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Thursday, September 14, 2017

REUTERS - US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the UN sanctions on North Korea agreed this week were a small step and nothing compared with what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear program. The UN Security Council voted unanimously to boost sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies.

Longtime aide

ABC - The White House has officially named Hope Hicks as the Trump administration's third permanent communications director. Ms Hicks, 28, was a long-time aide of President Donald Trump, having served as his presidential campaign's lead spokesperson. She has been interim communications director for the past few weeks, but now will officially take over the role.

Baby dies

ABC - The death of a four-month-old baby who was allegedly turned away from a hospital in Jakarta has made headlines across Indonesia. The parents of the baby girl said the Mitra Keluarga private hospital in West Jakarta refused to treat her because they could not pay a 20 million Rupiah ($F3060) cash advance to transfer the baby to an intensive care unit.

Refugee ban

REUTERS - The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world. The justices granted a request from the Trump administration to block a federal appeals court decision that would have allowed up to 24,000 additional refugees to enter the US.

Muslims flee

ABC - The UN says Myanmar's campaign against Rohingya Muslims was ethnic cleansing. Aid groups said the unfolding crisis was Asia's worst in decades, and were calling for Australia to re-impose sanctions. More than 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in less than three weeks. But that country doesn't want them either.

Plane crash

ABC - An 80-year-old pilot has had a lucky escape after crashing his light plane into a tree while trying to land in the small town of Plainville, Connecticut. The dramatic moment was captured on camera by local police. It was understood Manfred Forst was heading out for breakfast when his single-engine Cessna hit a tree before ending up in a car park.

Florida reopens

ABC - Florida has begun allowing some residents hammered by Hurricane Irma to return home, but officials warned that it would take a long time to repair the damage wrought by high winds and pounding surf, particularly in the Keys archipelago. Irma, which rampaged through the Caribbean, was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record.

Migrant workers

REUTERS - A new resource center for Indian migrants employed in Gulf states will help reduce the risk of workers being trafficked to fake jobs and exploited. With a 24 hour helpline and a team of advisers, the Indian Workers' Resource Centre in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates aims to help the thousands of Indian workers in the region who may be at risk of exploitation.

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