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17 school students killed in Indonesian road accident 17 school students killed in Indonesian road accident
Indonesia: Seventeen Indonesian pupils were killed and five others injured Thursday after a truck carrying them to school overturned into a ditch on western Sumatra island, police said. The truck carrying around 30 students flipped over into the muddy ditch near a palm oil plantation after one of its wheels came off, local police official M. Syafii said. The age of the students involved in t...
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Greek coast guard picks up 216 migrants in eastern Aegean Greek coast guard picks up 216 migrants in eastern Aegean
Athens: Greek authorities say the coast guard has picked up 216 people in the Aegean Sea who entered the country illegally by sailing from the Turkish coast to nearby islands overnight, raising the total this week to more than 1,500. The people were rescued in eight incidents near the islands of Kos, Lesbos and Chios, but it was not immediately clear where they were from, the coast guard said t...
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France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears
Ankara/Paris: France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites. Iran`s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week ruled out international inspection of Iran`s military sites or access to nuclear scientists under any nuclear agreement. Iran`s military ...
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FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on corruption allegations FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on corruption allegations
GENEVA: Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said. The New York Times reported that FIFA officials were arrested. "The bribery suspects – representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms – are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payme...
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Tornado tears through Mexican city on Texas border, killing 13 Tornado tears through Mexican city on Texas border, killing 13
Ciudad Acuna: At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured after a freak tornado ripped through the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna on Monday morning, flipping over cars and tearing down homes, the government said. Among the dead were three children as the whirlwind damaged an estimated 750 homes in the city across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, said Jesus Garcia, spokesman f...
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Afghan peace envoy met Taliban in secret China talks: WSJ Afghan peace envoy met Taliban in secret China talks: WSJ
KABUL: A report published in the Wall Street Journal said that Afghanistan’s most prominent peace envoy held secret talks with former Taliban officials in China last week. According to the report, the two-day meeting, which took place in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi, was aimed at discussing preconditions for a possible peace process. The report also goes on to say that “the meet...
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Argentine president receives threat from IS Argentine president receives threat from IS
Buenos Aires: Argentine police and prosecutors are investigating a threatening email sent to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez allegedly from the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group, Clarin newspaper reported....
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Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey join hands to fight migration Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey join hands to fight migration
Sofia: Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey agreed on Monday to set up a common border police and customs centre to combat a surge in illegal migration. "This agreement guarantees closer cooperation of the three countries that face one and the same challenges... migration, organised crime and terrorism," Bulgaria`s Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said after a signing ceremony in Sofia. The centr...
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600 people arrested in Beijing for gambling, prostitution 600 people arrested in Beijing for gambling, prostitution
Beijing: Chinese police have busted 68 organised gangs and arrested 600 people here after conducting raids against prostitution, gambling and illicit drug use. The raids were carried out at entertainment venues including private clubs, discotheques and bath houses across the capital and were part of a month-long campaign, the city police bureau said. Three clubs and three karaoke parlors hav...
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Lebanon's Hezbollah urges backing for fight against IS Lebanon's Hezbollah urges backing for fight against IS
Beirut: The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement today urged broad support for his group's fight in Syria, saying it was engaged in an existential battle against the Islamic State group. Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged for the first time that his powerful Shiite group was fighting across all of Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. And he called specifically on his fiercest...
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