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Lion Air plane crashes into sea, 188 on board

Indonesia’s disaster agency says a Lion Air passenger jet crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta and was carrying 188 passengers and crew.   Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho posted photos on Twitter of debris including a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels that have ...

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Victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack named

The names of the 11 people killed in Saturday’s attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh have been released, with the oldest aged 97.   Two brothers and a husband and wife were among those killed. Six people were injured, including four policemen.  The suspect, Robert Bowers, 46, is in custody and faces 29 criminal counts in what is thought to ...

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Leicester City owner ‘on board crashed helicopter’

 The Leicester City owner’s helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club’s ground as it left the stadium following a Premier League match. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter when it came down at about 20:30 BST on Saturday, a source close to the family has told the BBC.   One witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper ...

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Pittsburgh shooting: 11 killed at Squirrel Hill synagogue

Eleven people have been killed, officials say, in a gun attack on a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gunman, who opened fire as the Tree of Life synagogue held a service, was later taken into custody.   President Donald Trump said “a lot of people” had been killed and injured in a “wicked act of mass ...

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Several dead as gunman attacks US synagogue

A gunman opened fire on Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh Saturday, reportedly killing at least four people and injuring half a dozen others before being taken into custody.   Local media reported the shooter yelled anti-Jewish slurs during the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue, where dozens were understood to be gathered during ...

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Saudi FM says global outcry over Khashoggi ‘hysterical’

Security personnel guard the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. File photo Dubai, Oct 27 : Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat says the global outcry over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has become “hysterical,” while vowing that the kingdom is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. “This issue has become fairly hysterical,” Foreign Minister ...

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Sri Lanka president sacks prime minister, appoints strongman

Colombo, Oct 27 : Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the country’s prime minister and his Cabinet and replaced him with a former strongman, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis in the South Asian island nation. The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told reporters Friday that he had no intention of leaving his post. “I have the ...

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After deadly protests, rockets fly and Israel strikes Gaza

Israeli aircraft struck dozens of militant sites across the Gaza Strip early Saturday as militants fired some 30 rockets into Israel, in the heaviest exchange of fire between the bitter enemies in several weeks. The fighting followed a bloody day of border protests, in which Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians protesting along the perimeter fence dividing Hamas-ruled Gaza ...

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White House invites Vladimir Putin to Washington

The White House has formally invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday, returning to an idea that was put on hold in July amid anger in the US over the prospect of such a summit. President Donald Trump held a summit with Putin in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, and then issued ...

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China mine disaster death toll rises to 11, ten still trapped

The death toll in an eastern China coal mine collapse has risen to 11, with 10 miners still trapped underground, state media reported. One week after the disaster, rescue crews were clearing fallen rock from the shaft, with the remaining miners believed to be located 74 meters (242 feet) below the surface, the official Xinhua News Agency said late Friday. ...

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