Islamic State bombings killed 17 in Baghdad


MNA International Desk: Bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group hit shopping areas in Shiite districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 17 people, security and medial officials said. The group said IS suicide bombers with explosive vests carried out the attacks in the Baghdad Jadida neighbourhood in the east of the city and the Bayaa area in the south, reported news agency. Officials said at least eight people were killed and 29 injured in Jadida, although some said the area was hit by a roadside bomb as well as a suicide bomber. Another suicide bomber targeted the ...

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Hillary Clinton wins first debate against Donald Trump


MNA International Desk: Hillary Clinton was deemed the winner of first debate by 62% of voters who tuned in to watch, while just 27% said they thought Donald Trump had the better night, according to a CNN/ORC Poll of voters who watched the debate. That drubbing is similar to Mitt Romney’s dominant performance over President Barack Obama in the first 2012 presidential debate, CNN said in its report. Voters who watched said Clinton expressed her views more clearly than Trump and had a better understanding of the issues by a margin of more than 2-to-1. Clinton also was seen as ...

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Trump would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital


MNA International Desk: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reported news agency. While Israel calls it as capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv. Palestinians want East-Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Trump also said he agreed with Netanyahu that peace in the Middle East could only be achieved when “the ...

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Three gunmen shot, wound 8 in Baltimore attack


MNA International Desk: Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street on Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive. The shooting erupted outside some rowhouses about 8:30 p.m. after the three armed men converged on the group from different points, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference. Davis, who went to the scene, said the shooting was a premeditated act of retaliatory violence in response to a Labor Day weekend shooting in which a man was fatally shot and two ...

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Gunman killed three people in Washington


MNA International Desk: A manhunt was underway after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded two others late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington, reported news agency. Police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said there was at least one suspect in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a “Hispanic male wearing gray.” Officials immediately released a still from video observation of the younger-looking suspect holding what appears to be a rifle, before releasing a closely cropped image of the same still showing only the suspect’s head and torso. ...

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New violence breaks out in Charlotte


MNA International Desk: Violence broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina for a second night on Wednesday as police confronted a repeat of clashes ignited by the fatal police shooting of a black man. Riot police with helmets, batons and body armor clashed with protesters and fired tear gas as several hundred people taunted them in front of a hotel in the city center, according to AFP journalists at the scene. However, North Carolina’s governor later declared a state of emergency amid the disturbances and said the National Guard and state Highway Patrol troopers would be sent in to help police ...

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India not for immediate revenge over Kashmir


MNA International Desk: As news agency reported, for all the harsh expression immediately following Sunday’s attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan, the threat of a sudden escalation in hostilities between the nuclear-armed rivals has receded for now. Two days after 18 Indian soldiers were killed, in the biggest blow to security forces in the disputed Himalayan region for 14 years; some officials called for a measured response and plotted a diplomatic offensive to increase pressure on Pakistan. Military action was limited to skirmishes near the Line of Control separating the countries in ...

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Anti-government protest turns violent in Congo, 40 dead


MNA International Desk: At least 40 people have been killed in clashes between Congolese police and anti-government protesters in the capital Kinshasa during a protest against President Joseph Kabila’s perceived bid to extend his mandate. The protest, attended by thousands, came at a time of growing local and international pressure on Kabila to step down when his mandate legally ends in December, reported news agency. The opposition accuses him of plotting to extend his tenure by delaying elections that were meant to happen in November until at least next year. His supporters deny this. “Officially we have 40 dead in ...

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Port of Melbourne sold for $7.3 billion


MNA International Desk: An Australian-led consortium won a 50-year-lease on the nation’s biggest container and cargo port – Port of Melbourne for Aus$9.7 billion (US$7.3 billion), the latest maritime asset to be privatized. The Port of Melbourne, which deals with more than 3,000 ships annually, was snapped up by a consortium including Australia’s second-largest wholesale funds manager the Queensland Investment Corporation and multinational firm Global Infrastructure Partners. The price tag was well above expectations with the Victorian state government initially expecting Aus$6 billion for one of Australasia’s largest maritime hubs for containerized, automotive and general cargo. “The lease, worth in ...

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At least 25 people injured in New York explosion

New York explosion

MNA International Desk: At least 25 people injured in New York explosion that shook NY’s crowded Chelsea neighborhood, firefighters said Saturday. “25 injuries to civilians confirmed at 133 W 23 St in Chelsea. None appear to be life-threatening at this time,” the Fire Department NY tweeted. “Explosion happened at roughly 8:30pm (0030 GMT Sunday) on 23rd street between 6th and 7th avenues,” in Manhattan, spokesman J. Peter Donald tweeted. “Several injured transported to area hospitals.” However, the cause of the blast remains unknown, but some local media and social media reports said it appeared to come from a dumpster. The ...

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North Korea flood death toll rises to 133

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MNA International Desk: The death toll from severe flooding in the northeast of North Korea has risen to 133 with another 395 missing, the UN said, reported news agency. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement received Monday citing Pyongyang government figures. People in the area are suffering “great hardship”, according to North Korean state media. A nationwide mass mobilization labor campaign intended to bolster the economy has been redirected to assist flood victims. More than ...

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Two protesters killed in Indian Kashmir clashes

Two protesters

MNA International Desk: Two protesters were killed and at least 100 injured Saturday when anti-India demonstrators clashed with government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir as the region remained locked down for the 64th straight day, reported news agency. One young man was killed in southern Shopian district when his head was hit with a tear gas canister fired by police, a medical officer in the local hospital said. Another protester died of pellet injuries as government forces fired pump action shotguns to break up a public rally against Indian rule attended by thousands in Botengoo village in southern Kashmir valley, a ...

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British MP slammed racist Air China tips

British MP

MNA International Desk: A British MP on Wednesday slammed Air China for alleged racist travel advice offered to clients visiting London, reported news agency. The airline’s “Wings of China” magazine reportedly provides safety advice to travelers based on the race and nationality of local residents. “London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people,” the magazine says, according to a photograph published by CNBC. “We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling,” the ...

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US and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect

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MNA International Desk: The US State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect call for Duterte to show respect, after Manila’s new leader raised worries about the future of the key alliance by calling President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”. Despite US dismay over Duterte’s remarks, though, current and former US officials played down the impact, saying they did not expect any serious damage to ties at a time of high tensions over China’s extensive territorial claims in Asia. The State Department said a ...

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Islamic State claimed blast across Syria

Islamic State

MNA International Desk: The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for blast across Syria on Monday that left dozens dead in mostly government-controlled territory, reported news agency. The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said the jihadist group was behind a “string of simultaneous suicide attacks” in Damascus, coastal Tartus, central Homs, and Hasakeh in the northeast. At least 48 people died in the blasts, Syrian state media reported, a majority of them in a double bombing in President Bashar al-Assad’s coastal stronghold of Tartus. Quoting the head of Al-Bassel hospital in Tartus, state television said 35 people were killed and 43 ...

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Mother Teresa will be proclaimed a saint

Mother Teresa

MNA International Desk: Mother Teresa, the celebrated nun whose work with the poor of Kolkata made her an instantly recognizable global figure, will be proclaimed a saint on Sunday. Pope Francis will preside over a solemn canonization mass in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims and with a giant haloed portrait of Teresa smiling down from St Peter’s Basilica. The sainthood ceremony, for which the Vatican could easily have issued twice as many tickets, comes one day short of the 19th anniversary of Teresa’s death, at 87, in the Indian city where she spent her adult life, first teaching, then tending ...

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At least 12 killed in Philippine blast

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MNA International Desk: At least 12 people were killed and 60 wounded in a blast at a market at Davao City in Philippine, the media reported quoting officials. Chief superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, the director of Region 11 of the Philippine national police, said a police and armed forces had been called in to secure the region. He said Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, whose hometown is Davao City, was heading to the explosion site. The blast occurred at a busy night market known to attract thousands, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. However, authorities were still trying to confirm the ...

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Brazil’s Senate striped Rousseff of presidency


MNA International Desk: Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the country’s presidency on Wednesday in a Senate impeachment vote ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest economy, reported news agency. Rousseff, 68-year-old, was convicted by 61 of the 81 senators of illegally manipulating the national budget. The vote, passing the needed two-thirds majority, meant she was immediately removed from office. Pro-impeachment senators burst into a rendering of the national anthem, some waving Brazilian flags, while allies of Rousseff stood stony faced. Brazil’s first female president, holed up in the presidential palace on the outskirts of the capital ...

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At least 15 dead in Somalia hotel attack


MNA International Desk: At least 15 people died when jihadists attack and explode a suicide car bomb outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace at Mogadishu in Somalia as news agency reported. “The number of the people who died in the blast reached 15 and 45 others were wounded, most of them lightly,” said Mogadishu police chief Bishar Abshir Gedi. He said civilians and security forces were among the dead in Tuesday’s attack. Several journalists who were at the hotel at the time of the attack were injured. The hotel is situated close to the main entrance to ...

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Around 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya


MNA International Desk: Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years as news agency reported. Dramatic images of one operation showed about 700 migrants crammed onto a fishing boat, with some of them jumping off the vessel in life jackets and swimming towards rescuers. A five-day-old baby was among those rescued along with other infants and was airlifted to an Italian hospital, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which took part in operations. “The command centre coordinated 40 rescue operations” that ...

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Suicide bombing leaves 60 dead in Aden

Suicide bombing

MNA International Desk: Suicide bombing leaves at least 60 people dead on an army training camp in Yemen’s second city of Aden on Monday, security officials said in a new toll. Isis have claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack, according to medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres. A spokesperson for the chairty said at least 60 other wounded people had been brought into a hospital run by the charity in Aden. Isis’ Amaq news agency said the attack had killed about 60 new recruits. A security source told news agency that the attack targeted a school compound where conscripts of ...

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300,000 refugees to arrive Germany this year


MNA International Desk: Frank-Juergen Weise, the head of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), told a German newspaper that he expected a maximum of 300,000 refugees to arrive in Germany this year. “We’re preparing for 250,000 to 300,000 refugees this year,” BAMF head said. Germans tend to use the word “refugee” to refer to both refugees and migrants who are seeking protection but do not have refugee status. Weise also said Germany took in fewer migrants in 2015 than previously thought because some were registered twice and others had moved on to other destinations. It had commonly been ...

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Indian train killed 3 elephants


MNA International Desk: Three elephants have been killed after being hit by a passenger train in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a senior railway official said on Saturday. The incident took place when the three—two female adults and a calf—were crossing railway tracks near Bishnupur in the state’ s Bankura district Friday night, the official said. Train movement in the area was affected for hours before being finally restored this morning, he said, adding a probe has been ordered into the incident. Elephants often die of accidental electrocutions, poaching, poisoning by farmers to prevent them from damaging crops ...

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Earthquake death toll hits 268 in Italy

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MNA International Desk: Hopes of finding more survivors from powerful earthquake in Italy have been vanishing, with the death toll hits to 268 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of Amatrice, which was leveled in the disaster, but there was no sign of life beneath the debris. “Only a miracle can bring our friends back alive from the rubble, but we are still digging because many are missing,” town mayor Sergio Pirozzi ...

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Earthquake leaved 10 people dead in Italy


MNA International Desk: A powerful earthquake leaved 10 people dead after struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, according to officials cited by local media. The national civil protection agency said it could not give an official toll as rescue efforts were still under way. Deaths were reported in three villages in a mountainous area straddling the regions of Lazio and Marche: Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. “The situation is dramatic, there are many dead. I cannot give a toll for now because rescue efforts are under way and it is very, very difficult,” said Amatrice mayor ...

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US judge ordered review of 14,900 Hillary emails


MNA International Desk: A judge ordered the US state department to review for possible release 14,900 of Hillary Clinton’s emails on Monday and attachments that the FBI found when inspecting her use of a private email server as secretary of state. The judge also scheduled a 23 September hearing on when to release the emails, a deadline that raises the possibility some will become public before the 8 November presidential election between Democrat Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters that it was still reviewing the 14,900 documents and it was unclear how ...

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Iraq hanged 36 men over Tikrit massacre


MNA International Desk: Iraq has hanged 36 men convicted over the massacre of hundreds of soldiers near the city of Tikrit in June 2014. Most of the victims are believed to have been young Shia recruits who were based at Camp Speicher when Tikrit was overrun by Islamic State militants. The executions were carried out at a prison in Nasiriya, a city in southern Iraq, state television quoted the Justice Ministry as saying. As many as 1,700 soldiers were killed two years ago after they fled Camp Speicher, a former US military base just north of Saddam Hussein’s home town ...

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