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Rocky start for Trump White House on Day One
Jan 22

Rocky start for Trump White House on Day One

Washington : Donald Trump's White House came under fire Sunday for falsely accusing media of misreporting inaugural crowd numbers, after millions took to the streets in protest against the new president. The brash billionaire and his chief spokesman launched a startling assault on the media on Saturday, Trump's first...

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Ants are expert navigators, even walking backwards
Jan 22

Ants are expert navigators, even walking backwards

Miami : Despite their tiny size, ants are sophisticated navigators that can find their way even while walking backwards, and these skills could help inspire better robots, scientists say. The findings in this week's edition of the journal Current Biology are based on a colony of desert ants that were studied to see...

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MH370 families plead for search to continue at Australia meet
Jan 22

MH370 families plead for search to continue at Australia meet

Sydney : Grieving relatives of MH370 passengers will appeal for the hunt for the missing airliner to continue at a meeting between the Australian and Malaysian transport ministers in Perth on Sunday. Australia, Malaysia and China on Tuesday suspended the deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean almost three...

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Pakistan market bomb  kills 20, 40 injured
Jan 22

Pakistan market bomb kills 20, 40 injured

Peshawar : A bomb exploded at a market on Saturday in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others, officials said. The bomb detonated in a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar...

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Los Angeles women’s march draws over half million
Jan 22

Los Angeles women’s march draws over half million

Washington : More than two million people flooded the streets of Washington and other US cities and demonstrators around the world joined in as women opposed to Donald Trump led a peaceful, stunning rebuke against the new US president. As a sea of protesters brought downtown Washington to a standstill, streaming...

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Car blast kills two in Libyan capital
Jan 22

Car blast kills two in Libyan capital

Tripoli : A car exploded Saturday in the Libyan capital near the Italian embassy killing two people who were inside the vehicle, security and medical sources said. It was not immediately clear if the blast was accidental or an attack or whether the Italian embassy, which...

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7.9 quake shakes PNG, tsunami alert rescinded
Jan 22

7.9 quake shakes PNG, tsunami alert rescinded

Sydney : A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, but a tsunami alert intially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbours was later cancelled. The tremor struck 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Panguna on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville island at a depth of 153 kilometres at...

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India rail disaster kills 36, fears toll may rise
Jan 22

India rail disaster kills 36, fears toll may rise

New Delhi : Rescuers struggled Sunday to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash which killed 36 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters on the country's creaking rail network. Officials were investigating whether Maoist rebels had tampered with the track, after...

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16 dead as Hungarian school coach crashes in Italy
Jan 21

16 dead as Hungarian school coach crashes in Italy

Rome : A coach carrying Hungarian teenagers home from a school trip crashed and burst into flames on a motorway in northern Italy, killing 16 people, firefighters said Saturday. Some 39 injured were taken to hospital following the accident near Verona on Friday night, which occurred when the vehicle...

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 Japan psychic ordered to pay client forced into sex work
Jan 21

Japan psychic ordered to pay client forced into sex work

Tokyo : A fortune teller in Japan has been ordered to pay $850,000 in damages to a female client she forced into prostitution, local media reported. Tokyo District Court ruled that the clairvoyant brainwashed the woman into believing she...

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California man harassed feds with 3,000 calls
Jan 21

California man harassed feds with 3,000 calls

Los Angeles : A California man who clearly had time on his hands was found guilty on Thursday of harassing federal employees with more than 3,000 expletive-filled and threatening phone calls. Kulwant (Ken) Singh Sandhu, 56, placed the calls to employees at the US...

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'Lambada' singer found dead in Brazil after robbery
Jan 21

'Lambada' singer found dead in Brazil after robbery

Rio de Janeiro : The singer of Latin pop hit "La Lambada," Loalwa Braz, was founddead Thursday in a burned-out car in her native Brazil, the victim of a burglary police say was carried out by the manager of a small inn she runs. Braz, 63, provided the sensual lead vocals...

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Trump ERA begins
Jan 21

Trump ERA begins

Washington : Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of United States yesterday, issuing a staunchly nationalist vow to put “America first” in his opening address to a country -- and a world -- watching a page of history turn. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our...

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Hopes fading for trapped Iran firefighters
Jan 20

Hopes fading for trapped Iran firefighters

Tehran : Iranian officials said Friday they were losing hope of pulling any survivors from the rubble of a collapsed Tehran high-rise where around 20 firefighters are feared to have lost their lives.  Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were still frantically searching through the wreckage of the 15-storey...

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Rescuers find six people alive in Italy avalanche hotel
Jan 20

Rescuers find six people alive in Italy avalanche hotel

Penne : Rescuers have found six people alive in an Italian mountain hotel devastated by an avalanche two days ago, officials said on Friday. Emergency workers were able to speak to the survivors and have called for helicopters to evacuate them after more than 40 hours under the rubble of the Hotel Rigopiano, in...

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British worker dies on Qatar 2022 World Cup site
Jan 20

British worker dies on Qatar 2022 World Cup site

Doha : A 40-year-old British man has died while working on a Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium site, tournament organisers in the Gulf emirate have announced. The Briton was working on the Khalifa International Stadium, which will also be used for the World Athletics Championship in 2019. "Earlier today (Thursday), a...

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Three dead, 20 hurt as car rams Melbourne shoppers
Jan 20

Three dead, 20 hurt as car rams Melbourne shoppers

Melbourne : A car ploughed into pedestrians on a popular shopping strip in the heart of Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing three people including a young child and injuring dozens more. Police said they were not considering the incident an act of terrorism. Witnesses described "bodies flying through...

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Botched Nigeria air strike killed 90
Jan 20

Botched Nigeria air strike killed 90

Geneva : A botched air strike by the Nigerian Air Force earlier this week on a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 90 people, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid group said Friday. Most of the victims of the strike in the country's northeast on Tuesday were women and...

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Fresh jail riot erupts as Brazil unrest spreads
Jan 20

Fresh jail riot erupts as Brazil unrest spreads

Natal : Stick-wielding inmates hurled stones and lit fires Thursday in a Brazilian jail where dozens were previously massacred, as authorities struggled to contain a spreading wave of gang violence. Police fired rubber bullets to try to separate two groups of inmates as they fought a...

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Trump waxwork joins world leaders at Paris museum
Jan 20

Trump waxwork joins world leaders at Paris museum

Paris : On the eve of his inauguration as US president, Donald Trump was already standing among world leaders at the Grevin wax museum in Paris on Thursday -- though the sculptor admits the hair posed a challenge. Sculpted in record time -- just over two months...

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Briton jailed for five years in Indonesia for abusing teen
Jan 20

Briton jailed for five years in Indonesia for abusing teen

Mataram : A British man who sexually assaulted a teenage boy in a hotel on the popular Indonesian holiday island of Lombok was jailed for five years on Thursday. Stuart Richard Pike, 45, was found guilty of molesting the 17-year-old in April last...

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Jordanian kills wife and daughters for ‘honour’
Jan 20

Jordanian kills wife and daughters for ‘honour’

Amman : A Jordanian was charged  yesterday with stabbing to death his wife and two young daughters and seriously wounding a third in apparent “honour” killings, judicial and security sources said. The killings took place on Wednesday in the northern town of Ramtha and the prosecutor charged...

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Kuwait court upholds jail for 3 royals for insults
Jan 20

Kuwait court upholds jail for 3 royals for insults

Kuwait City : Kuwait’s court of appeals on yesterday upheld a five-year jail term for five men including three members of the Al-Sabah ruling family for insulting top judges online. The court also confirmed a one-year jail term against a sixth man and upheld the acquittal of six others. The royals include...

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Six Britons killed in Saudi road crash
Jan 20

Six Britons killed in Saudi road crash

London : Six British nationals have been killed and several more injured in a road crash in Saudi Arabia, Britain’s foreign ministry said yesterday. “We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia,” a Foreign  Office...

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Sea  level warning!
Jan 20

Sea level warning!

Miami : Scientists who study patterns of natural shifts in the Earth’s climate said yesterday they have uncovered a “worrisome” signal that major sea level rise could be on the way. The findings in the journal Science show that ocean surface temperatures during the Earth’s last warm...

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Western Union to pay $586 mn to settle US money laundering probe
Jan 20

Western Union to pay $586 mn to settle US money laundering probe

New York : Global payments company Western Union will pay $586 million to settle a US criminal investigation that found it had a weak anti-money laundering program and looked the other way when employees collaborated in fraud. The settlement, which includes a deferred prosecution...

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Suspected Russian hacker wanted by US jailed in Spain
Jan 20

Suspected Russian hacker wanted by US jailed in Spain

Barcelona : An alleged Russian hacker wanted for fraud has been detained in Spain and jailed pending extradition to the United States, police and a court spokesman said Thursday. Stanislav Lisov, a computer programmer, was wanted by US authorities, a spokesman for...

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The journey begins
Jan 20

The journey begins

Washington : Donald Trump’s inaugural address will be a personal and philosophical one that lays out how he sees America, rather than push his agenda as president, his spokesman said yesterday. “It’s going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country,” Sean...

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N. Korea preparing to launch new missiles
Jan 20

N. Korea preparing to launch new missiles

Seoul : North Korea is preparing to test new rockets, a report said Thursday, after its leader Kim Jong-Un said the country was in the final stages of developing inter-continental ballistic missiles. Pyongyang's missile programme and its pursuit of nuclear...

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Turkish MPs hurt in brawl over constitution reform
Jan 20

Turkish MPs hurt in brawl over constitution reform

Ankara : At least two Turkish MPs were injured Thursday as brawls erupted in parliament between supporters and critics of a constitutional reform bill boosting the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said. Those hurt included a deputy from the pro-Kurdish...

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Royal Navy to dispose of suspected WWII bomb in London
Jan 20

Royal Navy to dispose of suspected WWII bomb in London

London : Britain's Royal Navy were on Thursday brought in to dispose of a suspected World War II bomb discovered in London's River Thames close to parliament, police said. "The Royal Navy are now in attendance and will safely remove and dispose of the ordnance over the next few hours,"...

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Dozens of Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse
Jan 19

Dozens of Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse

Tehran : Dozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire. State television said 200 firefighters had been called to the scene and 38 had already been injured battling the...

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Italy quake: up to 30 feared dead in avalanche-hit hotel
Jan 19

Italy quake: up to 30 feared dead in avalanche-hit hotel

Rome : Up to 30 people were feared to have died Thursday after an Italian mountain hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country. Italy's Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a two-metre (six-feet) high wall of snow and that emergency...

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India school bus crash kills at least 15 children
Jan 19

India school bus crash kills at least 15 children

New Delhi : At least 15 children were killed and dozens more injured when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday, police said. The driver of the bus also died in the crash, the latest deadly accident in a country with one of the worst road safety records in the world. "Tragic road accident...

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CIA cites new rules on protecting privacy
Jan 19

CIA cites new rules on protecting privacy

Washington : The CIA said Wednesday it would implement new rules to better respect the private information of Americans swept up incidentally during its investigations. The new restrictions imposed by the US attorney general just two days before Donald Trump become...

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Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace efforts
Jan 19

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace efforts

Gao : A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali have left around 50 people dead and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north. The car bomb attack on Wednesday...

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Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70
Jan 19

Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70

Maiduguri : The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more people could die without urgent treatment. Nigeria called Tuesday's bombing of a camp for...

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Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation
Jan 19

Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation

Banda Aceh : A baby elephant found terrified and malnourished near a palm oil plantation is being nursed back to health at a conservation centre on Indonesia's Sumatra island. Last week, animal experts in Aceh province received a tip-off about a dead elephant without...

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Protests in southern Indian state over bull taming ban
Jan 19

Protests in southern Indian state over bull taming ban

Chennai : A ban on a bull-taming festival, which has been blighted by allegations that the beasts are doped with liquor and then taunted with chilli powder, triggered street protests in southern India Wednesday. Demonstrators, mostly students, thronged the busy Marina...

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German MPs to grill VW ex-boss over 'Dieselgate'
Jan 19

German MPs to grill VW ex-boss over 'Dieselgate'

Berlin : Disgraced former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn faces a grilling by German lawmakers Thursday, as accusations grow of top executives at the beleaguered auto giant colluding to cover up emissions cheating. The former CEO's testimony will be "particularly important" in light...

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Philippines' Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs
Jan 18

Philippines' Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

Manila : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday taunted the country's Catholic priests and bishops to take highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, as he accused them of "hypocrisy" for criticising his deadly drug war. Duterte launched his broadside in response to the powerful Catholic...

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Mali suicide attack kills dozens of pro-govt fighters
Jan 18

Mali suicide attack kills dozens of pro-govt fighters

Bamako : A suicide bomb attack Wednesday on a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia in northern Mali left 37 people dead, a UN peacekeeping source and a local official told AFP. The camp is located in Gao, a former bastion for Malian rebels and Islamist fighters who seized control of much of the...

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Triple-quake strikes reeling, snow-bound central Italy
Jan 18

Triple-quake strikes reeling, snow-bound central Italy

Rome : A series of earthquakes measuring 5.3-5.7 magnitude struck central Italy on Wednesday, bringing fresh terror to an area still reeling from deadly quakes last year and struggling to cope with heavy snowfall. Monitors said the first quake, which struck at 10:25 am (0925 GMT) was around 5.3 magnitude and a...

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Ex-Daewoo shipyard head gets 10 years in prison
Jan 18

Ex-Daewoo shipyard head gets 10 years in prison

Seoul : The former head of ailing South Korean vessel builder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine was sentenced to 10 years in prison for accounting fraud on Wednesday, among the longest penalties imposed on a businessman for financial crime in the country. Ko Jae-Ho's punishment epitomises the decline of...

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Lightning kills six at Zimbabwe wake
Jan 18

Lightning kills six at Zimbabwe wake

Harare : Lightning killed six people at a funeral wake in Zimbabwe as they sheltered under a tree to escape torrential rain, police said Wednesday. Heavy rains have deluged Zimbabwe in recent days, causing floods and killing people who attempted to cross rivers that had burst their banks. The lightning struck...

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'I don't like tweeting'
Jan 18

'I don't like tweeting'

Washington : Donald Trump, whose early-morning rants and policy pronouncements on Twitter have left the world hanging on his every typed word, said he doesn't like using the social media platform in comments to air Wednesday. "I don't like tweeting," Trump told Fox News's "Fox & Friends"...

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More than 80 false killer whales die off Florida coast
Jan 18

More than 80 false killer whales die off Florida coast

Miami : More than 80 dolphins known as false killer whales have died off the southwest coast of Florida after getting stranded in shallow waters, US officials said. A pod of 95 of the dolphins, which are black in color and look...

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May puts Britain on course for 'hard' Brexit
Jan 18

May puts Britain on course for 'hard' Brexit

London : Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit blueprint on Tuesday, announcing for the first time that Britain will leave Europe's single market in order to control EU immigration. In a highly-anticipated speech, May warned the EU against...

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Air strike on displaced  camp kills 52 in Nigeria
Jan 18

Air strike on displaced camp kills 52 in Nigeria

Kano : At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far...

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Britain will exit EU's single market: May
Jan 17

Britain will exit EU's single market: May

London : Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday said Britain will leave the EU's single market in order to restrict immigration in a clean break from the bloc, but lawmakers can vote on the final deal. "Brexit must mean control of the number of people coming from Europe, and that is what we will deliver. What I...

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