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Bangladesh extremist to hang for attack on UK envoy

Dhaka, Dec 7, 2016 (AFP) -Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence handed down to a top militant and two of his followers for a 2004 attack on the British ambassador that left three people dead. The Supreme Court rejected the appeals by Mufti Abdul Hannan, head of …

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Almost 60 people missing after ship sinks off Yemen

Aden, Dec 7, 2016 (AFP) -Nearly 60 people are missing after a ship sank off Yemen’s Socotra island, its fisheries minister said on Wednesday, with state media reporting that only two people had been rescued. The boat went missing five days ago while heading from Yemen’s southeastern port city of …

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Death toll from Indonesian quake rises to 52: official

Meureudu, Indonesia, Dec 7, 2016 (AFP) -At least 52 people have died and hundreds are injured after a strong earthquake struck Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, an official said. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake hit Pidie Jaya district at dawn, toppling homes, flattening buildings and sending people running …

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Quake in north Indonesia kills 52

JAKARTA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities said the death toll from a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the northern province of Aceh on Wednesday has risen to 52. The number of casualties was expected to rise and more than 70 people had been seriously injured, said national disaster management …

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Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry called for the city to come together Tuesday as investigators tried to piece together the final moments of three children who were killed when they arrived home with their mother to find a gunman waiting inside. The mayor described the shooting as …

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Iran denies ‘baseless’ Saudi espionage charges

Tehran, Dec 6, 2016 (AFP) -Iran on Tuesday denied Saudi charges of espionage as “baseless” after a court in the Sunni kingdom announced death sentences for 15 people it said had spied for Tehran. “Saudi Arabia must not seek to bring baseless accusations against Iran with the intention of political …

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Largest international organ-trafficking network uncovered

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s official anti-corruption body says it has uncovered a network for human organ trafficking, including physicians whom it said exploited the victims’ poverty in persuading them to sell their organs. The so-called Administrative Control Body described the network as the “largest international network for trafficking.” It also …

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Lebanese women protest against rape law

BEIRUT (AP) — A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, have gathered outside government buildings in Lebanon’s capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor. The law, in …

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Lady Gaga calls PTSD struggle one of her ‘deepest secrets’

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga has revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her rape at the age of 19. The 30-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview broadcast on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday. Gaga was shown in a segment visiting a center for …

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France placed on ‘high risk’ restrictions over bird flu

PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – France widened “high risk” restrictions to the entire country after the detection of several cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu strain in farms in southwest France and in wild ducks in northern France, the farm ministry said on Tuesday. The decision was also …

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