Dominican Republic earthquake: Tourists feel hotel SHAKING as 5.2-magnitude quake STRIKES

The earthquake struck just three kilometres from Villa Elisa, with a depth of 14km, at 5.45am UTC this morning (6.45am BST).

An estimated 4.0 million people live in the area affected by the quake, with locals and tourists send into a frenzied panic.

Santiago - some 80km from the earthquake's centre - was ome of the key areas where the tremor was felt.

A USGS map shows a number of reports of shaking in the Santiago area.

Some locals and tourists took to social media following the earthquake's strike.

Twitter user Mills posted: "Anyone else just feel an #earthquake in Santiago, Dominican Republic?!"

The Dominican Republic is a popular holiday hotspot among Brits, where thousands of tourists flock to each year.

Hotels within the earthquake's range reportedly shook at the height of the tremor.

The large quake was also felt in neighbouring Haiti, which was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010.

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September 23, 2018

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We visited and meditated at many monasteries around the country,' Dorsey wrote in a tweet that included a photo of himself in Myanmar. </p><p>Dorsey is seen dressed in all black while visiting the country and participating in a '10-day silent vipassana meditation'. </p><p>Jack Dorsey (right, in Myanmar) has kicked up a social media storm over his 'tone-deaf' promotion of Myanmar, a country that has been accused of mass genocide of Rohingya Muslims</p><p>In a series of tweets, Twitter's CEO encouraged his followers to visit the 'beautiful country'</p><p> 'And if you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar,' Dorsey said </p><p>He said he was visiting Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar, for his birthday on November 19. </p><p>'I woke up at 4 am every day, and we meditated until 9 pm. There were breaks for breakfast, lunch, and walking. No dinner,' he tweeted. </p><p>Dorsey, 42, also shared a video of his favorite moment from the trip. </p><p>'The highlight of my trip was serving monks and nuns food, and donating sandals and umbrellas. This group of young nuns in Mandalay and their chanting was breathtaking and chilling.'</p><p>In the video, Dorsey is seen sitting in a circle with the nuns as they chant.</p><p>'Vipassana is not for everyone, but if any of this resonates with you even in the slightest, I'd encourage you to give it a try. If in the US, this center in Texas is a great start: https://siri.dhamma.org/,' he tweeted. </p><p>'And if you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar,' Dorsey added. </p><p>It didn't take long for Twitter users to call Dorsey out for his promotion of a country that has been accused of decades-long persecution of Rohingya Muslims.</p><p>'Jack, you are so disappointingly clueless. With everything going on in Myanmar right now, this is so out of touch. Next up: sightseeing in Yemen I guess [sic],' one Twitter user wrote. </p><p>Another said: 'A country ravaged by civil war, where a genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing recently saw tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children die, and a million more driven out into Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations on earth? I dunno.'</p><p>One user posed the question: 'Who will go for a tour where daily people are killed in genocide?? You are misleading people.'</p><p>It didn't take long for Twitter users to call Dorsey out for his promotion of a country that has been accused of decades-long persecution of Rohingya Muslims</p><p>One user posed the question: 'Who will go for a tour where daily people are killed in genocide?? 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    Furious Brexiteers demand MPs to accept Theresa May's agreement

    Labour shadow cabinet minister Barry Gardiner and Green MP Caroline Lucas as they set out rival visions for the way ahead- almost 900 days after the country voted to leave.</p><p>The four speakers made opening and closing statements in front of a live studio audience, with Ms Lucas sharing her support for a People's Vote and Mr Rees-Mogg making the case for a complete break away from the EU.</p><p>The show, saw Tory MP James Cleverly (left), Labour MP Barry Gardiner (second left), Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (second from right) and Green MP Caroline Lucas (right) discuss their positions on the Prime Minister's deal</p><p>Arch- Brexiteer and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said Theresa May as not living by her policies  and called it a 'losers' vote'</p><p>During the debate Mogg said: 'Everybody agreed to accept the result of the referendum. 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    1 December 10, 2018
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    1 December 10, 2018
  • Body is found by police hunting for 19-year-old who vanished from Inverness two weeks ago 

    Body is found by police hunting for 19-year-old who vanished from Inverness two weeks ago 

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    1 December 10, 2018
  • Travel chaos expected as train companies introduce new timetable today

    Travel chaos expected as train companies introduce new timetable today

    tion following the launch of the latest new timetable.</p><p>The last time major changes were made, in May, commuters were left stranded as thousands of services were delayed or cancelled.</p><p>And although network bosses stressed they had planned fewer changes this time around, they warned there could still be 'pockets of disruption'.</p><p>Worst-hit in May were 8,000 Thameslink and Great Northern services - run by Govia Thameslink Railway - and 5,000 run by Northern, which were cancelled or severely delayed. </p><p>Both companies could face fines in the New Year following an investigation into whether they breached their operating licences.</p><p>Rail passengers are bracing themselves for delays this morning after train companies introduced another new timetable yesterday. 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    1 December 10, 2018
  • Britons will save £2.85 on filling up their cars after petrol prices fall by 5p a litre

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    op in nearly four years, the latest figures show.</p><p>The average cost of unleaded is back to mid-May levels of about 130.61p a litre after dropping 5.18p in November, while diesel fell by 2.5p to 134.42p.</p><p>This equates to a saving of £2.85 on a typical family-sized car’s tank of unleaded fuel.</p><p>The price of petrol fell 5p a litre last month. The average cost of unleaded is back to mid-May levels of about 130.61p a litre [File photo]</p><p>Oil prices have fallen by 24 per cent on the world market while, in the UK, supermarket price wars have also contributed to price cuts, said an RAC report.</p><p>Petrol prices are still up to 10p a litre higher than they should be as not all the savings have yet been passed on to drivers.</p><p>Simon Williams, of the RAC, said: ‘This should have translated to the average price of petrol being about 120p a litre but retailers chose not to pass on the savings, meaning the current average still remains unnecessarily high at 125.43p.</p><p>‘Petrol still ought to come down by 7p a litre in the next two weeks and diesel by 5p.’</p><p>He added: ‘We can only hope they are planning some cuts in the run-up to Christmas with a view to getting more shoppers into their stores.’</p><p>Petrol prices fell 5p a litre last month – the biggest drop in nearly four years, the latest figures show [File photo]</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 10, 2018
  • Final words of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are revealed in transcript

    Final words of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are revealed in transcript

    of journalist Jamal Khahsoggi as he was brutally killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. </p><p>A source, who read a translated transcript of the recording, said that the journalist repeated several times 'I can't breathe' moments before his death.</p><p>The recording also captured the horrific sounds of Khashoggi's body being dismembered with a saw - while his alleged killers were told to listen to music to block out the noise.  </p><p>The shocking recording has thrown even more doubt on Saudi claims that the killing was a botched rendition attempt and not an execution.  </p><p>Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his captors he couldn't breathe as he was killed in October</p><p>Khashoggi can be heard struggling against his captors - who make a series of phone calls during his torture. </p><p>The calls suggest that the killers were keeping higher-ups updated with their butchering of the journalist. </p><p>Turkish officials claim the calls were made to senior figures in Riyadh. </p><p>It was supposed to be a routine appointment, but the journalist was then confronted by a man he recognised and did not expect to be at the consulate.</p><p>Khashoggi can be heard asking the man what he is doing there. </p><p>According to CNN, the man is Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official working for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and known to Khashoggi from their time together at the Saudi Embassy in London.</p><p>He can be heard telling Khashoggi: 'You are coming back'.</p><p>The recording also captured the horrific sounds of Khashoggi's body being dismembered with a saw at the consulate</p><p>The journalist can be heard arguing back and saying that there are people waiting for him outside. </p><p>He is believed to have told his waiting fiancee to call associates if he didn't return.  </p><p>Khashoggi is then set on by a several people, according to the transcript.  </p><p>Despite Saudi officials suggesting he was accidentally choked to death, the journalist can be heard repeating: 'I can't breathe.' </p><p>The transcript notes that Khashoggi screams and gasps before dying and his body is then sawed.  </p><p>The only other person named in the transcript is Dr Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, the head of forensic medicine at Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry </p><p>Tubaiqi can be heard advising people to listen to music as they dismember the dead journalist.  </p><p> Mutreb, who is updating someone throughout, then says: 'Tell yours, the thing is done, it's done.' </p><p>According to CNN, the transcript has been circulated to Turkish and Saudi allies, including those in Europe, but only the United States and Saudi Arabia have received the recording itself.  </p><p>The office of one US senator, who has received a briefing on the investigation by CIA Director Gina Haspel, told CNN that the source's recollections of the transcript are 'consistent' with that briefing. </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 10, 2018
  • Watership Down author 'didn't think children should be lied to about the realities of death'

    Watership Down author 'didn't think children should be lied to about the realities of death'

    on of Richard Adams' bestselling novel</p><p>Children thought they were going to see a cartoon movie about fluffy rabbits.</p><p>But with its harrowing images of injured and dying rabbits, the original Watership Down movie traumatised a generation of youngsters when it was released in 1978.</p><p>Now the producers of BBC1’s latest reboot of the much-loved tale have warned: It’s not for small children.</p><p>Rory Aitken, one of the producers, said: ‘It’s drama and it’s not a kids’ film. </p><p>'Television is about family viewing, but it’s clearly not appropriate for younger children.’</p><p>However he would not be drawn on a minimum age, adding: ‘We want to leave that to parents.’ </p><p>It came as the daughters of Watership Down author Richard Adams have revealed he thought children shouldn’t be ‘pandered’ to and lied to about the realities of death. </p><p>Adams died aged 96 in 2016 and daughters Juliet, 60, and Rosamond, 58, who encouraged their father to write when they were children, look after his legacy.</p><p>The producers of BBC1’s latest reboot of the much-loved tale have warned: It’s not for small children. Rory Aitken, one of the producers, said: ‘It’s drama and it’s not a kids’ film' [File photo]</p><p>Speaking about their father’s opinions on death, his eldest daughter said: ‘Daddy didn’t like the way people babied, and pandered to, and “icky-ised” children, lying to them about death and so on. </p><p>'He was very explicit about that, and I think he was right. I mean, why lie to kids? </p><p>'We’re destroying the environment and endangering all the animals – I think it would be strange to ignore that.’</p><p>The author’s daughter also told Radio Times Christmas issue the 1972 novel is really ‘just a story about rabbits’ – despite fans thinking it has deeper meaning.</p><p>The threat of death looms large in the novel, with snares, poisoning and violence amongst the rabbits themselves. It also includes a black rabbit that acts as a ‘grim reaper’ for the characters.</p><p>A new BBC two-part adaptation, airing on December 22-23, features James McAvoy, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton and Olivia Colman among the voice cast. </p><p> With its harrowing images of injured and dying rabbits, the original Watership Down movie traumatised a generation of youngsters when it was released in 1978 [File photo]</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 10, 2018
  • World War 3 THREAT: China to send TWO warships to CONFRONT US Navy in South China Sea

    World War 3 THREAT: China to send TWO warships to CONFRONT US Navy in South China Sea

    South China Sea is on the brink of escalation. The claim was made by the state-owned tabloid, Global Times. The paper quoted a senior Chinese military official, who declared China should be prepared to attack US naval vessels, should the US violate Chinese &ldquo;territorial waters&rdquo;.</p><p>Dai Xu, who is president of the Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, said: &ldquo;If the US warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it.</p><p>&ldquo;In our territorial waters, we won't allow US warships to create disturbance.&rdquo;</p><p>The PLAAF Air Force Colonel Commander was quoted by the Chinese tabloid after a conference held in Beijing on Saturday.</p><p>Referring to the increasingly regular Freedom of Navigation Operations being carried out by the United States in the South China Sea, Mr Dai said he couldn&rsquo;t understand why people in China were afraid of using military force to counter US Navy activity.</p><p>Tensions in the South China Sea are predicted to intensify in the coming year.</p><p>The US sent two naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait last month, in a move which alarmed Chinese officials in Beijing.</p><p>Meanwhile, cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan are fraught because of a widening political gap between the mainland and the disputed territory.</p><p>Speaking about Taiwan, Mr Dai appeared to express anticipation for increasing tension in the South China Sea, emphasising China should not fear conflict.</p><p>He suggested some provocation in the South China Sea might push China towards military action targeting Taiwan.</p><p>He said: &ldquo;It would boost the speed of our unification of Taiwan.</p><p>&ldquo;Once a strategic opportunity emerges, we should be ready to take over Taiwan.&rdquo;</p><p>Another speaker, Huang Jing, from the Beijing Language and Culture University, claimed US foreign policy was no longer capable of competing with Beijing&rsquo;s in attracting support from other countries in the region.</p><p>US President Donald Trump has been waging an economic trade war with the Chinese, as he relentlessly pursues his &ldquo;America First&rsquo; mantra.</p><p>In recent developments, Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks, the US said on December 2.</p><p>At a post-G20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Trump agreed not to boost tariffs on $200billion (&pound;157billion) of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent on January 1.</p><p>China will buy a &ldquo;very substantial&rdquo; amount of agricultural, industrial and energy products, the US said.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>

    1 December 10, 2018
  • REVEALED: Melania Trump hasn’t brought husband Donald ANY Christmas presents this year

    REVEALED: Melania Trump hasn’t brought husband Donald ANY Christmas presents this year

    Christmas the Presidential couple will travel to Trump&rsquo;s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. They are due to be joined by all of Trump&rsquo;s children and grandchildren.</p><p>A source close to the First Lady told Hollywood Life: &ldquo;Melania absolutely loves Christmas, she goes all out, but as of now she has yet to buy Donald anything.</p><p>&ldquo;Melania says Donald&rsquo;s next to impossible to buy for and often they don&rsquo;t exchange gifts at all for Christmas.&rdquo;</p><p>The source did not mention whether the couples resistance about giving presents extends to their 12 year old son, Barron Trump.</p><p>For Christmas the extended Trump family will be joined at Mar-a-Lago by Melania&rsquo;s parents.</p><p>Trump also spent Christmas 2017, his first as President, as the Florida resort dubbed the &ldquo;Winter White House&rdquo;.</p><p>The source added Melania is taking an active role in Christmas preparations.</p><p>They commented: &ldquo;Melania has worked hard with the kitchen staff to devise a health but tasty menu for dinner and she&rsquo;s thrilled with the end result.&rdquo;</p><p>The First Lady is also a stickler for tradition and attends midnight mass with her husband each year.</p><p>The source explained: &ldquo;Donald and Melania always go to midnight mass, so they will definitely be doing that again this year.</p><p>&ldquo;Melania finds it the perfect start to Christmas and she&rsquo;s big on tradition.&rdquo;</p><p>Late last month a video was released on the First Lady&rsquo;s official Twitter account showing Melania admiring the White House Christmas decorations.</p><p>According to the official White House website this year&rsquo;s decorations are themed around &ldquo;American Treasures&rdquo; and are intended to represent the heritage of the country.&nbsp;</p><p>Melania commented: &ldquo;This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season.</p><p>&ldquo;Our theme honours the heart and spirit of the American people.</p><p>&ldquo;Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People&rsquo;s House in Christmas cheer.&rdquo;</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>

    1 December 10, 2018

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