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China lands bomber on South China Sea island for first time

Beijing, May 19 : The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing’s expansive claims over the disputed region. The China Daily newspaper reported that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and ...

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Airliner with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba, 3 said to survive

Havana, May 19 : A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off from the Havana airport Friday, leaving three survivors in Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades, officials said. The Boeing 737 went down just after noon a short distance from the end of the runway at Jose Marti ...

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Malaysians transfixed by luxury goods seized from ex-PM flat

Kuala Lumpur, May 19 : In 10 days of dramatic political developments, none has transfixed Malaysians more than the sight of truckloads of orange boxes containing Hermes Birkin handbags and luggage filled with cash and jewelry being seized from apartments linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, was known for her love of Birkin bags and ...

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Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

  Baghdad, May 19 : Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq’s national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq’s electoral commission early Saturday.   The announcement came nearly a week after Iraqis cast their votes on May 12 and put Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in third place, according to ...

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UN says over 200 South Sudan children freed by armed groups

United Nations , May 19 : The U.N. says more than 200 children have been released by armed groups in civil war-torn South Sudan. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Friday that a release ceremony was the third this year, bringing the total number of children released so far this year to 806. Haq said “additional releases are expected ...

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At OIC, Muslim nations condemn Israel and US, call for unity

Istanbul, May 19 : Muslim nations on Friday condemned Israel and the inauguration of the American embassy in contested Jerusalem as a “provocation and hostility against” the Islamic world, while Turkey’s president called for action, including a peacekeeping force. A final communique from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul “reaffirmed the centrality of the Palestinian cause” after Turkish ...

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Boeing 737 crashes with 104 passengers aboard in Cuba

Smokes coming out from crashed Boeing 737 which takeoff from José Marti International Airport in Cuba on Friday. Photo: Collected Havana, May : Cuban media say a Boeing 737 operated by state airline Cubana has crashed on takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with 104 passengers on board. There was no immediate word on casualties. State television and ...

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10 killed in Texas school shooting

In this image taken from video emergency personnel and law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus on Friday. Photo: AP Santa Fe, May 18 : At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Harris ...

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India court orders disputed state government to face confidence vote

NEW DELHI, May 18, 2018 : India’s Supreme Court ordered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party to hold a vote of confidence Saturday in a key state where it has been allowed to form a government despite its lack of a majority. The order heightened political tensions in Karnataka and the opposition Congress party moved its lawmakers to luxury hotels outside ...

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Florida police shoot gunman at Trump-owned golf resort

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2018 : Florida police shot and injured a gunman “yelling” about US President Donald Trump in the lobby of a Trump Organization-owned golf resort near Miami, authorities said Friday. Officers from both the Doral and Miami-Dade Police Departments responded to reports of shots fired at the Trump National Doral golf resort in the early hours of Friday ...

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