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Quake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Australia

DILI: A powerful, deep 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia on Monday, and was felt as far away as Australia, but authorities said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. Strong shaking caused alarm in the East Timor capital of Dili prompting people to run out of their houses, a Reuters...

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Six killed in Chinese pesticide plant explosion

BEIJING: A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens as it knocked down factory buildings and sent a huge plume of smoke skyward, officials and state media said. The blast occurred at around 2:50pm (0650 GMT) at a facility run by Tianjiayi Chemical in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, city...

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Trump’s border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump’s much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers. The Pentagon gave Congress a list on Monday that included $12.8 billion of construction...

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3 explosions target shrine in Kabul, says Afghan official

Three explosions have struck near a Shia shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nauroz, the Persian New Year, an Afghan official said on Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said Shia worshippers had come to the Karti Sakhi shrine in the Afghan capital when...

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Less than a week: NZ bans types of semi-automatic weapons after terrorist attack

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. Ardern said she expects the new laws to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons. “Now, six days...

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Trump gets a U.S. SC victory on immigration detention

WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed the U.S. government’s authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime - potentially even years - after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing President Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline immigration policies. The court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines, with its conservative justices in the majority and its liberal...

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Bardot brands French Indian Ocean islanders as ‘savages’

Paris: The veteran French actress Brigitte Bardot sparked an outcry Tuesday by branding the population of the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion as "degenerate savages". "The natives have kept their savage genes," the animal rights campaigner wrote in an open letter attacking the islanders for their treatment of animals. https://twitter.com/brigitte_bardot/status/1107588871364186113 The 84-year-old, who has been convicted five times for...

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Trump calls top aide Conway’s spouse ‘husband from hell’ in Twitter brawl

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump refused to let go of his feud with White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s spouse on Wednesday, calling George Conway a “husband from hell” and prompting Conway to renew his accusation that Trump is mentally unfit for his office. “The president seems determined to prove the point I’ve been making,” Conway told Reuters in response...

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Norway opens first ever European under water restaurant

BAALY: Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway on Wednesday with more than 7,000 customers booked in to eat among the fish. Situated on the southern tip of Norway, the restaurant looks like a large concrete tube partly submerged in the North Sea. It is called Under, which also means “wonder” in Norwegian. It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm...

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Man losses job, deported from UAE for ‘celebrating’ New Zealand terror attack

A Company in the United Arab Emirates said an employee was fired and deported after he allegedly celebrated the mass killing of Muslims in New Zealand last week. At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded by a lone gunman at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday in what is the country's worst modern mass shooting. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a...

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NZ PM announces Azaan to be broadcast nationally in solidarity with Muslims

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that the nation will observe two minutes of silence on Friday to mark one week since the deadly attack. Ardern said that they were planning for the memorial service which would be held in Christchurch, adding that the government wants to involve the rest of New Zealand. Speaking to media on her...

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Death toll from Zimbabwe, Mozambique floods exceeds 300 as UN boosts aid

BEIRA: The death toll from a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique and Zimbabwe rose to more than 300 on Tuesday as rescuers raced against the clock to help survivors and the UN led the charge to provide aid. "We already have more than 200 dead, and nearly 350,000 people are at risk," Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced, while the government...

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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern opens parliament session with Muslim greeting ‘assalaam alaikumun’

Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Tuesday never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative "assalaam alaikum" message of peace to Muslims. "He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand," Ardern promised grieving Kiwis, while promising that she would deprive...

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Utrecht shooting suspect taken into custody by Dutch police

UTRECHT: Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday. Utrecht police announced the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody. The city was put into lockdown after the shooting, shortly after the morning rush hour, which authorities initially said was...

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At least 157 dead in Zimbabwe, Mozambique as Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction

HARARE/MAPUTO: Cyclone Idai killed at least 157 people in Zimbabwe and Mozambique as it tore across Southern Africa, officials and state media said on Monday, and vast areas of land have been flooded, roads destroyed and communications disrupted. The Mozambican port city of Beira has suffered massive damage, the Red Cross said. The storm has also pounded Malawi. “The scale...

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One dead in possible terror attack on Dutch tram

A gunman opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding several in what officials said was a possible terrorist incident. A body covered in a sheet was reportedly seen on the tracks as armed police and emergency services swarmed around the scene in one of the largest cities...

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Mass shooting at Dutch tram, scores of people injured

UTRECHT: According to foreign media, several people have been injured after a man opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, police have said. A square near a tram station has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. The shooting took place at about 10:45 local time (09:45 GMT). Three helicopters have...

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