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At least six killed in knife fight in China’s Changsha city

At least six killed in knife fight in China’s Changsha city

Mar 14, – At least six people died after a knifing incident in central China’s Changsha city, state media reported on Friday, in what appeared to be a dispute involving market vendors from the restive far western region of Xinjiang. Police shot dead one assailant, the official Xinhua news agency said. Unverified photos circulating online […]

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Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns

Nov 24, MILAN — Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has erupted again, showering volcanic ash on towns dotting the mountain’s slopes and nearby Taormina. The eruption Saturday did not force any evacuations, but a highway was closed for half an hour as a precaution. Authorities also briefly closed two of four air corridors serving […]

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Passenger jet crashes in Russian city of Kazan, 50 killed

Passenger jet crashes in Russian city of Kazan, 50 killed

Nov 17, Moscow — A Boeing 737 belonging to a domestic Russian airline crashed Sunday while attempting to land at an airport in western Tatarstan, killing all 50 people on board, Russia’s emergency situations ministry said. “According to preliminary information, all the people on board the flight, 44 passengers and six crew members, were killed,” […]

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European Parliament clears way for UAE Schengen visa exemption

European Parliament clears way for UAE Schengen visa exemption

Oct 22, – Brussels: The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has voted with overwhelming majority in favour of listing the UAE among nations to be granted visa-free access to Schengen countries. Sulaiman Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to the European Union, said that the vote is a huge diplomatic achievement for […]

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Italy PM survives vote after Berlusconi about-face

Italy PM survives vote after Berlusconi about-face

Oct 02, ROME — Silvio Berlusconi made a stunning about-face Wednesday and threw his support behind the government of Premier Enrico Letta in a confidence vote, acknowledging defeat on the Senate floor after defections in his party robbed him of the backing he needed to bring down the government. The three-time premier took the floor […]

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Locals applaud car-free month in Korean city

Locals applaud car-free month in Korean city

Oct 01. – Local resident Lee Seung-ryong is riding a Segway around Haenggun Plaza in Suwon. He’s currently working as a volunteer at the EcoMobility World Festival, which has been underway in his neighborhood this month. “I like the Segway because it doesn’t use coal or oil,” the 29-year old says. “But, walking is probably […]

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Dubai: 10-year jail for woman who smuggled cocaine in bra

Dubai: 10-year jail for woman who smuggled cocaine in bra

Sep 26, Dubai: A woman who smuggled 1.2 kilograms of cocaine through Dubai International Airport has been given a 10-year jail term. The Dubai Court of First Instance also fined the 30-year-old Thai woman, P.J., Dh50,000. Presiding judge Mohammad Al Batal said P.J. will be deported following the completion of her jail term. The woman […]

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Obama to address Iran, Syria in UN speech

Obama to address Iran, Syria in UN speech

Sep 24, NEW YORK — Seeking to build on diplomatic opportunities, President Barack Obama is expected to signal his willingness to engage with the new Iranian government if Tehran makes nuclear concessions long sought by the U.S. and Western allies. Obama, in a planned address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, also […]

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Snake grounds Qantas jet with 370 passengers in Sydney

Snake grounds Qantas jet with 370 passengers in Sydney

Sep 24, – A tiny exotic snake was found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner, leading to 370 passengers being grounded in Sydney overnight, the airline said on Monday. Staff found the 20-centimetre Mandarin Rat Snake in the passenger cabin near the door late on Sunday before passengers were due to board the flight bound […]

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Syrian children return to school amid war

Syrian children return to school amid war

Sep 19, – Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government-controlled areas returned to school this week despite the civil war that has left almost 4,000 schools — one in five — damaged, destroyed or sheltering displaced families. In Damascus, the Syrian capital, a frequent target of mortar shells fired by rebels entrenched in […]

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