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Significant ash falls near erupting Philippine volcano

A significant amount of ash has fallen on towns near the Philippines’ most active volcano after energetic eruptions of lava from the crater. Mount Mayon in northeastern Albay province has been erupting more than two weeks, and 84,000 people who fled are staying in schools and other crowded shelters. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said one large lava ...

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36 killed as bus plunges into canal in India

Thirty-six people were killed and several were missing after a bus with around 50 passengers crashed through a bridge railing and plunged into a canal in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district on Monday, police said. Eight injured passengers were admitted at the Baharampur Medical College and Hospital. The Malda-bound public transport bus fell off the Nalini Buske bridge into the Gobra ...

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Regime air raids kill 33 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Regime air strikes have killed 33 civilians in the past 24 hours in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib where government forces are fighting jihadists, a monitor said on Monday. On Monday alone, the strikes killed 16 civilians including 11 in a market in the town of Saraqeb, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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90,000 flee Philippine volcano stretching relief camps

The number of Filipinos fleeing from the erupting Mayon volcano to safe zones has swelled to nearly 90,000, officials said Monday, worsening a sanitation crisis in the already stretched relief camps. President Rodrigo Duterte flew to the central city of Legazpi on Monday to assess the disaster zone, some two weeks after the country’s most active volcano began belching spectacular ...

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UN says 100,000 Rohingya in grave danger from monsoon rains

  More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees huddled in squalid, muddy camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a UN humanitarian report said. There are now more than 900,000 Rohingyas in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, after 688,000 fled violence in Myanmar that flared up in late August. Aid workers say ...

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11 die as militants attack Kabul military academy

At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed and 16 others injured as Islamic State militants attacked a military academy in the Afghanistan capital Kabul on early Monday (January 29). A suicide bomber first struck the military unit responsible for providing security for the academy, followed by a gunbattle with the troops, reports the ABC news quoting Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for ...

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Trump apologises for retweeting far-right group’s videos

US President Donald Trump on Friday apologised for retweeting inflammatory racist videos by a British far-right group, claiming he didn’t know its antecedents. In an interview to ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” show taped in Davos, Trump said he knew “nothing” about the Britain First group before sharing three videos by its deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, in November. “If you are ...

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Australia warplane catches fire during US training: military

A Royal Australian Air Force electronic warfare plane caught fire on takeoff during an exercise in the United States Saturday but there were no serious injuries, the military said. Australia’s Department of Defense confirmed “an incident involving an EA- 18G Growler at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise Red Flag.” It said RAAF personnel are safe “and no serious injuries ...

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Two dead, dozens saved in latest migrant boat rescue

Two women died and many others are presumed drowned after a migrant boat carrying dozens of people sank in the Mediterranean, rescue services in Italy said. Among the 83 people rescued were three babies who were revived by medical teams. “A tragic day in the Mediterranean. The Aquarius was mobilised for a rescue of a deflated boat,” the rescue charity ...

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At least 14 killed in dance club shootout in northeastern Brazil

At least 14 people were killed and six others injured in a shooting attack at a dance club in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza, local authorities confirmed on Saturday. The killings occurred in the crowded dance club named “Forro do Gago” on Saturday dawn when a group of heavily armed men barged into the party and began to shoot ...

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