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Wall collapse kills 24 at Indian wedding

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JAIPUR, India -- A wall crashed down on an Indian wedding party during a storm killing at least 24 people including four children and injuring many more, police said Thursday. The concrete wall fell on guests who had taken shelter…

Trump sacks FBI chief

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI director James Comey, ousting the man heading a wide-ranging investigation into whether his aides colluded with Russia to sway last year’s US election. In a shock move that drew comparisons to…

Dark Trump cloud

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BONN -- Climate negotiators return for talks in Bonn Tuesday under the cloud of Donald Trump’s threats to pull America from the hard-fought Paris Agreement, as the president prepares to hold a special meeting to discuss US participation. After months…

Jakarta’s Christian gov jailed for blasphemy

JAKARTA -- Jakarta’s Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Islamic hardliners outside the Jakarta…

White House insists travel ban not anti-Muslim

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WASHINGTON -- Did Donald Trump’s contested travel ban deliberately single out Muslims? The US administration fiercely denied it during an appeals court hearing Monday — despite the president’s campaign call for a blanket Muslim ban. The hearing came as Trump…

Strong quake hits southern Japan

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TOKYO -- A strong earthquake hit southern Japan on Tuesday, though there was no tsunami warning nor immediate reports of damage or injuries. The magnitude 6.0 quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) in waters off the…

Macron wins

PARIS -- Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron promised Sunday to heal France’s divisions after crushing far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a pivotal presidential election that has given him a large but fragile mandate for change. At 39, the pro-EU former…

Trump’s travel ban faces new legal test

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump’s amended travel ban will face a key test on Monday, when a US appeals court is set to take on a case that has stymied the administration’s controversial efforts to bar travelers from six Muslim-majority…

SKorea’s younger voters demand change

SEOUL -- Thirty years after South Korea became a democracy, voters born in the period go to the polls Tuesday frustrated over their prospects and demanding change as growth slows and job prospects fade. The decades-long “Miracle on the Han”…

IS Afghanistan leader killed

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KABUL -- The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan — believed to be the mastermind behind several high-profile attacks including an assault on a military hospital that claimed at least 50 lives — has been killed, US and Afghan officials…

Old boy's club

SEOUL -- When Park Geun-Hye was elected South Korea's first female president five years ago she secured the largest-ever vote share of the country’s democratic era. But after her term ended in impeachment and disgrace only one of the 13…

Women take on Maduro

CARACAS -- Thousands of women dressed in white marched in Venezuela's capital Saturday to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest. Led by opposition leaders, lawmakers and Lilian Tintori --…

Macron, Le Pen face off as France elects president

PARIS -- French voters went to the polls Sunday to pick a new president, choosing between young centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a watershed election for the country and Europe. Polling day follows an unprecedented…
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