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Polls open in Britain’s general election

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MNA International Desk: Polls opened in Britain on Thursday in general election Prime Minister Theresa May had expected to win easily but one that has proved increasingly hard to predict after a campaign shadowed by terrorism. Polling stations across the country opened at 7.00am (0600GMT) and will close at 10.00pm, with voters set to choose between May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has seen his huge polling deficit close dramatically in recent weeks. A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 46.9 million people registered to vote. Some votes have already been cast, through postal voting. ...

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Al least 7 killed in Iran parliament attack

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MNA International Desk: Attackers raided Iran parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people. Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, carried out the attack in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television. Another lawmaker said one of the assailants was surrounded by security forces and all the doors to the building had ...

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5 farmers shot dead in Madhya Pradesh during protest

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MNA International Desk: Five farmers were shot dead on Tuesday at a protest in Madhya Pradesh, according to news reports, marking an escalation of violence as a rural strike demanding debt relief spread. The outburst of discontent in India’s heartland farming states of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Maharashtra poses a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double farmers’ incomes over the next five years. The farmers were shot during a protest in the central city of Mandsaur. The spokesman of one farming union said police had fired on the protesters. The state’s home minister, Bhupendra Singh, ...

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Fired worker kills 5 in Florida, takes own life

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MNA International Desk: A man who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire Monday at the Orlando business, killing five people before taking his own life, authorities said. Four people were killed at the scene, while a fifth died at the hospital, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters. Seven people survived the ordeal. The business, Fiamma, makes awnings for recreational vehicles. Demings said the incident was being treated as a “workplace violence incident” and did not appear to have any links to terror. The 45-year-old shooter, who was not yet identified by ...

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Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

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MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as they accused the Gulf state of supporting terrorism. Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to ‘protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism’. A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to ‘sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports’. The ‘decisive’ measure was due to the ‘gross violations committed by authorities in Qatar over ...

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6 killed, 3 suspects shot dead in terrorist attacks at London Bridge

London Bridge

MNA International Desk: At least six people were killed by attackers near London Bridge on Saturday. Police said three attackers drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in Borough Market. Forty-eight people have also been taken to hospital. “Armed response officers then responded very quickly and bravely and confronted the three male suspects who were shot and killed on Borough Market,” Mark Rowley, Britain’s top anti-terrorism officer, said. “Sadly, six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot by police,” he said. “The suspects had been confronted and shot by police within eight ...

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UN expands N. Korea blacklist

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MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Friday imposed sanctions on 18 North Korean officials and entities as the United States vowed to respond to Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests ‘through other means, if necessary.’ The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that put North Korea’s suspected spy chief, 13 other officials and four entities on the UN sanctions blacklist, hitting them with a global travel ban and an assets freeze. “The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today: Stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council. China, ...

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Massive blast hits Kabul, huge casualties

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MNA International Desk: More than 40 people were killed or wounded on Wednesday as a massive blast ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. Bodies littered the scene and a huge plume of smoke rose from the area which houses foreign embassies. ‘A car bomb’ exploded at 8:25 am, Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman. He said at least 40 people had been killed or wounded, but could not give a breakdown of the casualties. A health ministry spokesman said more than 60 wounded people, mainly civilians, ...

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Suicide blast kills 13 at Baghdad ice cream shop

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MNA International Desk: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop, killing at least thirteen people, security officials said on Tuesday. The overnight attack in the Karrada district in central Baghdad also wounded at least 30 people, officials said. The Islamic State group-linked Amaq propaganda agency said the suicide bomber targeted a ‘gathering of Shiites.’ IS considers members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority to be heretics and frequently carries out attacks against them, reported news agency. The bomber struck just days after the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which ...

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Sri Lanka monsoon death toll hits to 164

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MNA International Desk: Sri Lanka’s monsoon toll climbed to 164 with the discovery of more bodies of people buried in landslides triggered by intense rains, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday. Friday’s deluge also caused the island’s worst flooding in 14 years and drove nearly half a million people out of their inundated homes in the southern and western regions. The DMC said 104 people were still listed as missing while another 88 remained in hospital. Police said an air force Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in the southern Baddegama area Monday while transporting relief supplies to flood victims. ...

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Militias clash killed 28 people in Libya capital

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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

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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

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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

Hassan Rouhani

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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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