Ramdev hails rescue operations by security forces Monday, August 20th, 2018

New Delhi (India): Yoga guru Ramdev on Monday applauded the security forces for their role in rescuing people from the flood-ravaged state of Kerala. "It is inspiring to see the way our security forces have worked tirelessly in the flood-affected areas. We all are immensely proud of our security..

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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Sunday, August 19th, 2018

MECCA, Saudi Arabia, (AFP) - More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. The ultra-conservative kingdom, which is undergoing dramatic social and economic reforms,..

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Former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan dies Saturday, August 18th, 2018

GENEVA, (AFP) - Former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation announced, prompting a barrage of grief-stricken tributes from around the world. The Ghanaian national, who lived in Switzerland, was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma..

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Pakistani MPs elect ex-World Cup cricketer Imran Khan next PM Friday, August 17th, 2018

ISLAMABAD, (AFP) - Pakistani lawmakers have endorsed Imran Khan as their next prime minister, ahead of a ceremony on Saturday that should see the World Cup cricket hero sworn in as the new leader of the nuclear-armed nation. "Imran Khan has secured 176 votes," National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser..

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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

NEW DELHI, (ANI): Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93. "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari..

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Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39 Thursday, August 16th, 2018

By FRANCES D’EMILIO, COLLEEN BARRY and PAOLO SANTALUCIA, GENOA, Italy (AP) — As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the..

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Zimbabwe ruling party challenges bid to overturn poll results Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

HARARE, (AFP) - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party on Wednesday filed a counter-petition challenging the opposition's court bid to overturn election results that gave a narrow victory to incumbant Emmerson Mnangagwa. ZANU-PF submitted its papers to the Constitutional Court, which is considering an..

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40 children killed in Yemen bus strike: new Red Cross toll Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

SANAA, (AFP) - Forty children were among 51 people killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen, the Red Cross said Tuesday, after thousands protested at a mass funeral. Fifty-six children were also among the 79 people wounded in the Thursday strike on Saada..

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Iran’s Khamenei: ‘No war, no negotiations with the US’ Monday, August 13th, 2018

TEHRAN, (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader said Monday there would be neither war nor negotiations with the United States, and that the country's problems were the result of government mismanagement more than renewed sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments add to the pressure on President Hassan..

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NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet Sunday, August 12th, 2018

By MARCIA DUNN, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer..

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Airplane stolen from Washington airport crashes

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a plane stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an Alaska Airlines plane that was stolen by an airline employee and has crashed in Washington state. Airport..

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Shooting in Canadian city leaves 4 dead, including 2 police Friday, August 10th, 2018

By ROB GILLIES, TORONTO (AP) — A shooting in a small Canadian city early Friday left four people dead, including two police officers, under circumstances that were not yet explained but struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass..

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Kerala rains: 20 dead, Idukki dam opened after 26 years Thursday, August 9th, 2018

KERALA, (ANI): At least 20 people died in rain related incidents in Kerala on Thursday.  The incessant rains caused rivers in the region to swell, urging the authorities to open the shutters of as many as 22 dams. The inundation has been so severe that the administration was compelled to open the..

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Trump-backed Republican barely ahead in US special election Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Tuesday's special congressional election in an Ohio district that solidly backed Donald Trump in 2016 remained too close to call hours after polls closed, an ominous sign for the president and Republicans ahead of November's mid-term elections. Even as Trump claimed victory for..

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Anger, fear and defiance in Iran as US sanctions return Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

TEHRAN, (AFP) - Iranians voiced anger, fear and defiance on Tuesday as the US reimposed sanctions and their leaders dismissed President Donald Trump's offer of talks as an act of "psychological warfare". Trump's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement in May had already spooked investors..

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Dhaka protests: 8 journalists assaulted

Dhaka, (ANI): As many as eight journalists have been allegedly beaten up by activists of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party, while they were covering the student protests on road safety in Dhaka. The eight journalists also include - Prothom Alo's staff correspondent Ahmed Deepto,..

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India kills 14 Maoist rebels Monday, August 6th, 2018

Chhattisgarh, India, (ANI): In a massive victory to the security forces in Chhattisgarh, at least 14 Maoists were killed in an encounter on Monday near Sukma's Konta and Golapalli police station limits. The security forces also recovered 16 weapons from the spot. According to Sukma's..

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Charisma and Banality: Kofi Annan and the UN Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Being the head of a creature essentially without spine, and, even more to the point, with vague form, must be something of a challenge. Part of the failing of the United..