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Several people buried in Swiss avalanche: police

GENEVA: Several skiers were buried in an avalanche on the slopes of the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, police said on Tuesday. The avalanche came as warm temperatures over the past week began melting heavy snow and coincided with school holidays in some cantons. “An avalanche occurred in the Plaine-Morte sector, search and rescue teams are on the site. Several people...

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Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack

KABUL: At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bomb-laden car blew up near a high-security compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials said. An Afghan government security official said the blast occurred on Jalalabad Road in eastern Kabul near the Green Village compound, home to several international companies and charities. “Most of the victims...

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Military cargo plane crashes in Iran, 15 killed

TEHRAN: A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of Iran's capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said. A flight engineer survived and was taken to hospital, the army said in a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, said...

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Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader. Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but...

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Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

President Donald Trump blasted the FBI Saturday, insisting it acted "for no reason & with no proof" when it opened an investigation into whether he was acting on Russia's behalf after he fired the agency's director, James Comey, in May 2017. The New York Times reported that the FBI launched the previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether Trump posed a national...

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Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

BEIJING: The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in northern China has risen to 21 after rescuers found two more miners dead on Sunday, state media reported. A total of 87 people were working underground in the Shaanxi province mine at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, according to official news agency Xinhua, citing local authorities....

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Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

BEIRUT: The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying....

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Several injured in powerful blast at Paris bakery: police

A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and AFP journalists said. A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am (0800 GMT) in the city's 9th district, a residential and shopping area. Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street...

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FBI opened probe over collusion between Donald Trump and Russia

The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry in 2017 into whether US President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, The New York Times reported on Friday. The investigation — a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe — was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the Times said, citing anonymous sources. The counterintelligence...

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Donald Trump threatens to declare national emergency over border wall fight

President Donald Trump has again threatened to declare a national emergency along the border with Mexico as he seeks funding for a wall he says will keep out dangerous immigrants — his latest jab in a fight with Democrats in Congress that has now shut down parts of the government for a record-tying 21 days. Such a declaration, almost certain...

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US-led coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun

BEIRUT: The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun pulling out troops, a spokesman said on Friday without elaborating on locations or timetables. “Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan told AFP in a statement, referring to the US-led force in Syria. “Out of concern for...

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Amnesty calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: Amnesty International on Thursday called for an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a ceremony marking the 100th day since his killing sparked global outrage. “We once again call for an international investigation under the authority of the United Nations into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Goksu Ozahishali, one of the rights group’s Turkey...

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Donald Trump’s son appears to liken migrants to animals

President Donald Trump´s eldest son appeared to liken migrants to dangerous animals, his latest controversial remarks on desperate people seeking to enter the US. "You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because walls work," Donald Trump Jr wrote in a post on Instagram. Trump´s father has doubled down on his pledge to build a wall on...

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Suspicious packages sent to Pakistani, other diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages were sent to more than a dozen foreign embassies and consulates ─ including the Pakistani mission ─ in major Australian cities on Wednesday in a seemingly orchestrated but scattershot campaign. Emergency services raced to a string of diplomatic facilities which had received packages containing suspected hazardous material, all within the space of a few hours. There was no...

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Trump demands US border wall, sidesteps declaring emergency

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump called on Congress on Tuesday to give him $5.7 billion this year to help build a wall on the US border with Mexico but stopped short of declaring a national emergency to pay for the wall with military funds. Facing Democratic opposition in Congress to a wall, Trump said in a prime-time televised speech that there was...

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Indian MPs pass contentious citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

NEW DELHI: India´s lower house passed on Tuesday legislation that will grant citizenship to members of certain religious minorities but not Muslims, sparking protests in the country´s northeast. The bill covers select groups -- including Hindus, Christians and Sikhs -- who moved from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and who have lived in India for at least six years. Muslims are...

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IS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead: monitor

BEIRUT: Militants defending their last bastion in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a deadly counterattack against a Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said Tuesday. The Islamic State group was unable to hold on to the positions they attacked but the assault killed 23 members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and also left nine...

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