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Defective wiring suspected cause of S. Korea hospital fire: police

Defective wiring is suspected to have caused the deadly South Korean hospital fire that killed dozens and injured more than 150, police said, as public anger swelled over the country’s worst fire disaster in a decade. The huge blaze that erupted at the hospital in the southeastern city of Miryang Friday killed at least 38 people including 35 patients — ...

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Five killed in bomb attack on Colombia police station

At least five police officers were killed and 41 others wounded Saturday when alleged drug traffickers detonated a bomb at a station in the northern city of Barranquilla, hours after a car bomb ripped through a security post near the border in neighboring Ecuador. There was no apparent link between the two attacks, but they come as President Juan Manuel ...

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Ambulance bomb kills 95, wounds 158 in Kabul: official

An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years. The Taliban-claimed assault — the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week — triggered chaotic ...

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At least 10 Malian soldiers killed in attack on camp: officials

At least 10 Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack on their camp in the restive north blamed on jihadists, military sources and a local official told AFP. “Ten of our men were killed in action this Saturday during a cowardly terrorist attack on the Soumpi camp. There are 17 wounded,” a military source reached in Bamako told ...

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13 killed as passenger mini-bus plunges into river in India

At least 13 people were killed and three others injured after a mini-bus carrying them plunged into a river in India’s western state of Maharashtra, police said Saturday. The mini-bus fell into river Panchganga on late Friday night at Kolhapur, about 376 km south of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. “Last night in a tragic accident a mini-bus fell ...

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Scores killed, wounded in ambulance blast in Afghan capital Kabul

  A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 40 people and wounded about 140 in Afghanistan on Saturday when it blew up in an area of the capital near foreign embassies and government buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, a week after it claimed an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in which more than ...

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Dozens dead in South Korea hospital blaze

A huge fire tore through a South Korean hospital on Friday killing at least 37 people, the government said, in the country’s worst blaze for a decade. Around 130 others were hurt in the fire, which comes just weeks before thousands of athletes and foreign visitors are expected in the country for the Winter Olympics. While South Korea has risen ...

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Trump proposes US citizenship plan for 1.8 mn undocumented immigrants

US President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday unveiled a sweeping new immigration plan to Congress that offers 1.8 million young unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” a path to citizenship over 10-12 years. In a comprehensive reform that will be formally presented next week, Trump has also asked Congress to eliminate the popular “green card lottery” program and severely restrict family ...

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Trump wanted Mueller fired, backed off 

President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but he backed off the order after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign, according to a report Thursday in The New York Times. The newspaper reports that Trump demanded Mueller’s firing just weeks after the special counsel was first appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod ...

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Philippines warns powerful volcanic eruption may still come 

A Philippine volcano which has repeatedly disgorged fountains of lava, ash and molten rock and driven more than 78,000 villagers from their homes remains swollen with magma and could erupt destructively, an official said Friday. In its nearly two weeks of erupting, Mount Mayon in the northeastern province of Albay may have ejected roughly 30 percent of its magma but ...

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