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MEXICO

Hurricane Sandra weakens

Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico’s Pacific coast, the US National Hurricane Center said. The storm — about 346km southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening — was producing maximum sustained winds of 70kph, the center said. “Sandra is expected to be near tropical storm strength when it moves near the coast of Mexico in the warning area on Saturday. After the center moves inland, Sandra should quickly dissipate,” the Miami-based center said. Sandra had been the strongest hurricane recorded in the eastern Pacific Ocean this late in the year. The nation called off a tropical storm watch for the southernmost portion of Baja California. However, it issued a tropical storm warning for part of the mainland and for Las Islas Marias, an archipelago off the Pacific coast. Last month, Hurricane Patricia, which at one point registered as one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded, landed on the nation’s Pacific coast, but did not inflict major damage.

AUSTRALIA

Police powers to rise: report

Police are to be granted powers to tackle gun crime, including the ability to search suspects without a court warrant, the Australian newspaper reported yesterday, without saying where it got the information. States and territories are considering drafting laws comparable with those introduced by New South Wales state that allow police officers to search anyone subject to an existing firearms prohibition order without a court order, the newspaper said. More than 1,000 people, houses and cars have been searched for guns or gun parts since the New South Wales state law came into effect in November 2013 as police try to crack down on organized crime and prevent terror attacks.

FRANCE

Solvents, fuels banned

The government has banned the sale of some domestic fuels and solvents as well as fireworks in the Paris region as part of security measures surrounding a UN climate meeting that gets under way tomorrow, France Info reported. Stores in the capital and surrounding suburbs have been asked to pull products such as burning alcohol, acetone and fire starters as well as firecrackers, the radio station reported, without saying where it got the information. The measure is to be in effect from Saturday through Dec. 13.

AUSTRALIA

Voters pan policies: poll

Voters have marked down the federal government’s performance on key policy issues since prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted former prime minister Tony Abbott, the Australian Financial Review reported. The government’s performance rating fell across all 11 policies, including the cost of living and border security, the newspaper reported yesterday, citing a survey by JWS Research. The survey of 1,100 voters was conducted from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10 and the previous poll was taken in June, the report said. It asked respondents about issues ranging from healthcare to the economy, education and immigration. While Turnbull has turned around the government’s standing with voters, he has yet to improve scores on key issues, the newspaper said. Turnbull deposed Abbott in September after the government trailed in opinion polls for more than 12 months. His coalition led the Labor opposition by 53 percent to 47 percent on a two-party preferred basis, according to a survey published in the Australian newspaper on Tuesday.

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