Dozens of students found dead as Indonesia rescue ramps up Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

PALU, Indonesia,(AFP) - The bodies of dozens of students have been pulled from their landslide-swamped church in Sulawesi, officials said Tuesday, as an international effort to help nearly 200,000 increasingly desperate Indonesian quake-tsunami victims ground into gear. The discovery adds to the..

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Nearly 2 million Venezuelans flee crisis since 2015: UN Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

GENEVA, (AFP) - Nearly two million people have fled Venezuela's economic and political crisis since 2015, the UN said Monday, calling for a "non-political" response to an exodus that is straining regional resources. "Some 5,000 people are now leaving Venezuela daily -- the largest population..

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Death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami tops 800 Sunday, September 30th, 2018

PALU, Indonesia, (AFP) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 Sunday, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. The new toll announced by the national disaster agency was almost double the..

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Maldives ex-leader Gayoom freed on bail: official

COLOMBO, (AFP) - A maldivian court Sunday granted bail to jailed former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the country's longest-serving leader, a week after his estranged half-brother was defeated at a presidential election. Gayoom, 80, and his legislator son Faris Maumoon, were released by the High..

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Earthquakes, tsunami kill at least 48 in central Indonesia Saturday, September 29th, 2018

JAKARTA: At least 48 people were killed and 356 others injured as strong earthquakes and ensuing tsunami rattled Indonensia's Central Sulawesi province on Friday, a disaster agency official said on Saturday. Three shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 magnitude struck off the central province and..

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Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing Friday, September 28th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Brett Kavanaugh's contentious Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote Friday, after a dramatic Senate hearing saw the judge furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations recounted in harrowing detail by his accuser. Donald Trump whole-heartedly backed..

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German federal police chief faces kidnapping probe Thursday, September 27th, 2018

BERLIN, (AFP) - German prosecutors said Thursday they are investigating the head of the federal police for kidnapping, after he travelled in person to Iraq to secure a rape-murder suspect who had fled there. Several people filed complaints against top officer Dieter Romann, whose expedition to..

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Messy domestic politics overshadow Trump’s address to UN Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump charged into office on the resonance of his aggressive “America First” agenda, but now, as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy, he can’t escape the growing shadows of domestic political..

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Maldives opposition leader wins presidential poll Monday, September 24th, 2018

COLOMBO, (AFP) - Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives' presidential election, results showed Monday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen following a campaign observers said was rigged in the strongman's favour.Results released by the Elections Commission early Monday..

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Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Hajar Youssif was on her daily commute to work, staring at her phone and flicking through her Instagram account when she looked up to find herself in an unusual location. The taxi driver had turned into an alley. When she questioned the driver, he sped..

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Gunmen kill 24 at Iran army parade, Tehran blames US ally Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

TEHRAN, (AFP) - Militants shot dead at least 24 people including women and children at a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, state media reported, in a rare attack the government blamed on a US ally in the region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting..

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More than 100 die in Lake Victoria ferry disaster Friday, September 21st, 2018

NAIROBI, (AFP) - The death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to more than 100 on Friday, as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with searches to find scores of more people feared drowned. The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity..

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Death toll in Malaysia tainted alcohol scandal hits 21 Thursday, September 20th, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: (AFP) - A total of 21 people, mostly foreign workers, have now died from drinking tainted alcohol in Malaysia, authorities said Wednesday as police made a series of arrests over the scandal. The victims, who include three Malaysians as well as people from Nepal, Bangladesh, India and..

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Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

By ERIC TALMADGE and FOSTER KLUG, PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with..

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15 dead in Malaysia from suspected alcohol poisoning

KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) - Fifteen men, most believed to be foreign workers, have died in Malaysia and 33 more are in hospital with suspected poisoning after consuming alcoholic drinks, police said Tuesday. The victims drank two types of whisky and one type of beer at several locations in Selangor..

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S. Korean leader and North’s Kim hold summit talks Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

SEOUL, (AFP) - South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between his hosts and the United States...

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..