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24 die in Mexico town in Firework accident

Tultepec, Jul 6 : First a horrific blast rocked the town of Tultepec, a place already notorious for deadly fireworks accidents, and emergency workers rushed in to rescue the injured. Then, 20 minutes later, a new series of other explosions erupted around them, killing at least four firefighters, two police officers and a civil defense worker. In all, at least ...

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10 dead, dozens missing as tourist boat sinks in Thailand

Phuket, Jul 6 : Thai divers scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing on Friday, officials said. Nine bodies of Chinese tourists were being brought to Phuket, where authorities had already confirmed the death of ...

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Thai rescuer in cave dies from lack of oxygen

Mae Sai, Jul 7 : A Thai navy diver working as part of the effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave died Friday from lack of oxygen, underscoring risks of extracting the team. The rescuer, a former Thai SEAL, was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which ...

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Once-ambitious South American bloc could lose headquarters

Quito, Jul 6 : An alliance whose backers once dreamed creating a sort of South American version of the European Union may lose its headquarters. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said Thursday he plans to ask the Union of South American Nations to give up its central office near Ecuador’s capital. Half of UNASUR’s nations suspended their memberships this year and ...

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Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery

Tokyo, Jul 6 : The execution of Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara leaves unanswered questions about Aum Shinrikyo, the cult behind the 1995 sarin-gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 13 people and sickened 6,000. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga confirmed that Asahara, who had been on death row, was executed Friday. Public broadcaster NHK TV, citing unidentified ...

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Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire

Mishkhab, Jul 5 : Iraq has banned its farmers from planting summer crops this year as the country grapples with a crippling water shortage that shows few signs of abating. Citing high temperatures and insufficient rains, Dhafer Abdalla, an adviser to Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources, told The Associated Press that the country has only enough water to irrigate half ...

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Silent pain: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge

Photo: A 13-year old Rohingya Muslim girl who agreed to be identified by her first initial, adjusts her headscarf in her family’s shelter in Jamtoli refugee camp in Bangladesh. This photo taken on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Ukhiya, Jul 5 : Tucked away in the shadows of her family’s bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, ...

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After summit, Pompeo wants details from Kim

Tokyo, Jul 5 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Friday for his first visit since last month’s summit in Singapore, and one of his biggest tasks will be to dispel growing skepticism over whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really intends to abandon his nuclear arsenal. This will be the third ...

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Mother: Caring for girl amid brain-death debate ‘worth it’

San Francisco, Jul 4 : The mother of a girl at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death says she doesn’t regret moving from California to New Jersey so her daughter could receive care after being declared dead. Nailah Winkfield told reporters Tuesday that she gave up everything for daughter Jahi McMath, but it was worthwhile. ...

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Death toll from heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan rises to 15

Lahore, Jul 4 : Officials say the death toll from two days of heavy monsoon rains in eastern Pakistan has risen to 15. The heaviest rains seen in Lahore since 1980 continued into Wednesday, flooding streets and causing some residents to join small demonstrations against local authorities. Rescue officials and police confirmed the death toll, saying most deaths were caused ...

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