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Building in Pakistan collapses, killing at least 5 residents

Building in Pakistan collapses, killing at least 5 residents

Karachi, Jul 18 – A dilapidated, three-story building in a poorer neighborhood of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi collapsed before dawn on Tuesday, killing at least five people and injuring 14, a rescue and senior police official said, reports AP/UNB. Several hours into the day, rescuers were still working and pulling more bodies from under […]

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Hundreds of boys abused at German choir school

Berlin, Jul 18 – At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys’ choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday, reports AP/UNB. Allegations involving the Domspatzen choir in Regensburg were among a spate of revelations of abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Germany that […]

Qatar crisis : UAE denies hacking news agency

The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May, reports BBC. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir that he insisted were fabricated. The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift […]

Egypt says 1 killed, 50 injured in clashes on Nile island

Egyptian police on Sunday fired tear gas to disperse a rock-pelting crowd of residents defending their homes on a Nile River island against bulldozers sent by the government to demolish their illegally-built dwellings. The clashes left one person dead and 50 others injured, reports UNB. The violence on the island of el-Waraq on the southern […]

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Korea offers talks on tension, family reunions with North

Seoul, Jul 17 – South Korea has offered to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s, reports AP/UNB. Seoul’s proposal for two sets of talks indicates new President Moon Jae-in is pushing to improve ties with Pyongyang despite the […]

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Los Angeles, Jul 17 – Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible,” then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s “Ed Wood,” has died. He was […]

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Trump lawyer says nothing illegal in son’s Russia meeting

Washington, Jul 17 – President Donald Trump’s attorney insisted Sunday there was nothing illegal in the meeting Trump’s eldest son had with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign, reports AP/UNB. Donald Trump Jr.’s willingness to meet with the lawyer in the expectation of receiving incriminating information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has raised […]

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Indian lawmakers choose president, likely a Hindu BJP ally

New Delhi, Jul 17 – Lawmakers are choosing India’s next president in an election likely to be won by a Hindu ally of the ruling party, reports AP/UNB. Ram Nath Kovind is a little-known member of a Hindu political group that is closely allied to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP […]

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US-Syrian woman sets up model school in northern Syria

Istanbul, Jul 17 – A Syrian-American woman has set up a model school in an enclave in northern Syria that is controlled by the country’s al-Qaida affiliate, reports AP/UNB. Rania Kisar often negotiates, but she also fights to get her way. She argued back when the al-Qaida militants sent in an inspector to warn her […]

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2 killed as Indian, Pakistan soldiers trade fire in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 17 – Officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir say a soldier and a child were killed after Pakistani troops opened fire across a cease-fire line dividing the troubled region between India and Pakistan, reports AP/UNB. Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta says Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and automatic weapons in the Rajouri sector […]

EU to increase Syria sanctions, targeting 16 more officials

Brussels, Jul 17 – Britain says the European Union will sanction 16 Syrians it is convinced are involved in chemical weapons attacks against civilians there, targeting military and scientific officials, reports AP/UNB. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said ahead of Monday’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers that the 16 will face travel bans and […]

EU weighs new North Korea sanctions after missile test

Brussels, Jul 17 (AP/UNB) – The European Union is considering tougher sanctions on North Korea over its first intercontinental ballistic missile test to prevent the isolated country from funding further nuclear weapons development. In a statement Monday, the EU’s executive arm condemned the test earlier this month as a “serious threat to international peace and […]

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Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem site over metal detectors

Jerusalem, Jul 17 – Islamic leaders called on Muslims on Monday to boycott a Jerusalem holy site, which lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in protest after Israel set up metal detectors at the site’s entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week, reports AP/UNB. For the first time in decades, […]

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New Thai king gets greater control over vast royal fortune

Bangkok, Jul 17 – Thailand’s new king, who succeeded his late father last year, has tightened control over what is reputed to be the world’s richest royal fortune, estimated to be worth more than $30 billion, reports AP/UNB. A law that became effective Monday places the Crown Property Bureau, essentially a holding company for the […]

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Merkel ally renews refugee cap demand, but avoids threats

Berlin, Jul 17 – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian ally has renewed calls for a cap on the number of refugees Germany accepts, but has avoided making it a condition for joining her in government again after this fall’s election, reports AP/UNB. The conservative bloc of Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer’s Christian Social […]

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Migrant crisis: EU limits sale of inflatable boats to Libya

Brussels, Jul 17 – The European Union is allowing members to restrict sales of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in an effort to stop dangerous migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean, reports AP/UNB. EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to allow member countries to ban such export or supply “where there are reasonable grounds to […]

South Africa fighting perceptions on rhino horn trade

Johannesburg, Jul 17 – South Africa is objecting to suggestions that it is promoting an international trade in the horns of rhinos, which have been heavily targeted by poachers, reports AP/UNB. The problem stems from plans by a South African rhino breeder for an online auction of rhino horn next month. It comes after a […]

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Second round of formal talks on Brexit starts in Brussels

BRUSSELS, July 17, 2017 – Britain and the European Union (EU) launched a new round of Brexit negotiations on Monday as Brexit Secretary David Davis meets with EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for four days of talks to settle “divorce” terms, reports BSS/XINHUA. About a month after their first meeting, the two intend to push forward […]

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Strong earthquake rattles Greek island of Crete

Athens, Jul 16 – Greece’s Institute of Geodynamics says that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rattled the island of Crete, reports AP/UNB. The earthquake occurred at 11:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT) off the southern coast of Crete, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The Institute reported that the epicenter is near the […]

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Venezuelan opposition hopes for big turnout in protest vote

Caracas, Jul 16 – Venezuela’s opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that’s escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests, reports AP/UNB. Maduro has called a July 30 vote to […]

Pre-dawn house fire in eastern China kills 22 residents

Beijing, Jul 16 – A pre-dawn fire in a two-story house in eastern China on Sunday killed 22 people and injured three, authorities said, reports AP/UNB. The city of Changshu in Jiangsu province, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Shanghai, said in a brief social media post that the fire broke out around 4:30 […]

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Opposition cries foul as Congo votes for parliament

BRAZZAVILLE, July 16, 2017 – Congo voters go to the polls Sunday in legislative elections in the oil-rich African country, the first since violence-marred presidential polls last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power, reports BSS/AFP. While no fresh violence is expected opposition parties have cried foul, as over 2 million voters are expected to […]