Category: World

USA – Final journey

DETROIT – The body of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has arrived in Detroit to begin lying in state as thousands of fans gather for a final goodbye. Her body was delivered in a vintage white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town where it will remain for two days. The […]

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JetBlue increases fees for checked bags

JetBlue Airways Corp., which for years let passengers check luggage at no charge, became the first major U.S. carrier to bump the fee for a first checked bag to $30. The $5 increase is effective for trips booked starting Monday. JetBlue also raised the charge for a second checked bag by $5 to $40 and […]

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CENTRAL AFRICA – Ebola outbreak

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Two of the first 16 people to receive an experimental treatment for Ebola have recovered in the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday. Five experimental Ebola therapies have been approved to treat people infected with the […]

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Multiple fatalities in shooting at video game tournament in Florida

Source: Reuters – A shooter killed four people and wounded ten others on Sunday at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, local media said citing police sources. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a suspect was dead at the scene. “Searches are being conducted,” it said on […]

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USA – Sessions hits back

WASHINGTON — Attorney general Jeff Sessions punched back hard at president Donald Trump’s latest sneering criticism Thursday as their long-running rift exploded into a public smackdown. Trump, concerned by the legal downfall of two former advisers, accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department, leading Sessions to declare that he and his […]

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WORLD – Dad charged with killing wife and daughters

DENVER, Colorado – A Colorado man has been charged with the deaths of his pregnant wife and their daughters last week. Chris Watts, 33, is facing three counts of first-degree murder and six other counts. Court papers show he claims it was Shanann Watts, 34, who strangled Celeste, three, and Bella, four, after he told her […]

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Aretha honoured at her father’s Baptist Church in Detroit

SOURCE- AFP – Congregants celebrated the life of Aretha Franklin at her father’s Baptist church in Detroit at the first Sunday service since her death, with her powerful voice again ringing out within its walls in tribute to her spectacular career. Civil rights activist and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, now frail himself, was given […]

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Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan has died

(Reuters) – Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours, […]

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WORLD – Flood kills hundreds

NEW DELHI — Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people, officials said. “Kerala state is facing its worst flood in 100 years,” the top state elected official, Pinarayi Vijayan’s office […]

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The Queen of Soul passes away

SOURCE:AP: Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think, I Say a Little Prayer and her signature song, Respect, and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement […]

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WORLD – Suicide bomber targets Shiite students, killing 48

KABUL — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing, blamed on the Islamic State group, was the latest assault […]

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ITALY – Bridge collapse . . . at least 26 dead, Search on for survivors

GENOA – Firefighters searched into the night on Tuesday for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of a motorway bridge that collapsed in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing at least 26. While that remained the official death toll, prime minister Giuseppe Conte said from Genoa that the number would rise. The ANSA […]

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U.S. airline worker steals plane before crashing

(Reuters) – Federal authorities were searching on Saturday for what drove an airline worker to steal an empty airplane from Seattle’s airport and crashing it into a nearby sparsely populated island, sparking a security scare that saw U.S. fighter jets scrambled. An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop […]

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WORLD – Two police officers among dead in Canada shooting

FREDERICTON – Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada on Friday in the latest eruption of gun violence across the country that has led to calls for weapons bans in cities. Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New […]

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WORLD – YEMEN – Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 43, including children

ADEN (Reuters) – Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus through a market, in Yemen’s Saada province, a Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said in a statement that […]

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GERMANY – Couple convicted of rape, online sale of son

BERLIN — A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman’s young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country. The Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany convicted the couple of serious […]

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Deadly quake rocks Indonesia island

  Source: BBC NEWS: At least 22 people have died after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, officials said. The 7.0 magnitude quake damaged buildings, triggered power cuts and was felt in neighbouring Bali. A tsunami warning was issued in its aftermath but it was lifted several hours later. It comes a […]

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