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Private donations outpace government flood relief in India

International | Indian government refuses foreign assistance, including ministry efforts
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/29/18, 01:44 pm

INDIA: Private donors are stepping up more than the state to provide relief from the worst flooding in a century in Kerala state. Thus far, local and expat Indians—using online and GoFundMe campaigns—have donated $103 million versus the central government’s $85 million (with an estimated $3 billion in damage).

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U.S., Mexico agree to NAFTA overhaul

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/27/18, 01:53 pm

President Donald Trump announced Monday he is scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) held by Canada, Mexico, and the United States in favor of a new deal that may exclude Canada. The agreement will be called the “United States–Mexico Trade Agreement” and would require more automotive components to be produced in North America by higher-paid workers.

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All 103 people aboard Mexican plane survive crash

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/01/18, 10:16 am

All 103 people aboard an Aeroméxico flight survived a Tuesday evening crash in Durango, Mexico. Shortly after the plane was airborne a heavy gust of wind hit it and the pilot aborted takeoff, according to Durango state Gov. Jose Aispuro. The plane first touched the ground with its left wing and both engines tore loose in the crash, but the plane stayed upright. Officials said 49 people were hospitalized, most with minor injuries, although some had burns on a quarter of their bodies. The pilot suffered the most serious injury with a cervical lesion that required surgery.

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