Monday, 24 June 2019

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Spain’s Sagrada Familia gets building permit after 137 years

Construction of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia may have started 137 years ago, but the emblematic basilica only got a building permit… on Friday. The Spanish seaside city council awarded the license to a committee in charge of finishing construction of the Catholic temple for 4.6 million euros ($5.2 million), Janet Sanz, ...

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Vietnamese man jailed for plotting terror attack

HANOI: A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to six years in jail for terrorism and weapons possession after he was convicted for smuggling a cache of guns into the country from Cambodia, a court official said. Terror-related crimes are rare in the one-party communist state, where a hardline administration in ...

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Rise in attacks on Afghan schools alarming: UNICEF

KABUL: A latest UNICEF report has pointed out alarming rise in the attacks on schools in the war-torn Afghanistan. The report released on Tuesday has counted around 200 attacks on schools last year alone, thereby cutting children’s access to education amid worsening security situation. Attacks on schools have surged from ...

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Dozens missing in collapse at Myanmar jade mine

NAY PYI TAW: More than 50 people went missing after a landslide hit major jade mining area in the country’s northern Kachin state, an official said. The accident occurred near Maw Wun kalay village in Hpakant Township when a mud-filter pond, situated in an old mining site, collapsed last night ...

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Journalist killed in ‘terrorist attack’ in Northern Ireland

LONDON: A 29-year-old journalist was killed night in Northern Ireland in a “terrorist incident,” local police said. Lyra McKee, who had been observing a police operation in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry, was shot dead, according to the police. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the shooting ...

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German police raid NGO offices for alleged Hamas ties

BERLIN: German police raided offices of several non-governmental organizations, alleging that they provided support to the Palestinian resistance group Hamas. Around 90 properties across Germany, including offices of WWR Help und Ansaar International, were searched by the police, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. “There are indications that they ...

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Turkey ‘disappointed’ over EU’s local elections remarks

ANKARA: Turkey was “disappointed” over European Commission’s first vice president’s remarks on local elections, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman said.  “Turkish people went to the polls on March 31 with a participation rate that is seen in European countries rarely, and they once again showed their commitment to democracy. “Nevertheless, ...

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