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Day of mourning

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BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan - Pakistan began Eid in mourning Monday as the death toll in an oil tanker explosion rose to 153, with scores injured after they were caught in a fireball while scooping up spilled fuel. Dozens of relatives were…

South Korea’s Moon heads to US as North threat grows

SEOUL -- South Korea’s dovish new President Moon Jae-In — who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North — heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish US counterpart Donald Trump, as Pyongyang defies international sanctions to accelerate its…

Myanmar, Thailand torch $1-B seized drugs

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YANGON -- Myanmar and Thailand started torching nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as law enforcement struggles to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region. The burnings, to mark world…

Protest welcome for Xi

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters on Monday draped a black flag over a statue symbolizing the city’s return to China by Britain, days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the handover. High-profile…

Save the planet, world mayors urge G20 leaders

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PARIS -- Dozens of city mayors from around the world — including Washington, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney — on Monday called on G20 leaders to stick to their commitments on tackling climate change. In a joint text distributed to…

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…
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