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Saudi Arabian king, HH King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques announced that Qatari pilgrims would not be banned from visiting Saudi, but would be required to travel to Jeddah or Madinah by plane to visit. "Now we don't have any uncertainty over sending the rest of the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia". Qatar's human rights committee had previously filed a complaint with the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of belief and religion over restrictions placed on ...
  • Derailed train kills 22, injures over 70 in India

    Derailed train kills 22, injures over 70 in India

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    State official Arvind Kumar said two of the coaches had telescoped into one another, while four others toppled onto their sides. The team headed by DSP Anoop Singh will probe any terror angle into the rail accident. Following the derailment, locals first rushed to the spot to help people trapped in the derailed coaches and subsequently informed the police and railway officials.
  • Pets ready to be adopted

    Pets ready to be adopted

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    Our Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign has become a popular day of action for communities nationwide. It started with 80 animals Saturday morning and had three dogs and 15 cats left by about 3 p.m. Clear the Shelters is an adoption campaign where shelters either reduce or waive adoption fees. Area residents who are looking to adopt an animal are encouraged to help Clear the Shelters by visiting one of these shelters on or before that date.
  • 3 children found dead inside home in Clinton

    3 children found dead inside home in Clinton

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    A fourth child, who is only 2-years-old, was also at the home but was unharmed. While details of the children's injuries were not revealed Donelan said they suffered "trauma to the body". Police stressed at an afternoon press conference that they believed the incident was confined to that home and that there was not a danger to the larger community.
  • Two killed and several others are injured following stabbing incident in Turku

    Two killed and several others are injured following stabbing incident in Turku

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    The incident is not now being investigated as a terror attack, but that could change as new information becomes available. The man has been taken into custody after being shot in the leg, police say. One of those stabbed was pushing a stroller, The Sun reported . "I saw an old woman, I tried to help her. The mother was bleeding from her mouth", the witness said, asking for her identity not to be shared.
  • U.S. to Launch NK Invasion Drill During Solar Eclipse

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    US and South Korean military units will begin the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise Monday, the Defense Department announced today. The protesters from 200 civic groups, mostly workers, and liberal activists, urged the government to stop the joint military drills with the US and cancel the THAAD deployment to the country, saying those military measures will provoke North Korea more and increase tensions in the region.
  • Ten-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after abortion request denied

    Ten-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after abortion request denied

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    Abortion rights activists tried to get an Indian court to allow the exception, arguing that abortion procedures are much safer than they were when the 20-week law was enacted more than 40 years ago. "In the instant case, it is luminescent that she has suffered grave injury to her mental health". The victim was allegedly raped on knife point after which the accused fled the spot.
  • President Sheikh Khalifa orders urgent relief for Sierra Leone

    President Sheikh Khalifa orders urgent relief for Sierra Leone

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    The prediction is that we are expecting more rain in the next couple of days. "People here have already experienced so much trauma having lived through war and then Ebola , and now this", she said. A woman who spoke to ABC News said that she lost at least 28 family members in this mudslide. Another resident, Ishmael Tomboyeke, said he was looking for his sister's body.
  • Police on 'red alert' to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving SA

    Police on 'red alert' to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving SA

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    South African Police confirmed that Mugabe, the 52-year-old wife of Zimbabwe's nonagenarian leader Robert, failed to appear at a court hearing on Tuesday relating to the allegations she attacked Engels with an electric extension chord. There's no way one can force the government to arrest here as we saw in the al-Bashir case. Some in South Africa have recoiled at this possibility.
  • Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore lead protest outside Trump Tower

    Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore lead protest outside Trump Tower

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    Before this latest news conference , it had become clear that the man who rammed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring dozens of people, had idolized Adolph Hitler long before he joined the white nationalist rally.
  • Woman survived a month in the wilderness eating berries and wild mushrooms

    Woman survived a month in the wilderness eating berries and wild mushrooms

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    Judy quickly stopped her vehicle to help Lisa, whose hair was matted and dirty. "She stayed, and I called 911 and told them I had found a girl on the road". Unfamiliar with the area, she had become lost soon after running into the woods on the night of the robbery, often going in circles due to the disorienting effects of hunger and dehydration, and eventually losing 50 pounds, over a third of her body weight.
  • Photos of a deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone

    Photos of a deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone

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    The mortuary at Connaught Hospital was overwhelmed by the number of dead, and bodies had to be spread out on the floor, said coroner's technician Sinneh Kamara. "My wife is dead". A man said he had left early in the morning to buy bread. She was one of some who heard the mudslide approaching. We were trying to flee.
  • 13 killed when huge tree crashes down on Portuguese festival

    13 killed when huge tree crashes down on Portuguese festival

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    Video from the scene shows a massive tree crashing down as a panicked crowd screams and flees. The injured include a French citizen, a German and a Hungarian. It is held on August 14 and 15 and draws large crowds to a church on the outskirts of Funchal . The area where the religious ceremony was taking place is surrounded by tall trees .
  • Trump's infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

    Trump's infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

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    President Trump's statement from Trump Tower on Tuesday afternoon was supposed to be about what the White House called "the Infrastructure Discussion" - but that's not what's being discussed after his impromptu press conference. It has issued dozens of rules and orders to reverse Obama-era regulations addressing climate change and its consequences, such as rising sea levels and more severe storms.
  • Member of Trump's diversity council calls for Bannon's resignation

    Member of Trump's diversity council calls for Bannon's resignation

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    Scaramucci was asked by his host if Steve Bannon was one of the "leakers" in the White House . "Is Steve Bannon the leaker?" the late-night emcee asked before Scaramucci responded: "I said he was". The actual blade, encased in a glass box, was explained by saying, "After he hit me so hard for three weeks, he thought I was going to stab him with that".
  • Nearly Two-Thirds of Voters Say Military Action Against North Korea Likely

    Nearly Two-Thirds of Voters Say Military Action Against North Korea Likely

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    Though it has been mostly lost as the current round of tough talk keeps escalating, North Korea just a few months ago conducted a similar rehearsal strike on a USA military base in Japan. In addition to the United States military bases, Guam is also equipped with the sophisticated THAAD weapons system which is capable of destroying intermediate-range missiles in the final phase of flight.
  • Trump signs memorandum to investigate China's trade practices

    Trump signs memorandum to investigate China's trade practices

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    Beijing had pledged to fully enforce the latest sanctions after the United States accused China of not doing enough to rein in its neighbour, which relies heavily on the Asian giant for its economic survival. "There will be no victor, and everybody will lose", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told reporters yesterday, urging dialogue and consultation as the way to resolve differences.
  • Tropical Depression Eight forms east of the Bahamas

    Tropical Depression Eight forms east of the Bahamas

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    There are now no watches or warnings in effect. It is now moving to the west-northwest at around 10 to 15 miles per hour and is expected to meet up with a larger area of low pressure southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands in the next few days.
  • Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' in Charlottesville Remarks

    Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' in Charlottesville Remarks

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    Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hit at Steve Bannon for his controversial views a day after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, descended into violence. The president has a very good idea of the people that are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests. Scaramucci blasted Bannon in an oft-quoted New Yorker interview that featured the man known as "the Mooch" uttering blue language.
  • Venezuela's sanctions-hit Maduro says he wants direct talk with Trump

    Venezuela's sanctions-hit Maduro says he wants direct talk with Trump

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    Even as the USA for now holds back applying economic sanctions, the Maduro government is finding itself increasingly isolated from financial markets. The remarks came shortly after Maduro forcefully warned the United States president that Venezuela "will never give in". The Maduro regime is under increasing economic and diplomatic pressure as the political crisis in Venezuela gets worse.
  • Death Toll in Egypt Train Collision Rises to 41

    Death Toll in Egypt Train Collision Rises to 41

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    Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north. By nightfall, cranes aided by floodlights began to remove the wreckage off the tracks to allow rail traffic to resume. Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that more than a 100 people were also injured in the collision. In 2012, a train plowed into a school bus south of Cairo and killed 50 people, mostly children, inflaming public anger over Egypt's antiquated transport network.
  • Migrants Forced Off Boat, 50 Drowned Near Yemen

    Migrants Forced Off Boat, 50 Drowned Near Yemen

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    On top of years of fighting between the Saudi-backed government and Shi'ite Huthi rebels allied with Iran, the country is witnessing a cholera outbreak that has killed nearly 2 000 people and a looming starvation. "What it comes down to is that they know the risks, but they've got this pitch that has been sold to them by these salesmen, these absolute criminals".