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At least 23 killed, scores injured as Indian train derails

NEW DELHI (AFP) – At least 23 people were killed and around 100 injured after an express train derailed in southeast India Saturday night in the latest disaster to hit one of the world s largest rail networks. Eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express derailed at 11:00 pm (1730 GMT) near Kuneru railway

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Thousands of Australians kick off anti-Trump Women’s March day

SYDNEY (AFP) – Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday took to the streets in reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration, kicking off the Women’s March day of global protest against the new US president. Several thousand women and men joined the movement in central Sydney and a similar number turned out in Melbourne, AFP

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Anti-Trump protesters set to flood Washington

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women’s rights groups are set to converge on Washington Saturday to send a defiant message to America’s new president, Donald Trump. The flag-waving crowds who turned out to cheer Trump’s inauguration will make way for a coalition of protesters who fear an erosion of women’s

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Bin Laden documents: worry over Daesh tactics, ‘aging’ Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Months before his death, Osama bin Laden fretted about the Daesh group’s impatient, violent tactics and the fading of Al-Qaeda, documents released by the CIA showed. The latest release from the trove of documents found when Navy Seals stormed the Al-Qaeda chief’s secret Pakistan compound and killed him in 2011 show bin

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Three dead, 20 hurt as car rams Melbourne shoppers

MELBOURNE (AFP) – A car ploughed into pedestrians on a popular shopping strip in the heart of Australia’s second-largest city on Friday, killing three people including a young child and injuring dozens more. Police said they were not considering the incident an act of terrorism. Witnesses described “bodies flying through the air” and people running

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Trump to be sworn in as 45th US president

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday — capping his improbable journey to the White House and beginning a four-year term that promises to shake up Washington and the world. An estimated 800,000 people will gather on the National Mall in the center of the

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Obama warns Trump, tells supporters ‘we’ll be okay’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama vowed to speak up if Donald Trump threatens core US values and reassured Americans “we’ll be okay” Wednesday, in a political swansong after eight years as president. During his final press conference and public appearance before Trump’s inauguration on Friday, the 55-year-old said he was stepping back but would return to

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Dozens of Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse

TEHRAN (AFP) – Dozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran s oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire. State television said 200 firefighters had been called to the scene and “tens” may have been inside when the building collapsed. Many had

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Iran ‘hostile’ to US involvement in Syria talks

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported. “We are hostile to their presence and we have not invited them,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late Tuesday, according to the Tasnim news agency. That goes against the

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Syria rebels, regime split on aim of Astana talks

BEIRUT (AFP) – Regime and rebel figures will head to Kazakhstan on Monday for negotiations on ending Syria s brutal war, but will arrive with diametrically opposed approaches to the aims of the talks. Damascus has insisted it will seek a “comprehensive” political solution to the nearly six-year conflict at the meeting, while rebels say they

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