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UK diplomat sorry for calling Sikh temple a mosque

LONDON (AP) — The top civil servant in Britain’s Foreign Office has apologized for calling one of India’s holiest Sikh temples a mosque. Simon McDonald referred to the Golden Temple in Amritsar as the “Golden Mosque” in a tweet. On Tuesday he tweeted: “I was wrong: I am sorry. I …

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Philippines apologizes to Kuwait for sovereignty violation over “rescue” of workers

MANILA, April 24 (Reuters) – The Philippines on Tuesday formally apologized to Kuwait for actions the latter viewed as violation of its sovereignty after the southeast Asian nation’s embassy “rescued” several overseas workers from employers’ homes, the foreign secretary said. Kuwait had protested over the “rescue” of Philippine citizens working …

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Israeli army says it demolished Palestinian attacker’s home

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in the killing of a West Bank settler. The military said on Tuesday that troops knocked down the home of Ahmad Konba in Jenin. It says he was part of a group involved in …

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‘Maximum’ security as Philippines readies Boracay shutdown

Boracay, Philippines, April 24, 2018 (AFP) – Police with assault rifles patrolled entry points to Boracay island on Tuesday just days before a six-month shutdown and clean-up of one of the Philippines’ top tourist attractions. President Rodrigo Duterte had branded the renowned white-sand resort a “cesspool” fouled by dumped sewage …

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Bangladesh factory disaster survivors demand justice five years on

April 24, 2018 (AFP) – Hundreds of Bangladeshis staged protests and tearful tributes at Rana Plaza Tuesday on the fifth anniversary of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, when a textile fctory complex collapsed and killed at least 1,130 people. Survivors and relatives of the dead placed wreaths at …

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China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit

BEIJING, April 24 (Reuters) – China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and …

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Corrupt Indonesia politician sentenced to 15 years in prison

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced a politician praised by President Donald Trump to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for anti-corruption police fighting the country’s rampant graft. Setya Novanto, the former speaker of …

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George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

HOUSTON (AP) — A family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife Barbara. Jim McGrath says on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.” He says he …

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Van kills 9, injures 16 on Toronto street; driver in custody

TORONTO (AP) — A rented van jumped onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said. Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police …

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At least 10 hurt after migrants attacked on Greek island

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos say at least 10 people were hospitalized and more than 100 detained following a violent protest against migrants who had been camped out at the island’s main port for five days. Police cleared the square at the main port …

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