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Five dead after two army helicopters crash in France

Five people have died after two army helicopters crashed near a lake in south eastern France. The crash occurred at 10.15 on Friday morning between the towns of Cabasse and Carces in the Var department of southern France, 50 kilometres from Saint Tropez. “The helicopters collided. There were three crew in one and two in the other. All are dead,” ...

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90 migrants feared dead in boat capsize off Libya: UN

At least 90 people were feared dead on Friday in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the UN migration agency said. “At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning”, the International Organization for Migration said in a statement, adding “that 10 ...

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US President Trump to host Australian PM Turnbull this month

US President Donald Trump is set to host Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on February 23 to “celebrate 100 years of mateship” according to a statement issued Thursday. The pair held an infamously bad-tempered telephone call early on in Trump’s presidency, when the US leader reportedly exploded and hung up after he was told about a ...

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Death toll from S. Korea hospital fire rises to 40

The death toll from a devastating hospital fire in South Korea rose to 40 after an elderly man died on Friday, officials said. The 81-year-old died at a nearby hospital in Miryang where he had been in critical condition, a city government spokeswoman said. He had been on the second floor of the Sejong hospital and inhaled toxic smoke when ...

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Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide: Cuba state media

The eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported. He was 68 years old. “Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” Cuba’s official newspaper Granma reported. “Fidelito” — as he was known on island nation ...

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Violence in Libya killed 39 civilians in January: UN

Violence in Libya has killed 39 civilians and wounded 63 others in January, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Thursday. The UNSMIL documented 102 civilian casualties during the conduct of hostilities across Libya in the whole January, which is “a sharp rise from previous months,” the mission said in a latest report. The figures for casualties only ...

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Mexican army kills 4 in gunfight in Sinaloa state

Mexican troops shot four armed men dead during a firefight in the northwestern state of Sinaloa Wednesday morning, local authorities said. Cristobal Castaneda, Sinaloa’s undersecretary for public security, told a press conference that police received reports of gunshots at 4:55 a.m. local time (1055 GMT) in an events hall in Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa. Castaneda said that the ...

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Petrol bomb hits Suu Kyi’s house in Myanmar; no injuries 

A Myanmar government spokesman says a petrol bomb was tossed into the residential compound of the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but she was not at home and damage was minor. Spokesman Zaw Htay says Suu Kyi was in the capital Naypyitaw when the incident took place Thursday morning. He says witnesses saw an unidentified man running away from ...

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Trump favors Russia memo release, likely to come soon

President Donald Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a Republican lawmaker he is “100 percent” in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation, and his chief of staff says the document is likely to be released “pretty quick.” The memo has sparked a political fight pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Justice Department. “Oh yeah, don’t ...

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Immigrant activist: Detentions are ‘psychological warfare’ 

A detained immigrant activist freed by a judge’s ruling said Tuesday that U.S. immigration officials are engaging in “psychological warfare” by targeting him and other activists for detention and deportation. “When you look at who they’re taking away, it is evident that activists and leaders are being picked up,” Ravi Ragbir told The Associated Press. “We know that this is ...

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