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Palestinian wounded in Gaza border protests dies: ministry


August 6, 2018

A Palestinian shot by Israeli forces on the Gaza border four months ago has died, the health ministry in the coastal enclave has said. Ahmed al-Ayeda, 17, was shot on March 30 — the first day of months of protests and clashes along the border — the ministry said in a statement late Sunday. He had been in critical condition since being …

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‘Chef of the century’ Joel Robuchon dies at 73


August 6, 2018

Joel Robuchon, the world’s most-starred Michelin chef who tore down kitchen walls to give diners new insights into the art of haute cuisine, has died at 73, a French government spokesperson said on Monday. Robuchon, who was hailed as one of four “chefs of the century” by the Gault & Millau industry bible in 1990, founded a string of restaurants …

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Two Koreas agree on list of family reunion participants


August 6, 2018

SEOUL: The two Koreas have finalised a list of families separated by the Korean War whose members will be briefly reunited this month after decades of separation, Seoul said Monday. The two nations agreed in June to resume the reunions of families torn apart by the 1950-53 war, after a landmark meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and …

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Top Bangladeshi photographer arrested for interview on teen protests


August 6, 2018

Bangladesh police said Monday they arrested a prize-winning photographer for “provocative comments” in an Al Jazeera interview about protests by teenagers that have convulsed the country for over a week. Over the weekend, a heavy-handed response to the protests over road safety left more than 100 injured as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and mobs attacked demonstrators, photographers and even the …

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Israel PM defends law in face of Druze outrage


August 6, 2018

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended a law which has outraged Israel’s Druze minority, saying it would help prevent Palestinians and illegal migrants from seeking Israeli citizenship. “The Nation-State Law prevents, for example, the exploitation of the family reunification clause under which very, very many Palestinians have been absorbed into the country,” he said at the start …

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New protests hit southern Iraq, a month into unrest


August 6, 2018

BASRA – Protesters flooded the streets of southern Iraq again on Sunday, nearly a month into a wave of unrest over corruption and decaying public services, AFP correspondents said. In oil-rich Basra, the southern port city where the protests broke out on July 8, tribal chiefs and Shiite religious leaders joined several hundred demonstrators in front of the provincial headquarters. …

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Powerful quake kills 91 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, thousands flee homes


August 6, 2018

At least 91 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed. The death toll is expected to rise with hundreds injured and thousands of houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement …

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Twenty killed in plane crash in Swiss Alps


August 6, 2018

Three Austrians and 17 Swiss were on board the trimotor JU-52 aircraft, built in the late 1930’s as a military aircraft and later used to operate scenic and charter flights, when it crashed shortly before 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Saturday on the west side of the Piz Segnas mountain in the canton of Grissons. The plane had been returning …

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Saudi Arabia freezes new trade with Canada for urging activists’ release


August 6, 2018

Saudi Arabia will suspend new trade and investment with Canada after that country’s foreign ministry urged Riyadh to release arrested civil rights activists, it said in a statement released to the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday. It also gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country and recalled its own ambassador to Canada, the statement by the …

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Melania Trump praises LeBron James after Trump insults him


August 5, 2018

WASHINGTON: The United State (US) first lady Melania Trump issued on Saturday a statement supporting basketball star LeBron James after President Donald Trump insulted the player. “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about …

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