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Thousands flee as California wildfires kill 10 – Hundreds of homes destroyed

NAPA, United States, Oct 10, (Agencies): More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday. Fanned by winds of over 50 miles (80 kms) an hour, the blazes have forced more than 20,000 people to …

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Hundreds of IS suspects surrender – Civil war fears over Kirkuk

BAGHDAD, Oct 10, (Agencies): Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi warned on Monday there could be a “civil war” over the Kurdish-administered city of Kirkuk if talks over Kurdish independence are left unresolved. Allawi, in an interview with The Associated Press, urged Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, as well as Iraq’s central …

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Germany, France back Spain unity – ‘Stop Catalan independence’

BARCELONA, Oct 9, (Agencies): Spain’s opposition Socialist party chief Pedro Sanchez called Monday on Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to “stop everything” as he threatens to formally declare independence within days. “If he’s watching us, if he’s listening, stop everything and don’t declare unilateral independence,” he told reporters in Barcelona, as …

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Duterte popularity dips – NY plotter ‘doc’ to gunmen

MANILA, Oct 9, (Agencies): A Filipino doctor wanted over a foiled jihadist plot targeting New York’s subway and Times Square previously treated pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants in the mountains of southern Philippines, the military said on Monday. Russell Salic, 37, had links to the Maute group, which since May …

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Blaze at Moscow shopping centre forces 3K to evacuate

Three thousand people were evacuated from a shopping centre in Moscow on Sunday after a massive fire broke out, Russia’s emergency services ministry said. About 55,000 square metres (592,000 square feet) of the commercial centre, which specialises in building materials, was engulfed in flames from around 1850 GMT, the ministry …

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Iran warns US against ‘Guard’ sanction – Threat on regional US bases

BEIRUT/DUBAI, Oct 8, (Agencies): Iran warned the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group and said US regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed. The warning came after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would announce …

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‘Kill calculations’ in shooter’s note

WASHINGTON, Oct 8, (Agencies): A note discovered in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock featured hand-written calculations on where he needed to aim to increase his accuracy and number of kills, US network CBS reported Saturday. The piece of paper was found by police officers who stormed …

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Police release London museum crash driver

LONDON, Oct 8, (Agencies): British police said on Sunday a man arrested after a car collided with pedestrians in London, injuring 11, had been released under investigation while enquires continued. A 47-year-old was arrested at the scene near London’s Natural History Museum on Saturday on suspicion of dangerous driving. He …

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Rally backs ‘Spanish unity’ – Catalonia independence opposed

BARCELONA, Oct 8, (Agencies): Around 350,000 people attended a rally in favour of Spanish unity in Barcelona on Sunday, municipal police said, while organisers put turnout at 930,000 to 950,000. The demonstration comes as Catalonia’s separatist leaders have vowed to declare independence for the wealthy northeastern region of Spain following …

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TRUMP TO UNVEIL NEW STRATEGY ON TEHRAN IN DAYS

Iran open to talks on ballistic missiles – Rouhani defends deal ANKARA/LONDON/WASHINGTON, Oct 7, (RTRS): Iran has suggested to six world powers that it may be open to talks about its ballistic missile arsenal, seeking to reduce tension over the disputed programme, Iranian and Western offi cials familiar with the overtures …

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