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Bus crash in south India kills at least 45 people

Hyderabad, Sept 11 : A bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India has plunged off a road, killing at least 45 people, officials say. At least 27 other people were injured. The driver lost control as he tried to avoid another bus on the crowded road leading from the popular Anjaneya Swamy temple in ...

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Witness: 18 dead after explosion at gas depot in Nigeria

A gas depot exploded in central Nigeria, killing 18 people and leaving some burned beyond recognition, a witness said Monday. More than 40 other people had burns after the blast in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa state, taxi driver Yakubu Charles told The Associated Press. He said he helped to evacuate victims after more than a dozen occupied vehicles were ...

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21 killed as bus plunges into ravine in Indonesia

Twenty-one people were killed Saturday when a tourist bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia’s main Java island, officials said. The bus was carrying a group of employees from a private company from the West Java province town of Bogor to a tourist destination in West Java’s Sukabumi district when the accident happened around midday.   In addition to the ...

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Taliban attack Afghan security forces in north, killing 52

Taliban insurgents launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north, killing at least 52, provincial officials said Monday. Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council in Kunduz province, said that at least 13 security forces were killed and 15 others wounded in an attack on a checkpoint they were manning in Dashti Archi district. The firefight ...

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US to close Palestinian mission in Washington: PLO

The United States has decided to close the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, who has been trying to force the Palestinians to negotiate, a Palestinian official said Monday. “We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US,” Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary- ...

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Japan earthquake death toll climbs to 44

The death toll from last week’s earthquake in Japan rose to 44, the government announced today. Around 660 have been injured and electricity supply has been affected. The 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit island of Hokkaido and cut of access to and from the island. Many residents continue to find shelter in evacuation centres as landslides buried their houses.   Yoshihide ...

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More Taliban attacks on Afghan forces, 35 killed

Kabul, Sep 10 : An Afghan official says that the Taliban has attacked police forces and a pro-government militia in the country’s north, killing 14 of the troops, bringing the death toll from overnight fighting into Monday to 35. Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Samangan province says that six others were also wounded in the Taliban attack ...

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UN rights chief urges new panel for Myanmar prosecutions

The UN rights chief called Monday for the creation of a new “mechanism” tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority.   In her first speech as head of the UN rights office, Michelle Bachelet called on the UN Human Rights Council to create “an independent international mechanism for Myanmar, ...

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Nationalists ‘make gains’ in early Swedish exit polls

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrats looked poised to take the lead in Sunday’s general election, exit polls showed, with the far-right making gains.   A TV4 exit poll predicted the Social Democrats would win 25.4 percent of votes, while public broadcaster SVT credited them with 26.2 percent, down from 31 percent in the 2014 elections.  It remained uncertain ...

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Australian police find ‘up to’ five bodies in a house in Bedford

Up to five bodies have been found in a house in suburb of Perth, according to police in Western Australia. The dead include women and children. Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was “tragic” but that there were no ongoing safety concerns.   He said officers made the discovery on Coode Street in Bedford after a man attended a ...

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