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Judge rules against 3rd trial for US agent in fatal shooting

Honolulu, Aug 11 : A U.S. judge in Hawaii says a federal agent can’t be tried a third time for shooting and killing a man in a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled Friday that Hawaii prosecutors may not proceed with a retrial against U.S. State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy. Watson’s ruling directs Hawaii officials to ...

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Helicopter with nine aboard crashes in central Japan

A rescue helicopter with nine people aboard crashed on Friday in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight, officials said.   Aerial footage broadcast on Japanese TV showed the wreckage of the crashed helicopter surrounded by trees in Gunma prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, and officers in navy uniforms examining the site.  “Eight people were found near the ...

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Kerala rains kill 26; Idukki dam full to brim; army steps in for rescue ops

The death toll in Kerala due to heavy rains and landslides rose to 26 forcing authorities to open two more of the five sluice gates of the Idukki reservoir Friday morning to release excess water. Gushing water from the dam inundated many areas downstream although human casualty was restricted to an extent due to good planning, a senior revenue official ...

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Mahathir calls for more mutual understanding to avoid wars

Beppu, Aug 10 : Malaysia’s leader called Thursday for more international exchanges among young people as a way to prevent war and terrorism, as he received an honorary degree from a like-minded university in Japan. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that eradicating terrorism requires more than a good defense. “I believe that merely fighting against terrorism will not put an ...

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Myanmar snubs Hague court’s intervention in Rohingya crisis

Yangon, Aug 10 : Myanmar sharply rejected an attempt by the International Criminal Court to consider the country’s culpability for activities that caused 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh for safety last year. The office of the nation’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a statement posted online Thursday that the court in the Netherlands has no ...

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Yemen rebels say Saudi coalition airstrike in north kills 50

Sanaa, Aug 10 : An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels hit a bus driving in a busy market in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing least 50 people including children and wounding 77, Yemen’s rebel-run Al Masirah TV said citing rebel Health Ministry figures. The Saudi-led coalition, meanwhile, said it targeted the rebels, known as Houthis, who had ...

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Hamas says Gaza cease-fire reached with Israel

Jerusalem, Aug 10 : Gaza’s Hamas rulers said late Thursday that a truce had been reached with Israel, ending an intense two-day burst of violence that had pushed the region closer to war. But the deal did not appear to address the deeper issues that have prevented the bitter enemies from reaching a longer cease-fire arrangement. Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV ...

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Migrant boat sinks off Turkey killing 7 children, 2 women

Ankara, Aug 9 : Turkey’s state-run news agency says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off the Turkish coast in the Aegean sea, killing seven children and two women. Anadolu Agency says four other migrants were rescued from the rubber boat that sank early on Thursday off the resort of Kusadasi. There was no information on the nationalities of the ...

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20,000 still without aid on quake-hit Indonesian island

Bangsal, Aug 9 : The Indonesian Red Cross says it’s focusing its Lombok earthquake relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached. Spokesman Arifin Hadi says the tens of thousands people left homeless by Sunday’s magnitude 7.0 quake need clean water and tarpaulins most of all. ...

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3 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip

Ramallah, Aug 9 : The Gaza Health Ministry says a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter and a Hamas fighter have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. The ministry said Thursday that the militant and the civilians were killed in separate incidents. The deaths came amid an intense flare-up of violence between Israel and Gaza’s rulers from the ...

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