Tsunami alerts issued in countries as far apart as Peru and Australia after a trio of large quakes measuring 7.4, 7.3 and 8.1, plus dozens of powerful aftershocks, strike near New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands.
National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning for more than 100 million Americans living from east Texas to the East Coast state of Maryland.
The virus is changing the US as Trump's antagonistic relationship with state governors compromises the nation's fight against the pandemic.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel said one person killed was in Walthall County, two were killed in Lawrence County and three were killed in Jefferson Davis County.
The string of weapons drills come as a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States drags on, and despite recent overtures from Washington offering help to contain the pandemic.
There are still 33 fires burning in Australia's New South Wales state, but they are all at the lowest warning level of "advice" and mostly in southeastern areas where the rains are headed.
At least seven deaths were reported in the Bahamas. The storm's punishing winds and muddy brown floodwaters severely damaged thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to become a potentially catastrophic Category 4 and to approach the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday
The tropical storm is posing an increasing menace to Florida as it pushes over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The US National Hurricane Center said the storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm as it pushes northwest in the general direction of Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometres-per-hour.
North Korea's latest missile launches were meant as a warning to Washington and Seoul over their joint war games, the North's leader Kim Jong Un said, according to state news agency KCNA.
The test verified the combat effectiveness of the overall system, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un predicted "it would be an inescapable distress to the forces becoming a fat target of the weapon", state news agency KCNA said.
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