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Powerful quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, 39 dead

Mataram, Aug 05 : A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen. The latest quake, which triggered a brief tsunami warning, damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and ...

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Egypt says troops have killed 52 militants in Sinai

Cairo, Aug 5 : Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The military said in a statement Sunday that another 49 suspected militants have been arrested. It says it destroyed 26 hideouts and weapons depots, and dismantled 64 explosive devices. The military says airstrikes destroyed 32 ...

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Guatemala ex-President Colom freed on bail amid graft probe

Guatemala City, Aug 5 : Guatemalan ex-President Alvaro Colom has been freed on bail after spending nearly six months in jail under investigation for alleged corruption. Colom was granted conditional release after paying $133,000. The terms of his release stipulate that he may not leave the department of Guatemala, which includes the capital city. Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval said Saturday ...

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Unlike Trump, first lady has kind words for LeBron James

Washington, Aug 5 : First lady Melania Trump stepped away from her husband’s criticism of NBA star LeBron James to compliment his work on behalf of children and even offer to visit his school for at-risk children. “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, ...

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GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns

Washington, Aug 5 : President Donald Trump’s strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he’s complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide candidates may rise or fall based on Trump’s standing, muddling their path to maintain control of Congress. But ...

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Brazil party names jailed leader as presidential nominee

Sao Paulo, Aug 5 : The Workers’ Party in Brazil named jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday as its nominee for the country’s top job in October’s election. Delegates of the left-leaning party confirmed da Silva, who served two terms as Brazil’s president between 2003 and 2010, with enthusiastic approval at a convention in Sao Paulo. ...

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Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

Portugal and Spain are sweltering under an intense wave of heat that has produced near-record temperatures in the southern European countries.   Portugal has issued red alerts for extreme heat for more than half the country Saturday, with thermometers approaching 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit). The country’s highest ever recorded temperature was 47.4 C (117.3 F) in 2003.  The ...

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Indian army targets rebel funeral; 1 killed, 2 injured

Srinagar, Aug 4 : A young man was killed and two other people wounded when India’s army fired at a funeral of a rebel in disputed Kashmir on Saturday, police and residents said, as seven rebels and an Indian soldier were killed in gunbattles in the region. Soldiers descended on a village in the suburbs of southern Shopian town as ...

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7 rebels, Indian soldier killed in Kashmir fighting

Srinagar, Aug 4 : At least seven rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in gunbattles in disputed Kashmir, triggering violent protests by residents opposed to Indian rule, officials said Saturday. Army soldiers and counterinsurgency police cordoned off a neighborhood in the suburbs of southern Shopian town overnight, leading to an exchange of fire with rebels, police said. One ...

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Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash

Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash A Russian airline says one of its helicopters has crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard.   The UTair airline, which operated the Mi-8 helicopter, said in a statement that preliminary information indicated the aircraft’s blades collided with another helicopter that had taken off earlier Friday from ...

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