Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad surrenders before Ranchi CBI court Thursday, August 30th, 2018

RANCHI, (ANI): Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Thursday surrendered before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Jharkhand's Ranchi city. The former Bihar chief minister was jailed for corruption charges and had been out on..

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Television reporter killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, (AFP) - A Mexican television reporter was shot dead Wednesday in the resort city of Cancun, becoming the eighth journalist to be killed this year in a country notoriously dangerous for the media. Javier Enrique Rodriguez Valladares worked as a cameraman and reporter for Canal 10. The..

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Qatar World Cup worker fell to his death: contractor Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

DOHA, (AFP) - A Nepalese labourer who died working at a World Cup stadium in Qatar fell to his death, one of the main contractors at the site said. The 23-year-old scaffolder died on August 14 at the $680 million (590 million euros) Al Wakrah stadium, one of the proposed venues for the..

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Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP) - Russia will next month hold its biggest war games since at least the 1980s, with around 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the defence minister said Tuesday. The Vostok-2018 exercises will be carried out from September 11 to 15 in the country's east with the participation of China..

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Shooting at video game tournament claims multiple lives

By RUSS BYNUM and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing multiple people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said. Sheriff’s officers did not immediately..

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War hero and presidential candidate John McCain dies at 81 Sunday, August 26th, 2018

NANCY BENAC, WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after..

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Myanmar crackdown splits Rohingya with little hope of return Saturday, August 25th, 2018

By JULHAS ALAM and RISHABH R. JAIN, KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Forged over generations in villages in Myanmar, Rohingya communities are now held together in calls over crackling phone lines. “Mummy! Mummy!” 15-year-old Abdullah Razzaq shouted to his mother earlier this week in their..

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Can Imran Khan bring Pakistan in from the diplomatic cold? Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

ISLAMABAD, (AFP) - Tensions with Afghanistan, faltering relations with the US, and chronically poor ties with India. Pakistan today stands isolated, observers say, and bringing it back into the fold is a formidable task for its new premier Imran Khan. "We have a very big foreign policy challenge..

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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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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..