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Trump announces deal to end record-long shutdown

Yielding to mounting pressure and growing disruption, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders on Friday reached a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations continue over the president’s demands for money to build his long-promised wall at the US-Mexico border.   Trump announced the agreement to break the 35-day impasse as intensifying delays at the nation’s ...

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Dam with mine waste collapses in Brazil; 7 dead, 200 missing

Photo: An aerial view shows flooding triggered by a collapsed dam near Brumadinho, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Sao Paulo, Jan 26 : A dam that held back mining waste collapsed Friday in Brazil, inundating a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge, killing at least seven people and leaving scores of others missing. Parts of the city of Brumadinho were evacuated, ...

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Five dead in Alps air collision on France-Italy border

At least five people have died after a helicopter and a light aircraft collided on the border between France and Italy, authorities have said. Rescuers have recovered two injured from the crash site, Italy’s mountain rescue service (CNSAS) tweeted.   The crash happened over the Rutor glacier near La Thuile in the Aosta valley.   Two helicopters were dispatched with ...

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Senate seeks solution to open government, Trump insists on wall

U.S. senators made a new try at ending a partial month-long government shutdown through a temporary funding bill on Thursday, but President Donald Trump demanded a “down payment” for a border wall that Democrats reject. After the Republican-led Senate failed to advance two measures to reopen shuttered agencies, Democratic and Republican lawmakers spoke on the Senate floor and urged quick ...

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Indonesia floods, landslides death toll climbs to 59

Floods and landslides in Indonesia have now killed at least 59 people, the government said Friday, after heavy rain pounded Sulawesi island and forced thousands to flee their homes. “I’ve never seen something this bad — this is the worst,” Syamsibar, head of South Sulawesi disaster mitigation agency, told AFP, adding that 25 people were still missing.   Lashed by ...

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Venezuela crisis: US vows to ‘disconnect’ Maduro’s funding

The Trump administration is trying to cut Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s revenue streams, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says. The comments come one day after Mr Maduro cut diplomatic ties with the US. He was angry after they recognised an opposition figure, Juan Guaidó, as interim president on Wednesday. Mr Bolton told reporters outside the White House the issue ...

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Landslides, flooding from dam kill 8 in central Indonesia

Torrential rains overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides that killed at least eight people and displaced more than 2,000 in central Indonesia, officials said Wednesday. The dead included two infants who drowned and a man who was electrocuted after the floods began late Tuesday, said Adnan Purichta Ichsann, the chief of Gowa district near Makassar, the provincial capital of South ...

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Five people dead in SunTrust Bank shooting in Florida

A gunman has killed five people at a bank in Florida, police say. They say officers responded after a man called police from inside the SunTrust bank in the town of Sebring and said: “I have shot five people”.   The gunman – named as Zephen Xaver, 21 – had barricaded himself in the branch, forced people to lie on ...

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13 dead in two days of Venezuela unrest

Thirteen people have died during two days of unrest in Venezuela amid protests against leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, a Caracas-based rights group reported Wednesday. The deaths, mostly from gunshot wounds, were recorded in the capital and across the country, along with reports of looting in Brazilian border state Bolivar, the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict told AFP.   Unrest first ...

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US Senate to vote on ending government shutdown

The U.S. Senate shifted slightly closer on Tuesday to resolving a month-long partial government shutdown, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a Democratic proposal to fund the government for three weeks, ...

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