Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Caribbean islands brace for Hurricane Irma

Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations Sunday for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning Tuesday. Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could near that region late Tuesday. It said islands farther north, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, should monitor the progress of the storm.

Venezuelans to meet with European officials * Top Venezuelan opposition leaders plan to meet with European leaders this week to denounce human rights abuses under President Nicolas Maduro, as his government continues a crackdown on dissent. Julio Borges and Freddy Guevara, the president and vice president of the National Assembly a body dispossessed of its power by Maduro loyalists have scheduled a meeting Monday in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. Later in the week, they expect to meet with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid, German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and British Prime Minister Theresa May in London.

Israel arrests ex-aide to Netanyahu * Israeli police said Sunday they arrested six people, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former chief of staff and a former navy commander, as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the purchase of German submarines. David Sharan, a U.S.-born ex-Netanyahu aide, was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy. A court extended his detention by five days; three other suspects' remands were also extended.

Americans have lost appeals, Iran confirms * Iran has confirmed that an Iranian-American businessman and his father, 81, have lost an appeal over their 10-year prison sentences. The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi as confirming that Siamak and Baquer Namazi had lost their appeals. The Associated Press reported the development last week, citing their attorney. The report also provided Iran's first acknowledgment that Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese man who is a permanent U. …

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