Saturday, 20 April 2019

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6.1 strong earthquake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people. In the capital Taipei, highrises swayed while some panicked schoolchildren fled their classrooms in eastern Yilan county, according to reports. The quake was felt across the island and a highway connecting Yilan and ...

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Paris: Fire ravages world heritage Notre Dame Cathedral

PARIS: The roof of world famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris fell to the ground on Monday when a massive fire ripped through the building. The church not only houses many historical artifacts and artwork but is itself history incarnated. The cathedral is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site ...

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Julian Assange arrested in London

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s nearly seven-year stay at Ecuador’s embassy in London came to an abrupt end on Thursday when police entered the building and arrested him after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. Assange has been living at the embassy in London’s plush Knightsbridge district since 2012 when he sought ...

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Abducted American tourist, tour guide in Uganda rescued

KAMPALA: An American tourist and her tour guide, who were abducted in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park on April 2, have been rescued by security forces, a government spokesperson has confirmed. “Both were rescued from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are safely back in Kanungu district in Uganda,” ...

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High alert in Tripoli after renegade leader orders advance

TRIPOLI: Libya’s internationally-backed government is deploying forces in and around the capital, Tripoli, after renegade General Khalifa Haftar on Thursday ordered his eastern military forces to advance on the city, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias. The UN Security Council has called for an emergency meeting on ...

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India moves tanks, troops to Rajasthan, Punjab borders

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has started a major mobilisation of military tanks and deployed troops along the international border in Rajasthan and Punjab, Times of India reported. Armoured formations from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh were deployed to border outposts, the report said. The development comes amid reports of ...

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At least 4 killed in Bangladesh 22-storey building fire

DHAKA: At least four people were killed in a deadly fire that broke out in a 22-storey building in Dhaka’s Banani area on Thursday, in the latest blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon in the building that houses several garment shops and internet service ...

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Death toll in China chemical plant blast jumps to 44

YANCHENG: The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China surged to 44 on Friday, making it one of the country’s worst industrial accidents in recent years. At least 90 other people were seriously injured in Thursday afternoon’s blast at the industrial park in Yancheng, ...

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Czech model trying to smuggle narcotics jailed in Pakistan

A Pakistani court has sentenced a 22-year-old Czech model to eight years and eight months in prison on charges of drug trafficking. The court in the eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, sentenced Tereza Hluskova on Wednesday. According to the court, Hluskova was arrested in possession of ...

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