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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

GENEVA— Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet, saying he died after a short unspecified illness. “Wherever there was suffering or need, ...

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India floods: death toll rises to at least 324 as thousands await rescue

NEW DELHI — Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where at least 324 have died and much of the state is partially submerged. Heavy rains began hitting parts of the state again Saturday morning, slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and ...

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in Sandy Hook massacre lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas – Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was accused in court filings Friday of destroying evidence relevant to the case of families from Sandy Hook Elementary School, who are suing him for claiming the massacre was a hoax. Attorneys for two Sandy Hook victims noted that Jones said during a recent broadcast of his radio program that he’d told his ...

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China: Turkey can overcome 'temporary' economic crisis

China says Turkey will overcome its “temporary” economic crisis, arguing that a “stable” Turkey plays a major role in maintaining “regional peace and stability.” The Turkish lira has lost about 30 percent of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of August. The currency crash occurred in the wake of tensions with the United States. The detention of ...

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China military likely training for strikes on US: Pentagon

The Pentagon claims China has expanded its bomber operations, and is “likely training for strikes” against the United States. A Pentagon report released on Thursday said Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible. “Over the last three years, the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in ...

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Guterres hopes for deepening of UN-Pak cooperation

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warmly congratulated Imran Khan on the assumption of office as prime minister. In a congratulatory letter, UN chief hopes for deepening of UN-Pak cooperation in various fields, including the world body’s flagship peacekeeping operations around the globe. Pakistan, the Secretary-General said has been U.N.’s reliable partner, particularly in peacekeeping and via active support of ...

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Israel kills Palestinians as March of Return continues

At least three Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces in separate incidents on Friday as tensions continue in the occupied Palestinian territories following US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city. Israeli scurity forces killed two Palestinians and wounded scores of ...

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Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced on its Twitter page. Annan, who served as the seventh UN chief for almost 10 years and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, died in the Swiss capital of Bern on Saturday. “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi ...

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 rattles southern Costa Rica, Panama; no damage reported

The quake's epicentre was 19 km (11.7 miles) north of the town of Golfito, the country`s southernmost port and a surfing destination. The largest nearby city was David in Panama, some 87 km (54 miles) southwest.

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China complains about Pentagon report, calls it 'pure guesswork'

BEIJING: China`s Defence Ministry has lodged a complaint with the United States about a Pentagon report that said China`s military was likely training for strikes against the United States and its allies, saying it was “pure guesswork”. The assessment, at a time of heightened US-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China`s efforts to increase ...

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