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A severe tropical storm has killed at least 45 people in the Philippines, unleashing floods and landslides in southern provinces, officials say. Storm Nalgae caused the most havoc in Maguindanao province, on Mindanao Island. There is extensive flooding in and around the city of Cotabato.

Nalgae is sweeping north, where the capital Manila expects torrential rain. Rescuers pulled many bodies from thick mud after landslides. The storm winds are gusting at up to 95km/h (59 mph).

Barbados will install a new minister of tourism and international transport on Wednesday. In a reorganisation of the Barbados cabinet, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that health and wellness minister Ian Gooding-Edghill will assume the portfolio for the island’s bread-and-butter industry, replacing Senator Lisa Cummins.

Boatyard, the first customer experience platform designed for the marine industry, announced that the company was chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies by leading industry media outlet, Soundings Trade Only. 

“To be named among iconic brands like Brunswick, Garmin, Volvo, and all of the other innovative marine companies is a humbling moment for our team,” said Boatyard founder and President Nathan Heber.

Hanan Khan, a senior at Mount Holyoke College, fell in love with the school at first sight.

Its bucolic campus reminded the Saudi Arabia native of the enchanted forest from Alice In Wonderland. Khan finds refuge on campus inside a Japanese meditation garden prayer room and teahouse.

Under the theme of ‘Our Resilience, Our Fortitude, Our People’, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines nationals are marking their 43rd anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom.

One of the largest to gain independence, the Caribbean Island nation, located in the southeast Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, was a member of the Federation of the West Indies.

The headlines in India about Rishi Sunak say it all. The elevation of the 42-year-old Indian-origin Tory leader - his parents migrated from East Africa to the UK - as the third British prime minister this year appears to have gladdened the hearts of many Indians.

Even the sceptics cannot help but feel a tad triumphant. Of course, it's the nationalists who are most elated and appear keen on claiming Mr Sunak through his faith.

Qatar Duty Free is the Lead Diamond Sponsor of Fashion Trust Arabia, a non-profit initiative that aims to provide financial support, guidance, mentorship, and global recognition to emerging fashion designers and talents in the MENA region.

The FTA Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony took place on Wednesday, (26th October), at the National Museum of Qatar; a vibrant space where diverse communities came together to discover the beauty of Qatar’s rich heritage and culture.

Nigeria’s Minister for Disaster have said that recent flooding in the country have created an overwhelming disaster, with many states not prepared, despite warnings. More than 600 people have died in the worst flooding the West African nation has seen in a decade, with some 1.3 million people being displaced. More than 200,000 homes have been destroyed.

OPTrust released its enhanced climate change strategy. The strategy outlines how OPTrust will manage risks and opportunities from a transitioning economy and declares OPTrust's ambition to align its portfolio with the global path towards net-zero emissions by 2050. 

"As the world grapples with the growing challenge of climate change, investing sustainably for the long-term health of our pension plan demands addressing climate sustainability," said Peter Lindley, President and Chief Executive Officer at OPTrust. "Our climate change strategy commits to a net-zero portfolio by 2050 and to building the foundation that enables us to embed climate considerations into the way we invest."

When Lamiaa Salah told her parents she planned to leave her home in Asyut, Egypt, to pursue education and a career in Cairo, they did not want her to leave.

Salah says Egypt’s conservative society sometimes presents challenges to women who wish to find jobs, and that education and professional opportunities for women outside of Cairo may be limited.

Indian authorities have fined Google 13bn rupees ($161m; £144m) for using its Android platform to dominate the market. The country's competition regulator has accused the tech giant of entering into one-sided agreements with smartphone makers to ensure the dominance of its apps.

It has ordered Google to cease and desist from such practices. Google has not responded to the fine or the accusations yet.

Many successful women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) open doors for others entering those fields.

The U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen program boosts this kind of networking for women in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. It gives them access to their own U.S. mentors who help them gain resources and knowledge to succeed.

For Teresa Ferreiro, re-entering the workforce after surviving cancer felt overwhelming. So Ferreiro, of A Coruña, Spain, founded the online platform Soul Reconnect to help other breast cancer patients and survivors navigate the frightening, often isolating, journey.

“If you don’t know how to go back to work, talk to others, or face your fears, then things can get very difficult,” said Ferreiro, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago.