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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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North Korea criticises ‘alarming’ US behaviour Saturday, August 4th, 2018

SINGAPORE, (AFP)- North Korea on Saturday said the US was acting with "alarming" impatience on the issue of denuclearisation, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the need to maintain full sanctions pressure on Pyongyang. The contrasting comments at a security forum in Singapore came..

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12 schools attacked in one night in northern Pakistan Friday, August 3rd, 2018

ISLAMABAD, (AFP) - Twelve schools were attacked overnight by unknown assailants in Pakistan's northern Gilgit Baltistan region, raising fears of increasing extremism in a relatively peaceful area, officials said Friday. Officials said no one was hurt in the incidents, in which attackers mainly..

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Zimbabwe tense as election results set to be unveiled Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

HARARE, (AFP): Zimbabwe on Thursday awaited the outcome of presidential elections that have plunged the country into bloodshed and protest, stirring memories of a traumatic past. A day after six people were killed in an army crackdown during demonstrations against alleged electoral fraud, the..

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The Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 and Civic Dissent in Nepal Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

The recently concluded Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 held in Kathmandu not only raised eyebrows among Nepalis, but also invited varied concerns and opinions from the..