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Bahamas government denies reports it discouraged Dorian aid to shattered Abaco Islands

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The Bahamian government has denied allegations that officials are rejecting or stalling aid for the Abaco Islands in a bid to pressure remaining residents to evacuate.

Three sources working with non-profits told Fox News Tuesday Bahamian officials encouraged them to hold off on delivering items like generators and water filtration systems to the Abaco Islands, which were devastated by Hurricane Dorian last week.

A spokesperson for the Bahama’s emergency management agency, NEMA, told Fox News the claims are inaccurate.

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The spokesperson admitted the distribution of aid to all of the islands is not as consistent as people wish. However, he said that is partly due to the fact that cars are hard to come by because most vehicles were destroyed by the storm.

Food and supplies were still flooding into Marsh Harbour Airport in the Abaco Islands, but for the most part, no locals were there to use them.

Fox News is told rescues in the Abaco Islands are largely done, as are most evacuations. Military aircraft are now flying supplies to the smaller surrounding cays, where more residents have chosen not to evacuate.

In Marsh Harbour, neighborhoods with names like “Pigeon Pea” and “da Mudd” are empty. All that appears to be left are piles of rubble and the bodies buried underneath it. On a nearby dock, pallets of emergency ready meals sat untouched for most the afternoon.

In one grocery store, shelves are filled with food. Boxes of donated food are scattered about, but they are unopened and only a handful of people were coming for supplies. Some say supplies are not getting to the people who need it fast enough – and many of those in need have already evacuated to Nassau.

Atisha Kemp, a local activist and one of many still searching for missing relatives, says those who survived Dorian’s wrath are “coming out of hell and going right back into hell.

“We got thousands of people coming [to Nassau]. Don’t know where they’re going. They’re going in shelters,” Kemp said. “We have no plan. Who’s going to assist us? Who is coming to help us?”

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Mortuary facilities in Nassau are overwhelmed, according to officials. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency says the dead are being placed in body bags and temporarily stored in refrigerated containers. Fox News saw at least two bodies recovered in Abaco, on Tuesday.

In Nassau, shelters are overcrowded. Sixteen children, most of them toddlers, were brought to the Children Emergency Hostel on Sunday. Caretaker Lovinia Baker Hutchison told Fox News the shelter has never had as many children as they have right now.

Now that the children are in Nassau, Hutchinson said, “there’s not much to do, but care for one another and pray that everything will get better.”

The storm is believed to have left 70,000 Bahamians homeless. Many, like Shakeria Blanc, say they have nowhere to go.

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Blanc arrived in Nassau from the Abaco Islands over the weekend with her five-year-old son and five-month-old daughter. She told Fox News that her family lost everything when Hurricane Dorian came through.

“We don’t know [where we’ll go]. As soon as we register we’ll figure out what we’re going to do, where we’re going to stay and everything. Right now, we are all homeless,” she said with a shrug, “just hoping for the best.”

Fox News’ Kathleen Reuschle and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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State media: Kim Jong Un supervised North Korea’s firing of super-large rocket launcher

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw Tuesday’s testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, state propaganda organ KCNA said late Tuesday.

Two short-range projectiles were fired hours after the North indicated a willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the United States later this month.

The projectiles were fired from South Pyongan Province, which surrounds the capital city of Pyongyang, and landed in the waters off North Korea’s east coast, South Korean officials said.

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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Kim was accompanied by senior military personnel and officials with the Workers’ Party of Korea during the tests, KCNA said. He said the weapons system “has been finally verified in terms of combat operation” and “running fire test” is what remains to be done. It was not clear what such a test would entail.

KCNA reported that Kim said future tasks and steadily attaining goals to cutting-edge national defense were also needed.

President Trump has downplayed a slew of recent weapons tests by the North this year. The latest was the tenth such launch since May. He has said the short-range firings do not violate any agreements.

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Before Tuesday’s launchings, North Korean officials said they would be willing to restart denuclearization negotiations with American officials.

Talks between Trump and Kim fell apart in February when Trump rejected Kim’s demand for sanctions relief in exchange for partial denuclearization.

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Dennis Rodman says US-North Korea peace agreement ‘could still work’

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman thinks President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un can still make a deal to have peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“I think that it could still work. I just think that we need to stay on the right path to make it work,” Rodman told Reuters on Monday. “So, I think that people should not give up on the U.S. trying to engage with North Korea in a good, safe manner.”

Denuclearization talks between the two nations have stalled, and North Korea again embarked on so-called missile diplomacy Tuesday by firing two unidentified projectiles into the East Sea — the country’s eighth weapons test since July. North Korea has demanded that the U.S. lift crippling economic sanctions in order to move forward and possibly dismantle its nuclear program.

This is not the first time Rodman, 58, has weighed in on the North Korea issue. He famously played for the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s and has called Kim his “best friend.” Kim is said to be a big fan of the Bulls and Rodman, who first visited North Korea as a private citizen in 2013 and met Kim. During one of his trips to North Korea, Rodman organized a basketball game and famously sang “Happy Birthday” to Kim.

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Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2013. (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica, File) (The Associated Press)

Rodman has said his “basketball diplomacy” could help ease tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, and he sent a letter to President Trump offering to help after the second Trump-Kim summit collapsed with no deal in February.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend, before the latest launches, that the U.S. “was hopeful that in the coming days or perhaps weeks we’ll be back at the negotiating table with them [North Korea].”

“I think Kim Jong Un wants peace,” Rodman said. “I know him very well, I think he wants peace.”

“[…] People don’t realize that he wants to move on into the 21st Century. I think he doesn’t want to give up his country. I don’t blame him. But I think, you know, everything else is in the way,” Rodman said, referring to the denuclearization talks.

North Korea had said Monday it was open to another round of talks with the U.S. later this month, according to state-run media.

NORTH KOREA WILLING TO HOLD DENUCLEARIZATION TAKLS WITH US IN COMING WEEKS, STATE MEDIA SAYS

Rodman, who appeared on the Trump-hosted reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2009 and was fired, also said this week that Trump had him on the show “to help and guide me … because I was out there being buck wild, doing my thing, having a good time.”

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Dennis Rodman and President Trump. (AP/Getty) (AP/Getty)

“That’s his way of showing that he cares about me,” Rodman said of Trump.

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Trump and Kim had an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in June, and President Trump crossed the border to briefly enter North Korea – the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Frying pan explosion at German village fest kills 1, injures 14

A giant frying pan filled with dumplings exploded at a food festival in western Germany, killing one person and injuring 14 others.

The injured included five–four burn victims and one heart attack victim–who were fighting for their life, German news media reported. The victim who died was severely burned and succumbed to her injuries Monday.

Witnesses said the victims were running around “like torches” at the Backesfest festival in the village of Freudenberg, the Independent reported.

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In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 photo police officers investigate a booth after an explosion at a village festival in Freudenberg, Germany. Authorities say 14 people have been injured, five of them with life-threatening burns, during an explosion at a village festival in western Germany. Police told German news agency dpa that it appears likely that oil inside a big frying pan caused the explosion at the local ‘Backesfest’ (bakery festival) that was attended by about 100 people. (Berthold Stamm/dpa via AP)

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Freudenberg’s mayor Nicole Reschke told the Bild newspaper that it was an accident, the paper reported.

“This is a terrible misfortune for our little place,” she said.

Police told the German news agency dpa that oil inside a big frying pan caused Sunday’s blast.

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The explosion may have been triggered by raindrops falling into the hot oil, but investigators said it would still take them several days to fully understand what happened.

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The Backesfest celebrates the annual start of operations of a traditional old bakery in the village.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iranian female soccer fan ‘blue girl’ dies after setting herself on fire

An Iranian female soccer fan who faced a potentially lengthy sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium dressed as a man has died after setting herself on fire a week ago outside a court, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday.

The woman, Sahar Khodayari, died at a Tehran hospital on Monday, the Shafaghna news agency reported.

The 30-year-old set herself on fire last week after reportedly learning she may face between six months to two years in prison.

Khodayari was arrested back in March while trying to enter a soccer match for her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. She was pretending to be a man and wore a blue hairpiece and a long overcoat when the police stopped her.

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Khodayari spent three nights in jail before she was released on bail and waited six months for her court case. When she appeared at court, Khodayari found out her trial had been postponed because the judge had a family emergency, and later overheard someone talking about her possible prison sentence, the BBC reported.

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In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country’s flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

She then left the courthouse and set herself ablaze in front of the building, and later died at the hospital.

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Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan known as “Blue Girl” for the colors supporting of the Esteghlal team, died after setting herself on fire after learning she may serve a six-month prison sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Khodayari, who had graduated in computer sciences, was known as the “Blue Girl” on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team. Esteghlal issued a statement, offering condolences to Khodayari’s family.

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The tragic death immediately drew an outcry among some soccer stars and known figures in Iran, where women are banned from soccer stadiums, though they are allowed at some other sports, such as volleyball.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi — who played 127 matches for Iran and has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban on women — urged Iranians in a tweet to boycott soccer stadiums to protest Khodayari’s death.

Iranian-Armenian soccer player Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, the first Christian to be the captain of Iran’s national squad and also an Esteghlal player, said in a tweet that one of Tehran’s major soccer stadiums will be named after Khodayari, “once, in the future.”

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Women in Iran have been banned from going into stadiums to watch men’s sporting events since 1981, according to Human Rights Watch. The stadium ban may is not written into law, but is “ruthlessly enforced”, according to the organization.

Last October, authorities in Iran allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Iran’s government faced an Aug. 31 dead by Fifa to allow women to attend official football matches in order to “pave the way” for female attendees, the BBC previously reported.

Iran’s minister of information and communications technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, described the death of the female soccer fan as a “bitter incident.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Vegan activist rescues 16 rabbits, leading to death of nearly 100 baby bunnies in Spain, report says

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A Barcelona-based vegan activist has harmed more animals than she tried to save thanks to her radical acts, according to a report.

The New York Post reported that her rescue of 16 rabbits from a farm near Osono last Sunday caused the deaths of nearly 100 baby bunnies.

The news outlet said that the activist, who goes by the name “Mythical Mia” on social media, and whose real name is unknown, allegedly stole many rabbits which were said to have been pregnant or lactating.

Their offspring included an estimated 90 bunnies, which had to be euthanized after being abandoned.

She posted about her campaign on Instagram, which since has been disabled.

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“These 16 are the lucky ones,” Mia said about her rescue. “After actions like this we get to go home but for them there is no way out. We only managed to find a home for 16 beforehand, so had to leave thousands of mothers and babies behind. They will be trapped inside those cages for their entire lives, their only escape is when they are shipped off to a slaughterhouse to be murdered for their flesh and fur. Rabbits like these are also abused for animal testing, tortured for a lifetime before eventually getting murdered too. They are also regularly kept as ‘pets’ often in solitary confinement and inappropriate conditions suffering from boredom and multiple other health issues.”

Mia added: “What we do to the animals need to end immediately. This injustice has gone on far too long. We will continue to enter in these facilities to expose these horrors and liberate the beings trapped inside for as long as it takes. We are not going anywhere. Join us in our fight, be vegan, be active and let’s put an end to this once and for all.”

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Dutch cop suspected of killing 2 children, self: police

A Dutch cop is suspected of fatally shooting two children and seriously wounding a woman before turning the gun on himself in a home late Monday, authorities said.

A police source told Reuters that the shooting took place in Dordrecht, a city about an hour’s drive south of Amsterdam.

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Dutch authorities say three people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide Monday evening. (Rotterdam Police Force)

“Three people were killed in the shooting incident in Dordrecht’s Heimerstein (neighborhood),” read an official police statement on Twitter.

A fourth family member was “seriously injured,” police said.

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It was not immediately clear if the 35-year-old officer was related to the children, who were aged 8 and 12, or to the 28-year-old injured woman. Police spokesman Wim Hoonhout told The Associated Press that “it seems like a family incident.”

Police were on the scene late Monday, cordoning off a residential home, Reuters reported. Photos from the scene showed a large police presence in a residential neighborhood and at least one ambulance parked in the street as people stood in the street looking on.

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Dordrecht Mayor Wouter Kolff tweeted that there was “a very serious shooting incident,” and he was headed to the neighborhood.

The victims’ identities have not been released. The investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Taliban talks dead: what comes next for the U.S. in Afghanistan?

Days after U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz and eleven civilians were killed in a Kabul suicide bombing – for which the Taliban claimed responsibility – President Trump said Monday that peace talks between the United States and Taliban leaders are dead.

So what comes next for war-ravaged Afghanistan and U.S. involvement in the war there that has raged for the past 18 years?

“The entire Afghan policy is currently in upheaval. What happens next depends on whether Trump will listen to Secretary Pompeo, who still believes a deal with the Taliban is the right thing,” Bill Roggio, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and editor of the Long War Journal, told Fox News. “Or the growing chorus, including among influential Trump supporters, who oppose a bad deal with the Taliban.”

Roggio surmised that if the president does follow the advice of his secretary of state, talks could resume in a couple weeks. If not, the military will likely withdraw a number of troops without any agreement in place.

“To be clear, the US is under no obligation to make a deal with the Taliban to leave Afghanistan,” he stressed.

But in sharp contrast to the calm that inking a deal with the hardline Islamist faction was supposed to bring, Trump also tweeted Monday that over the past four days, the United States has “been hitting our enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years.”

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For the past twelve months, the U.S Special Envoy and former ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, had been hammering terms of an agreement in Doha, Qatar. Late last month – following nine intense rounds of talks – a deal reportedly reached its final stage, designed to bring an end to the U.S’s protracted engagement in Afghanistan.

According to news reports, the now sidelined accord was said to have stipulated the exit of 14,000 American forces through to the end of 2020. In exchange, the Taliban pledged that it would not allow the conflict-wracked nation to be a safe haven for terrorist groups that threatened the security of the U.S.

But the speed with which the fragile dialogue fell apart has caught experts and analysts by surprise.

“A little over a week ago, there was little opposition to the (peace) deal. Trump was right to halt it, it was a bad deal that absolves the Taliban’s role in providing a safe haven for Al Qaeda prior to and after 9/11,” Roggio said. “It would have been a humiliating defeat for the United States.”

Despite the efforts to reach a diplomatic conclusion to the stalemated conflict, Taliban-inspired attacks have continued with jarring frequency in recent months.

“With or without a large U.S. presence, the current civil war with the Taliban goes on. Kabul still controls vast internal security forces who can hold territory, and there is still foreign aid and logistical support coming in – China and India want a stable government in Afghanistan,” noted Miguel Miranda, an expert analyst in military technology in Asia. “This means the Afghan government won’t crumble overnight. But the Taliban can keep fighting, keep trying to capture cities and subvert local authorities. It’s a sad state of affairs.”

Miranda suspects the talks will resume at some point – likely after next month’s presidential elections in Afghanistan – with a deal centered on four conditions.

“The Taliban will not harbor terrorist groups, a U.S/NATO exit from the country, national dialogue for peace and a permanent ceasefire and a ‘normal’ country,” he conjectured.

Nonetheless, the negotiations have been fodder for criticism since they started, in large part because the Kabul government was not granted a seat at the table. The Taliban has maintained that the Ashraf Ghani leadership are not the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan and refused their participation.

Defense Priorities Policy Director Benjamin H. Friedman does not anticipate the now frozen arrangement to change the calculus.

“The United States will likely proceed with the initial withdrawal of forces regardless of the deal’s status, but it’s hard to say given the president’s fickleness,” he said. “We should proceed with a withdrawal with or without the Taliban’s permission since that is what is in our best interest.”

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Afghan security forces arrive during a fight against Taliban fighters in Kunduz province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. The Taliban have launched a new large-scale attack on one of Afghanistan’s main cities, Kunduz, and taken hospital patients as hostages, the government said Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)

According to a well-placed U.S. defense source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, a deal is not likely to be revived in the immediate future, in spite of the insistence of some U.S. officials that it isn’t all over.

“The Taliban will use this as propaganda, and many in the U.S. seem quite comfortable with the prospect of just sending in black ops when things pop up,” the source noted. “People are just tired of the whole situation and the president certainly doesn’t want it to become a campaign issue. I think we are going back to small hits and less (nation) building.”

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The view from Afghanistan is a mixture of both relief and concern, with many taken aback by Washington’s secret plan to host the Taliban delegation in Camp David this week, within days of the anniversary of 9/11, before Trump’s weekend announcement he was pulling the plug.

“The news of the Camp David meeting was shocking, and an insult to our terrorism victims. We’re thankful President Trump canceled it,” said Ahmad Muslem Hayat, a former Afghan military attaché in London. “But they will continue. The Taliban will try to increase its terror reign and kill more Afghan Army and U.S. troops.”

Sanjar Sohail, the publisher of Kabul’s Hasht e daily newspaper, concurred that the move to squash the secret meeting on American soil was the right one.

“The entire negotiations were a mistake from the start. It provided recognition and legitimacy to the Taliban, and we were worried after the last round of talks ended that the U.S. was going to abandon us,” he said. “There needs to be a ceasefire, the negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government.”

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FILE – In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group’s top political leader, third from left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban have resumed negotiations on ending America’s longest war. A Taliban member said Khalilzad also had a one-on-one meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, with Baradar, the Taliban’s lead negotiator, in Qatar, where the insurgent group has a political office. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

But in the meantime, Afghans caught in the crossfire are bracing for an uptick in violence. And while the U.S. position going forward remains obscure, the Taliban hasn’t minced words – cautioning that the suspension of talks “will harm America more than anyone else.”

“It will damage its reputation, unmask its anti-peace policy to the world, even more, increase its loss of life and treasure and present its political interactions as erratic,” the organization said in a statement. “Such a reaction towards a single attack just before the signing of an agreement displays a lack of composure and experience.”

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And at least for the near future, Afghanistan’s bloodletting will continue.

“We will accept nothing less than the complete end of occupation and allowing Afghans to decide their own fate,” the Taliban added. “And we shall continue our jihad for this great cause and maintain our strong belief in ultimate victory, Allah willing.”

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Hurricane Dorian: Medical teams race to save lives in the Bahamas

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ABACO, Bahamas — Under the blazing sun, American doctors and pilots are making life-saving decisions on tarmacs across the island devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

This seven-person team from Martin County in Florida loaded a cardiac patient from a borrowed and beaten up Chevy onto Acute Air Ambulance’s Leer jet en route to Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Michael Ferraro, an emergency room doctor from Cleveland Clinic Florida, was on the fourth plane to land here after the storm.

“The local hospital, especially in the Marsh Harbour area, can’t handle any patients right now acutely so we’re just evacuating them all out. Pregnant women, who are four months pregnant and bleeding, not a lot I can do for them here,” Ferraro said. “We’re getting them out.”

Acute Air’s fleet of four aircraft has been picking up and helping as many Bahamians as possible who lost everything in Hurricane Dorian.

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Acute Air Ambulance began supporting relief efforts into the Bahamas once the main airport became accessible. It was the first civilian fixed-wing air ambulance company to bring medical search and rescue personnel into Nassau, and so far has flown 45 missions between Nassau, the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama to transport the critically injured and ill to medical care. It’s also delivering medical supplies where needed.

Their medical team has seen it all.

“The worst devastation we saw was in Marsh Harbour,” said Shannon Taccalite, a part-time nurse from Parkland, Fla., who volunteered to jump on a plane to help on Thursday along with pilot George Kataikas, Dr. Ferraro, and a nurse practitioner and paramedics from Martin County, Florida. They have all been working around the clock to help bring relief, despite the devastation.

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“We smelled more than what we saw. We ran into a certain rescue team that was going through a building in shelters and marking. They were seeing a lot of bad stuff,” she added.

The team is hoping to continue its mission.

Every flight is made possible by private funding and donations to cover the cost of fuel.

A GoFundMe page, managed through the Icarus Foundation, has been set up.

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France heat waves leave nearly 1,500 dead, health minister says

Two heat waves in France that saw temperatures soar past 100 degrees Fahrenheit this summer resulted in 1,435 deaths, according to health officials.

The European country saw 18 days of record high temperatures in June and July, according to Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, who said a public awareness campaign about the sweltering weather saved thousands of lives.

She said more than 1,000 deaths were added to the annual average for the time of the year.

Half of those who died were over 75 years old, she said.

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Summer heatwaves in France have left 1,500 people dead, according to the country’s health minister. (Getty Images/Edward Berthelot)

Buzyn noted the number of those killed this year paled in comparison to the heat wave that scorched France in 2003, when nearly 15,000 people died.

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“The 2003 heatwave lasted 20 days,” she told France Inter radio, according to Reuters. “We had 18 days in two waves and we managed to cut mortality by a factor of 10 thanks to preventative measures.”

France’s highest temperature this summer was 114 degrees in Gallargues-le-Montueux in the south of France on June 28. In July, Paris experienced a record high of 108.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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