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‘Shame on you!’ student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally FORT LAUDERDALE, United States -- A survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, as…

American horror story

POMPANO BEACH, United States -- US President Donald Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital to offer comfort to those wounded in a mass school shooting, after the FBI admitted it mishandled a tip about the troubled teen behind the…

13 Russians indicted for US poll interference

WASHINGTON -- The US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump. The indictment --…

Strong quake shakes Mexico, causing panic

MEXICO CITY -- A strong earthquake shook southern and central Mexico Friday, causing panic less than six months after two devastating quakes that killed hundreds of people. No buildings collapsed, according to early reports. But two towns near the epicenter,…

Brawling family of 23 removed from cruise ship

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SYDNEY -- Twenty-three members of the same family have been removed from a cruise ship near Sydney after a brawl that left several injured, reports said, just days after a separate incident forced another liner to return to port. Police…

Troubled youth

PARKLAND, United States — A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed…

Syrians brave IS mines to return home

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RAQA, Syria -- Mohammed Kuraji returned to Syria’s Raqa to prepare a homecoming but ended up organising a funeral. Stepping into his home, an unexploded mine detonated and killed his elderly father. “It was terrifying. The blast was so strong…

Valentine massacre

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PARKLAND, United States — Authorities in Florida could offer no explanation Wednesday night as to why a former student armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a high school earlier that day, killing at least 17 people. Broward County…

US Senate bipartisan group bares immigration plan, defying Trump

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WASHINGTON -- With US immigration reform efforts hanging by a thread, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise plan Wednesday to protect so-called “Dreamers” and boost border security, defying President Donald Trump’s demand to embrace his more hardline plan.…

Stormy ‘affair’

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer told the New York Times Tuesday he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an affair with Trump. The attorney, Michael Cohen, said that he…

Pain killer maker on offensive as scrutiny mounts

WASHINGTON -- Accused of profiting from a deadly opioid crisis ravaging middle class America, the maker of the world’s best-selling pain medication went on the offensive Tuesday in the face of increasing scrutiny. Purdue Pharma, a privately-held firm that made…

Coal-loving Poland struggles with killer smog

WARSAW -- Smog kills tens of thousands of Poles each year, yet environmental activists say the right-wing government of the coal-loving nation has been dragging its feet on combatting air pollution. On some winter days, a grey haze obscures the…

Under bombs, Syria rescuers lose their own as they save others

MEDEIRA, Syria -- For years, Samir Salim and his three brothers rescued neighbours and relatives pinned underground after bombardment on Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. But last week, they could not save their own mother. Crouched atop the rubble of their…
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