Tuesday , 9 February 2016

World news

Deaths As Two Trains Collide In Germany

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Police say at least nine people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured in an early-morning train crash in southern Germany. Emergency services tried to reach people trapped in the wreckage after two trains collided near the town of Bad Aibling, in Bavaria, around 7am local time on Tuesday. …

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Tanzanian Gambler Stoned To Death In Kenyan Casino After Killing Two Employees

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A Tanzanian gambler has been stoned to death by fellow players at a casino in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after he killed two of its employees, police say. The man lost his temper when he was refused an advance to try to win back the $300 ($210) he had lost, Nairobi police …

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Hong Kong Lunar New Year Celebrations Erupt In Violence

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Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebrations have descended into chaos as protesters and police clashed at a street market, leaving dozens injured or arrested. Riot police used batons and pepper spray and fired warning shots into the air early on Tuesday after authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a …

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More Than 400 Refugees Have Died Trying To Cross Mediterranean Sea Into Europe In 2016

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More than 400 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and refugee crossings in the first six weeks of 2016 are running at nearly ten times the rate of the same period last year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. The IOM reported on Tuesday that …

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Car Bomb Kills 3, Injures 14 In Syria’s Damascus

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A car bomb struck close to a market and a police club in the north of the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, causing casualties, state media reported. SANA news agency said at least three people were killed and 14 injured in a “terrorist car bomb” attack near a vegetable market in …

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Australians Rally Against Removal Of Asylum Seekers

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Dozens of rallies have taken place across Australia as protesters called on the government to stop the deportation of scores of asylum seekers after a failed legal challenge in the High Court last week. Monday’s demonstrations came as five state and territory ministers urged Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to let the …

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Three Afghan Soldiers Killed In Blast Near Army Camp

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At least three Afghan soldiers have been killed and 18 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up near an army minibus in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, according to officials. The attack took place in Dehdadi district near the Afghan Army 209 corps, which serves as the northern army command. “Three Afghan …

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At Least 33 Refugees Drown Off Turkish Coast

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At least 33 refugees drowned off Turkey’s Aegean coast as they tried to reach a Greek island, and a search and rescue operation was under way for the remaining passengers. Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency, which reported the 33 deaths on Monday, said that one boat set sail from Turkey’s Edremit coastal district …

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8-Year-Old Girl Pulled Out Alive From Taiwan Earthquake Rubble

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An eight-year-old girl has been pulled alive from the wreckage of a collapsed building in Tainan, the fourth to be rescued on Monday, more than 60 hours after a powerful quake struck southern Taiwan. Rescuers also saved the girl’s aunt as they raced against time to find more than 100 residents buried deep in the …

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Turkey And Germany Agree On Plan To Ease Refugee Crisis

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Turkey and Germany have agreed on a set of measures to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aiming to halt attacks against Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. On Monday in Ankara, officials from the two countries added that they would push to curb illegal migration. German Chancellor …

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Syria Threatens To Send Back Any Foreign Troop ‘In Coffins’

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Foreign army soldiers who enter Syria without government consent would “return home in wooden coffins”, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said, in a warning to Saudi Arabia. Muallem’s statement at a news conference on Saturday came two days after Riyadh said it would send troops to Syria if the US-led coalition fighting …

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Thousands Of Syrians Brave Cold, Rain At Turkish Border

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Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have gathered near a border crossing with Turkey after fleeing a major government offensive on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that his country would keep its “open border policy” for the refugees, adding that 5,000 …

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North Korea Launches Long-range Rocket Despite Warnings

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North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month. State media said on Sunday the launch to put a satellite into space was a “complete success” and vowed to continue launching satellites …

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More Than 3,100 Pregnant Colombian Women Have Zika

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More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents fetus’ brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine …

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Actor Declared Brain Dead After Simulated Hanging Scene Goes Wrong

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An Italian actor has been declared brain dead after being strangled on stage when a hanging scene went wrong in the central region of Tuscany, a judicial source said on Friday. The Teatro Lux in Pisa said in a statement it was closing for 10 days because “following the unthinkable tragedy …

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Syria War: Fresh Clashes Near Aleppo As Refugee Crisis Grows

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Fierce clashes have been reported near Aleppo in northern Syria, as government forces try to surround rebels holed up in the strategic city. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said about 120 fighters on both sides had been killed around the town of Ratyan on Friday. As many as 20,000 …

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Twitter Freezes 125,000 Accounts Over ‘Terror Content’

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Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, as part of a stepped-up effort to eradicate “terrorist content” on the popular messaging platform. The social network has said the accounts were frozen since mid-2015 “for threatening or …

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Congo To Probe Alleged s*x Abuse By Peacekeeers In CAR

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The Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into allegations of child s*xual abuse involving its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). “Under a memorandum of understanding between the Congolese government and the office of the UN secretary general it has been decided that an administrative …

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Burundi Govt. Accused Of Hunting Refugees In Tanzania Camps

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Refugees from Burundi, who fled violence in their country to neighbouring Tanzania, have accused their government of sending armed men into a UN-run refugee camp to hunt down opposition supporters. Several refugees have told Al Jazeera that they fear for their lives and that there is no adequate security in the …

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Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Taiwan

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Rescue teams were racing to find survivors after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern Taiwan, killing at least seven people, injuring scores and trapping many under rubble. More than 1,200 firefighters scrambled with ladders, cranes and other equipment to the ruins of a 17-floor residential building in the city of Tainan …

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