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Gunman kills 4, then himself, after Mass at Brazil cathedral

Photo: A firefighter walks next to a victim killed at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec.11, 2018. Rio De Janeiro, Dec 12 : A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then ...

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Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

President Donald Trump passes out a handful of pens after signing H.R. 390, the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018,” in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. Washington, Dec 12 : President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ...

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Congress beats BJP in India’s heartland states

Supporters of India’s main opposition Congress party celebrate after the initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, December 11, 2018. Photo: Collected Dhaka, Dec 12 : The Congress ended the ruling BJP’s winning streak in India’s heartland, winning Chhattisgarh and emerging as the largest party in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, in state elections that are seen ...

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Attack near French holiday market kills 3; suspect at large

Photo: Emergency services arrive on the scene of a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Strasbourg, Dec 12 : Three people died and 12 others were wounded in France when a man flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market Tuesday, sparking a search for the suspect and French officials ...

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Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Photo: Russia’s strategic bomber Tu-160 or White Swan, the largest supersonic bomber in the world, lands at Engels Air Base near Saratov, about 700 kilometers (450 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia. Moscow, Dec 11 : Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. Russia’s Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 ...

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World’s largest cruise economy takes shape in China

Beijing, Dec 10 : China is likely to become the world’s largest cruise market in the next 10 to 20 years while its travel industry and the public sector step up moves to boost marine-based tourism, the China Daily reported Monday. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, by 2025, the number of Chinese travelers who will have experienced cruise ...

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Pressure mounting on French leader over protests

Photo: Police officers clash with demonstrators in Lyon, central France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Paris, Dec 10 : French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says U.S. President Donald Trump should not comment on France’s domestic affairs, notably nationwide protests that began over fuel tax hikes meant to wean the nation off fossil fuels. President Emmanuel Macron withdrew the planned increase ...

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19 monks killed in Algeria’s war beatified

The Catholic Church has beatified 19 Catholics killed in Algeria’s civil war – the first such ceremony in a Muslim nation. Most of them were French – seven were Trappist monks, and one a bishop.   The event took place amid tight security in the city of Oran west of the capital Algiers.   In a message, Pope Francis said ...

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11 killed in road mishap in India

At least 11 persons, including seven women and two minors, were killed and three others injured in a road mishap in India’s southwestern state of Maharashtra, local media reported Sunday. The accident happened in the state’s Chandrapur district when a truck rammed into a van carrying the victims late on Saturday night.   The ill-fated van was carrying 15 passengers ...

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US Marines ID dead crew member in Japan warplanes crash

Photo: A U.S. Marine Corps’ KC-130 refueling plane in Ginowan city, Okinawa, southwestern Japan. A search is under way off for crew members from two Marine Corps planes, a F/A-18 and a refueling plane, involved in what officials called a “mishap” off the coast of Japan, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 Tokyo, Dec 8 : The U.S. Marines have identified a ...

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