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Boy sparks deadly NY fire – 12 killed in apartment blaze

NEW YORK, Dec 30, (Agencies): A three-year-old boy playing with stove burners accidentally ignited the fire that ripped through a New York apartment building, killing 12 people including four children, the city’s fire department chief said Friday. The blaze broke out Thursday evening in a 25-apartment building near the Bronx …

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Albania losing its eagle to rampant poaching

It is Albania’s national symbol, but the eagle may soon only be found on the flag. The majestic bird is threatened with extinction due to widespread poaching of raptors. On the side of a national motorway, just 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the capital Tirana, a vendor offers motorists …

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No dent in US ties over Jerusalem – Arab parliament seeks to thwart Israel’s UNSC membership

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 28, (Agencies): Kuwaiti-US relations have not been jeopardized by the Kuwaiti opposition to the US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah has affirmed. Relations between the two countries are strategic and extend to partnership on various realms, Al-Jarallah told reporters Wednesday …

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Blast ‘act of terror’: Putin – Footage of bomber spreads online

MOSCOW, Dec 28, (AFP): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said an explosion that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket, wounding 13 people, was an act of terror, as footage of the suspected bomber spread on the internet. Speaking at a meeting with military officers in the Kremlin, Putin ordered …

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Suicide bombers in Afghanistan slay 41 – DAESH claims attack

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec 28, (Agencies): A brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State group devastated a two-story Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and wounding another 84, many suffering severe burns from the intensity of the explosions. The IS-linked Aamaq news …

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‘GCC operating despite Qatar crisis’

DUBAI, Dec 27, (RTRS): Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday that the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council would continue to operate despite a row among three of its members and Qatar that it has unsuccessfully sought to mediate. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain plus non-GCC member Egypt …

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Iran parliament nod for Jerusalem-Palestine bill

TEHRAN, Dec 27, (Agencies): Iranian lawmakers, with 198 votes in favor and one abstained, approved Wednesday the outlines of a bill to support Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Law tasks the Presiding Board of the Parliament to “deepen and broaden …

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Leaders must use care on social media: Obama

Former president Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside. Obama did not, however, directly mention …

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Baghdad pins high hopes on donors’ confab due in Kuwait ’18: Al-Jubouri

BAGHDAD, Dec 26, (KUNA): The Iraqi people are pinning high hopes on the international donors’ conference to be hosted by the State of Kuwait early next year, Saleem al- Jubouri, Speaker of Iraq’s Parliament, said on Monday. Al-Jubouri made the statement while receiving Kuwait’s Ambassador to Iraq Salem Al- Zamanan, …

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Macron tightens screws on migrants – Policy taints ‘human touch’

PARIS, Dec 26, (AP): It’s getting colder and colder, the clock is ticking and regional authorities are scrambling to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s deadline: get migrants off France’s streets and out of forest hideouts by year’s end. That won’t likely happen, and Macron’s government is now tightening the screws: ramping …

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