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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Shares of Deutsche Bank have been trading near record-low levels this week, as the bank’s CEO is attempting to reassure his employees and the public that one of the world’s biggest banks is financially sound.

The stock has been on a largely downward trend ever since reports surfaced in mid-September that the U.S. Justice Department was seeking $14 billion from the bank to settle a case stemming from the 2008 financial crisis.

The bank said at the time that it would not pay the $14 billion tab.

A report Friday from Agence France Presse citing an unnamed source said that the bank and the Justice Department were nearing a settlement for $5.4 billion. That sent the stock soaring. The Justice Department declined to comment.

The stock’s recent decline was given new impetus in recent days after other media reports that hedge funds were pulling out of the bank.

In a message to employees Friday, Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan said the reports about the hedge funds were “causing unjustified concerns.”

“I understand if you feel concerned by the extensive coverage on this issue. Our bank has become subject to speculation. Ongoing rumours are causing significant swings in our stock price,” Cryan said.

The CEO added, “It is our task now to prevent distorted perception from further interrupting our daily business. Trust is the foundation of banking.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Matthew gained strength over the Caribbean Sea on Friday, and with its eye beginning to form became a major hurricane with winds up to 115 mph and gusting to 140 mph. This is the second major hurricane in Atlantic Basin in 2016.

The hurricane is on path to travel west-by-southwest through the central Caribbean on Friday afternoon and to retain its strength as a major hurricane, the National Hurricane Center showed.

By early Sunday morning, Matthew is forecast to begin to turn north toward Jamaica, with sustained winds that could be as high as 120 mph with even stronger gusts.

Matthew is expected to make landfall or come close to Jamaica early Monday morning. On Monday night, the eastern part of Cuba could see a direct hit from Matthew with damaging winds, flooding rain and large waves.

“As Matthew moves over Cuba it will lose some strength due to the friction with the land mass,” ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo said. “As it re-emerges north of Cuba in the Bahamas it could regain its strength back.”

“At this time, most forecast models keep Hurricane Matthew east of Florida, and only a few models have it hitting Florida by the middle of next week,” Golembo said.

Matthew developed very quickly from a tropical wave into a tropical storm with sustained winds of 60 mph around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The only other storm that has done this was Hurricane Debbie in 1961, Golembo said.

As Matthew moved over the eastern Caribbean, it brought wind gusts from 50 mph to 60 mph from Dominique to St. Lucia and Barbados. Heavy rain of up to 3 inches fell on the islands, producing landslides and flash flooding. Landslides were so severe that one person was killed by a boulder in St. Vincent.

Matthew became a hurricane at 2 p.m. on Thursday and as it moved west Thursday night, it strengthened into category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and gusts up to 120 mph.

At this time, most forecast models keep Hurricane Matthew east of Florida and only a few models having it hit Florida by the middle of next week. Because of the uncertainty of the long range forecast, we should all be watching for the track of the storm.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The discovery of two American sisters dead in their hotel room turned the vacation of a lifetime in Africa into a heartbreaking tragedy.

The bodies of Robin Korkki, 42, of Chicago and Annie Korkki, 37, of Denver were discovered last week in the same hotel room of their luxury $2,000 a night resort in the Seychelles, off the coast of East Africa.

An autopsy determined the cause of death for both sisters as “acute pulmonary edema,” a build up of fluid in the lungs. The autopsy determined that Annie also suffered a “cerebral edema,” a swelling in the brain.

“When you are talking about pulmonary edema, that’s a really big deal,” said ABC News consultant and former FBI agent Brad Garrett said. “I would look primarily at drug use directly or indirectly by somebody else.”

Their trip to the Seychelles, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean known for its stunning beaches and resorts, was part of a nearly month-long African vacation.

Both sisters worked in banking. Robin’s LinkedIn account showing she was a commodities trader, and younger sister Annie worked at JPMorgan Chase, according to her Facebook page.

The sisters were described as “loving sisters and best friends.” They often shared details of their travels to exotic locations on social media, and Annie had posted photos on Facebook just days before the hotel announced the tragic discovery.

The sisters were discovered “when an employee of the hotel tried to wake them” in their villa, according to a statement from the hotel.

The day before their bodies were discovered, the pair had been seen drinking at the resort until about 6:45 p.m. and were later helped to their rooms by staff at 8:15 p.m., according to local news reports.

When the sisters were discovered the next morning, on Sept. 22, “no visible signs of injuries were found on the bodies,” according to the police report.

“If this is a murder then it is somebody that gave them something,” Garrett said. “Based on their apparent health and age, that it’s something that they ingested and/or inhaled that caused their death.”

Medications found in the sisters’ room have reportedly been confiscated as part of the investigation, which will also include a toxicology analysis.

ABC News has confirmed the sisters’ mother and brother have traveled to the Seychelles to bring home the bodies of Robin and Annie.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(JERUSALEM) — In remarks at Shimon Peres’s funeral in Israel on Friday, President Obama eulogized the former president for showing that “justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist idea.”

Obama began his remarks by being the only speaker to acknowledge the attendance of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, calling it “a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace.”

Obama then went on to paint Peres as a man whose vision for Israel at times seemed trapped between critics on the far left and far right.

“Whatever he shared with his family or his closest friends, to the world he brushed off the critics, and I know from my conversations with him that his pursuit of peace was never naive,” Obama said.

Obama chronicled Peres’ work to attain security for the state of Israel, as well as peace with the Palestinians, pointing out to the attendees that “of course we gather here in the knowledge that Shimon never had his dream of peace fulfilled.”

“The region is going through a chaotic time. Threats are ever present,” Obama said. “And yet he did not stop dreaming and he did not stop working.”

Obama continued to draw parallels with himself and Peres throughout the speech by recounting their meetings together, saying, “I could somehow see myself in his story and maybe he could see himself in mine.”

“In many ways, he reminded me of some other giants of the 20th century that I’ve had the honor to meet,” Obama said. “Leaders who have seen so much, whose lives span such momentous epics that they find no need to posture, or traffic in what’s popular in the moment, people who speak with depth and knowledge, not in soundbites. They find no interest in polls or fads.”

“He knew better than the cynic that if you look out over the arc of history, human beings should be filled not with fear but with hope.”

In 2012, Obama honored Peres at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praising him for his efforts to broker peace with the Palestinians and his status as one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel.

During the ceremony, Obama was seated alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders met earlier this month for what was assumed to be their final formal meeting of Obama’s tenure, capping off years of a tenuous relationship by announcing a new military aid package to Israel, the largest in U.S. history.

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Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A projected price increase pushed stocks lower on Thursday.

The Dow closed down 196 points to close at 18,143.45. The NASDAQ fell 49 to close the session at 5,269.15 and the S&P gave up 20 to end the day at 2,151.13.

Healthcare stocks took a plunge with EpiPen maker Mylan giving up more than 2 dollars a share. The stock is down 22 percent as the company’s been criticized for repeatedly raising EpiPen’s price.

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jonathansemrok/iStock/Thinkstock(EDMONTON, Canada) — The University of Alberta found a unique way of responding to a racist incident.

Students and faculty were shocked when someone put up posters of a Sikh man with the phrase “F*** your Turban” and wanted to do something to flight such blatant racism.

Rafaela Mancuso and hundreds of others put together and event called “Turban, eh?”

“This is more than I thought, they brought everyone,” Mancuso said.

People of many ethnic backgrounds had colorful Sikh turbans wound around their heads.

“Right now, we’re putting forward our vision of Canada, and I feel our vision is a little more popular than theirs,” fellow organizer Arundeep Singh Sandhu said.

University of Alberta President David Turpin said the event better represents the school and the country.

The university is still trying to find out who was responsible for the anti-immigrant posters.

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Samir Hussein/WireImage(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — Prince George and Princess Charlotte made their second appearance of their family’s eight-day tour of Canada Thursday at a children’s party for military families.

The 3-year-old prince and 16-month-old princess could hardly contain their excitement at the party, where Charlotte was seen walking and talking for the first time in public. The toddler exclaimed, “Pop!,” as she hugged a balloon arch on the ground and later called her father, “Dada.” Charlotte also excitedly bounded towards a dog named Moose while she and her big brother, George, played with a bubble squirt gun.

George and Charlotte were accompanied by their parents, Princess Kate and Prince William, at the event held at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia.

George, who seemed a bit subdued next to his boisterous sister, climbed aboard a pony with the help of his parents and hugged his baby sitter while they examined the balloons. When Kate took Charlotte to have a balloon animal made, George, who was playing with a rabbit, quickly ran over saying, “But I want one. Can I have one?”

Charlotte wore a Pepa company blue smocked dress, which retails for $100, and a tiny blue sweater with a tiny blue bow holding back her brown hair. George was in his trademark shorts in maroon with a blue sweater.

Government House has been the family’s main base since arriving in Canada last Saturday. George and Charlotte have stayed there in Victoria with their nanny, Maria Teresa Borallo, while their parents traveled to different cities nearby for engagements.

William and Kate’s whirlwind tour of Canada has seen them dazzle at a diplomatic reception at Government House and travel to Vancouver and Bella Bella, British Columbia. They also traveled to Kelowna, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, where they met with University of British Columbia students and sampled local delicacies at the “Taste of British Columbia” festival at a local winery.

Charlotte and George stole the show in their only prior appearance in Canada, when the family arrived in Victoria on Saturday. Charlotte, on her first royal tour, was carried down the plane’s steps by her mother, while George, on his second royal tour, walked on his own, holding his parents’ hands and watching the planes and gathered crowd in awe.

The family will depart from Canada on Saturday. They visited the country on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and at the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A new video shows parts of Aleppo in ruins, as humanitarian organizations call for an end to the Syrian government’s recent offensive on the eastern part of the city.

In the video, released by the Syrian military, Syrian soldiers are walking around damaged areas and aiming with guns. Buildings in the neighborhood have been reduced to rubble.

Meanwhile, the besieged part of eastern Aleppo is still waiting for humanitarian assistance amid an upsurge of violence. For weeks, the United Nations has had aid loaded on vehicles parked by the Turkish border waiting for a green light to enter the besieged city, where up to 275,000 people are in need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies, according to the U.N.

Initially, 40 aid trucks were ready to enter — but due to increased violence and an attack on an aid convoy, the aid was suspended. Only 20 of the 40 trucks now remain at the border, according to the U.N. The other 20 had to move to make room for other traffic. The aid will instead be distributed in other places inside Syria.

“Obviously, the humanitarian situation inside east Aleppo is going from bad to worse,” David Swanson, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told ABC News. “The situation even before this recent upsurge in violence was dire with many people lacking access to food, health, shelter and water. Between 250,000 and 275,000 people are now living without proper access to running drinking water. Right now, 20 trucks are standby and ready to enter as soon as the latest round of violence improves.”

Airstrikes intensified after the Syrian military declared an offensive against eastern Aleppo on Sept. 22 — a few days after announcing that a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire had ended.

On Tuesday, a girl was rescued from under the rubble of a destroyed building in east Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighborhood. It took four hours to get her out of the building and she was the only survivor, according to the White Helmets, a group of unarmed, nonpartisan rescue workers in Syria. At least 24 people were killed and 15 wounded, said the White Helmets. Activists said the girl lost 16 members of her family in the attack.

Thursday morning, warplanes dropped bombs on the only bakery in the town of Anadan in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The bakery is now out of service, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Most of the residents have already left the town due to persistent government airstrikes, the observatory said.

On Wednesday, two major hospitals in east Aleppo were attacked and are now out of service, including the besieged area’s largest trauma and ICU center.

“Let us be clear. Those using ever more destructive weapons know exactly what they are doing. They know they are committing war crimes,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech Wednesday. “Imagine the destruction. People with limbs blown off. Children in terrible pain with no relief. Infected. Suffering. Dying, with nowhere to go and no end in sight. Imagine a slaughterhouse. This is worse. Even a slaughterhouse is more humane. Hospitals, clinics, ambulances and medical staff in Aleppo are under attack around the clock.”

According to Physicians for Human Rights, 95 percent of medical personnel who were in Aleppo before the war have fled, been detained, or were killed. Only some 30 doctors are believed to be left in the rebel-held part of Aleppo.

“Attacking hospitals, aid convoys, and rescue workers is beyond horrific,” said Zaher Sahloul, a doctor and founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, a coalition of humanitarian organizations that provide assistance in Syria. “Every day brings new levels of horror for the people of Aleppo. By standing by and letting these attacks continue, it tells us the world has lost its moral compass.”

Activists say that government and Russian forces have used bunker-buster bombs to target people sheltering underground and cluster bombs to maximize the number of injured and killed in Aleppo.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The mother and brother of New York City bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami spent two nights in an Afghan jail before being released, though they have not been allowed to leave the country, Rahami’s father told ABC News Thursday.

The father, Mohammad Rahami, had said in an interview Tuesday that his wife Rajiba and son Qassim had been pulled off of a flight in Dubai, questioned for 16 hours and then sent against their wishes to Kabul, Afghanistan. The mother and son had been attempting to return to the U.S.

“Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen,” Mohammad Rahami told ABC News then in his first in-depth broadcast interview. “You have any questions? Bring him home. [Don’t] send him to a different country.”

The elder Rahami denied that anyone else in his family had anything to do with his other son Ahmad Rahami’s alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, which injured 29 people.

The Rahami family is originally from Afghanistan. Ahmad came to the U.S. in 1995, got his Green Card in 2000 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2011, Mohammad said.

Ahmad has been receiving treatment at a New Jersey hospital since he was shot seven times in a shootout with police two days after the bombings. He has been charged with a litany of crimes connected to the bombings, some other unexploded devices and the gun fight with police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims climbed higher last week, increasing by 3,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Sept. 24, the number of people filing for benefits fell from a revised level of 251,000 the previous week to 254,000, marking the 82nd consecutive week initial jobless claims came in below 300,000. It’s the longest streak since 1970, the Labor Department says.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting that week’s figures.

The four-week moving average, however, decreased by 2,250 to 256,250.

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