Militias clash killed 28 people in Libya capital


MNA International Desk: About 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, reported news agency. Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. Hashem Bishr, a security official for the Government of National Accord (GNA), separately gave a toll of 23 loyalist forces killed and more than 29 wounded. In the south of Tripoli, an armed group loyal to the GNA seized a prison holding senior ...

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Suicide blasts kill 3 police officers in Jakarta

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MNA International Desk: Two suspected suicide bombers killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday night in twin blasts near a bus station in Jakarta, police said. The blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal, police said. Police did not immediately reveal a motive but likened the attack to the events in Manchester and said it was linked to global terror. Authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country have been increasingly worried about resurgence in radicalism, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by Islamic State. There has been a ...

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Militants take Catholic hostages in Philippines


MNA International Desk: Islamist militants who triggered martial law in the southern Philippines when they rampaged through a city are threatening to kill a priest and other hostages, the Catholic Church said on Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern region of Mindanao on Tuesday after the militants, who have declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, battled with security forces and burnt buildings. Duterte warned the martial law would be ‘harsh’ and like a dictatorship in an effort to quell not just the gunmen in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people, but the rising ...

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19 killed in UK terror attack at pop concert

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MNA International Desk: About 19 people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester. There were scenes of panic as Grande’s audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses described as a “huge bomb-like bang” in the foyer area at the end of the concert. A fleet of ambulances was seen rushing to the venue and bomb disposal teams were dispatched soon after, as city residents opened up their doors to stranded concert-goers after train services were shut down, reported news ...

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4 climbers die near top of Mount Everest


MNA International Desk: Four climbers have died on Mt. Everest in a busy and tragic weekend on the world’s highest mountain, officials and expedition organizers said Monday. Sherpa rescuers spotted a body of Indian climber Ravi Kumar, but it was impossible to retrieve the body, said Thupden Sherpa of Arun Treks and Expedition. It appeared that Kumar had fallen some 200 meters (650 feet) below the route, he said. Climbers from the United States, Slovakia and Australia also died on the mountain over the weekend. Kumar fell sick on his way down from the summit on Saturday and did not ...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election

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MNA International Desk: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has won re-election with a resounding 57 percent of the vote, the interior minister announced on Saturday. With 99.7 percent of ballots counted, Rouhani had 23.5 million votes compared to 15.8 million for hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on state television, adding that the results were final. “I humbly bow my head down to you,” Rouhani said to his people in a tweet translated from Farsi. “I will remain loyal to my promise to you.” Rouhani, a moderate, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the United ...

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Former FBI chief to head Trump-Russia investigation

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MNA International Desk: A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump’s team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in the president’s favor. Trump responded by once again denying any links to Moscow, but the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers dramatically raises the stakes in a crisis threatening to paralyze his presidency. The Republican leader, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russia helped put him in the White House, has been accused of seeking to block the investigation by sacking FBI chief James Comey. Under pressure ...

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Gunmen attack Jalalabad TV station in Afghanistan


MNA International Desk: Gunmen attacked a building of Afghan state television in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday and engaged in a gun battle with security forces, reported news agency. “We can confirm that a number of insurgents have entered the building,” said Attaullah Khughyani. “Who they are, and what their target is, is still not clear.” He said there appeared to have been at least three attackers, two of whom had blown themselves up while at least one was still fighting. Heavy gunfire could be heard from around the building of RTA, Afghanistan’s national broadcaster, located close to ...

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Trump shared info with Russians in Oval Office: Officials


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump shared highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office. The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials with knowledge of the situation said. The White House declared the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, incorrect. “The story that came out tonight ...

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North Korea fires ballistic missile


MNA International Desk: North Korea fired a ballistic missile early on Sunday that flew 700 kilometers, days after a new leader took office in the South pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang. The missile was fired from the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where the North in February successfully test-launched an intermediate-range weapon that it is believed to be developing. New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, slammed the test as a “reckless provocation” after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisors. He said the government strongly condemned this “grave challenge to the ...

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Donald Trump warns sacked FBI director over media leaks

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MNA International Desk: Donald Trump on Friday warned his sacked FBI director against “leaking” information to reporters, as the White House refused to deny that the president records his conversations with visitors, reported news agency. Capping a week in which Trump faced a slew of criticism for firing the man investigating his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, Trump told James Comey there could be retribution if he tells the press about their private conversations. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump said, in a morning Twitter tirade ...

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Wall collapse kills 26 at Indian wedding

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MNA International Desk: A wall crashed down on an Indian wedding party during a storm killing at least 26 people including four children and injuring many more, police said on Thursday. The 12-foot (3.6-metre) high wall collapsed late on Wednesday because of heavy rain, crashing down on the wedding party during dinner in a marriage hall in the western state of Rajasthan. Police launched an investigation, detaining a wedding hall manager for causing death by negligence. “We have registered a case and taken one of the managers of the banquet hall into custody,” district magistrate Narendra Kumar Gupta told reporters. ...

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India SC sentences justice Karnan to 6 months in jail


MNA International Desk: The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday held the Kolkata High Court’s Justice CS Karnan guilty of contempt and ordered he be jailed for six months. Karnan is the first sitting Indian judge in judicial history to be sent to jail. The court has directed the West Bengal DGP to ensure his immediate arrest. The seven-judge bench had earlier given Justice Karnan four weeks to respond to the contempt notice. While appeared before the apex court on March 31, becoming the first HC judge to do so in Indian history, he refused to abide by any of its ...

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Emmanuel Macron beats Le Pen in French presidential election

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MNA International Desk: Emmanuel Macron crushed his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen in the final round of the French presidential election on Sunday, with almost all votes counted. At 39, the pro-EU former investment banker will become France’s youngest-ever leader. Almost definitive results showed Macron winning 65.82 percent of the vote in the first ever election he has contested, far ahead of the nationalist Le Pen at 34.18 percent. But in a sign of widespread voter disillusionment, one in three voters abstained or cast a blank ballot. Ms Le Pen called her opponent to wish him success in dealing with ...

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32 students killed in Tanzania school minibus crash


MNA International Desk: Thirty-two schoolchildren, two teachers and a minibus driver where killed in Tanzania when their vehicle plunged into a roadside ravine in the northern tourist region of Arusha on Saturday, reported news agency. “The accident happened when the bus was descending on a steep hill in rainy conditions,” said a police. “We are still investigating the incident to determine if it was caused by a mechanical defect or human error on the part of the driver.” The students killed in the accident, which occurred at about 9:30am local time in Karatu district, were standard seven pupils, aged 12 ...

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Macron’s presidential campaign target of ‘massive hack’


MNA International Desk: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign mails online 1-1/2 days before voters go to the polls. Some nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a document-sharing site that allows anonymous posting. In a statement, Macron’s political movement En Marche! (Onwards!), confirmed that it had been hacked. The documents spread on social media just before midnight on Friday—when 39-year-old Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen officially wrapped up campaigning for Sunday’s election—with his ...

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35 miners killed in Iran coal mine blast

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MNA International Desk: At least 35 miners have killed and scores of others been injured in a coal mine explosion in the northeastern Iranian province of Golestan. The blast occurred in the Zemestanyurt mine, about 14km outside the town of Azadshahr, reported news agency. Shahin Fathi, Head of the Iran Red Crescent Search and Rescue Unit, said more than 40 miners had been trapped and six of them were rescued with injuries. The rescue operation was going slowly as tunnels were filled with poisonous gases and miners were stuck at the far end of a 1,000-metre shaft in a mine ...

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Kolkata HC judge orders issuance of non-bailable warrant against 7 SC judges


MNA International Desk: A day after ordering Delhi Police to present seven Supreme Court judges before a psychiatric board, Calcutta High Court Justice CS Karnan on Tuesday ordered non-bailable warrants be issued against the apex court judges, including the Chief Justice of India, for not being represented before him. Firing a fresh salvo in his over-three-month standoff with the Supreme Court, Justice Karnan instructed the High Court’s Registrar-General to issue the non-bailable warrants, reported news agency. Notwithstanding the Supreme Court order that no tribunal or authority should take cognizance of any “purported” orders passed by him, he said the warrants ...

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Trump says he would be ‘honored’ to meet Kim Jong Un


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ‘under the right circumstances’ to defuse tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program. As Pyongyang threatens to carry out a sixth nuclear test that would further enflame tensions on the Korean peninsula, Trump appeared to offer the prospect of a diplomatic off-ramp. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely. I would be honored to do it,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I ...

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Cow plummeted 70ft from terrace injuring a man in Kolkata


MNA International Desk: A cow plummeted 70ft from a terrace and crushed a man in Kolkata, injuring the unfortunate man but losing his own bovine life in the process, reported news agency. Abdul Mannan, 43, was buying vegetables suddenly from the skies above, something heavy fell on him, causing him to collapse on the road. Injured and fast losing consciousness, Mannan still managed to catch a glimpse of what hit him: an 85kg calf. The cow, a six-month-old, which had dropped some 70ft, died on the spot. Though Mannan survived, he now has a fracture on his left leg, cracks ...

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First direct London-China freight train completes 7,500 miles run

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MNA International Desk: The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu on Saturday after covering over 7,500 miles (12,000-kilometres), making it the second-longest route in the world. The journey is the latest effort in China’s drive to strengthen trade links with Western Europe along a modern-day “Silk Road” route. The world’s top trading nation launched the “One Belt, One Road” strategy in 2013, and has since poured millions into constructing vast infrastructure links. The train—which was also carrying pharmaceuticals and machinery—departed London on April 10 and passed through France, ...

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North Korea again test-fired a ballistic missile


MNA International Desk: North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences’, reported news agency. Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body. The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness. US President Donald Trump, who has warned ...

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Turkey suspends 9,000 police officers for links to Fethullah Gulen


MNA International Desk: Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a vast new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher accused of orchestrating the coup bid against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Dawn raids across the country seeking more than 3,000 suspects were followed by a statement from police that 9,103 police officers were being suspended on suspicion of links to Fethullah Gulen. Turkish authorities blame Gulen for masterminding the July 2016 failed military coup that aimed to oust Erdogan from power but he denies the charges. The government has repeatedly asked the ...

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Thai man posted daughter’s murder video live on Facebook

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MNA International Desk: A Thai man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips posted on Facebook before committing suicide, police said on Tuesday. People could access the videos of the child’s murder on her father’s Facebook page for roughly 24 hours, until they were taken down on Tuesday, or about a day after being uploaded. Last week, Facebook said it was reviewing how it monitored violent footage and other objectionable material after a posting of the fatal shooting of a man in Cleveland, Ohio was visible for two hours before being taken down. The harrowing footage from ...

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US Navy guided-missile submarine arrives in South Korea

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MNA International Desk: An American Navy guided missile submarine, the USS Michigan, arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, the same day Pyongyang is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of its Korean People’s Army, reported news agency. A statement from US Naval Forces Korea called the sub’s visit “routine” and said it was a chance to highlight the alliance between the US and South Korean navies. While the USS Michigan is not expected to take part in the joint exercises, its presence in the region is meant to send a strong message to Pyongyang. Earlier this month, President Donald ...

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Maoist rebels kill 24 paramilitary commandos in central India

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MNA International Desk: About 24 CRPF personnel were killed and seven were injured when Maoist rebels ambushed them in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday, reported news agency. Last month Maoist rebels killed 11 paramilitary policemen in the same state after ambushing their convoy. The guerrillas, who say they are fighting for the rights of tribal people and landless farmers, often collect funds through extortion. The decades-long insurgency is believed to have cost tens of thousands of lives, with much action focused around the insurgent-dominated ‘Red Corridor’ stretching through central and eastern India. Critics believe attempts to end the revolt through ...

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France presidential race: Le Pen, Macron to fight in second round

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MNA International Desk: Pro-European Emmanuel Macron is set to face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential run-off, results showed on Sunday. With 96% of votes counted from Sunday’s first round, Macron has 23.9% with Ms Le Pen on 21.4%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted Macron defeating his rival in the run-off. They will contest the run-off on May 7. Conservative François Fillon, dubbed the “Thatcherite” candidate, was eliminated on 19.91 per cent, with revolutionary Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon coming fourth on 19.64 percent, the Interior Ministry said. The two finalists offer France two very different visions of Europe and ...

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