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Rahul Gandhi accuses India’s PM Modi of being paid bribes

NEW DELHI (AP) — Leading opposition figure Rahul Gandhi demanded an investigation into allegations that two Indian conglomerates paid millions of rupees as bribes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2013-14 when he was governing a western state. Gandhi, the Congress Party vice president and scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi family, …

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Bride called police to stop her wedding

CHENNAI, India, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have rescued a schoolgirl who called them for help after learning she was to be married to a much older man, campaigners said on Tuesday, in a case highlighting the risk of child trafficking …

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Bahrain police clash with supporters of Shiite cleric

Dubai, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) – Police in Bahrain on Wednesday clashed with protesters supporting a top Shiite cleric who has been stripped of his citizenship and is on trial in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, activists said. Security forces fired teargas canisters to disperse dozens of protesters outside the home of …

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Malaysia air force plane crashes at air base

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) –A military plane crashed at an air base in northern Malaysia on Wednesday, leaving one dead and three injured. The air force said an investigation team would be formed to look into the crash in the town of Butterworth involving the Beechcraft B200T turboprop. …

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4-year-old kids possible victims in soccer sex abuse scandal

LONDON (AP) — Children as young as 4 years old are potential victims in the sex abuse scandal in British soccer that might be spreading to other sports. British police say there have been 819 referrals to Operation Hydrant — the nation-wide investigation into child sex abuse within soccer — …

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Pakistan’s Afridi says arrest of an Indian fan ‘shameful’

Karachi, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) – Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Wednesday the arrest of an Indian student for wearing a shirt bearing his name was “shameful”, but would not deter the subcontinent’s cricket-mad fans from supporting rival players. Ripon Chowdhury, 21, was arrested on Sunday in Hailakandi, a small …

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Four snatched off Philippines near Abu Sayyaf stronghold

Manila, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) -Four crew from a Philippine-flagged fishing vessel have been snatched in waters off the country’s south where Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants have previously taken hostages, the military said Wednesday. A sister vessel found the unmanned FB Ramona 2 in the Celebes Sea early Tuesday, two …

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Indonesia police say Christmas bomb plot foiled, three killed

Jakarta, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) -Indonesian police have foiled plans for a Christmas suicide bombing after killing three suspected militants Wednesday and discovering a cache of bombs, authorities said. A firefight erupted at a house in South Tangerang 25 kilometres (15 miles) outside the capital Jakarta, with police saying the …

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At least 31 dead, 72 hurt in Mexico fireworks market blast

Tultepec, Mexico, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) -A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of …

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Four policemen killed in new shootout in Jordan

Amman, Dec 20, 2016 (AFP) – Gunmen killed four Jordanian policemen in a new shootout Tuesday in Karak, where a weekend attack claimed by the Islamic State group left 10 people dead, a security source said. Security forces came under fire after launching a raid to track down suspects following …

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