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Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes protesting cuts to perks

A group of 11 Saudi princes was arrested Thursday after staging a sit-in at a palace in Riyadh, the kingdom’s attorney general said Saturday. The princes were protesting a recent royal order that “halted payments by the state to members of the royal family to cover their electricity and water utility bills,” Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said in a statement. ...

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Cornered Merkel launches talks with SPD in bid to secure fourth term 

More than three months after a German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is still scrambling to form a new government and will on Sunday launch a five-day attempt to persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to join a coalition with her conservatives. The SPD reluctantly agreed to exploratory talks and is playing hard-to-get. Enticing them to team up with her is Merkel’s ...

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2 Bangladeshis go missing at China coast

Two Bangladeshis, among 32 crew members of an Iranian oil tanker, went missing after a fire broke out in the tanker following a collision with a bulk freighter at China’s eastern coast. According to the Transport Ministry of China, the other 30 crew members were from Iran, reports AP. The crew members of the Tanker Sanchi were unaccounted for following ...

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10 BD workers killed in Saudi road crash 

Ten Bangladeshi workers were killed in a fatal road accident in Western Jizan province of Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The accident took place around 7 pm when a vehicle hit a truck carrying 20 Bangladeshi workers to their workplace, leaving eight workers dead on the spot and two critically injured, according to a press release of Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh. ...

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North Korea agrees to talk to South after US-S Korea postpone drills

North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with South Korea next week, the first in more than two years, hours after Washington and Seoul delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told US media it was too early to tell if the inter-Korea meeting could open ...

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Blast kills 4 policemen in Indian Kashmir 

Police say rebels fighting against Indian rule in disputed Kashmir have detonated a bomb and killed four police officials. Police say the massive blast hit Saturday as the officers were patrolling a street in the northwestern town of Sopore. The town is observing a shutdown on the 25th anniversary of a massacre when government forces killed at least 47 people ...

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Afghan police: Kabul suicide attack death toll soars to 20 

Afghan police say the death toll from the previous night’s suicide attack in Kabul has jumped to 20, with another 27 policemen wounded. The attack took place on Thursday night in the eastern part of the Afghan capital where dozens of security officers had congregated to protect a demonstration of shopkeepers that had been held earlier in the day. First ...

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Trump breaks with Bannon, says former aide ‘lost his mind’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as having “lost his mind” in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr in excerpts from a new book. Trump, who had continued to speak privately with Bannon after firing him in August, essentially cut ties with Bannon at least for ...

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South Africa train crash: Twelve dead in truck collision

A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing at least 12 people and injuring 268, officials have said. Video footage showed a fire blazing through at least one carriage, by a crushed car and an overturned truck. Evacuated passengers were seen standing on the roadside with luggage. The collision occurred near Kroonstad city ...

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‘Bomb cyclone’: Explosive winter storm hits US

A severe winter storm is hitting the eastern US, extending a cold snap that has already claimed 11 lives. Forecasters say a severe pressure drop will lead to an explosive winter storm along the eastern US, and is already bringing snow to Florida. The US is currently on its 10th day of record-breaking frigid temperatures which began around Christmas. But ...

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