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Thousands join anti-racism march in Boston

Thousands join anti-racism march in Boston

BOSTON – Thousands of anti-racism demonstrators flooded the streets of Boston Saturday, dwarfing a gathering of white nationalists in the city and triggering scuffles with police but avoiding the serious violence that marred a similar event a week earlier in Virginia, reports AFP/BSS. A so-called “free speech” rally by far-right groups had been scheduled to […]

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Police hunt for suspected Barcelona van driver

Barcelona – Spanish police put up scores of roadblocks across the northeast as the manhunt continued Sunday for the suspected driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona, reports AP/UNB. Police in Catalonia are searching for Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan suspected of carrying out the attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 […]

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Lebanon presses its offensive against IS near Syria border

Beirut – The Lebanese Armed Forces have pressed their offensive in a mountainous region bordering Syria, capturing new hills from the Islamic State group, reports AP/UNB. Sunday’s gains come a day after the U.S.-backed army launched its biggest military operation yet against IS, who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country’s border […]

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Netanyahu, Putin to meet over Syria conflict

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia on Wednesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, mainly focussing on the war in Syria, his office said late Saturday, reports AFP/BSS. The two leaders will meet in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to “discuss the latest developments in the region,” […]

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Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

BARCELONA – Suspects in Spain’s twin terror attacks had been planning an even bigger assault than the deadly car rampages they carried out, police said Friday, as distressing details emerged of families torn apart in the horror, reports AFP/BSS. A 35-year-old Italian was among 14 killed, mowed down in front of his wife and young […]

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1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida

Kissimmee – One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday, reports AP/UNB. One officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee in central Florida just south […]

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Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants

Beirut – Lebanon’s U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants, who gained a foothold along the border with neighboring Syria in 2014, reports AP/UNB. The long-awaited campaign aims to defeat the militants in their last enclave and put an end to a terror threat that has loomed over […]

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State funeral held for ‘Pakistan’s Mother Theresa’

Karachi – Mourners on Saturday attended a state funeral for Ruth Pfau, a German physician and nun who earned international acclaim as “Pakistan’s Mother Theresa” by devoting her life to the eradication of leprosy in the Muslim-majority nation, reports AP/UNB. Pfau died on Aug. 10 at age 87 in the southern port city of Karachi. […]

Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards

Washington – In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center arts awards to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the White House announced Saturday, reports AP/UNB. Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a […]

Israeli leader criticized for response to Charlottesville

Jerusalem – Israel’s prime minister is coming under growing criticism for his relative silence over President Donald Trump’s response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, reports AP/UNB. Benjamin Netanyahu’s muted response to the march staged by anti-Semitic white nationalists – and Trump’s assertion that “both sides” were responsible for the violence – appears […]

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US soldier killed in battle with IS in Afghanistan

Kabul – The U.S. military says an American soldier was killed and several others wounded in a battle with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, reports AP/UNB. The military said in a statement that several Afghan forces were also wounded in the fighting on Wednesday in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province, a militant […]

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Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Lucknow – Monsoon flooding is easing in Nepal, but the water flowing downriver has worsened floods in northern India and marooned thousands of villagers across the border, officials said Thursday, reports AP/UNB. The existing flood situation was aggravated in Uttar Pradesh state after three rivers became swelled with the waters from Nepal, said disaster relief […]

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Spain rescues 600 migrants in Mediterranean in 24 hours

Madrid – Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has rescued some 600 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco in the past 24 hours, making it one of its busiest days so far this year, reports AP/UNB. The service said it rescued five migrants early Thursday in the Strait of Gibraltar. On Wednesday, […]

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Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrims

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia said Thursday it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj amid a monthslong rift between the neighboring countries that led to both sides trading accusations of politicizing the ritual, reports AP/UNB. The decision came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a surprise meeting […]

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UN envoy says Syria de-escalation zones ‘so far positive’

Geneva – The U.N. envoy for Syria says the declaration of so-called de-escalation zones has been “so far positive,” and hailed a Russian initiative to help bring aid to besieged Syrians, reports AP/UNB. Staffan de Mistura set no date for new peace talks in Geneva. He said “short” talks might be possible next month, while […]

58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti-drug bloodshed

Manila – Philippine police say they have killed at least 26 more drug offenders in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing the death toll in the president’s renewed crackdown to 58 in the last three days, reports AP/UNB. President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the new spike in drug killings and reassured law enforcers […]

Trump’s justice chief criticizes ‘sanctuary city’ Chicago

CHICAGO – The top American law enforcement official Wednesday escalated a war of words with the nation’s third largest city Chicago over its resistance to tougher immigration policies, reports BSS/AFP. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s comments were part of efforts to pressure “sanctuary cities” to increase cooperation with immigration enforcement or lose federal funding. Instead, Chicago […]

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At least 37 die in jail riot in southern Venezuela

CARACAS – At least 37 people died in an hours-long jail riot in Venezuela’s southern state of Amazonas, officials said Wednesday, reports AP/UNB. The prosecutors’ office said an investigation had been launched into “the deaths of 37 people” in the facility in the town of Puerto Ayacucho. Governor Liborio Guarulla had earlier tweeted that a […]

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China warns Washington against ‘trade war’

Beijing – China’s government on Thursday warned “there is no winner in a trade war” after an aide to President Donald Trump called in published comments for a tougher stance toward Beijing, reports AP/UNB. A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, appealed for dialogue to preserve stable relations when asked about the comments by Trump’s chief […]

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