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Pakistan official: 4 killed as roof collapses in heavy rain

A Pakistani government official says the roof of a mud and brick house collapsed amid heavy rain in northwestern Pakistan killing four members of a family and injuring another. Fahad Khan, a district official in Hangu, said Sunday that a couple and their two minor children were buried under the debris when the roof collapsed the previous night amid heavy ...

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US ‘serial killer’ border agent arrested in Texas

 A US Border Patrol agent has been arrested in the state of Texas on suspicion of killing four prostitutes. Officers began looking for Juan David Ortiz in the city of Laredo after a fifth woman allegedly escaped from him and got help from local police.   Mr Ortiz, who has worked for the force for a decade, initially fled but ...

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Death toll in Philippines typhoon rises to 25: official

The number of people killed by Typhoon Mangkhut as it tore a path of destruction through the Philippines has risen to 25, authorities said Sunday. “As we speak… there are 25 dead,” Francis Tolentino, the government’s lead disaster co-odinator, told AFP as reports began to emerge from regions cut off by the typhoon. Super Typhoon Mangkhut — the biggest storm ...

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Hurricane Florence: Warnings of ‘catastrophic’ flash flooding

Weather forecasters warn of the risk of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of North and South Carolina, and Virginia, from storm Florence. It has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but continues to soak the East Coast area with rain, downing trees and damaging homes.   It is slowly grinding over the eastern states, with winds of ...

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5 Kashmir rebels killed in fighting with Indian troops

Government forces killed five rebels during a gunbattle in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir on Saturday, triggering violent anti-India protests in the disputed Himalayan region. Indian troops laid a siege around a southern village in Qazigund area overnight on a tip that militants were hiding there, police said. Fierce gunbattle erupted early Saturday, and hours later, five local Kashmiri rebels ...

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Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians, including boy, in Gaza

Three Palestinians, one of them a 12-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli fire Friday as thousands of protesters gathered along Gaza’s perimeter fence with Israel, health officials said. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 80 Palestinians were wounded by live fire and that six of them were in serious condition.   The Israeli military said about 13,000 protesters massed ...

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Afghan military chopper catches fire, killing 4

 An Afghan official says at least four army personnel, all crew members of a military helicopter, have been killed when their aircraft crashed and caught fire in western Farah province. Mohammad Naser Mehri, the provincial governor’s spokesman, says two pilots and two sharpshooters died late Friday night when their chopper caught fire after an emergency landing in Khaki Safad district. ...

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Police find 6 heads in cooler chest in northern Mexico

Police in the northern Mexico state of Sonora say six severed human heads have been found in a plastic cooler on a roadside. A Sonora official who was not authorized to be quoted by name says the grisly artifact was reported to an emergency number.   There was no immediate information on the identity of the men, nor were their ...

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Hurricane Florence: Deadly ‘brute’ of a storm ravages Carolinas

Five people have been killed as Florence mauls the US East Coast, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of homes and downing trees. The weather event has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but forecasters still warn of life-threatening storm surges.   Winds of up to 70mph (110km/h) are also expected for several days as the ...

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Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington

The Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington ceased operations on Thursday following a demand by the United States to shut down but expressed hope the closure would be short-lived. State Department officials on Monday ordered the office shuttered, in a bid to pressure the Palestinians to enter peace talks with Israel.   It was the latest point of tension between the ...

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