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26 killed in Bangladesh boat accident

Reuters Photo/Mohammad Ponir Hossain DHAKA – At least 26 people were killed when a speedboat packed with passengers collided with a vessel transporting sand on Monday in the latest maritime disaster to hit Bangladesh. Police said the speedboat carrying about three dozen passengers from the town of Mawa rammed into ...

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Blinken presents new North Korea approach

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool) LONDON – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday opened the Group of Seven s first in-person talks in two years by presenting the new administration s fresh approach on North Korea, which has already denounced it. With Covid raging in India but increasingly coming under control ...

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Festival stampede kills at least 44 in Israel

AP Photo At least 44 people died and 103 were injured after midnight Thursday due to a stampede at an Israeli festival attended by tens of thousands of people, local media reported. The tragedy happened in Mount Meron in northern Israel during a festival celebrated every year on the eve ...

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Iran welcomes Saudi change of tone, sees “new chapter”

File photo of Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh. /Getty TEHRAN – Iran welcomed a “change of tone” from Saudi Arabia that could clear the way to a new era of cooperation between the rival regional powers. The Islamic republic has been “a pioneer on the path to regional cooperation ...

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India grieves 200,000 dead with many more probably uncounted

AP Photo NEW DELHI – Three days after his coronavirus symptoms appeared, Rajendra Karan struggled to breathe. Instead of waiting for an ambulance, his son drove him to a government hospital in Lucknow, the capital of India’s largest state. But the hospital wouldn’t let him in without a registration slip ...

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Biden pleads for unity, warns of Chinese threat

REUTERS/Charles Mostoller WASHINGTON – United States President Joe Biden proposed a sweeping new US$1.8 trillion (S$2.3 trillion) plan in a speech to a joint session to Congress on Wednesday (April 28), pleading with Republican lawmakers to work with him on divisive issues and to meet the stiff competition posed by ...

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NATO says Afghanistan withdrawal has begun

AFP / File Photo BRUSSELS – NATO has started the withdrawal of its mission from Afghanistan following a decision by President Joe Biden to bring US forces home, an alliance official said Thursday. Members of the US-backed alliance agreed this month to wrap up their 9,600-strong mission in Afghanistan after ...

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Diners at clandestine Paris soiree fined for lockdown breaches

(FILES) (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) PARIS – More than 110 people dining at a clandestine restaurant were fined late yesterday for violating a Covid-19 lockdown, Paris police said, days after the government denied allegations that ministers had attended similar underground soirees. The swoop in the French capital’s 19th ...

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26 killed after quake rocks Indonesia’s Java island

JAKARTA – At least 26 people were killed after a 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s main Java island, its disaster agency said Saturday, as the country reels from a cyclone disaster in another part of the archipelago. The afternoon quake hit offshore about 45 kilometres southwest ...

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