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Zoe Kotnik: First female F-16 demo commander out after two weeks

Capt Zoe Kotnik, who became the first female pilot to lead the US F-16 Viper demonstration team just last month, has been relieved of duty. The Air Force said she had been removed on Tuesday by Col Derek O’Malley due to a “loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command”.   Officials have not offered details into what ...

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Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul: 4 soldiers killed

Photo: Firefighters work at the crash site after a helicopter crashed, in Cekmekoy outside Istanbul, late Monday. Feb. 11, 2019. Istanbul , Feb 12 : A military helicopter crashed Monday in a residential area of Istanbul while trying to make an emergency landing, killing four soldiers on board, Turkish officials said. The UH-1 type helicopter crashed on the grounds of ...

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Five killed in pre-election violence in Nigeria

Five people were killed in southeast Nigeria during clashes between supporters of the two main political parties, police said Monday, just days before a general election. The victims, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), were shot and killed on Sunday in an apartment in Effurun, near the oil city of Warri, according to the Delta state police spokesman, ...

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17 killed at Karol Bagh hotel fire in India’s Delhi

At least 17 people including a child lost their lives in a massive fire that broke out in a Karol Bagh hotel in central Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday. Officials said three persons sustained injuries in the incident, report The Statesman. Those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Most of the deaths took place due ...

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Deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have been released. Talks had stalled on the detention of undocumented migrants and funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall. Speaking late on ...

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Saudis don’t know where Khashoggi’s body is: official

Riyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast Sunday. The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found.   Adel ...

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Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 21

The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul rose to 21 on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said authorities have “lessons to learn” from the incident. The eight-storey block in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city collapsed on Wednesday but the cause is not yet clear. Mr Erdogan, visiting the site ...

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72 killed after consuming illicit liquor in India

The death toll due to consumption of illicit liquor in northern India has risen to 72, officials has said. According to officials, in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh 36 deaths have taken place owing to the consumption of spurious alcohol.   “As of now at the district hospital here 46 post-mortems were carried out and out of them in 36 ...

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Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

Photo: Thai Princess Ubolratana Mahidol waves to Thai people outside Grand Palace in Bangkok , Thailand. Bangkok, Feb 10 : A Thai political party swore loyalty to the king after its stunning decision to nominate the monarch’s sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the king called the move inappropriate and unconstitutional. The statement of fealty comes as ...

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US officer at border shoots driver going to Mexico

Photo: In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 photo, a school bus rolls past the concertina wire-covered fence at East International and Nelson Streets in downtown Nogales, Ariz. Nogales,  Feb 9 : A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer shot and wounded a driver who was trying to enter Mexico at a crossing in Arizona, the agency said Friday. The mayor ...

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