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13 dead in two days of Venezuela unrest

Thirteen people have died during two days of unrest in Venezuela amid protests against leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, a Caracas-based rights group reported Wednesday. The deaths, mostly from gunshot wounds, were recorded in the capital and across the country, along with reports of looting in Brazilian border state Bolivar, the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict told AFP.   Unrest first ...

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US Senate to vote on ending government shutdown

The U.S. Senate shifted slightly closer on Tuesday to resolving a month-long partial government shutdown, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a Democratic proposal to fund the government for three weeks, ...

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Four held over New York state ‘plot’ against Muslims

Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested and charged over an alleged plot against a small Islamic community in New York state. The suspects are accused of possessing homemade bombs and firearms, and planning to attack Islamberg, founded by a Pakistani cleric in the 1980s. The alleged plot was revealed following a tip-off from a school student. The ...

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Trump’s shutdown solution hangs in limbo

Photo: President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Washington, Jan 22 : President Donald Trump’s proposal to break through the budget deadlock appeared to be gaining little traction Monday, as another missed paycheck loomed for hundreds of thousands of ...

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Taliban attack kills 126 security personnel in Afghanistan

The Taliban killed more than 100 members of the Afghan security forces inside a military compound in central Maidan Wardak province on Monday, a senior defense official said, reports Reuters.   “We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training center, eight special commandoes are among the dead,” said a senior official in ...

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10 peacekeepers killed, 25 injured in Mali attack: UN

Gunmen killed 10 Chadian peacekeepers and injured at least 25 others in an attack on a UN camp in northern Mali on Sunday, one of the deadliest strikes against the UN mission in the West African country.   UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned what he described as a “complex attack” on the camp in Aguelhok, in Kidal region and ...

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Boat with migrants rescued off Libya looks for port to dock

Photo: In this photo taken on Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, a Sea-Watch ship approaches a dinghy boat to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Rome, Jan 21 : A private rescue boat carrying dozens of migrants said Sunday that for a second day several nations had not given permission for it to enter a safe port, while another vessel filled ...

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At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Washington, Jan 21 : Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out ...

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Tornados inflict damage in Alabama town, Florida Panhandle

Photo: Rescue workers check damages structures after a tornado touchdown in Wetumpka, Ala., on Saturday, Jan 19, 2019. Wetuzmpka, Jan 21 : Homes, businesses, government offices and churches were among the buildings badly damaged or demolished when tornadoes struck central Alabama over the weekend. The severe weather hit Saturday and another tornado was reported later that evening at an air ...

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Mexico pipeline explosion: Death toll climbs to 85

People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. “It was the popular tap,” said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. “You could pass by at 11 or ...

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