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Turkey extends emergency for 90 days: deputy PM

Turkey will maintain the state of emergency imposed in the wake of July's failed coup for another three months starting from October 19, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

"The state of emergency will be extended for another 90 days starting October 19," Kurtulmus told a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting.

The government has launched a vast crackdown to hunt down suspects in the failed putsch, blamed by authorities on US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.


One of two manatees in Caribbean repopulation scheme dies

One of two manatees released into the Caribbean in August under a pioneering repopulation scheme has died of a suspected kidney infection, the Guadeloupe National Park announced on Monday.

Junior was one of two Singapore-born male manatees or sea cows flown half-way around the world in the effort to restore West Indian populations of the slow-moving herbivores.

Confirming the animal's death, Guadeloupe National Park director Maurice Anselme said tissue samples would be analysed to determine the cause of death.


Hurricane Matthew claims first victims as it lumbers through Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew claimed its first victims, officials said on Monday, leaving one dead and one person missing in Haiti as it churns through the Caribbean as the most menacing storm in nearly a decade.

Strong winds buffeted the southern coast of the Americas' most destitute country which is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, in part because so many homes and buildings are flimsy.

Flooding now is being reported in some areas of Jamaica as the Category 4 storm creeps closer from the south, news reports said.


Attorney General orders Trump Foundation to cease raising money in New York

The office of New York Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman has issued a "notice of violation" to Donald Trump's foundation, ordering it to immediately stop soliciting donations in New York.

The letter, which was sent on Friday and released on Monday morning by Schneiderman's office, said that its charities bureau had determined that the Donald J Trump Foundation had been fundraising in New York this year when it was not registered to do so under state law.

"The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fundraising activities in New York," wrote James Sheehan, the chief of the charities bureau.


Russia says 'regrets' US decision to suspend Syria talks

Russia's foreign ministry on Monday said it regretted a decision by the United States to suspend talks on a Syria ceasefire, saying Washington was trying to shift responsibility for the failure onto Moscow.

"We regret this decision by Washington to curtail the work of the specialist groups in Geneva, to withdraw their experts and to limit contacts only to the area of avoiding any conflicts," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

"Washington simply did not fulfil the key condition of the agreement to improve the humanitarian condition around Aleppo," Zakharova said.