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Over 25,000 murdered in Mexico in 2017

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Mexico saw a total of 25,339 murders last year, official data has shown, after 2017 was already established as a record-breaking year based on killings carried out until November. The interior ministry on Saturday said 2,219 people were murdered in December …

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US Gulf Coast braces for monster Hurricane Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI: Hurricane Harvey on Friday further intensified into a dangerous category four storm, just hours before it was due to slam into Texas with a force not felt on the US mainland since 2005. Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Donald Trump to declare …

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Latin America rejects Trump’s military threat against Venezuela

CARACAS/LIMA: After months of attacking Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Latin America came out strongly against US threats of military action against the country, reported Reuters. US President Donald Trump’s comments on Friday brought Maduro some respite in the region, just as Venezuela was on verge …

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25 people wounded in US nightclub shooting

Police say 25 people were shot after gunfire rang out Saturday at a rap show at a downtown Little Rock nightclub, prompting pleas from top leaders to curb the growing violence in Arkansas’ capital city. Police said the shooting at Power Ultra Lounge was the …

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Victims’ relatives coerced into accepting blood money, says Davis

WASHINGTON: Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who shot dead two men in Lahore in January 2011, claims that former ISI chief Shuja Pasha was “clearly committed” to ensuring that the deal for his release was successful. In his book The Contractor: How I Landed in …

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World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

NEW YORK-UNS – The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nation’s humanitarian chief said as he pleaded for help to avoid “a catastrophe”. Stephen O’Brien said more than 20 million people face the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, …

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UN Security Council to meet on N.Korea missile launch

UNITED NATIONS -UNS: The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday on North Korea’s missile launch, the first test since US President Donald Trump took office. The United States, Japan and South Korea requested the consultations after North Korea confirmed it had …

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Attorneys General in 16 US States condemn Trump’s Muslim visa ban

NEW YORK-UNS – Attorneys General from 16 US states have condemned Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries travelling to the US. The White House has remained defiant over the travel ban, which prevents people from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria …

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Six dead in US airport shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA -UNS : A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at the baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least six people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Five people died and eight more …

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Obama set to veto 9/11 victims’ bid to sue Saudis

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium. White House officials say Obama will reject the “Justice Against …

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