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18 killed in Thai bus crash

Bangkok, March 22, 2018 (AFP) -At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus travelling in northeastern Thailand veered off the road and smashed into a tree, authorities said Thursday. The accident occured Wednesday evening in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province with the double decker bus carrying around …

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Mark Zuckerberg Apologizes for Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Emphasizes New Prevention Measures

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information. The world’s largest social media network is …

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Pakistani troops foil suicide attack on convoy in southwest

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says security forces have shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber after he opened fire on a security convoy on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta. Local police official Abdul Hakim says Thursday’s attack on paramilitary forces was foiled because of …

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Nigeria rejects Amnesty report on schoolgirl mass abduction

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military is dismissing as “outright falsehood” an Amnesty International report that claims security forces were warned several times ahead of a mass abduction of 110 schoolgirls last month. The attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists caused fresh outrage in Africa’s most populous country and reminded …

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Philippine bus careens into ravine, killing 19, injuring 17

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A passenger bus careened off a winding, dirt road and fell into a ravine south of the Philippine capital, killing 19 people and injuring 17 others, police said Wednesday. The crash occurred Tuesday night in Sablayan town in Occidental Mindoro province as the bus was heading …

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At Riyadh gold souk, ‘Saudization’ spells scarcity of salesmen

Riyadh, March 21, 2018 (AFP) -A Riyadh gold souk festooned with glittering jewellery has run short of salesmen after a government edict to replace foreign workers with Saudis, part of contentious efforts to tackle high unemployment. The oil-rich kingdom has long relied on foreign labour for jobs in sales and …

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Philippine mayor shuts city billboard after porn video shown briefly

MANILA, March 21 (Reuters) – The mayor of the major financial hub in the Philippines said on Wednesday she was investigating after a pornographic video appeared briefly on a prominent billboard, startling motorists on one of the bustling city’s major roadways. The video appeared for about half a minute on …

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Iraq holds more than 19,000 on Islamic State, militant links

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise …

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Iraq recovers bodies of 38 Indians abducted by IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities have discovered a mass grave with the bodies of 38 Indian construction workers abducted when Islamic State militants overran the northern city of Mosul in 2014, officials said Tuesday. The bodies were found buried near the village of Badush, northwest of Mosul, in an area …

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Islamic State jihadists kills 36 Syria troops in surprise attack on Damascus

Beirut, March 20, 2018 (AFP) -A monitor said Tuesday three dozen pro-government fighters were killed in a district of Syria’s capital as Islamic State jihadists took control of it in a surprise nighttime attack. There was no immediate comment from the government on the report by the Syrian Observatory for …

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