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12 Ecuadorean soccer fans killed in post-game bus crash

Lima, Aug 14 : A bus loaded with fans of a soccer team overturned on a highway in Ecuador after a game, killing at least 12 people and injuring 30 others, Ecuadorean police said Monday. The accident happened Sunday afternoon as the Barcelona SC fans were heading back to their home city of Guayaquil following a draw against a team ...

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Malaysia eyes more than 10-fold hike in Singapore water deal

Putrajaya, Aug 14 : Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday he is seeking to hike the price of water sold to neighboring Singapore by more than 10 times as his country searches for ways to pay off massive debts. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who shot back to power in an electoral upset in May, told The Associated Press that a decades-old ...

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Beijing: Anti-China forces are criticizing Uighur crackdown

Beijing, Aug 14 : China blamed “anti-China forces” on Tuesday for the growing criticism of Beijing’s policies in a far western region where large groups of ethnic Uighurs are being detained in internment camps. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said anti-China forces had made “false accusations against China for political purposes” after a U.N. human rights committee raised concern over ...

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Death toll in Syria arms depot blast rises to 69: monitor

The death toll of an explosion at a weapons depot in northwestern Syria has risen to 69, mostly civilians including 17 children, a monitor said Monday as search operations continued.   Sunday’s blast of unknown origin in the town of Sarmada in Idlib province took the lives of 52 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  The explosion also ...

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Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for the 1st time

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament convened Monday for the first time since last month’s general elections which saw former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan’s party win most seats, propelling him toward the post of the country’s next prime minister.   The lawmakers were sworn in at a brief ceremony in the 342-seat National Assembly, the decision-making lower house of parliament. ...

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Malaysia’s Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

Putrajaya, Aug 13 : Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.” Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated ...

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Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, dies at 89

Somnath Chatterjee, who was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxis Somnath Chatterjee passes away at a Kolkata hospital on Monday, Aug 13, 2018. Express Photo. Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passed away Monday morning following a multi-organ failure at a city hospital. He was 89. Chatterjee was admitted at Belle Vue Clinic last Tuesday following a kidney ...

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Gas explosion in Pakistan coal mine kills 4, traps 13

Quetta, Aug 13 : Police in Pakistan say a methane gas explosion in a coal mine has killed at least four miners and trapped 13 others. Local police official Wajeet Khan says the blast happened Sunday in the village of Sanjdi, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Quetta. He says rescuers have retrieved four bodies and that 13 other ...

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2, including Chinese tourist, killed in Kenya hippo attacks

Nairobi, Aug 13 : A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippo while taking pictures on the edge of Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift Valley, just hours after a local fisherman was mauled to death in the same area, authorities said Sunday. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the incident Saturday night and received treatment in the ...

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Blast in northern Syria kills at least 36; cause unclear

Beirut, Aug 13 : An explosion in northern Syria killed at least 36 people Sunday and wounded many others, but the cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known, opposition activists said. The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, first responders also known as the White Helmets, said the blast occurred in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border, killing 36 people ...

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