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Heavy storm devastates Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

Heavy storm devastates Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BAR ELIAS, Lebanon — Tent encampments housing thousands of Syrian refugees looked more like islands half sunk in water. Women waded knee-deep in muddy water to move around. Others pumped water out of flimsy tents that left mattresses soaked and destroyed foodstuffs and furniture. A five-day storm that battered Lebanon with heavy rain and snow […]

Weather service warns of high wind, waves in North Pacific

Weather service warns of high wind, waves in North Pacific

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Weather Service warned of hurricane-force winds with hazardous conditions for mariners in the North Pacific. The agency‘s Ocean Prediction Center said offshore winds Thursday could reach 80 knots, or 92 mph (148 kph), with waves to 50 feet (15 meters) or higher. The storm was heading northeast toward Alaska‘s Aleutian Islands but expected to weaken […]

Avalanches, accidents bring Europe‘s winter death toll to 21

Avalanches, accidents bring Europe‘s winter death toll to 21

By JOVANA GEC, Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia — Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday. Workers at the Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzerland spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep snow after a 300-meter (330-yard) wide avalanche […]

SNP ‘will help block Brexit’ for new independence vote

SNP ‘will help block Brexit’ for new independence vote

A government of national unity is needed to halt Brexit, a leading SNP MP has argued – but the Nationalists should only take part if the right to hold a second independence referendum is granted. Joanna Cherry said a temporary cross-party government would be required to extend the Article 50 process to allow a second EU referendum to take place. […]

Friend of ex-Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy bids to win back Skye seat

Friend of ex-Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy bids to win back Skye seat

A friend of former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy is bidding to win his old Westminster seat back for the party. Craig Harrow has been selected by the Scottish Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency. Fighting the seat would be a “fitting tribute to Charles”, Mr Harrow said. : Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie […]

What is the Scottish Ministerial code and how might it affect Nicola Sturgeon?

What is the Scottish Ministerial code and how might it affect Nicola Sturgeon?

The Scottish political world was turned upside down in August of last year when it emerged that Alex Salmond had been accused of sexual harassment. In the months since, questions have continued to be asked over the conduct of Mr Salmond’s successor as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, even as the Scottish Government was found to have acted ‘unlawful’ in its […]

Clinical waste from Scottish health boards shipped to Shetland

Clinical waste from Scottish health boards shipped to Shetland

Clinical waste from health boards across Scotland is now being imported to Shetland for burning in Lerwick’s incinerator in an effort to help ease a national backlog. Low grade NHS waste such as dressings, plastic aprons and used latex gloves from Scottish health boards has been taken into Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) waste to energy plant since mid-December. The incinerator […]