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26 killed in Indian bus accident

Twenty-six people including a seven-year-old girl were killed and 32 injured as a passengers bus crashed with an autorickshaw and fell into a well in western India on Wednesday midnight, reports AFP. Emergency crews worked through the night to rescue survivors and retrieved bodies and used a crane to remove the red-and-white bus from the well. Rescue operations ended early ...

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Asked and answered? Senators have their say in Trump trial

At last during the impeachment trial, they got to do what comes naturally in their native habitat: speak on the Senate floor. But when senators engaged in a bit of their beloved talk, the result was something between a political debate and a low-budget reality show. That’s in part because they mostly asked for answers about the Trump-Ukraine saga they ...

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Trump unveils controversial Middle East peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a joint press conference in the White House in Washington D.C., the United States.U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday revealed the long-awaited political aspect of his controversial Middle East peace plan, calling for a two-state solution while recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital.” U.S. President Donald Trump on ...

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Harsh Vardhan Shringla takes charge as Indian Foreign Secretary

Seasoned Indian diplomat Harsh Vardhan Shringla took charge as new foreign secretary on Wednesday, succeeding Vijay Gokhale, reports The Indian Express. Speaking to reporters ahead of taking the charge, he said all efforts should be dedicated to contributing towards the nation in the form of its security, prosperity through external engagements. “I am committed to the ministry’s role in building ...

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52 killed in Brazil flooding

Severe flooding has left a total of 52 people dead in southeast Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, the state civil defense agency said Tuesday. One person remains missing, 65 have been injured, 28,893 displaced and 4,397 left homeless, the agency said in a statement. Since torrential rains began lashing the region on Friday, authorities have declared a state of emergency in ...

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Trump may visit India next month

US President Donald Trump is set to visit India between February 21 and February 24, with a day devoted to a joint public function with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, possibly in Ahmedabad, reports Hindustan Times. The final programme of the function is yet to be sealed, according to people familiar with the matter. Officials with direct knowledge of the ...

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Taliban attack Afghan police base, 11 killed

Taliban militants attacked a police base in northern Afghanistan and  killed 11, possibly with help from at least one of the policemen inside, local government officials said Tuesday, reports AP. The insurgents first overran a checkpoint near the base late Monday, and were apparently able to breach the compound with ease because a sympathetic policeman opened a door for them.These ...

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Coronavirus: China extends Lunar New Year holiday as death toll rises to 80

China extended its Lunar New Year holiday three more days to discourage people from traveling as it tries to contain the spread of a viral illness that has caused 80 deaths, the government said Monday. There were 2,744 confirmed cases by midnight Sunday, the National Health Commission announced. Tens of millions of Chinese who visited their hometowns or tourist spots ...

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Jihadist attack on Mali military camp leaves 20 dead: army

Twenty members of the security forces were killed on Sunday in a major assault by suspected jihadists at a military camp in Mali near the border with Mauritania. The attack on the Sokolo camp around dawn left “20 dead and five wounded” and “four dead on the enemy’s side,” the army said updating the toll late Sunday. The victims were ...

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Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30

At least 30 people have been killed in two days of intense storms in southeastern Brazil, the Minas Gerais state Civil Defense office said Saturday. Seventeen people are also missing, seven injured, and some 3,500 have been forced out of their homes following a series of landslides and building collapses, Civil Defense officials said. Television footage showed images of overflowing ...

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