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Storms, lightning kill at least 47 in India

Storms and lightning across a swathe of northern India have killed at least 47 people, officials said Tuesday, the latest deaths from freak weather that has battered the country this month. Disaster management officials in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand states said a combined total of 47 people had died ...

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Paraguay to have its first woman president

Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down Monday ahead of schedule. Vice President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes’s mandate after he resigned to become a senator. On August 15, fellow conservative Mario Abdo ...

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Israeli defense system shoots down Gaza mortar fire

A battery of Israeli Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is seen near fire along the border with the Gaza Strip, on May 15, 2018 near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz. Photo: AFP Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile shield shot down a ...

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‘Hacked’ Qatar news site behind crisis back on Twitter

Qatar’s state-run news agency was back on Twitter on Monday for the first time since its “hacked” website carried controversial comments from the emir that sparked a Gulf crisis. In its first tweet since May 24 last year, the Qatar News Agency announced the emir had sent a message to ...

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Netanyahu says Iran can have no military presence in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he will press German and French leaders next week to support his position that Iran should have no military presence in neighbouring Syria. Netanyahu will travel to Germany and France for talks expected to focus on the US decision to withdraw from the ...

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Palestinian president Abbas leaves hospital

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas left hospital on Monday following eight days of treatment for pneumonia and pledged to return to work. The 83-year-old, dressed in a suit as usual and walking without assistance, gave a short statement on being discharged, saying he planned to be back at work in his ...

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