Monday, 24 September 2018

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Catalan separatists rally in Barcelona in show of strength

BARCELONA: Around one million Catalans rallied in Barcelona, banging drums and blowing whistles in a show of support for independence nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain. Wearing coral-red T-shirts and waving the red, yellow and blue Catalan separatist flag, a sea of protesters gathered ...

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Indian bus plunges into valley, 20 dead

HYDERABAD: In a ghastly tragedy, as many as 52 people were killed and more than 20 others injured when a state-run overcrowded bus fell into a gorge in Telangana’s Jagtial district. The bus belonging to the Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from ...

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Climate extremes ‘key driver’ behind rising global hunger: UN

UN: Extreme weather events were a leading cause of global hunger rising last year, with women, babies, and old people particularly vulnerable to the worsening trend, a UN report said. Increasingly frequent shocks such as extreme rainfall or temperatures, as well as droughts, storms, and floods, helped push the number ...

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Over hundred dead after two migrant boats sank off Libya

AFP PARIS: More than 100 migrants, including at least 20 children, died when two boats sank off the coast of Libya early this month, according to Doctors without Borders (MSF), citing survivors. The witnesses told MSF that two inflatable boats had left the Libyan coast on September 1, each with ...

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Saudi royal says jewels stolen at Paris Ritz

PARIS – A member of the Saudi royal family has reported the theft of hundreds of thousands of euros’ worth of jewellery from her hotel room at the Ritz hotel in Paris, police sources said Monday. The person, who was not identified by name, said the theft – which would ...

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NYC subway station buried by 9/11 open again

NEW YORK: Just days before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, trains are once again running through a New York City subway station buried when the Twin Towers fell 17 years ago. People cheered, clapped and held their phones up to record the event as a train rolled to ...

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Protesters block route of Serbian leader in Kosovo

MITROVICA: Hundreds of Kosovar Albanians blocked access to a village due to be visited by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Sunday, an AFP journalist said, as a festering row over Kosovo independence clouds hopes that the war foes can normalise relations. Demonstrators used vehicles and tree trunks to create a barricade ...

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North Korea holds 70th anniversary parade, without ICBMs

PYONGYANG: Thousands of North Korean troops followed by artillery and tanks paraded through Pyongyang Sunday as the nuclear-armed country celebrated its 70th birthday, but it refrained from displaying the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with sanctions. Instead leader Kim Jong Un showed off his friendship with China, ...

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7 wounded including 2 British tourists in Paris knife attack

PARIS: Seven people including two British tourists were wounded Sunday in Paris after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar, according to police and other sources. A source close to the inquiry said the suspect, believed to be an Afghan national, has been ...

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Bangkok meet fails to finalise draft on climate change rules

BANGKOK: An international meeting in Bangkok fell short of its aim of completing fruitful preparations to help an agreement be reached in December on guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. The six-day meeting, which ended on Sunday, was scheduled to step up progress in the battle against ...

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