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‘Mother of all bombs’ kills 90 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- The death toll from the American military’s largest non-nuclear bomb nearly tripled Saturday, with Afghan officials saying at least 90 Islamic State fighters were killed, as US-led forces conducted clean-up operations over the rugged terrain. The GBU-43/B…

Sri Lanka trash mountain crash death toll rises to 10

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COLOMBO -- The death toll from a collapsed garbage mountain in Colombo has risen to 10 after four children died in hospital overnight from the disaster, authorities said Saturday. Colombo National hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa said two boys and two…

US multiple execution plan faces legal setbacks

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CHICAGO -- Arkansas’ plans to execute eight prisoners in just 10 days faced new setbacks Friday, after a judge blocked use of a key lethal injection drug and one of the inmates got a top court reprieve. Pulaski County Circuit…

Ready for war

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SEOUL -- North Korea denounced the US deployment of a naval strike group to the region Tuesday, warning it is ready for “war” as Washington tightens the screws on the nuclear-armed state. The strike group — which includes the Nimitz-class…

Pope still plans Egypt visit despite bombings

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will visit Egypt as planned this month despite the weekend bombings of two Coptic Christian churches that killed 44 people, a Vatican official said. “There is no doubt the Holy Father will maintain his offer…

Trump moves to quell White House infighting

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has moved to end infighting that has pitted his son-in-law against his chief strategist in an internecine battle over the soul of the White House. For the briefest of moments on Monday morning, members of his…

China world’s biggest executioner — Amnesty

BEIJING -- China executed more people in 2016 than all other nations combined, Amnesty International said Tuesday, even as death penalties in the world decreased overall. The human rights organization estimates the Asian giant alone killed “thousands” of people, a…

5.1 earthquake kills one in El Salvador

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SAN SALVADOR — A 5.1-magnitude earthquake killed at least one person and injured two others in El Salvador on Monday, officials said. The quake struck four kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface at 2352 GMT in the town of Antiguo…

Trump seeks options for eliminating NKorea nuke threat

WASHINGTON -- As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean…

Lent blastS

State of emergency in Egypt after church bombings kill 44 CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, the deadliest…

Show of force

US Navy strike group heads toward Korean peninsula WASHINGTON -- The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea’s “reckless” nuclear weapons program. The move…

Trump bucked

WASHINGTON -- Far-right backers of US President Donald Trump rebelled Friday after he ordered a missile strike to punish Syria for a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people. Bandying the hashtag #Syriahoax, leaders of the “Alt-Right” white nationalist…

Sci-fi stuff laser guns coming of age in US

WASHINGTON -- A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers — the favored weapon of the Jedi in “Star Wars” films…
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