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Driver who killed six in Australia car rampage sentenced to life


February 22, 2019

Sydney: A driver who killed six people in a rampage along a Melbourne shopping street was sentenced to life Friday for what a judge described as one of Australia´s worst mass murders. The January 2017 attack at Bourke Street mall, a popular shopping area, rocked Australia´s second-largest city, with a three-month-old baby, a 10-year-old girl and a Japanese student among …

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Police slam US actor, say he staged racist attack to boost career


February 22, 2019

Chicago: An American TV actor was criminally charged Thursday for allegedly masterminding an elaborate “publicity stunt” that sought to exploit the “pain and anger of racism” with a staged assault on the streets of Chicago. It was the latest twist in a weeks-long saga that has seen 36-year-old Jussie Smollett, the gay, African-American actor who stars on Fox music industry …

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Turkey seeks arrest of 300 army officers: prosecutors


February 22, 2019

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Friday issued arrest warrants for almost 300 active military officers for alleged links to a failed 2016 coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prosecutors said. A total of 295 officers including two colonels are targeted in the warrants, the Istanbul prosecutor´s office said. They are accused of having links to to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah …

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Saudi crown prince arrives in China


February 22, 2019

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing Thursday as the monarch aims to seal partnerships on a high-profile Asia tour following a diplomatic crisis over a journalist’s murder. Mohammed is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his two-day trip to the Chinese capital following visits to Pakistan and India. The tour has allowed him to …

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Dhaka fire kills 70 as explosions rain fire on the streets


February 22, 2019

Fire and explosions that ripped through apartment buildings packed with illegal chemical stores killed at least 70 people in the Bangladeshi capital which was left stunned by its latest disaster. The inferno started in a building where chemicals for deodorants and other household uses were stocked amid apartments. It spread at lightning speed to four nearby blocks, the fire service …

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Car bomb kills 20 in east Syria


February 22, 2019

BEIRUT: A car bomb on Thursday killed 20 people including 14 oil workers near a base used by US-backed forces battling Daesh in east Syria, a war monitor said. “The car bomb was detonated remotely in the village of Shheel” close to an oil field acting as a base for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces fighting Daesh, the Britain-based …

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Activists topple statue of Polish priest accused of sex abuse


February 22, 2019

Three activists overturned a statue of a  accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk early on Thursday, local police said. Video footage on social media showed them using a rope to topple the statue of Father Henryk Jankowski, who died in 2010 and has faced accusations of paedophilia. They then draped underwear and altar boy clothing onto …

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Greta Thunberg warns politicians who fail to tackle climate change at an EU conference


February 22, 2019

BRUSSELS: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired pupils worldwide to boycott classes, urged the European Union on Thursday to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts. At an EU conference, Thunberg warned that politicians who fail to tackle climate change will be “remembered as the greatest villains of all time” for leading the world to disaster. …

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5.5-magnitude quake hits Japan´s Hokkaido, no tsunami risk


February 22, 2019

TOKYO: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan´s northern island of Hokkaido Thursday but there was no tsunami warning and no reports of injuries or damage to property, authorities said. The quake struck at 9:22 pm local time (1222 GMT) at a depth of 41 kilometres (25 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicentre was around 55 km (35 miles) …

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