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NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac made a second landfall in Louisiana early Wednesday with strong winds and torrential rains, providing the first real test of flood control systems and emergency services in New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The storm first hit Port Fouchon at 3:15 a.m. EST, around 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, unleashing damaging 80 mile-per-hour winds and drenching coastal cities in Louisiana and Mississippi, reports USA Today.

Moving at an estimated speed of 8-miles-per-hour, Isaac could dump up to 20 inches of rain in some areas and cause major flooding, adds CNN. According to the hurricane centre, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana could see peak surges of 12 feet.

Yet all eyes are on the New Orleans levee system, which was rebuilt and reinforced at a cost of $14 billion after it failed when Katrina struck in 2005.

Isaac will also be a test for the preparedness of the city's officials, exactly seven years after one of the costliest natural disasters in the U.S. history, in which some 1,800 died.

“We are officially in the fight, and #nola is on the front lines”, tweeted New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Isaac was upgraded from tropical storm to Category 1 hurricane earlier Tuesday.

Isaac killed 29 people when it hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic but left little damage in Key West, Florida, reports The New York Times.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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