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Malaysia urges ASEAN to end Rohingya crisis

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (KUNA) — Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on Monday called on the ASEAN to push forward efforts to end the Rohingya crisis. This came in a speech by Aman at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers in Yangon today. The …

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30 die of alcohol poisoning in Russia from bath lotion

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials say that at least 30 people in a Siberian city have died of alcohol poisoning after drinking a bath lotion. Tatiana Lebedeva of the local health department said Monday that 30 people had died of methanol poisoning after consuming the bath lotion containing alcohol …

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Pakistan’s national carrier mocked for goat sacrifice

Islamabad, Dec 19, 2016 (AFP) – Pakistan’s embattled national carrier has been widely mocked for sacrificing a goat next to a plane to ward off bad luck, weeks after one of the country’s worst air disasters. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) turboprop plane built by European manufacturer ATR plummeted into …

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16 Russian soldiers hurt in plane crash: ministry

Moscow, Dec 19, 2016 (AFP) – A plane carrying Russian soldiers crashed in Siberia on Monday, seriously injuring 16, the defence ministry said, quoted by Russian news agencies. The Ilyushin-18 plane carrying 32 passengers and seven crew made an emergency landing around 4:45 am Moscow time (01:45 GMT) in the …

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IS suicide bomber in Libya ‘kills 3 soldiers’

Benghazi, Libya, Dec 18, 2016 (AFP) -A jihadist suicide bombing targeting forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Libya’s second city Benghazi on Sunday killed at least three soldiers and wounded nine, a military source said. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, which was driven out of …

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4 Jordanian police, 1 Canadian tourist killed in shootings

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Gunmen carried out a series of attacks in central Jordan on Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing four members of the Jordanian security forces and a woman visiting from Canada, officials said. The shootings were the latest in a series of attacks …

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Five dead, nine wounded in Jordan gun attack

Amman, Dec 18, 2016 (AFP) – Unidentified gunmen on Sunday attacked a police station and patrols in southern Jordan killing five people and wounding nine others including police, a security source said. The attack took place in Karak, a city and tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader …

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Committee accepts parole for imprisoned Israeli ex-President

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli parole board has accepted an appeal for early release by a former president who is serving a prison sentence for sex crimes. The board ruled Sunday that Moshe Katsav can walk free next week after serving five years of his seven-year jail term. The board …

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Eiffel Tower reopens after 5 days

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower has reopened to the public after a closedown of five consecutive days due to workers’ strike. The company that manages the tower, SETE, said in a written statement it reached an agreement with workers unions and the tower reopened at midday Sunday. The CGT …

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Islamic State claims Yemen suicide attack

CAIRO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on Sunday that killed up to 49 Yemeni soldiers in the southern port city of Aden, the group said in a statement. Islamic State said more than 70 “apostates” were killed in the attack carried out by …

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