish court says Johnson can suspend Parliament

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A Scottish court says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s planned suspension of Parliament is lawful.

The closely watched decision was revealed Wednesday. It is the first of several challenges to Johnson’s maneuver that gives lawmakers little time to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union without an agreement on Oct. 31.

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Transparency campaigner Gina Miller, who won a ruling in the Supreme Court in 2017 that stopped the government from triggering the countdown to Brexit without a vote in Parliament, has another legal challenge in the works.

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A human rights campaigner has also sued in Northern Ireland, arguing that the historic Good Friday accord that brought peace is in jeopardy because of Johnson’s actions.

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Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 7 in one of Bahamas’ ‘greatest national crises,’ PM says

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The Bahamas prime minister raised the death toll from Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday from five to seven and said more deaths were expected as the storm begins to move away from the Carribean archipelago.

Hubert Minnis said the deaths involved two people who were injured and were taken to New Providence Island. The full scope of the disaster won’t be known until the storm passes.

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” he said. “No effort or resources will be held back.”

He said he flew over the Abaco Islands and expected to do the same in Grand Bahama when the weather permitted him to do so. Dorian, which was later downgraded to a Category 2 storm, was the most powerful ever to hit the Bahamas, with floodwaters destroying thousands of homes, trapping people and making resue efforts all the more difficult.

Around 45 percent of homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama were believed to be damaged or destroyed when the areas were pounded by 185 mph winds. The Grand Bahama Airport was under six feet of water as of Tuesday.

Images revealed the scope of damage as buildings were flooded and at least one community was destroyed.

Using jet skis, boats and even a bulldozer, people in Grand Bahama were evacuated by rescue crews in the midst of heavy rain and wind.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least 21 people injured at Abaco.

“We will confirm what the real situation is on the ground,” Health Minister Duane Sands said. “We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited.”

The storm was moving northwest toward the United States. Officials urged over two million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina to evacuate. Dorian is expected to pass close to Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday or Friday.

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Severe flooding is expected to occur even if the storm doesn’t make landfall.

“Don’t tough it out. Get out,” said U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Carlos Castillo.

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Palestinian school curriculum is ‘more radical than the curriculum that came before,’ research institute says

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The Palestinian Authority’s current school curriculum “is more radical than the curriculum that came before” and “is suffused with ideas of martyrdom [and] Jihad,” according to an international monitoring organization.

IMPACT-se, a research and policy institute that analyzes how textbooks measure up to (UNESCO) standards for acceptance, peace and tolerance, claimed the curriculum encouraged children to martyr themselves, and even to count martyrs in math problems like most children would count apples.

“Looking at textbooks across the Middle East we have seen improvements,” IMPACT-se’s CEO Marcus Sheff told Fox News Tuesday. “That is certainly true to the Jordanian curriculum, the Tunisian curriculum is of a good standard and we are seeing improvements in Egypt.”

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“Unfortunately the opposite is true of the Palestinian curriculum,” Sheff said. “A new, reformed curriculum was put in place between 2016 and 2019 and it is more radical than the curriculum that came before.”

He added that the current curriculum “encourages school children to sacrifice themselves” and claimed, “content relating to peace with Israel has been purposefully taken out of the curriculum.”

Sheff told Fox News that the institute’s research found that social studies, history and Arabic textbooks in the Palestinian Authority for grades 2 through 12 included “problematic content.” He added that the institute also found “problematic content in science, including teaching math by asking young people to do addition of [the number of] martyrs in the First Intifada and in the Second Intifada and asking them how many martyrs, instead of using counting apples as many students around the world are asked.”

The First Intifada was a Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza that began in December 1987 and resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 people. The Second Intifada began in September 2000 with calls for violence following then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount, a holy site for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. More than 4,000 people were killed in the following weeks after Palestinian leaders unleashed a deadly wave of suicide bombings.

Last year, the European Parliament passed legislation geared to prevent hateful content in Palestinian educational materials, The Times of Israel reported.

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IMPACT-se and other organizations also presented examples of anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish content in Palestinian textbooks last month at the 99th session of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Switzerland.

“For the first time a United Nations committee called on the Palestinians to halt hate speech following IMPACT-se’s presentation to the committee (CERD) of anti-Semitism and hate in Palestinian textbooks,” said Sheff, referencing a report issued by CERD last week which he said included unprecedented wording.

Sheff also noted that legislation introduced in the United States in April of this year has the goal of preventing hate in school curricula.

“Legislation passing through the House Foreign Affairs Committee, H.R.2343, is an opportunity for the U.S. Congress to add its voice to that of the European Parliament and the United Nations in demanding that the hate in the curriculum is removed once and for all,” Sheff said.

The legislation, known as the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act, would “require the Secretary of State to submit annual reports reviewing the educational material used by the Palestinian Authority or the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in the West Bank and Gaza, and for other purposes.”

The bill says the new Palestinian curricula “fail to meet the international standards of peace and tolerance” and textbooks “demonize Israel, encourage war, and teach children that Palestinian statehood can be achieved through violence.”

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and has bipartisan support, including from Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

Sheff told Fox News despite the protests from Europe, the U.S. and the U.N., nothing has changed.

“[It’s] the first week of the new school year and no changes have been made,” Sheff said. “The Palestinian Authority is ignoring international institutions’ concerns over hate in its curriculum.”

He went on to say, “What is clear is it is a strategic decision by the Palestinian Authority to radicalize 1.3 million school children. This curriculum was not created by accident.”

Sheff said IMPACT-se will continue to present its findings to Congress, the U.N. and legislators around the world, “particularly those donor countries that fund the Palestinian Ministry of Education.”

He said the institute will continue to demand that the curriculum is changed and that “Palestinian children are taught that the way to resolve conflict is through peacemaking and not continual war.”

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Neither the Palestinian Ministry of Education nor the Palestinian U.N. mission immediately responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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Iranian oil tanker nears coast of Syria as captain refuses to cooperate with delivery, sources say

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The Adrian Darya 1, the Iranian oil tanker that the U.S. has pursued for several days, is now fewer than 10 nautical miles from the shores of Syria, intelligence sources tell Fox News.

The captain of the vessel, Akhilesh Kumar, has been refusing to cooperate with a planned oil delivery and has asked to be dismissed or replaced, the sources added.

The ship, formerly known as the Grace 1, turned off its tracking systems as it sailed toward Syria on Monday afternoon.

By entering Syrian waters, the vessel was defying a commitment to the United Kingdom that allowed its release after it was detained in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The ship has been carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth around $130 million. On Friday, the Treasury Department hit the tanker and its captain with sanctions, among the latest punishments targeting Iran’s energy industry.

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Iranian oil tankers often turn off their Automatic Tracking Systems in attempts to hide cargo.

Tensions are high in the Persian Gulf after a summer filled with attacks by Iran and Iranian proxies on Western oil tankers and infrastructure.

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The Iranians have demanded the United States ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif said Tuesday that Iran would break a third commitment in the 2015 nuclear deal if its European signatories — Great Britain, France and Germany — couldn’t salvage the deal by Thursday. Earlier this year, Iran surpassed the uranium enrichment and stockpile limits laid out in the agreement.

The Trump administration Tuesday afternoon imposed still more sanctions on Iran, this time targeting the country’s space agency.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

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Storm threatens Mexico; triple threat seen as hurricane season nears peak

While attention has been focused on Hurricane Dorian as it ravages the Bahamas and menaces the Southeast coast of the U.S., another tropical system may be threatening Mexico this week as hurricane season nears its peak.

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has become a tropical depression, and is forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm by Wednesday.

The system currently has sustained winds of 35 mph and is located about 185 east of La Pesca, Mexico and moving west at 7 mph.

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A tropical storm warning has been issued in Mexico from La Pesca to Barra El Mezquital. If the system strengthens into a tropical storm it will have the name “Fernand” and be the sixth named storm of the season.

Satellite photos from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico as Dorian spins off Florida.

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This image, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, shows a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico off northeast Mexico as Hurricane Dorian can be seen spinning just off the coast of Florida. (NOAA/GOES-East)

“Interests elsewhere along the northeastern coast of Mexico and the lower Texas coast should monitor the progress of this system,” the NHC said.

The development of this latest tropical system comes as Hurricane Dorian lurks off Florida, and the entire tropical Atlantic basin has become “quite active” in recent days.

“There are currently 3 disturbances being monitored for potential development, with another tropical wave expected to move off the African coast later this week,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter Monday.

2019 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON NOW FAVORS ‘ABOVE-NORMAL’ ACTIVITY, WITH 10-17 NAMED STORMS, NOAA SAYS

Colorado State University hurricane scientist Phil Klotzbach noted on Twitter the “whopping” four areas of potential development over the Atlantic over the next 5 days.

“The climatological peak of Atlantic hurricane season is around September 10,” Klotzbach said.

On the other side of Mexico, a major hurricane is well off-shore in the Pacific. The NHC said Hurricane Juliette is packing 125 mph winds as it moves northwest at 8mph about 455 southwest off the southern tip of Baja California. Hurricane Juliette, while well off the coast, is expected to send elevated surf with strong rip currents to San Diego County in California on Wednesday and Thursday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A satellite photo from NOAA shows the scale of tropical activity in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at the moment.

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This image, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, shows tropical activity in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Hurricane Juliette can be seen to the left far southwest off Mexico. A new system can be seen in between Juliette and Hurricane Dorian, currently swirling off Florida. (NOAA/GOES-East)

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In the Gulf of Mexico, officials warn that tropical storm conditions will affect the northeast coast of Mexico during the day on Wednesday.

“Squalls with gusts to tropical-storm-force are likely north of the warning area along portions of the northeastern coast of Mexico and the lower Texas coast,” the NHC said.

The system is also expected to bring 6 to 12 inches of rain across northeast Mexico, and two to four inches of rain for south Texas and the lower Texas coast.

NOAA forecasters have called for 10-17 named storms in the Atlantic, of which five to nine could strengthen into hurricanes. Of those storms, there will be two to four major hurricanes, which are classified as Category 3, 4, and 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and this year includes the names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

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Chinese man kills 8 children in attack on first day of school: police

A man — who recently served time for attempted murder — allegedly killed eight children and injured two others who were attending their first day of school in China, police said.

The 40-year-old man, only identified by the surname Yu, was taken into custody late Monday after he supposedly attacked the kids at an elementary school in Chaoyangpo village of Enshi city in Hubei province.

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It was not immediately clear how the children were attacked.

The man was released from Hubei prison last June after serving a sentence for attempted murder, according to local media. A possible motive was also not immediately clear.

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Students at an elementary school in Beijing were also attacked earlier this year. (AFP/Greg Baker)

The attack is the latest in a string of similar incidents.

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In January, 20 children were injured after a man attacked them inside an elementary school in Beijing — and in June 2018, two children were stabbed to death by a man outside an elementary school in Shanghai.

In April of last year, nine were killed and more than a dozen injured outside a middle school in northwestern Shaanxi province by an attacker who allegedly was a former pupil seeking revenge for having been bullied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro to skip Amazon fires summit due to surgery

Brazil’s leader may be eager to speak about the ongoing Amazon fires that have drawn the world’s attention, but he will have to wait, because surgery is forcing him to skip the summit of regional leaders called for this weekend to discuss the matter.

An aide for President Jair Bolsonaro revealed that the far-right leader would undergo surgery to treat a hernia, his fourth operation since he was stabbed in the stomach during the presidential campaign in 2018.

The spokesman said Brazil may send a representative in Bolsonaro’s place or ask for the summit – scheduled for Friday in Colombia – to be postponed.

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Bolsonaro has drawn intense domestic and international criticism for his reaction to the ongoing fires raging in parts of the Amazon rainforest, with environmentalists blaming his government’s approach to environmental issues and its pro-business agenda.

The Brazilian Amazon saw more than 30,900 fires in the month of August, the highest for the month since 2010, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.

Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia on Monday that he was eager to speak about the fires at the next U.N. General Assembly later this month. He said he wanted to speak “with patriotism” about the Amazon, a region he said was ignored by previous administrations.

“I will not accept alms from any country in the world under the pretext of preserving the Amazon when it is being divided into lots and sold,” the far-right president said.

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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres last week suggested holding a meeting to address the fires.

The fires also seem to be eroding Bolsonaro’s popularity at home.

Polling institute Datafolha reported Monday that 38 percent of Brazilians disapproved of the government’s actions – the worst since coming to power on Jan. 1 – with just 29 percent of the population backing it.

Datafolha interviewed 2,878 people Aug. 29-Aug.30; the survey has a 2-percentage point margin of error.

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Bolsonaro, who has accused other nations of colonialism for offering $40 million to help tackle the fires, was elected to the presidency in October 2018, a month after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a campaign rally.

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His surgery is scheduled for Sunday and he must start a liquid diet on Friday – the date of the regional conference. Doctors said he would need 10 days of rest after the surgery, the BBC reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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