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UN rights chief: US policy on migrant kids ‘unconscionable’

Geneva, June 18 : The U.N. human rights chief is urging the Trump administration to end new policies separating migrant children from their parents after entering the United States from Mexico, saying they’ve affected nearly 2,000 kids in the last six weeks. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says it’s “unconscionable” that any country would seek to deter parents from migrating “by inflicting ...

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Conservative wins Colombia’s presidency in divisive election

Ivan Duque, left, candidate of the Democratic Centre party, celebrates his victory with his running mate Martha Lucia Ramirez, in the presidential runoff election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Bogota, Jun 18 :  Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia’s next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace ...

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First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated

Photo : US first lady Melania Trump addressing a luncheon at the country’s mission to the United Nations in New York on September 20, 2017. Washington, Jun 18 : First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated at the border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement from her ...

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3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in Japan

School children take shelter at schoolyard in Ikeda, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. Tokyo, Jun 18 : A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens. The Osaka prefectural government’s disaster management department said two people were found ...

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Former Cambodian PM Ranariddh hurt in car crash; wife killed

Phnom Penh, June 17 : Former Cambodian Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh was seriously injured Sunday in a road crash that killed his wife and injured at least seven other people, officials said. The 74-year-old Ranariddh was in a convoy along with senior figures of his FUNCINPEC party heading toward Sihanoukville in southwest Cambodia when a taxi traveling in the ...

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Greece, Macedonia sign deal ending yearslong name dispute

Psarades, June 17 : Greece and Macedonia have signed a deal that, if ratified, will resolve a decades-old dispute concerning Macedonia’s name. Under the agreement, Greece’s northern neighbor will be renamed North Macedonia — move the two countries’ leaders said would be the beginning of closer, friendly relations and an example to all Balkan nations. The deal will also allow ...

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Death toll from suicide bombing in Afghanistan climbs to 36

Kabul, Jun 17 : The death toll from a suicide bombing against a gathering of Taliban fighters celebrating a holiday cease-fire in Afghanistan has risen to 36, an official said Sunday. Najibullah Kamawal, director of the health department in the eastern Nangarhar province, said another 65 people were wounded in Saturday’s attack. The bomber targeted a gathering of fighters who ...

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Violence kills 8 in Nicaragua, casting pall over peace talks

Managua, Jun 17 : Armed assailants set fire to a house and gunfire erupted at a street barricade in Nicaragua’s capital on Saturday, leaving at least eight people dead and casting a pall over talks aimed at ending weeks of unrest. The violence raised tensions as representatives from civil society groups and President Daniel Ortega’s government met for the second ...

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1st boat of Aquarius convoy with 630 migrants docks in Spain

Valencia, Jun 17 : The first Italian government ship accompanying the migrant aid vessel Aquarius with 630 people aboard on Sunday docked at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong perilous crossing of the Mediterranean. Medical staff boarded the Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo after it arrived just before 7 a.m. It will be followed by the Aquarius and ...

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17 killed in stampede after brawl at crowded Caracas club

Barbara Barca, center, a survivor of the stampede at a crowded nightclub, is hugged by relatives as they leave police headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 16, 2018. Caracas, Jun 17 : Seventeen people were killed at a crowded nightclub in Venezuela’s capital Saturday after a tear gas device exploded during a brawl and triggered a desperate stampede among hundreds ...

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