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At least 10 dead, thousands displaced after severe Indonesia floods

At least 10 people are dead and eight are missing after days of heavy rain-triggered floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, authorities said Sunday. Some 12,000 people have been evacuated while hundreds of buildings, bridges and roads have been damaged by the severe weather which affected nine districts or towns across Bengkulu province, officials said. The waters ...

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‘Terrifying’: Crane falls on busy Seattle street, killing 4

Photo: Emergency crews work at the scene of a construction crane collapse where several people were killed and several others injured Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Seattle, Apr 28 : A construction crane fell from a building on Google’s new Seattle campus during a storm that brought wind gusts, crashing down onto one ...

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Death toll from Ukraine mine blast rises to 13

The death toll from a coal mine blast in a separatist eastern region of Ukraine rose to 13 on Saturday, with another four people missing, news agencies reported. The gas blast on Thursday ripped through the mine in Yurievka village in the self-proclaimed republic of Lugansk, which broke away from Kiev in 2014 and is run by Moscow-backed rebels. “Rescuers ...

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Sri Lanka troops raid militants, find 15 bodies in house

Photo: A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard at the damaged St. Anthony’s Church or Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, April 26, 2019. Colombo, Apr 27 : Sri Lankan security forces found 15 bodies, including six children, early Saturday after militants linked to the Easter bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid on their house in the ...

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North Korea’s Kim leaves Vladivostok after Putin summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the Russian city of Vladivostok on Friday after a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin where the two vowed to pursue closer ties. Kim took part in a departure ceremony at Vladivostok station before his armoured train departed around 0530 GMT. Kim and Putin met Thursday in the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok ...

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Wanted leader behind Sri Lankan blasts died in hotel attack: President

The man believed to have played a key role in Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter bombings died in an attack on a Colombo hotel, the country’s president confirmed Friday. “What intelligence agencies have told me is that Zahran was killed during the Shangri-La attack,” President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters, referring to Zahran Hashim, leader of the group.Hashim appeared in a video ...

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Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks

Photo: Relatives throw flower petals on the coffin of Dhami Brandy, 13, a victim of Easter Sunday’s bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church, in Negombo, Sri Lanka Thursday, April 25, 2019. Sri Lanka, Apr 26 : Heavy security is out on the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital after warnings of further attacks by the militant group blamed for the Easter ...

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PM Modi files nomination papers in India’s general election

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed nomination papers in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, hoping to hold onto the seat for a second time in India’s general election. Modi was flanked Friday by Amit Shah, president of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janta Party, and several state chief ministers.Modi arrived at the local election office after ...

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Prince William says New Zealand gunman failed to spread hate

Photo: Britain’s Prince William, left, meets Imam Gamal Fouda of Masjid Al Noor at the Al Noor mosque during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. New Zealand, Apr 26 : Britain’s Prince William on Friday visited a mosque where a white supremacist shot dozens of people last month and said the gunman had ...

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US election 2020: Joe Biden launches presidential bid

Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has declared a presidential bid, putting an end to months of speculation. In a video announcement, Mr Biden warned that the “core values of the nation… our very democracy, everything that has made America America, is at stake”. The 76-year-old enters a crowded race for the 2020 Democratic nomination.He is up against 19 other hopefuls, ...

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