Trump invites Modi to visit US later this year


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with India’s prime minister Modi and invited him to visit the United States later in the year. Trump told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the U.S. considers India “a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world,” a White House statement said. The two leaders resolved to “stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism.” They also discussed cooperation in economy and defense, and security in South and Central Asia. Trump looked forward to hosting Modi in the United States later this year, the statement said. ...

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Former US president George Bush out of ICU


MNA International Desk: Former US president George HW Bush has been transferred from intensive care and could be released from the hospital Friday or over the weekend, doctors said on Monday. His wife and former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged from the hospital, Bush physicians Amy Mynderse and Clint Doerr said. The former first couple was admitted to Houston Methodist hospital on Wednesday. The 41st president, who is 92, was suffering from bacterial pneumonia, while Barbara Bush, 91, had viral bronchitis, doctors said. The former president was intubated for 48 hours to aid with his breathing. He is now ...

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At least 18 people killed in severe US storms


MNA International Desk: A dangerous weekend weather system has killed at least 18 people in the US South, as Georgia officials on Sunday reported more than a dozen deaths after severe storms and tornadoes buffeted several states. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency for seven counties in the south-central part of the state, warning that dangerous conditions persisted and could reach north to the Atlanta area. “I urge all Georgians to exercise caution and vigilance in order to remain safe and prevent further loss of life or injuries,” Deal said in a news release. Seven deaths occurred in Cook ...

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Train derail killed 32 people in Andhra Pradesh


MNA International Desk: At least 32 people were killed and 50 others were injured as seven coaches of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derail near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh late Saturday night, officials said. The derail took place around 11:30 pm when the train was going from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, reported news agency. “Seven coaches and the engine of the 18448 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed near Kuneru station. “Besides the engine, the luggage van, two general coaches, two sleeper coaches, one AC three tier coach and an AC two tier coach derailed,” Chief PRO of ...

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India bus crash kills 15 school children


MNA International Desk: At least 15 children were killed and dozens more wounded as a school bus collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday , reported news agency. The driver of the bus also died in the crash, the latest deadly accident in a country with one of the worst road safety records in the world. Police in Etah district subsequently confirmed via direct Twitter message that 15 children had died and said the number could increase to 20. It is not yet clear what had caused the vehicles to crash, although collisions are a common occurrence on ...

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Nigeria error air strike killed 52 refugees, aid workers


MNA International Desk: At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists’ insurgency, as food was being distributed to displaced people. There was no official death toll from the military, which blamed “the fog of war” for the mistake, but one senior commander described the casualties from the air strike as “huge”. The medical ...

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5 killed in music festival at Mexican beach resort

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MNA International Desk: A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort early Monday, leaving at least five people dead, reported news agency. Fifteen people were injured after at least one gunman opened fire and two others—apparently security guards—shot back before dawn inside the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen, said Quintana Roo state attorney general Miguel Angel Pech. Four of the victims were men, including two from Canada, one from Italy and another from Colombia, Pech said at a news conference. Organizers said three of the victims were part of ...

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At least 37 killed in Turkish Airlines plane crash


MNA International Desk: At least 37 people were killed on Monday when a Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a residential area in Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek. “We are confirming data on the number of those killed in the plane crash, lists vary but at least 30 locals and crew members are estimated to have died,” a Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Ministry said. The plane was enroute from Hong Kong to Istanbul, Sputnik News Agency reported. It crashedin the village of Dacha-Suu, near the capital city’s Manas airport, destroying at least 15 homes. Eight people were hospitalised, including six children. Kyrgyz ...

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At least 19 people killed in India boat capsize

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MNA International Desk: At least 19 people have drowned after a boat capsized in the Ganges River in India’s eastern state of Bihar on Saturday, a government official said. The incident took place in the evening, when people were using the vessel to go to watch kite-flying celebrations to mark a harvest festival. The boat was carrying 50 people, more than its capacity of 30, and it capsized not far from the shore in the state capital Patna, state Disaster Management Minister Chandrashekhar told news agency. Nineteen bodies had been found, he said, while 10 to 12 people managed to ...

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US Senate takes first major step for repealing Obamacare


MNA International Desk: The US House of Representatives on Friday joined the Senate in passing a critical measure that marks the first major step toward repealing outgoing President Barack Obama’s landmark but controversial health care reforms. The House’s near party-line vote of 227 to 198 approved a budget blueprint which provides Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, with a framework for dismantling the Affordable Care Act, reported news agency. But one week before Republican President-elect Donald Trump takes office, a sense of urgency has swept over Washington about what his party will put forward as a replacement for the ...

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Morocco banned the production and sale of Burqa


MNA International Desk: Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday. While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week. “We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying. It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly ...

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Obama closes the chapter on presidency saying ‘Goodbye’


MNA International Desk: Barack Obama closes the chapter on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump’s shock victory. President Obama bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Riding high in the polls but just days away from handing over the reins to a Manhattan mogul who has vowed to dismantle much of his legacy, Obama chose to make his final address as commander-in-chief in the city ...

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Trump’s son-in-law to serve as White House adviser

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MNA International Desk: Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will become a senior White House adviser working on trade and the Middle East, transition officials said on Monday, in a rare case of a close presidential family member taking a major job. Kushner, 35, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is taking the post after receiving legal counsel that doing so would not violate US anti-nepotism law, transition officials said. The position, unlike Cabinet posts, does not require US Senate confirmation, and Kushner will not be paid. Kushner, who like Trump is a New York real estate developer, emerged as ...

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Indian Legislator Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Minor Girl


MNA International Desk: An Indian legislator from Meghalaya was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor girl and for being involved in sex-racket. MLA Julius K. Dorphang from Independent Meghalaya, was arrested from his hideout in neighbouring Assam on Saturday as he was wanted in connection with a sex-racket case involving a 14-year old girl in Shillong. The state police sought cooperation from their counterparts in neighbouring states and the arrest came within a day after a look out notice was issued. East Khasi Hills district SP M Kharkrang said, “We have arrested Dorphang and he was brought here. He will ...

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33 inmates killed in new Brazil prison riot

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MNA International Desk: Jailed members of Brazil’s most powerful drug gang killed 33 inmates at a prison on Friday, decapitating and cutting out the hearts of most of them, in revenge for a separate prison massacre that left 56 dead this week. The bloodletting in the Monte Cristo prison in the Amazonian state of Roraima, carried out by members of the First Capital Command (PCC) gang, sparked fears that months of violence between criminal groups controlling Brazil’s prisons had spiraled out of control. The government of Roraima state said the situation at the Agricola de Monte Cristo Penitentiary was now ...

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About 100 injured as commuter train crashes in Brooklyn


MNA International Desk: A New York City commuter train crashed at a downtown Brooklyn terminal during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, injuring more than 100 commuters in the metropolitan area. Emergency crews swarmed Atlantic Terminal after the Long Island Rail Road train went off the tracks inside the busy transportation hub at 8:20 am local time, reported news agency. While none of the injuries were life-threatening, at least 11 people were sent to the hospital, Deputy Assistant Chief Dan Donoghue said at a briefing at the crash site. The train, arriving from the Queens neighborhood of Far Rockaway, failed to stop ...

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Hillary to attend Trump’s inauguration on 20 Jan


MNA International Desk: Defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, as will former president George W Bush, aides to the politicians said Tuesday. In all, at least three former presidents will be at the US Capitol in Washington for the historic ceremony that kicks off Trump’s term as the nation’s 45th commander in chief: Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Aides to both Clintons told that the Democratic former rival to Trump in last year’s contentious presidential race, as well as her husband Bill who served in the White House from 1993 to 2001, ...

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Brazil prison uprising kills at least 56


MNA International Desk: An uprising at a prison in Brazil claimed the lives of at least 56 prisoners over the weekend, state-run media agency Agencia Brasil reported Monday. Bodies were thrown over the wall of the complex, and at least six people were decapitated, the news agency reported. The revolt started Sunday afternoon as part of a rivalry between two criminal organizations at the Anisio Jobim Prison Complex in the city of Manaus, Agencia Brasil reported, citing Sergio Fontes, the public safety secretary for the state of Amazonas. Violence erupted on Sunday between incarcerated members of the Familia do Norte ...

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35 Russian expelled diplomats leave US


MNA International Desk: A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats expelled from the United States over Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election took off from Washington on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported. “The plane has taken off, everyone is on board,” said the Russian embassy in Washington, quoted by the state-owned RIA Novosti agency. Relatives of the diplomats are also onboard the plane flown specially from Russia, for a total of 96 passengers onboard. The expulsions were part of a package of sanctions ordered by President Barack Obama on Thursday in the final weeks of his administration. “We can confirm ...

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39 killed in Istanbul nightclub gun attack


MNA International Desk: At least 39 people, many of them foreigners, at a nightclub packed with New Year’s revelers, were killed in Istanbul in a gun attack. Officials described this incident as a terrorist act. Police in Istanbul launched a manhunt on Sunday for a gunman who is being said to have committed this act of brutality and sheer violence. According to reports, the gunman shot his way into the Reina nightclub at around 1:15 a.m. (22:15 GMT), just over an hour into the New Year’s Eve, killing a police officer and a civilian as he entered before opening fire ...

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Shinzo Abe made historic visit to Pearl Harbor

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MNA International Desk: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Pearl Harbor Tuesday, offering condolences to the thousands killed in the Japanese sneak attack 75 years ago. Abe’s visit comes seven months after President Barack Obama traveled to Hiroshima to pay his respects to the thousands who died there. The two leaders used the ceremony to affirm their nations’ alliance, with Obama calling for people to “resist the urge to turn inward,” perhaps a reference to President-elect Donald Trump and calls around the globe for nations to reconsider their international dependencies. The pair paid homage to the ...

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21 killed by toxic liquor in Pakistan on Christmas Eve

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MNA International Desk: Twenty-one people, mostly Christians, were killed and dozens more affected after consuming toxic liquor on Christmas Eve in central Pakistan, police said Tuesday. The incident happened in a Christian colony in Toba Tek Singh city, 338 kilometres (210 miles) south of Islamabad. “Residents in Mubarakabad Basti brewed liquor on Christmas Eve and consumed it. The liquor, which turned out to be toxic, killed 21 people and seriously affected 50 others,” local police officials said.. Most of the deaths had occurred by late Monday. Those killed by toxic liquor included 19 Christians and two Muslims. Though legal breweries ...

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92 killed as Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea


MNA International Desk: All 92 people on board a Russian military aircraft are feared dead after it crashed into the Black Sea. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria, the defence ministry said. Debris and 11 bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors. The Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble who were to perform for Russian troops. More than 100 divers are involved in a round-the-clock search operation at the site of the crash, Russia’s ...

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Japan pays UNESCO dues suspended over Nanjing row


MNA International Desk: Japan said on Thursday it has paid millions of dollars in UNESCO annual funding dues after holding back the payment over a World War II-era history row, reported news agency. UNESCO last year agreed to China’s request to include documents in its Memory of the World register recording atrocities by Japanese troops after the fall of the Chinese city of Nanjing 1937. Japan—one of UNESCO’s biggest contributors—had protested the listing and warned that it might pull its funding for the Paris-based organization. Tokyo said it feared the memory project risked being politicized. Tokyo then failed to pay ...

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A lorry kills 12 at Christmas market in Berlin


MNA International Desk: An articulated lorry has ploughed into a busy Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48 on Monday evening. Almost 50 people are in hospital and at least four have suffered serious injuries. Germany’s Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said “many things” pointed to a deliberate attack. Police said on Twitter that the lorry driver had been arrested. The market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in the city’s west. Security sources cited by the German news agency DPA said that the driver of the truck was ...

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The eleventh-hour push to stop Trump


MNA International Desk: Many liberals and progressives are still clinging to one faint, almost-certainly-doomed hope that Donald Trump can be blocked from the presidency through the Electoral College. That’s because the November 8 vote was technically not to make Trump president, but only to determine who 538 electors in various states across the country will be. It is those electors who will cast the votes that legally elect the president on Monday, December 19. In modern times, the casting of electoral votes has been a purely ceremonial occasion in which the state results from Election Day have been rubber-stamped. Thirty-seven ...

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Indonesian military plane crash killed 13


MNA Internationale Desk: An Indonesian military Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed on Sunday in bad weather in the easternmost province of Papua, killing all 13 people on board. The plane was carrying 12 tons of food supplies and cement from Timika to Wamena, a distance of about 200 kilometers (125 miles), when it crashed just minutes before its scheduled landing, said air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna. The plane was also carrying three pilots and 10 other personnel. The plane was expected to land at 06:13 am local time. Aboard the aircraft were three pilots, eight technicians, a navigator ...

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