While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 7 edition

Obama declares state of emergency in Florida on Hurricane Matthew threat

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew strengthened and headed for the US  south-east, the White House said on Thursday (Oct 6).

The action authorises the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts necessitated by the storm, a Category 4 hurricane packing winds of 220kmh.

Matthew,  the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, strengthened as it barrelled toward the southeastern United States on Thursday (Oct 6) after killing at least 69 people, mostly in Haiti, on its deadly northward march.


UKIP's Nigel Farage condemns MEP 'altercation' and launches inquiry

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he would launch a party inquiry into what he called an "altercation" between "two grown men" at a meeting of the party's EU lawmakers in Strasbourg on Thursday (Oct 7) that left one of them in hospital.

Speaking to reporters at the hospital were his would-be successor Steven Woolfe was being kept overnight after collapsing in the parliament, Farage declined to name the other man involved but condemned the incident as bad for Ukip's image.

"It's made us look like we're violent," he said. "It's not good."


Global airline climate deal reached at UN despite dissent

The world’s first aviation pollution agreement was approved by the United Nations agency that oversees the industry on Thursday (Oct 6) after six years of negotiations, despite concerns the final deal does not do enough to curb emissions on international flights.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s global carbon offseting system, the first such scheme for a single industry, is expected to slow the growth of emissions from commercial flights, costing airlines less than 2 per cent of revenues.

The system will be voluntary from 2021 to 2026 and mandatory from 2027 for states with larger aviation industries. Airlines will have to buy carbon credits to offset growth in emissions.


UN Security Council unanimously nominates Antonio Guterres as next Secretary-General

The UN Security Council on Thursday (Oct 6) unanimously backed Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal who was the UN’s refugee chief for a decade, to be the next secretary-general.

During a closed-door meeting, the 15 council members adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice to be the world’s diplomat-in-chief to the General Assembly.

Applause rang out in the chamber following the adoption of the measure recommending Guterres for a five-year term from January 1, diplomats at the session told AFP.


Football: De Rossi saves outclassed Italy against Spain

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point in a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with dominant Spain on Thursday (Oct 7).

Italy's 2-0 defeat of La Roja in the last 16 of the European Championships this year ended Spanish hopes of challenging for a record third consecutive title.

But only three months on, and in spite of failing to win, the former world champions appear to be back with a bang.