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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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Old guard against new blood in Cyprus presidential vote

Cypriots are voting Sunday to choose a president who could break a cycle of failure in talks to reunify the ethnically split island-nation — and deliver the benefits of a rebounding economy to citizens still recovering from a severe economic crisis. The incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades, 71, will face off against two main challengers: Nicholas Papadopoulos, the wealthy scion of ...

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Floodwaters threaten Paris, closing roads, tunnels, cellars 

Paris authorities have closed several tunnels, parks, and the bottom floor of the Louvre Museum as the Seine River swells and the city braces for floods. Exceptionally heavy rains have forced evacuations from homes elsewhere on the Seine after it and other French rivers burst their banks. The Seine reached 5.53 meters (over 18 feet) Thursday evening at the Austerlitz ...

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Thai military government readies for another election delay 

Thailand’s long-delayed election appears in danger of further postponement after the military junta’s appointed legislature voted to delay the implementation of a piece of legislation needed for the poll. The National Legislative Assembly voted late Thursday to extend the start date for a new election law. The junta’s top legal adviser said the extension could delay the election until as ...

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Turkey disputes US version of Trump-Erdoğan phone call

President Donald Trump has predicted a “tremendous increase” in UK-US trade, after talks with Theresa May. He also said the US and UK were “joined at the hip” on military matters, while Mrs May said they stood “shoulder to shoulder” in facing shared threats. In a series of warm exchanges in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump also told the UK PM: ...

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