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Saudi king ousts nephew, names son crown prince

RIYADH -- Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew as crown prince on Wednesday and installed his son Mohammed bin Salman — the first of a new generation set for power in a conservative kingdom used to ageing leaders. His appointment…

Australia gives aid to displaced civilians

THE Australian Government is providing $920,000 in humanitarian assistance to civilians displaced by the conflict in Marawi City in the southern Philippines. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the amount will be used to provide food and other supplies to…

‘Brutal regime’

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US student dies after release from North Korea CHICAGO -- Otto Warmbier, the US student released in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in detention in North Korea, died on Monday, prompting President Donald Trump to slam the…

Uprooted

GENEVA -- Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday. That number marks a jump of…

One dead as van rams pedestrians near London mosque

LONDON -- A van ploughed into pedestrians near a London mosque in early Monday, killing one man and injuring eight other people in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was “a potential terrorist attack”. The 48-year-old driver of the van…

Two dead in Mali tourist resort assault

BAMAKO -- Suspected jihadists crying “Allahu Akbar” stormed a tourist resort popular with foreigners on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako on Sunday, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead. The assault on…

US Navy IDs 7 dead sailors

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TOKYO -- The US Navy on Monday identified seven sailors killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan, smashing the side of the ship and flooding berths where the crew members were sleeping. The sailors, aged between…

Sea mishap

Missing US sailors found dead in ship damaged off Japan YOKOSUKA, Japan -t- A number of missing American sailors have been found dead in flooded areas of a destroyer that collided with a container ship off Japan’s coast, the US…

Raging critic

ALEXANDRIA, United States -- A rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire Wednesday on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and three others before he was killed by police. The 66-year-old…

Death toll up in deadly London tower blaze

LONDON -- At least 12 people perished on Wednesday after a massive inferno tore through a London apartment block, with witnesses reporting terrified residents had leapt from the tower and dropped their children in a desperate bid for survival. As…

US port bomb threat

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WASHINGTON — Bomb detection units are investigating a “potential threat” inside a container on board a docked cargo ship at a port in Charleston, South Carolina, the US Coast Guard said late on Wednesday. The terminal where the ship, the…

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

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TOKYO -- Japan passed a controversial anti-terror law on Thursday that sparked street protests and warnings from critics that it would stomp on citizens’ privacy rights and lead to over-the-top police surveillance. The upper house of parliament passed the conspiracy…

Towering inferno

LONDON — A massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block in west London before dawn Wednesday, causing dozens of casualties and trapping residents inside. Rescue services, giving an early toll, said 30 people had been hospitalized, and eyewitnesses said…
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