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Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 166

Tigaras Port, Jun 20 : Indonesian officials say 166 people are missing from a ferry sinking Monday evening at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed. The boat didn’t have a passenger manifest and disaster officials have several times raised the number of people it was carrying as distraught relatives who rushed to Lake Toba ...

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France’s Macron admonishes teenager; video goes viral

Paris, June 20 : A video of French President Emmanuel Macron strongly admonishing a teenager who called him by a nickname is going viral on social media. A teenager asked Macron “How’s it going, Manu?” — using a diminutive for Macron’s first name — at a ceremony Monday for the 78th anniversary of Charles De Gaulle’s historic appeal for armed ...

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Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

Islamabad, June 20 : Pakistan’s elections oversight body has rejected the nomination of former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, barring him from running for office in elections to be held next month. The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected Musharraf’s candidacy for a National Assembly seat from the northwestern constituency of Chitral. Musharraf is facing a treason case in ...

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Cambodia announces $100 million in military aid from China

Phnom Penh, June 19 : China has agreed to provide more than $100 million in military aid to Cambodia, a senior Cambodian defense official said Tuesday. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Chhum Socheat said the aid for training, exercise and equipment was agreed upon over the weekend in a meeting between visiting Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and his Cambodian counterpart ...

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Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti resigns after BJP exits alliance with PDP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) broke its alliance with Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday, forcing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to resign at the end of an uneasy partnership at a time when fresh violence was stalking the militancy-hit state.   “It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and ...

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India’s northeast flood death toll rises to 23

 The devastating flood in the Northeast has claimed six more lives during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 23. Although the situation in the region showed a marked improvement on Sunday, the situation in Assam has not improved according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). While five more people died in Assam since Saturday, one ...

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2K children alone: Trump’s self-inflicted domestic crisis

Washington, Jun 19 : Thousands of children split from their families at the U.S. southern border are being held in government-run facilities. A look at how we got here, what’s real and what’s not, and what might happen next. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Tens of thousands of parents and children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been ...

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Dozens missing after ferry sinking at Indonesia’s Lake Toba

Jakarta, Jun 19 : Dozens of people are missing from a ferry that sank on Indonesia’s Lake Toba, casting a tragic pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month. Cellphone video released Tuesday by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows the crew of another ferry attempting to rescue people struggling in the waters shortly after the sinking ...

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China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing

Beijing, Jun 19 : Chinese state media say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will make a two-day state visit starting Tuesday. Kim’s trip follows his groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore last week that resulted in a surprise announcement of a U.S. suspension of military drills with its South Korean ally. Security was tight Tuesday morning at ...

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Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage

Washington, Jun 19 : An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration’s border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S. “will not be a migrant camp” on his watch. Images of children held in fenced cages fueled ...

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