Tropical storm Earl lashes Belize with wind, rain, heads for Mexico

BELIZE CITY (Reuters) – Tropical storm Earl whipped Belize and Mexico’s Caribbean coast with wind and heavy rain, battering cars, disrupting transportation and forcing hundreds of people into shelters as it moved through Guatemala toward southeastern Mexico on Thursday.

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South Africa’s ANC takes early lead in vote, battle for cities still on

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) was leading its rivals early on Thursday as vote counting proceeded in local government elections that could see it lose control of key cities for the first time since coming to power.

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