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Former military chief gets life sentence for coup in Turkey

Former military chief gets life sentence for coup in Turkey

Aug 05, ISTANBUL — In a landmark trial, scores of people — including Turkey’s former military chief, politicians and journalists — were convicted on Monday of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government soon after it came to power in 2002. Retired Gen. Ilker Basbug was the most prominent defendant among some 250 […]

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Norway tunnel fire leaves dozens injured

Norway tunnel fire leaves dozens injured

Aug 05, OSLO, Norway — A semi-trailer truck caught fire in Norway’s second-longest tunnel Monday, leading to the evacuation of 160 people — 55 of whom were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation and other injuries. The truck caught fire 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) into the tunnel in a district east of Bergen, police spokesman Jorn […]

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Firefighters battle large wildfire west of Spain’s capital

Firefighters battle large wildfire west of Spain’s capital

Aug 04, MADRID – A Spanish official says more than 550 firefighters backed by 17 water-carrying aircraft are trying to bring a large wildfire under control 92 kilometers (57 miles) west of Madrid. Regional government spokesman Francisco Jose Sanchez says that although the flames, which were first detected Saturday, are still raging out of control […]

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Istanbul riot police use tear gas to break up protests

Istanbul riot police use tear gas to break up protests

Aug 04, Istanbul – Police wearing riot gear used water cannon, tear gas, and rubber bullets to disperse a few hundred protesters who had gathered in a pedestrian shopping area near Taksim Square on Saturday night. Many bars and restaurants are located on Istikal Caddesi street, which is usually full of both locals and foreign […]

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France’s top cop assures tourists Paris is safe

France’s top cop assures tourists Paris is safe

Aug 02, PARIS — Visitors to Paris take note: Interior Minister Manuel Valls assures you that the City of Light is dealing with the pickpockets and petty criminals that have recently targeted tourists. France’s top cop toured some major sites Friday, from the Louvre Museum to the Eiffel Tower, to check on his tourist-friendly plan […]

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Second teenager arrested over rape of 12-year-old girl in London

Second teenager arrested over rape of 12-year-old girl in London

Aug. 02, London – A second teenager has been arrested over the “brutal rape” of a 12-year-old girl in east London. The girl was pinned down and attacked by two males in a secluded area of Walthamstow at about 00:15 BST on 27 July, police said. A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Thursday. Another 17-year-old […]

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Mass hot air balloon launch in France soars past record

Mass hot air balloon launch in France soars past record

Aug 02, PARIS — A hot air balloon festival at a former NATO airfield in eastern France broke two records in as many days this week — first by sending up 408 piloted balloons in an hour, then by lining up 391 balloons on the runways and sending them up together. The sound of hundreds […]

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Italy’s Supreme Court Upholds 4 Year Prison Term For Ex PM Berlusconi

Italy’s Supreme Court Upholds 4 Year Prison Term For Ex PM Berlusconi

Aug 01, – Berlusconi faces house arrest or community service instead of going to jail because of his age – he is 76. His lawyers had asked judges at Rome’s Court of Cassation to overturn a one-year jail sentence and political ban. Italy’s Supreme Court has upheld the prison sentence given to ex-Prime Minister Silvio […]

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Snowden receives temporary asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport

Snowden receives temporary asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport

Aug 01, MOSCOW — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for one year, his lawyer said Thursday. Anatoly Kucherena said that Snowden’s whereabouts will be kept secret for security reasons. The former NSA systems analyst was stuck at Moscow’s […]

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