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At least 20 dead in blast at Cairo church: ministry

Cairo, Dec 11, 2016 (AFP) – An explosion in a Cairo church on Sunday near the headquarters of the Coptic pope killed at least 20 people, the health ministry said. The blast ripped through the church around 10:00 am (0800 GMT), Egyptian security officials said. Share

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Kuwait emir tells MPs spending cuts ‘inevitable’

Kuwait City, Dec 11, 2016 (AFP) – Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah opened the new parliament Sunday by declaring that a reduction in public spending is “inevitable” in the face of weak oil prices. The emir said the sharp drop in oil revenues has resulted in a huge budget …

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160 dead in collapsed Nigerian church

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A hospital director says 160 people were killed when a church roof collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria. Etete Peters of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital said mortuaries are overflowing and the final death toll likely will be much higher. Youth leader Edikan Peters said …

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Death toll from Istanbul bombing climbs to 38, minister says

ANKARA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The death toll from the bombing outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul has risen to 38 people, including 30 police officers, Turkey’s interior minister said on Sunday, adding that Kurdish militants were believed to be responsible. “According to the latest information we have received, 38 …

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Suicide bombing ‘kills 16’ in Somali capital

Mogadishu, Dec 11, 2016 (AFP) -At least 16 people died early Sunday in a suicide truck bombing outside the busy sea port of the Somali capital Mogadishu, the director of the ambulance service said. “We assisted 48 wounded people and carried 16 others who were killed in the blast,” said …

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More than 30 dead as tanker rams into vehicles on Kenya road

NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) — A runaway tanker carrying volatile gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing at least 33 people and injuring 10, officials said early Sunday. The tanker lost control while going downhill on the road from the capital, Nairobi, …

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Russian onslaught forces IS out of Syria’s Palmyra: monitor

Beirut, Dec 11, 2016 (AFP) -A Russian aerial onslaught forced Islamic State group fighters to withdraw from Syria’s Palmyra at dawn on Sunday, only hours after the jihadists had re-entered the ancient city, a monitor said. “Intense Russian raids since last night forced IS out of Palmyra, hours after the …

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Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation. The CIA has now concluded with “high confidence” that Moscow was not …

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US-led coalition strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

Washington, Dec 10, 2016 (AFP) -The US-led military coalition has killed a leader of the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Pentagon said on Saturday. “Coalition warplanes targeted and killed Tunisian Boubaker al-Hakim, in Raqa, Syria” on November 26, Pentagon spokesman Ben Sakrisson said in a statement emailed to …

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Istanbul car bomb injures some 20 police officers

Istanbul, Dec 10, 2016 (AFP) -Around 20 police officers were injured in a car bomb explosion outside an Istanbul football stadium on Saturday, in the latest attack to rock Turkey this year. The car bomb blast struck the area outside Istanbul giant Besiktas football team’s stadium after a match against …

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