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45 killed as bus catches fire in Bulgaria

At least 45 people were killed when a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fire on a highway in western Bulgaria on Tuesday, officials said. There were children among the victims, and seven people with burns were rushed to hospital in the capital Sofia, the head of the fire safety department at the interior ministry, Nikolai Nikolov, told private BTV ...

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US, Australia, UK sign key deal in nuclear sub alliance

Australia formally embarked Monday on a hotly-contested programme to equip its navy with nuclear-powered submarines in a new defence alliance with Britain and the United States. Defence Minister Peter Dutton joined US and British diplomats in signing an agreement allowing the exchange of sensitive “naval nuclear propulsion information” between their nations. It is the first agreement on the technology to ...

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Fresh protests, violence against COVID restrictions

A fresh wave of protests broke out in several European cities and in some French overseas territories Sunday, as protesters reacted, sometimes violently, to moves to reintroduced coronavirus restrictions. Police and protesters clashed in the Belgian capital Brussels, in several Dutch cities and overnight into early Sunday in the French Caribbean territory Guadaloupe. There were fresh demonstrations in Austria, where ...

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37 Bangladeshis among 600 migrants rescued from trucks in Mexico

Some 600 migrants, including 37 Bangladeshis, were found hidden in the back of two trucks in eastern Mexico on Friday. Most of them from neighbouring Guatemala, the government’s National Migration Institute (INM) said on Saturday, reports Reuters. The INM said 401 of the people were from Guatemala, 53 from Honduras, 40 from the Dominican Republic, 37 from Bangladesh, 27 from ...

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Tens of thousands rally against COVID curbs in Europe and Australia

Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across Europe and Australia Saturday as anger mounted over fresh Covid restrictions imposed against a resurgent pandemic. And Dutch police faced a second night of rioting — this time in The Hague — after the previous night’s violence in the port city of Rotterdam, reports AFP. Clashes erupted after a day ...

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Austria imposes full lockdown, Germany may follow, as COVID grips Europe

Austria will become the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, it said on Friday as neighbouring Germany warned it may follow suit, sending shivers through financial markets worried about the economic fallout. A fourth wave of infections has plunged Germany, Europe’s largest economy, into a national emergency, Health Minister Jens Spahn said. He urged people ...

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Mehbooba Mufti placed under house arrest again

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday alleged that she has been again put under house arrest and two of her party workers have also been arrested by the authorities, report UNI and NDTV. Taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter, Mufti said, “Again under house arrest & PDPs @SAAQQIIB & @Suhail_Bukhari ...

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Duchess Meghan surprises with visit to Ellen DeGeneres talk show

Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, is appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in her first visit to a television talk show since becoming a member of the British royal family. Meghan, formally known as the Duchess of Sussex, sat down with DeGeneres for an episode that will air in the United States on Thursday, producers of the daytime ...

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7 Azerbaijani soldiers killed in clashes with Armenia

Seven Azerbaijani troops have been killed in border clashes with Armenia near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, officials in Baku said on Wednesday. “Seven servicemen died and 10 more were wounded in the clashes provoked Tuesday by Armenia,” Baku’s defence ministry said. Armenia reported one dead, 13 captured, and 24 missing troops. On Tuesday, Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a Russia-brokered ceasefire, ...

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India allows Sikh pilgrimage to Pakistan after COVID

India gave the green light for thousands of Sikh pilgrims to cross the border into Pakistan from Wednesday ahead of the birth anniversary of the religion’s founder Guru Nanak. The Kartarpur Corridor, a visa-free crossing allowing Indian Sikhs to visit the temple in Pakistan where Guru Nanak died in 1539, first opened in 2019 for Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary but ...

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