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8 Guard members killed in Iran gun attack

Gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing at least eight members of the elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, state media said. The state-run IRNA news agency reported that the wounded included a woman and a child but did not elaborate.   Earlier reports described the assailants as “Takfiri,” a term ...

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Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan

An Afghan official says at least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province. Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says six other kids were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district.   Yuresh says that according to a hospital report, two of the wounded ...

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Brett Kavanaugh nomination: Trump challenges accuser

President Donald Trump has challenged the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence. Mr Trump questioned why law enforcement was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was “as bad as she says”.   The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been held up while the allegations ...

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Lake Victoria Tanzania ferry disaster: Divers hunt for survivors

Volunteers have been helping rescue efforts At least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.   Many are missing and it is feared that more than 200 people in total may have drowned. Rescue efforts resumed on Friday after being halted overnight.  The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near Ukara ...

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Anti-India rebels abduct and kill 3 policemen in Kashmir

Anti-India rebels in disputed Kashmir raided over a dozen homes of police officers and abducted three whose bullet-riddled bodies were recovered Friday, officials said.   The killings came days after the region’s largest rebel group asked officers to quit the Kashmiri police force and stay away from counterinsurgency operations. Militants in Kashmir have increasingly targeted police working with India’s forces, ...

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Lake Victoria, Tanzania: 86 drown in ferry capsize

At least 86 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Officials say the number who drowned could be more than 200. Recovery efforts have resumed after being put on hold overnight.  The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora.   It is thought the overloaded ...

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Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died. He was 61. The official Vietnam News Agency says Quang died at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi on Friday due to a serious illness. It did not elaborate.   Quang hosted President Donald Trump during his first state visit to the communist country last year.   His last public appearance was at ...

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Toll jumps to 22 in Philippine monsoon landslide

The death toll from a monsoon landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 22, officials said Friday, as rescuers dug through the night in a frantic search for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation. Dozens were still missing after part of a massive hillside collapsed Thursday on several rural communities near Naga on the tourist island ...

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US imposes sanctions on China for buying Russian weapons

The US has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military over its purchasing of Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles. It says such purchases contravene US sanctions on Moscow introduced in response to Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged inference in US politics.   China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles.   Beijing has not joined ...

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44 dead as Tanzanian ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria

At least 44 people died when after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, a Tanzanian official said late Thursday, and the death toll was expected to rise when rescue efforts resumed at daybreak. Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press.   “I cannot speculate” how many people had ...

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