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India high speed train breaks down on first trip

India’s fastest train has broken down on its first trip, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. The Indian-built semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express was returning to the capital Delhi from the city of Varanasi after its first outing when brakes in a carriage reportedly jammed.   Indian media quoted a railways spokesperson as saying the train ...

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No decision made on spending for Trump’s wall: Pentagon chief

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds. Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to address what he called an “invasion” of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico. ...

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Aurora shooting: Five dead in Illinois workplace attack

Five people were killed and several others injured when a gunman opened fire at an industrial park in the US state of Illinois, police there say. The gunman was also killed during an exchange of fire with police officers, a police spokeswoman said. Five police officers were shot and wounded.   The attack took place in Aurora, a suburb about ...

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Kashmir car bomb kills 44; India demands Pakistan act against militants

A suicide bomber rammed a car into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday, killing 44 of them in the deadliest attack in decades on security forces in the disputed region, raising tensions with arch foe Pakistan. The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. The Indian government accused Pakistan of letting militant ...

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India Citizenship Amendment Bill dropped amid protests

India’s government has quietly shelved a controversial amendment to its citizenship law after violent protests in the north-east of the country. The bill was aimed at helping Hindus and other minorities move to India from neighbouring Muslim-majority countries. The legislation cleared parliament’s lower house but the ruling BJP failed to enact it in the upper house, which ended its term ...

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Iran suicide bombing ‘kills 27 Revolutionary Guards’

A suicide attack in south-eastern Iran has killed at least 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards, state media say. The bomber targeted a bus transporting personnel in Sistan-Baluchestan province near the border with Pakistan. The Sunni Muslim militant group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), has said it was behind the bombing. The Revolutionary Guards, set up shortly after the 1979 ...

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Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 14

Photo: Police officers stand near the bus wreckage at the crash site at village of Laskarci, west of Skopje, North Macedonia, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. North Macedonia, Feb 14 : A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said. Venko Filipce, the newly ...

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Zoe Kotnik: First female F-16 demo commander out after two weeks

Capt Zoe Kotnik, who became the first female pilot to lead the US F-16 Viper demonstration team just last month, has been relieved of duty. The Air Force said she had been removed on Tuesday by Col Derek O’Malley due to a “loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command”.   Officials have not offered details into what ...

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Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul: 4 soldiers killed

Photo: Firefighters work at the crash site after a helicopter crashed, in Cekmekoy outside Istanbul, late Monday. Feb. 11, 2019. Istanbul , Feb 12 : A military helicopter crashed Monday in a residential area of Istanbul while trying to make an emergency landing, killing four soldiers on board, Turkish officials said. The UH-1 type helicopter crashed on the grounds of ...

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Five killed in pre-election violence in Nigeria

Five people were killed in southeast Nigeria during clashes between supporters of the two main political parties, police said Monday, just days before a general election. The victims, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), were shot and killed on Sunday in an apartment in Effurun, near the oil city of Warri, according to the Delta state police spokesman, ...

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