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28 drown in India bus crash, many of them children

NEW DELHI (AFP): At least 28 people, many of them children, drowned Saturday after their bus plunged into a canal in India, police said, in the latest tragedy on the world’s deadliest roads. Police said they retrieved 28 bodies from the private passenger bus after it veered off the road and fell into the canal…

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Spain bars May’s way to Brussels Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters): Spain was standing between Theresa May and a Brexit deal as it threatened to derail an EU summit on Sunday if it does not get new assurances on having a say in the future of Gibraltar. As talks among Spanish, British and EU officials continued on Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said…

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UN envoy steps up contacts with Yemen rebels, govt

SANAA (AFP): UN envoy Martin Griffiths met a Yemeni rebel leader in insurgent-held Sanaa on Saturday and is to follow up by holding talks in Riyadh with Yemen’s government in a drive to relaunch a peace process. In a possible breakthrough despite scepticism on the government side, the envoy has said he has opened a…

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US sends contradictory signals related to future of New START treaty – Moscow

GENEVA (Sputnik): The United States is sending contradictory signals related to the prolongation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), as Washington has no clear position on many aspects of the document, Vladimir Yermakov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, told Sputnik. “The signals are contradictory.…

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Investigators find Russia envoy assassin’s link to FETO

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: The assassinator of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was found to have links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), according to an indictment revealed Friday. Concluding a two-year investigation, Turkish prosecutors indicted 28 suspects, including the terror group’s ringleader Fetullah Gulen, and other senior FETO members. Several suspects familiar with off-duty police officer…

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Turkish FM: No obstacle for Erdogan to meet bin Salman

ANKARA (AA): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can meet with the Saudi crown prince if the latter requests so, Turkish foreign minister said on Friday. Following the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, Mohammed bin Salman — who is attending the G20 summit in Argentina — has expressed his will to meet Erdogan…

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Central Africa war crimes suspect ‘Rambo’ was tortured

THE HAGUE (AFP): A former militia leader from the Central African Republic known as “Colonel Rambo” was tortured in detention before his transfer to The Hague on war crimes charges, his lawyer said Friday. The arrest of Alfred Yekatom, who made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court since his extradition, was “brutal” and…

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Kosovo police arrest four Serbs, sparking protests

PRISTINA (AP): Kosovo police arrested three ethnic Serbs, including two police officers, early Friday on suspicion of involvement in the killing earlier this year of a leading Serb politician in the north of the country. The three men were arrested in the Serb-dominated town of Mitrovica, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the capital, Pristina,…

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Opponents of SL PM take control

COLOMBO (Reuters): Sri Lankan lawmakers opposed to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa took control of parliament’s main committee on Friday after his supporters walked out, saying the house speaker was biased. Since his surprise appointment last month, Rajapaksa has twice lost confidence votes in parliament to lawmakers backing his predecessor Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has challenged…

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UN: Ebola in Congo now infecting newborn babies

LONDON (AP): The World Health Organization says a worrying number of the newest Ebola cases amid Congo’s ongoing outbreak are in patients not usually known to catch the disease: babies. In an update published this week, the UN health agency reported 36 new confirmed cases of Ebola, including seven in newborn babies and infants younger…

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