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Ten dead in Mexico tanker blast after theft attempt Ten dead in Mexico tanker blast after theft attempt
The death toll from a tanker truck explosion in Mexico rose to 10 on Monday, days after it blew up as a group of people tried to steal its fuel. After the truck hit some trees in the southern state of Tabasco last Thursday, local people near the town of Huimanguillo tried to take its contents despite warnings from authorities to leave the area. The explosion killed two people on the spot whi...
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NYC explosion victim is officially identified NYC explosion victim is officially identified
NEW YORK: After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings. About half of site had been cleared by midday today, but investigators had not yet reached the cellar level where the e...
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Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant
Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gunbattle in the central Crater district in which three people were killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed hands several times in recent day...
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US, South Korea marines stage major landing drill US, South Korea marines stage major landing drill
POHANG: Thousands of US and South Korean troops, backed by helicopters and jet fighters, staged a massive, amphibious landing drill Monday -- the centrepiece of an annual military exercise condemned by North Korea. A total of 7,600 soldiers, including 3,500 marines, along with 80 aircraft, 30 ships, and scores of armoured vehicles and tanks, took part in the drill to secure a bridgehead along t...
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Singapore honours Lee with grand state funeral Singapore honours Lee with grand state funeral
SINGAPORE: Thousands of people braved heavy rains Sunday to line major streets in Singapore for a final farewell to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, who will receive a rare 21-gun salute before a state funeral attended by world dignitaries. Officials said more than 450,000 people had paid their last respects to the 91-year-old, who served as prime minister for 31 years, before his public wake end...
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Arab leaders agree to form joint military force Arab leaders agree to form joint military force
SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Sunday on the second and final day of the Arab League summit. “The Arab leaders had decided to agree on the principle of a joint Arab military force,” Sisi said in a speech at the gathering in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Arab representatives would mee...
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Tech glitch prevents Nigerian President from voting Tech glitch prevents Nigerian President from voting
OTUOKE: Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan turned up Saturday to accredit himself and his wife Patience for his re-election bid but problems with new voting technology forced to him to temporarily abandon his plans. The incumbent leader, who is seeking a second term of office, arrived at his hometown polling station of Otuoke in southern Bayelsa state at about 0820 GMT to begin the accredita...
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Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen`s Aden Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen`s Aden
RIYADH: Saudi warships evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from Yemen`s main southern city Aden hours before the kingdom launched an air war on advancing Shiite rebels, state media announced on Saturday. The official SPA news agency said that 86 people had been pulled out on Wednesday. It was only announced after their arrival at a Saudi naval base in Jeddah on Saturday aboard two vessels....
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Rouhani writes to Obama as Iran talks near deadline Rouhani writes to Obama as Iran talks near deadline
WASHINGTON: Iran`s President appealed to global leaders including Barack Obama on Thursday as negotiators raced against the clock to agree the outlines of a deal that puts an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach. Hassan Rouhani wrote to the American president, US officials confirmed, as well as to the leaders of the five other powers heading efforts to resolve the 12-year standoff over Iran`s nucl...
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Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign
ABUJA: Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria`s presidential elections on Thursday, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote. Saturday`s election is being seen as the closest race in the country`s history, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Land and sea borders we...
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