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5 dead in torrential flooding in Spain’s Mallorca island

Emergency services in Spain’s Balearic islands say at least five people have died in flooding caused by a torrential rainstorm, with rescuers looking for an unknown number of people still missing. An emergency services spokeswoman said four people died in Sant Lorrenc, a town about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca’s capital, Palma.   The fifth victim was in ...

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Guatemala ex-VP Roxana Baldetti jailed in ‘Magic Water’ scandal

A court in Guatemala has sentenced the former vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, to 15 years and six months in jail for her role in what became known as the “Magic Water” scandal. Prosecutors said that she embezzled millions from a state fund set up to decontaminate a lake.  The chemical formula used as part of the clean-up was an ineffective solution ...

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Taliban attacks kill 15 Afghan policemen

An Afghan official says a Taliban assault in northern Jawzjan province has killed 12 members of the security forces and wounded another 10. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, provincial police chief in Jawzjan, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the attack took place in Qush Typa district late on Monday.   Jawzjani says the assault was a failed attempt to ...

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Florida urges residents to brace for ‘life-threatening’ hurricane

Officials are warning residents along Florida’s gulf coast to prepare for a possibly “life-threatening hurricane”, which is due to strike later this week. Hurricane Michael may reach category three strength before it arrives in Florida, possibly on Wednesday, and will then move up the US East Coast.   Michael, which is the 13th named storm of the season, is already ...

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Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad rallies for successor and former foe Anwar

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is campaigning for his designated successor and former foe Anwar Ibrahim, urging voters to support Anwar’s return to active politics. Mahathir’s appearance at a late night political rally Monday marked the first time in two decades that the two shared the same stage, after setting aside a bitter political feud to form an alliance that ...

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Opposition Venezuelan politician dies in jail

A jailed councilman in Venezuela arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro has died of suicide, the government said Monday. The official suicide claim drew swift denial from opposition leaders close to Fernando Alban, and a few dozen of his supporters gathered outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s intelligence service yelling “Maduro killer!” contending ...

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Death toll in Haiti earthquake rises to 15; 333 injured

The death toll from a 5.9 earthquake that hit Haiti over the weekend rose to 15 people with 333 injured, authorities said Monday, as thousands of people slept outdoors fearing aftershocks would topple their cracked homes. Haiti’s civil protection agency said it will soon deploy 70 soldiers to the Nord-Ouest and Artibonite provinces that were hardest hit, noting it already ...

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Trump apologises to Kavanaugh over ‘unfair’ treatment

President Donald Trump has apologised to his new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for what he described as a “campaign of lies” during the confirmation hearings. He was referring to the acrimonious debate over Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination, after sexual assault allegations were made against him.   Mr Kavanaugh said he was not bitter despite the “contentious” confirmation.   He has ...

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Egyptian security forces kill 52 militants in restive North Sinai

The Egyptian security forces killed at least 52 militants in restive North Sinai Province northeast of the capital Cairo, the armed forces said in a statement on Monday. A total of seven terrorist hideouts in northern and central Sinai were destroyed as part of the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018, the statement said.  The army killed 26 militants, and seized a ...

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Suu Kyi promises ‘transparency’ over Rohingya atrocities

Embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed Monday to increase transparency over her government’s handling of the Rohingya crisis while pitching for foreign investment in Myanmar ahead of a regional summit in Tokyo. Suu Kyi, once garlanded as a global rights champion, has seen a sharp fall from grace due to her failure to speak up following a brutal military ...

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