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Indian troops shoot dead 4 in fresh election bloodshed

KOLKATA – Five people were killed in fresh election bloodshed in the Indian state of West Bengal on Saturday, including four shot dead by paramilitary troops “in self-defence”, officials said. West Bengal in eastern India has seen thousands killed in decades of political violence, and the current state election campaign ...

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Japan steps up marijuana warnings following legalization in NYC

(photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images) TOKYO – Following the recent legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in New York and New Jersey, the Foreign Ministry in Japan is urging its citizens visiting or living in those states to continue to stay away from the drug. The ...

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Prince Philip dead at age 99

(Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP / Files) LONDON – Britain’s Prince Philip, a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died Friday at age 99, Buckingham Palace announced. The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once ...

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US climate envoy Kerry praises but prods coal-hungry India

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. File/AFP US climate envoy John Kerry has praised India as a “world leader” in renewable energy but said during a visit to the fossil fuel-dependent nation that the globe needs to phase out coal faster. India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of ...

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Britain slams ‘bullying’ Myanmar over London embassy standoff

Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, waits unsuccessfully for an answer on the intercom, as police officers stand on duty outside the Myanmar Embassy in London. – AFP LONDON (AFP) – Britain condemned “bullying” by the Myanmar junta after the country’s ambassador to London was ousted in ...

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Xi urges Europe to ‘make positive efforts with China’ in Merkel call

Photo by Wu Zhiyi/China Daily BEIJING – President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call Wednesday that he hoped Europe would “make positive efforts with China”, Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. The call ...

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Talks to save Iran nuclear deal get off to good start

Representatives of the European Union and Iran attend nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel Vienna in Austria on Tuesday. Photo: Lars Ternes/EU delegation in Vienna via APA/DPAR VIENNA – Iran, Russia and the United States reacted positively Tuesday to the opening exchanges in a first day of talks in Vienna ...

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Boris Johnson to launch ”COVID status certification” scheme

AP Photo LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set out plans to develop a “COVID status certification” scheme to enable the safe return of mass gatherings and indoor events as lockdown restrictions eased in England.  Football cup finals, the World Snooker Championship, a comedy club, and ...

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UK to announce new international travel rules

Source: Tolga Akmen/AFP LONDON – Britain will set out plans to restart international travel, using a “traffic-light” system as the country cautiously emerges from lockdown. The UK has set a tentative date of May 17 to relaunch foreign travel, currently banned except for a handful of permitted reasons. This has ...

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