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Portugal s former Prime Minister Antonio
Guterres has been officially appointed as the
next UN secretary general.
Guterres, 67, will become the world s top diplo-
mat on January 1, when Ban Ki-moon s second
five-year term ends.
The Portuguese, who led the UN refugee agency
UNHCR for 10 years, was chosen from among 13
candidates last week.
He said he would fulfil his role with gratitude
Guterres, who trained as an engineer, entered
politics in 1976 in Portugal s first democratic elec-
tion after the "Carnation revolution" that ended
five decades of dictatorship.
As head of the UNHCR refugee agency from
2005 to 2015, he led the agency through some of
the world s worst refugee crises, including those
in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
During that time, he repeatedly appealed to
Western states to do more to help refugees fleeing
Guterres nomination came despite a concerted
effort to appoint the UN s first female secretary
general. Of the 13 candidates, seven were women,
among them Unesco director general Irina Bokova,
from Bulgaria, and Helen Clark, 66, a former
prime minister of New Zealand and current head
of the UN development programme.
Guterres told the assembly: "The dramatic prob-
lems of today s complex world can only inspire
a humble approach. One in which the secretary
general alone neither has all the answers, nor seeks
to impose his views. (BBC)
WEST PALM BEACH---Rocked by allega-
tions of sexual assault, Donald Trump yes-
terday lashed out at his female accusers
as "horrible, horrible liars" as the deeply
divisive presidential campaign sank further
into charges and countercharges of preda-
tory treatment of women.
The Republican businessman devoted
much of a Florida speech to defending him-
self against multiple reports of inappropriate
sexual behavior---accusations that he blamed
on Hillary Clinton s campaign and the news
"These vicious claims about me, of inap-
propriate conduct with women, are totally
and absolutely false. And the Clintons know
it," Trump declared. His accusers, he said,
"are horrible people. They re horrible, hor-
The comments came minutes after he
called a reporter "a sleazebag" for asking
whether Trump had ever touched or groped
a woman without her consent.
The New York Times and the Palm Beach
Post on Wednesday reported stories about
three women who alleged Trump had inap-
propriately touched them. Separately, a Peo-
ple Magazine reporter wrote a detailed first-
person account of being attacked by Trump
while interviewing the businessman and his
wife, Melania Trump.
Trump said the claims "are all fabricat-
"They re pure fiction, and they re outright
lies. These events never happened," he said
at the West Palm Beach rally.
He added, "I will not allow the Clinton
machine to turn our campaign into a dis-
cussion of their slanders and lies." (AP)
HAMILTON---Hurricane Nicole snapped
trees, flooded homes and peeled off some
roofs as it pummeled the British territory
of Bermuda yesterday as an extremely dan-
gerous Category 3 storm.
The storm was located about 10 miles east
of Bermuda late yesterday morning. It had
maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and
was moving northeast at 16 mph.
There was a brief respite across Bermuda
as the eye of the hurricane passed by, but
government officials urged everyone to remain
"This is a serious storm, and it s living up
to the weather predictions," said National
Security Minister Jeff Baron. "The worst is
Nick West, who lives with his family near
a wharf in the town of St George, said the
hurricane ripped off a large portion of his roof
just before the eye passed over the island.
His garden also is now underwater.
"We are hiding downstairs. All safe and dry
for now," he said. "Just as long as we are all
safe, that is all I really care about."
The hurricane knocked out power to more
than 20,000 customers in Bermuda, which
has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed
The hurricane had strengthened to a Cat-
egory 4 storm late Wednesday but lost some
steam overnight. However, forecasters warned
that it was still extremely dangerous.
"While hurricanes often affect Bermuda,
a hurricane this strong is rare," the National
Hurricane Center said.
As Nicole bore down on Bermuda, some
120 guests were ushered for safety into a ball-
room at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club,
one of the island s largest hotels. They were
served a free lunch as they waited for the hur-
ricane to blow through.
On Wednesday, the government ordered
schools and government offices as businesses
People cry after Royal Palace's announcement outside Siriraj
Hospital where Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was being treated,
in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday. Thailand's Royal Palace said on
Thursday King Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch,
has died at age 88. AP PHOTO
Thailand s King Bhumibol Adulyadej,
the world s longest-reigning monarch,
has died after 70 years as head of state.
The 88-year-old king was widely
revered but had been in poor health in
recent years, making few public appear-
He was seen as a stabilising figure in
a country hit by cycles of political tur-
moil and multiple coups.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
will be the new monarch, the prime
minister has said.
After two days of speculation and
rumours surrounding the king s dete-
riorating health, the palace announce-
ment confirming his death finally came
early yesterday evening.
In a televised address to the nation,
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said
Thailand would hold a one-year mourn-
ing period, that flags would fly half-
mast and all entertainment functions
must be "toned down" for a month.
The king s death comes as Thailand
remains under military rule following a
coup in 2014.
A palace official, speaking to crowds
outside the hospital, said the body of
the king would be moved to the Temple
of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok today.
King Bhumibol was widely respected
across Thailand, and thought of by many
Hundreds of mourners gathered out-
side the Bangkok hospital where he died,
stricken with grief at the news.
Many held pictures of the king and
wore yellow or pink clothing in his hon-
The crown prince, who is 64, is much
less well known to Thais and has not
attained his father s widespread popu-
larity. He spends much of his time over-
seas, especially in Germany.
Trump calls female accusers 'horrible, horrible liars'
Heavy rain and increasing winds rock boats moored in Mullet Bay in St Georges,
Bermuda, yesterday as the island began to feel the effects of Hurricane Nicole. AP PHOTO
Nicole pummels Bermuda
Guterres elected UN
Thailand's king is dead
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