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Bus crash kills 38 in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, March 13, 2018 (AFP) -Thirty-eight people have died after the bus they were travelling in plunged off an embankment in northern Ethiopia, state media said on Tuesday. “A total of 38 people, (28 male, and 10 female) were killed in the accident,” state-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate said of …

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London mosques get listed status celebrating Muslim heritage

 London, March 13, 2018 (AFP) -Two London mosques were given special listed status Tuesday in recognition of their architectural and historic importance, in a move a government minister said celebrated “the rich heritage of Muslim communities in England”. The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent’s Park, …

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Philippines drops charges against high-profile suspects in drugs trade

MANILA, March 12 (Reuters) – The Philippines’ justice department has dismissed complaints against several high-profile drugs trade suspects because of weak evidence, according to documents reviewed by Reuters on Monday. In his bloody war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte had publicly named and shamed provincial politicians and businessmen as “drug …

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Turkish military says has encircled Syria’s Afrin town

ANKARA, March 13 (Reuters) – Turkey’s military and its rebel allies have encircled the northern Syrian town of Afrin, the Turkish armed forces said on Tuesday, marking as substantial advance in Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish fighters across its southern border. In a statement, the military said it had also captured …

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Brides-to-be among 11 killed in plane crash on UAE return

TEHRAN, March 12, (AFP): Eleven women died when a private plane crashed in Iran while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and her friends home from a hen party, officials and media reports said on Monday. The Bombardier Challenger 604, carrying Mina Basaran and seven of her friends …

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Syria war has killed more than 350,000 in 7 years: monitor

Beirut, March 12, 2018 (AFP) -Seven years of conflict in Syria have left more than 350,000 people dead, according to an updated overall death toll released Monday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on an extensive network of sources on the ground across …

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Three militants killed in Jammu, Kashmir

NEW DELHI, March 12 (KUNA) — Indian military sources said Monday that three local militants were killed in a face-off with security forces in Anantnag district of north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indo Asian News Agency reported, quoting army sources, that the security forces launched an operation …

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Bangladeshi passenger plane with 67 passengers crashes in Nepal

Kathmandu, March 12, 2018 (AFP) -A Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed near Kathmandu airport Monday as it was coming in to land, officials said, as firefighters battled to extinguish the burning wreckage and rescue passengers. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the football pitch …

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Iran troops thwart twin suicide attack near Pakistan border

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian news website says Revolutionary Guard troops have thwarted a twin suicide attack near the Pakistan border, killing both would-be bombers. Monday’s report by Sepahnews.com says the assailants tried to attack a border outpost belonging to the Guard on Sunday night, one was using an …

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Thousands of Indian farmers march to demand government help

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of farmers who marched up to six days from across western India arrived Monday in the country’s business capital to demand loan waivers, fair prices for their produce and other help as India’s agriculture sector struggles from years of declining earnings. The farmers, …

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