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Maldives declares emergency amid political standoff

The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency Monday as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. A surprise Supreme Court ruling last week ordering the release of imprisoned opposition leaders has led to growing turmoil, with the president lashing out at the court, opposition ...

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Japanese combat helicopter crashes in southern Japan 

A Japanese military helicopter has crashed in southwestern Japan, ripping the top floor off a house and setting it on fire. Fire and defense officials said the combat helicopter belonging to the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Metabaru training camp crashed in Kanzaki city on Monday evening. They said they were still checking if anyone was injured. Kyodo News agency reported that ...

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Syrian activists: 2 hospitals hit amid intense bombardment 

Syrian activists say two hospitals have been hit amid a wave of airstrikes on opposition-held areas in the northwest province of Idlib, the largest remaining rebel stronghold in Syria. The bombardment comes after rebels shot down a Russian fighter jet on Saturday. The activist-run Edlib Media Center and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say one of the bombed ...

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German parties to resume push for coalition deal 

The prospective partners in Germany’s new government are resuming their push to nail down a coalition deal. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats originally set a Sunday deadline to wrap up talks on extending their alliance of the past four years, but budgeted two extra days as a precaution when formal negotiations started Jan. 26. ...

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Oil tanker with 22 Indian crew missing off Benin’s coast 

India says it has sought the help of the Nigerian and Benin navies to find an oil tanker that has gone missing with 22 Indian crew members off Benin’s coast. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed late Sunday that the tanker, Marine Express, went missing in the Gulf of Guinea. It’s not known whether the ship was hijacked for ransom ...

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2 Amtrak workers killed, 116 hurt in South Carolina crash

An Amtrak passenger train slammed into a freight train parked on a side track in South Carolina early Sunday, killing two Amtrak crew members and injuring more than 110 people, authorities said. It was the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months. The Silver Star was on its way from New York to Miami with nearly 150 ...

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Mexico: 300 migrants found in dangerously cramped trucks 

Three hundred Central American migrants being transported in dangerous conditions in tractor-trailers were rescued in two Gulf coast states, Mexican authorities reported Saturday. A statement from the National Immigration Institute said two trucks were stopped at a checkpoint before dawn in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas. Scanners detected people inside, and 198 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and ...

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Maldives president says he’s willing to hold early election 

The president of the Maldives said he’s willing to hold an early presidential election to allow voters to decide who they want to lead the Indian Ocean archipelago, as political unrest continued to grow after a court ordered the release and retrial of political prisoners. Speaking publicly for the first time since Thursday’s Supreme Court order to release politicians opposed ...

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Italian man held after driving through city shooting at black people

An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring six people before he was captured, in what police said was a racially motivated attack. The shootings happened just days after a Nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Italian woman, whose dismembered body was discovered stuffed into ...

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Trump feels vindicated after Republican memo’s release

US President Donald Trump claimed vindication Saturday in the probe into Russian interference with the 2016 White House election, following the release of a controversial memo implying partisanship at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The declassified Republican document released Friday claimed that Democratic-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide. “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ ...

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