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Mexico raises to 24 death toll in border gunbattles

Authorities in northern Mexico have raised the death toll from weekend gunbattles in the small town of Villa Union to 24. Coahuila state authorities say another suspect’s body has been found after a search of the area following the clashes Saturday and Sunday. According to death counts, gunmen from the Noreste drug cartel killed four state police officers, a local ...

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Brazilian slum residents protest after 9 die in police raid

Hundreds of people in Sao Paulo’s Paraisopolis slums took to the streets Wednesday to protest against local police three days after nine young people died in a stampede during a police operation at a funk music party. Police have said they were pursuing suspects that had fired at them, but several witnesses blamed officers for Sunday’s tragedy, saying police forced ...

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12 feared killed in bus-truck collision in Madhya Pradesh of India

At least 12 people were killed while 10 others suffered injuries in a head-on collision between a private bus and a truck near Rewa city in Madhya Pradesh of India on Thursday, reports Times of India. The accident took place near Gud Bypass at around 7am. The injured people have been admitted to a hospital while a rescue operation is ...

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More than 2,000 asylum seekers evacuated from Libya in 2019: UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday said that more than 2,000 asylum seekers have been evacuated from Libya so far this year. “Nearly 20,000 refugees received core relief items in 2019. 1,780 asylum-seekers released from detention. 2,178 left Libya to a safe country through resettlement or evacuations,” UNHCR Libya said in a tweet. “Despite deteriorating security ...

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‘Serious misconduct’ by Trump takes center stage at hearing

The House Judiciary Committee is moving swiftly to weigh findings by fellow lawmakers that President Donald Trump misused the power of his office for personal political gain and then obstructed Congress’ investigation as possible grounds for impeachment. Responsible for drafting articles of impeachment, the Judiciary Committee prepared Wednesday morning for its first hearing since the release of a 300-page report ...

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Afghan official: Gunmen kill 5, wound Japanese physician

Gunmen opened fire at a car belonging to a Japanese physician and aid worker in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, seriously wounding him and killing five Afghans, including his bodyguards, the driver and a passenger, officials said. The attack took place in eastern Nangarhar province and targeted Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura as he was heading to the provincial capital, Jalalabad, according ...

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Waste tank collapse in Chinese mill kills 9 people, hurts 4

Nine people were killed when a waste water tank in a dyeing and printing mill collapsed in eastern China, authorities said. The collapse of the 15-meter (50-foot) tank toppled stacking shelves in the workshop in the city of Haining in Zhejiang province, a center of China’s vast petrochemicals industry. The local government said another four people were seriously injured Tuesday ...

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Trump’s US-Japan trade deal wins Japan parliament approval

Japan’s Parliament has approved a trade deal that was agreed upon by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year. The deal cutting tariffs between the countries takes effect at the beginning of next year. It cleared Japan’s upper house Wednesday after clearing the more powerful lower house earlier. Some critics say the deal is more ...

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US Congress condemns China for crackdown on ethnic Muslims

Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday aimed at pressuring China over a brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the far west of the country, legislation that follows a similar measure over human rights abuses in Hong Kong that angered the Chinese government. The House of Representatives voted 407-1 to approve the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, which has already ...

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US court orders banks to release Trump financial documents

A US appeals court ruled Tuesday that two banks must hand over documents about Donald Trump’s finances to Congress, in the latest legal blow to the president. Two Democratic-controlled committees issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One in April demanding that they hand over financial records related to Trump and his family. Trump, who is fighting attempts by Democrats ...

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