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East Ukraine blackout spurs hunt for cell phone signals

Every day dozens of people in the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk gather on a windswept railroad overpass not far from the frontline, taking the risk of coming under fire. They go to the bridge at a half-abandoned railway station on the outskirts of the city in the hope of catching a signal from cell towers on the other side ...

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Death toll tops 220 in four-day regime assault on Syria rebel enclave

Syrian regime jets have pounded Eastern Ghouta, sending the death toll from a four-day assault on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus soaring past 220. Violence also flared in eastern Syria on Thursday, where the US-led coalition said it had killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies. The clash marked ...

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Toronto police: remains of 6 found in serial killer probe

Police in Toronto have recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, officials said Thursday. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the landscaping, included some from one of the five men McArthur is already charged with ...

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India PM Narendra Modi’s wife survives fatal car crash

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife, Jashodaben, survived a fatal crash on Wednesday on a national highway, police confirmed to the BBC. One of her relatives died when their vehicle collided with a truck in the western state of Rajasthan. Ms Jashodaben, her bodyguard and the driver suffered minor injuries. Seven people were travelling in the SUV. Police told ...

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Senate celebrates budget deal _ but shutdown still possible 

Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its chances just a day before the latest government shutdown deadline. The measure was a win for Republican ...

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Trump continues to paint immigrants as criminals 

President Donald Trump is continuing his habit of painting immigrants as criminals, highlighting gang connections, calling family reunification a national security threat and bemoaning the death of a pro football player involved in a car accident with a man living in the country illegally. Speaking to law enforcement officials at the White House on Tuesday, Trump singled out the MS-13 ...

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SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space 

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red electric sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With liftoff, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, ...

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Taiwan hotel collapses after 6.4-magnitude quake

A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the national fire agency said, with reports that several other buildings have been toppled with some people trapped. Images on local television showed the Marshal Hotel in Hualien slanted on its side, partially crumpled into the ground. Media reports said there were 30 people trapped inside ...

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Heavy snow disrupts flights, classes in Spain

Some 70 flights were cancelled in Madrid and tens of thousands of schoolchildren around Spain had to skip class Monday as snow fell heavily over much of the country. The airport in the Spanish capital was forced to close two of its four runways, leading to the cancellation of 70 flights, a spokeswoman for airport management company Aena told AFP. ...

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Former leader, 2 Supreme Court judges arrested in Maldives 

The Maldives opposition leader and two Supreme Court judges were arrested early Tuesday hours after the government declared a state of emergency in the Indian Ocean nation increasingly in turmoil in the days since the court ordered several jailed politicians to be freed. The charges against opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom include bribery and attempting to overthrow the government, his ...

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