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6 killed after dust storm prompts pileup in New Mexico

Lordsburg, Jun 20 – Six people died in a 25-vehicle pileup caused by a sudden dust storm along an interstate highway in New Mexico where such conditions have caused deadly collisions in the past, authorities said, reports AP/UNB. Those killed in the incident Monday near the Arizona border were a 9-month-old girl and her parents […]

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Int’l Yoga Day marked by millions in India, where it began

Lucknow, Jun 21 – Indians in mass crowds across the country are bending and twisting and posing to celebrate International Yoga Day in the place where it began, reports AP/UNB. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 students and other residents in the northern city of Lucknow for a mass yoga session early Wednesday. Similar yoga […]

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Uber CEO Kalanick resigns under investor pressure

Detroit, Jun 21 – Travis Kalanick, the combative and embattled CEO of ride-hailing giant Uber, has resigned under pressure from investors at a pivotal time for the company, reports AP/UNB. Uber’s board confirmed the move early Wednesday, saying in a statement that Kalanick is taking time to heal from the death of his mother in […]

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4 presumed dead after Greenland tsunami

Copenhagen, Jun 21 – Authorities in Greenland say four people who were reported missing after a tsunami flooded a village on the Arctic island’s west coast are presumed dead, reports AP/UNB. Police spokesman Lars Kirkegaard said Tuesday they are three adults and one child from the settlement of Nuugaatsiaq. Local broadcaster KNR said those missing […]

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Australia to resume airstrikes against IS targets soon

Canberra, Jun 21 – Australia’s defense chief says Australian F/A-18F Super Hornets will soon resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after operations were suspended as precaution because a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week, reports AP/UNB. Australian Defense Force Chief Mark Binskin says the six Australian warplanes suspended […]

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Trump likely to reveal this week whether secret tapes exist

Washington, Jun 21 – President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement in the coming days on whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, potentially bringing to an end one of the central mysteries of the ongoing probe that has consumed his White House, reports AP/UNB. White […]

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New York outlaws child marriage under 17

NEW YORK, June 21, 2017 – New York, the fourth most populous state in America, updated antiquated legislation on Tuesday to outlaw children as young as 14 from getting married, reports BSS/AFP. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation raising the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18 years old, with a caveat […]

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Turkey opposition chief accuses Erdogan of influencing courts

CAMLIDERE, Turkey, June 21, 2017 – Turkey’s main opposition leader on Tuesday accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of influencing the judiciary, speaking on the trail of his unprecedented protest march in defiance of the Turkish strongman leader, reports AFP/BSS. Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called the march after former journalist-turned-CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu […]

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Melbourne a leading destination for cultural tourism in Australia

MELBOURNE, June 21, 2017 – Melbourne is the top cultural destination in Australia, a report released on Wednesday has found., reports BSS/Xinhua. The Global Cultural Destination report, compiled by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), found that Melbourne was third in the Asia-Pacific region and 12th in the world for arts and culture tourism. Tokyo and Mumbai […]

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Saudi king’s son named crown prince: royal decree

RIYADH, June 21, 2017 – Saudi King Salman on Wednesday named his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, completing a gradual removal of powers from the previous prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who has been fired, reports BSS/AFP. According to a royal decree issued by the official Saudi Press Agency, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, […]

As Venezuela burns, a divided region seeks solutions

CANCUN, Mexico,  – Ministers from the Organization of American States met Monday to seek elusive solutions on the crisis in Venezuela, as the death toll from weeks of clashes at anti-government protests rose to 74, reports BSS. The OAS has emerged as the international community’s best hope for action on Venezuela, where new clashes broke […]

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Tillerson draws up programme for dealing with Russia: Report

NEW YORK, – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has crafted a three-point framework for developing a constructive working relationship with Russia on a limited set of issues, the BuzzFeed portal has reported citing officials in the State Department, reports BSS. The framework is a classified document that has not previously been revealed, the portal […]

Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico

Venezuela’s foreign minister walked out of a meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country’s political crisis on Monday as a 17-year-old anti-government demonstrator was shot and killed during clashes with security forces, reports UNB. The Organization of American States meeting being held in the Mexican resort of Cancun once again narrowly failed […]

Tensions rise in Syria as Russia, Iran send US warnings

Russia on Monday threatened aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline intended to avoid collisions in retaliation for the U.S. military shooting down a Syrian warplane, reports UNB. The U.S. said it had downed the Syrian jet a day earlier after it dropped bombs near the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces […]

UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people, reports UNB. British media named the suspect as Darren Osborne, 47-year-old father of four who was living […]

In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

A member of the president’s outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a “witch hunt, reports UNB. Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed Sunday that “the president has […]

Dozens of suspected human traffickers arrested in Europe

The Hague, Jun 19 – The European Union’s police agency says dozens of suspected human traffickers have been arrested in a continentwide operation targeting criminal gangs, reports Ap/UNB. Europol announced Monday that the weeklong operation last month by law enforcement and other agencies from 26 countries led to 133 people being detained or arrested on […]

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Google intensifies campaign against online extremism

Newark, Jun 19 – Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups, reports AP/UNB. The renewed efforts arrive in the wake of violent attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere. A van struck a crowd of people outside a […]

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch join maritime patrol

Tarakan, Jun 19 – Southeast Asian neighbors Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines launched coordinated maritime patrols on Monday to intensify their fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city, reports AP/UNB. Defense ministers and military chiefs from the three countries launched the patrols in the Indonesian city of Tarakan in […]

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Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one

Berlin, Jun 19 – A senior German official is stressing that the European Union doesn’t want to punish Britain for leaving, but says its departure will not be good for the U.K. or the rest of the EU., reports AP/UNB. Formal Brexit negotiations begin Monday, nearly a year after Britons voted to leave. Germany’s deputy […]

Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

Tehran, Jun 19 – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is warning Islamic State militants that missile attacks launched into eastern Syria the previous day can be repeated if the extremists take action against Iran’s security, reports AP/UNB. Iranian state TV’s website is quoting Gen. Ramazan Sharif as saying on Monday that “if they (IS) carry out a […]

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Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

Brussels, Jun 19 – After almost a year of waffling, Britain finally opens negotiations with its European Union counterparts on Monday about leaving the bloc, reports AP/UNB. While the EU negotiating team led by Michel Barnier has been ready for months, Britain stalled even after it triggered the two-year process on March 29. A snap […]

Portugal awaits foreign help to fight deadly wildfires

Lisbon, Jun 19 – More than 1,500 firefighters in Portugal are still battling to control major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 people, reports AP/UNB. Reinforcements are due to arrive Monday, including more water-dropping planes from Spain, France and Italy as part of a European Union cooperation program. […]

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Shootings kill or injure 19 US children each day

Chicago, Jun 19 – Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence, reports Ap/UNB. The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While […]

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