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Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die in Mediterranean

Madrid, Jul 18 : A migrant aid group has accused Libya’s coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation. Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said it found one woman alive Tuesday and another dead, along ...

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Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

Tokyo, Jul 18 : The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade. The ambitious pact signed in Tokyo runs counter to President Donald Trump’s moves to hike tariffs on imports from many U.S. trading partners. It covers a third of the global economy and markets of more ...

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Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

Washington, Jul 18 : Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by his own party, ...

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Building collapses into another near Indian capital, 3 die

A six-story building under construction collapse onto an adjacent building east of the Indian capital on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. New Delhi, Jul 18 : A six-story building under construction collapsed onto an adjacent building east of the Indian capital, killing at least three people and trapping several others under the debris, police said on Wednesday. Chief Fire Officer Arun ...

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Official: 54 released form Taliban prison in Afghanistan

Kabul, Jul 17 : An Afghan official says at least 54 people, including security personnel and civilians, have been released from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Tuesday the prisoners were freed after a commando unit raided the prison late Monday night in Musa Qala district. Zwak said there were 32 ...

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Indonesia police kill 11 in crime fight ahead of Asian Games

Jakarta, Jul 17 : Indonesian police have killed 11 suspected petty criminals and shot dozens more in a heavy-handed campaign to free the capital, Jakarta, of street crime before next month’s Asian Games. Jakarta Police Spokesman Prabowo Argo Yuwono said Tuesday nearly 2,000 people have been arrested since the operation began July 2. He said 52 were shot for resisting ...

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Obama praises Kenya’s political reconciliation

Nairobi, Jul 17 :  Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya’s president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption. Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as president, commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating following last year’s disputed presidential election ...

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Trump embraces longtime US foe Putin, doubting own intel

Helsinki, Jul 17 : In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Moscow’s hands were clean. The reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among fellow ...

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CNN’s Cooper calls Trump’s summit performance ‘disgraceful’

New York, Jul 17 : Seconds after President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended Monday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the American leader’s performance “disgraceful.” It was the most startling of several strong media reactions to the session, televised live by the largest American broadcasters and cable news networks, primarily because of Cooper’s role. He was ...

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Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeals his sentence

Former Pakistan  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar challenged their conviction by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption reference in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday.   The court on July 6 had sentenced Nawaz to 10 years in prison for owning assets beyond known income, along with a fine of ...

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