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Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Photo: Collected New Delhi, Aug 16 : Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died after a prolonged illness. He was 93. Vajpayee was a Hindu nationalist who in 1998 ordered nuclear weapons tests that stoked fears of atomic war with rival Pakistan. But he later launched a groundbreaking peace process with ...

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Trump pulls Brennan’s clearance, links move to Russia probe

Washington, Aug 16 : President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision, citing Brennan as among those he held responsible for ...

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Former Indian PM Vajpayee in critical condition in hospital

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Photo: Collected New Delhi, Aug 16 : India’s top leaders and politicians are visiting the New Delhi hospital where doctors say former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is in critical condition after a prolonged illness. Ninety-three-year-old Vajpayee has been hospitalized for more than two months after being admitted for treatment of a kidney infection ...

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Afghanistan revises death toll from suicide bombing to 34

Kabul, Aug 16 : The Afghan authorities have revised the death toll from the previous day’s horrific suicide bombing in a Shite area of Kabul to 34 killed, not 48. Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said on Thursday that 56 people were also wounded in the bombing in the neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi when the bomber walked into a building where ...

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Libyan court sentences 45 to death over 2011 killings

A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the justice ministry says, reports the BBC. They are accused of opening fire on dozens as rebel forces closed in on the capital during the uprising against former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It is thought to be the highest number ...

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Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

Genoa, Aug 16 : As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame. Motorists, meanwhile, recounted miraculous escapes and the horror of seeing others plunge over ...

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Rescuers comb concrete and steel after bridge collapse

Rome, Aug 15 : Rescuers in Italy searched on Wednesday for a second day through tons of broken concrete and twisted steel for any more survivors and bodies after the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa which killed at least 37 people. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much as ...

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Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, 3 crew missing

Dubai, Aug 15 : An Indian shipping company says one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman and three of its sailors are missing. The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern ...

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Taliban attacks kill 4 police in southern province

Kabul, Aug 15 : An official says Taliban attacks have killed four police in southern Zabul province. Provincial police chief Mustafa Mayar says the Taliban attacked security posts in the Zabul capital of Qalat early Wednesday, killing the four and wounding three other officers. He says the gunbattle lasted several hours during which the Taliban used artillery and heavy guns. ...

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Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

Milan, Aug 15 : A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it “an immense tragedy … inconceivable in a modern system ...

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