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Eight die in Florida nursing home after Irma

Eight elderly patients at a sweltering Florida nursing home have now died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears about the safety of the city's four million senior citizens with power expected to remain out for many days.

One dead in US high school shooting

Officials say one person is dead and at least three others are hurt after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Washington state.

Stars raise $US44m for Harvey, Irma relief

A celebrity-packed telethon for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma raised some $US44 million ($A55 million), organisers say, after more than 130 stars including George Clooney, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber joined forces to sing, man the phones or appeal for donations.

Woman arrested at Prince George's school

A woman has been arrested in London on suspicion of attempted burglary at a primary school attended by Prince George, the great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth, police say.

Malala calls for end to Myanmar killings

A dozen Nobel laureates, including Malala Yousafzai and Muhammad Yunus, are urging the United Nations to use "all available means" to end violence in Myanmar that has forced about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

Roald Dahl wanted Charlie to be black

Roald Dahl originally planned for the main character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be black, the author's widow has revealed.

Facebook tightens ads in fake news fight

Facebook has tightened its rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, responding to criticism that it is too simple for providers of fake news and sensational headlines to cash in.

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