7 killed after fiery crash, fuel spill on Florida highway

By KELLI KENNEDY, FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people, authorities said. The wreck happened on Interstate 75 about a mile (1.6 kilometers) south..

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Opposition boycotts swearing-in of new Bangladesh MPs Friday, January 4th, 2019

DHAKA, (AFP) - Opposition MPs on Thursday boycotted the swearing-in of the new Bangladesh parliament after a controversial election that was dogged by allegations of intimidation and fraud. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was declared the landslide winner after Sunday's poll, marking a third term in..

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Politics is not just for the rulers, says Pope Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

VATICAN CITY, (AFP) - Politics is not reserved just for those who rule but must involve everyone, Pope Francis said Tuesday. "We do not think that politics is reserved only for rulers," he said. "We are all responsible for the life of the 'city', of the common good; and politics too is good to..

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Hello, 2019: Revelry, reflection mark transition to new year Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. A look at..

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Bangladesh election chief rejects call for new vote

DHAKA, (AFP) - Bangladesh's election chief on Monday rejected calls for a new election after widespread opposition claims of rigging in a weekend vote which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won by a landslide. The opposition has demanded a rerun, saying Sunday's election was marred by massive..

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6 dead in Bangladeshi vote opposition calls “farcical’ Monday, December 31st, 2018

By JULHAS ALAM and EMILY SCHMALL, DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More than a dozen people were killed in election-related violence in Bangladesh on Sunday, as voters went to the polls to decide whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term amid opposition claims that her..

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6.9-magnitude quake hits Philippines triggering small tsunami Sunday, December 30th, 2018

MANILA, (AFP) - A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday triggering a tsunami warning, with small waves expected to hit southern parts of the country and neighbouring Indonesia. The quake struck southeast of Davao City at a depth of 59 kilometres (35..

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‘Yellow vest’ protesters target Macron’s vacation hideaway Saturday, December 29th, 2018

NICE, France, (AFP) - If Emmanuel Macron is hoping for some holiday respite from the anti-government protests which have rocked France, he might want to avoid the presidential retreat along the Mediterranean coast. Around 40 "yellow vest" demonstrators on Thursday tried to storm the medieval fort..

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Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown Friday, December 28th, 2018

By JULIET LINDERMAN and LISA MASCARO, WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days, maybe four. That’s how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he’s struggling. So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a minimum-wage..

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Iran held talks with Afghan Taliban: official Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

TEHRAN, (AFP) - Iran has held talks with the Afghan Taliban, one of the country's top security officials said, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday. "The Afghan government has been informed of the communications and talks carried out with the Taliban, and this process will continue," said..

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222 dead as volcano-triggered tsunami hits Indonesia Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

CARITA, Indonesia, (AFP) - A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, officials said Sunday, voicing fears that the toll would rise further. Hundreds of buildings were..

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US govt lurches to shutdown as Trump, Democrats spar over wall Friday, December 21st, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Donald Trump and congressional Democrats stood at stark odds Thursday as the president balked at a spending stopgap that contains no border wall funding, leaving the US government on the verge of a Christmastime shutdown. The unpredictable leader's rejection of a measure that..

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A look at US involvement in Syria’s civil war Thursday, December 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at U.S. involvement in Syria: HOW IT STARTED In September 2014, then-President Barack Obama launched a U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, one month after starting airstrikes in neighboring Iraq. The Islamic State had built substantial military..

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A Coming Shift In US Security Policy In The South China Sea? – Analysis Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The new movie “Vice” purports to tell the story of former US Vice President Dick Cheney’s rise to power and the damage he did to the U.S., other countries, and US..