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GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns

Washington, Aug 5 : President Donald Trump’s strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he’s complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide candidates may rise or fall based on Trump’s standing, muddling their path to maintain control of Congress. But ...

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Brazil party names jailed leader as presidential nominee

Sao Paulo, Aug 5 : The Workers’ Party in Brazil named jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday as its nominee for the country’s top job in October’s election. Delegates of the left-leaning party confirmed da Silva, who served two terms as Brazil’s president between 2003 and 2010, with enthusiastic approval at a convention in Sao Paulo. ...

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Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

Portugal and Spain are sweltering under an intense wave of heat that has produced near-record temperatures in the southern European countries.   Portugal has issued red alerts for extreme heat for more than half the country Saturday, with thermometers approaching 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit). The country’s highest ever recorded temperature was 47.4 C (117.3 F) in 2003.  The ...

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Indian army targets rebel funeral; 1 killed, 2 injured

Srinagar, Aug 4 : A young man was killed and two other people wounded when India’s army fired at a funeral of a rebel in disputed Kashmir on Saturday, police and residents said, as seven rebels and an Indian soldier were killed in gunbattles in the region. Soldiers descended on a village in the suburbs of southern Shopian town as ...

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7 rebels, Indian soldier killed in Kashmir fighting

Srinagar, Aug 4 : At least seven rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in gunbattles in disputed Kashmir, triggering violent protests by residents opposed to Indian rule, officials said Saturday. Army soldiers and counterinsurgency police cordoned off a neighborhood in the suburbs of southern Shopian town overnight, leading to an exchange of fire with rebels, police said. One ...

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Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash

Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash A Russian airline says one of its helicopters has crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard.   The UTair airline, which operated the Mi-8 helicopter, said in a statement that preliminary information indicated the aircraft’s blades collided with another helicopter that had taken off earlier Friday from ...

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5th body recovered from Mexican mine collapse

Mexico City, Aug 04 : The governor of the Mexican state of Hidalgo says that a fifth body has been recovered after a portion of a marble mine collapsed a day earlier. Gov. Omar Fayad said via Twitter Friday that the state would support the victims’ families. On Thursday the open pit mine in a locality known as Dengantzha in ...

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US warns Russia, others on enforcing North Korea sanctions

Singapore, Aug 04 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning Russia, China and others against any violation of international sanctions on North Korea. He says Washington will take seriously any action that reduces pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. Speaking in Singapore on Saturday, Pompeo told reporters the U.S. has new, credible reports that Russia ...

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Brazil’s top court wrestles with abortion at special hearing

Rio De Janeiro, Aug 04 : Supporters and opponents of legalizing abortion testified Friday in front of Brazil’s top court, an extraordinary session at a time when strengthening women’s movements are pushing against often decades-old laws in South America. The first of two expected hearings at the Supreme Federal Tribunal came just days before Congress in neighboring Argentina was expected ...

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Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

San Francisco, Aug 04 : A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday. They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region. Winds in the “fire whirl” created July 26 near Redding reached speeds of 143 mph (230 kph), a speed that rivaled some ...

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