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Bangladesh open to out-of-court settlement over $81 mln cyber heist with Philippines

MANILA/DHAKA, May 3 (Reuters) – Bangladesh would consider an out-of-court settlement with a bank in the Philippines over $81 million stolen from its accounts in New York by hackers who wired the money to Manila, Bangladesh central bank officials said on Thursday. In one of the world’s biggest cyber heists, …

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India storms claim 125 – Amir offers condolences

AGRA, India, May 3, (Agencies): A huge dust storm and lightning strikes killed at least 125 people across India which braced Thursday for more wild weather. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah on Thursday sent a cable of condolences to the Indian President Ram Nath …

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Tehran threatens to quit if US walks

TRUMP ALL BUT DECIDED TO WITHDRAW FROM N-DEAL TEHRAN, May 3, (Agencies): Iran warned on Thursday (May 3) it will quit a landmark nuclear deal if President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the accord, while also criticising European states over “concessions” to the Americans. Trump has threatened …

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9 Puerto Ricans killed in final flight of 60-year-old C-130

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A crew of nine Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C-130 into retirement in Arizona when it crashed onto a highway in Georgia on Wednesday, and authorities said there are no survivors. The plane crashed onto state highway 21 moments after taking off …

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Cambridge Analytica announces ‘ceasing all operations’

London, May 2, 2018 (AFP) – Cambridge Analytica, the UK marketing analytics firm at the heart of the Facebook data scandal, announced Wednesday it was “immediately ceasing all operations” and filing for insolvency in Britain and the United States. “It has been determined that it is no longer viable to …

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Modi most followed world leader on Facebook

GENEVA, May 2, (AFP): US President Donald Trump may rule the roost on Twitter, but he lags far behind Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, according to a study published Wednesday. Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million …

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Morocco severs ties with Iran

RABAT, May 2, (RTRS): Morocco has severed diplomatic ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario Front, a Western Sahara independence movement, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday. Morocco has claimed Western Sahara since colonial power Spain left in 1975. But Polisario fought a guerrilla war for independence …

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Macron reiterates need to keep Iran nuclear deal

Sydney, May 2, 2018 (AFP) – French leader Emmanuel Macron reinforced Wednesday his commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, saying no one wants an escalation of tensions in the region, while admitting the accord needed strengthening. US President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of the agreement, negotiated in …

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Tourists flocking to Peru’s newfound ‘Rainbow Mountain’

PITUMARCA, Peru (AP) — Tourists gasp for breath as they climb for two hours to a peak in the Peruvian Andes that stands 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level. They’re dead tired, but stunned by the magical beauty unfurled before them. Stripes of turquoise, lavender and gold blanket what …

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Suspected militants fatally shoot 3 in Kashmir

NEW DELHI, May 1, (Agencies): Suspected militants shot and killed three men in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Tuesday, as the disputed region observed a strike to protest the killing of two rebels and a civilian this week during India’s counterinsurgency operation. Three suspected insurgents fired at the three local men …

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