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11 Philippine soldiers killed in 'friendly fire'

June 01, 2017

MANILA: Eleven Philippine soldiers were killed and seven others injured in a "friendly fire" incident in the city of Marawi, defence officials said on Thursday. Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told the media here that the soldiers were killed and wounded in airstrikes aimed at Islamist militants on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. "One...

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Malaysia Airlines plane forced to return to Melbourne

June 01, 2017

MELBOURNE: A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to return to the Melbourne airport after a man who claiming to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of the aircraft, police said on Thursday. Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was forced to return after take-off at 11.11 p.m. on Wednesday night when a 25-year-old student from S...

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Obamas purchase their Washington D.C. rental house

June 01, 2017

WASHINGTON: Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have purchased a house they were renting in Washington, D.C. for a whopping $8.1 million, the media reported. "Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent th...

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80 killed, hundreds wounded in Kabul suicide attack

May 31, 2017

KABUL: A water tanker loaded with explosives blew up amid a deafening roar near the German Embassy here on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, wounding around 350 and causing widespread destruction, authorities said. The massive explosion, which occurred at 8.22 a.m. during rush hour traffic in downtown Kabul, destroyed at least 50 vehicles and...

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Huge blast in Kabul, casualties feared

May 31, 2017

KABUL: A huge explosion rocked the Afghan capital on Wednesday, causing dozens of casualties and wounding over 60, according to local media. The suspected car bomb took place around 8.30 a.m. close to the Zanbaq square in the 10th police district of the city, according to Khaama News which quoted Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish. "Ther...

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N.Korea claims successful test of ballistic missile

May 30, 2017

SEOUL: North Korea on Tuesday announced that it succeeded in the latest launch of a ballistic missile, which it said features a new high-precision guidance system and a quick launch process, according to state media reports. Leader Kim Jong-un observed the test-firing of a "precision-guided ballistic rocket capable of making ultra-precision strike...

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8 injured in Japan kindergarten bus accident

May 30, 2017

TOKYO: Eight people, including six children, were injured on Tuesday as a kindergarten shuttle bus rammed onto a sidewalk in Japan, police said. The incident took place around 8 a.m., in the city of Yao, Osaka prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported. The injured also included a nursery teacher, as well as the driver of the bus. They all sustaine...

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Storm kills 11 in Moscow

May 30, 2017

MOSCOW: At least 11 people were killed when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, officials said. Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help, BBC reported on Monday. Reports say that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain. The win...

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Trump honours service members in Memorial Day speech

May 30, 2017

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump offered a solemn tribute to America's service members during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, honoring those who gave their lives in war and those serving in defence of the country. "Here at this hallowed shrine, we honour the noblest among us, the men and women who paid the ultimate pric...

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Europe can't rely on US, says Merkel

May 29, 2017

'German Chancellor Angela Merkel flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Trump.' BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her experience at international summits featuring US President Donald Trump showed her Europe cannot "completely" rely on Washington and other longstanding allies, the media reported. "The times ...

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