14December2017

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More than 130 people have been killed in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the border region between the two countries, state media said. As rescuers stepped up efforts through the night to find people trapped in collapsed buildings, the deputy governor of Iran’s Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border told state television that at least 129 were dead and that the toll would rise.. “There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won’t rise too much, but it will rise,” Mojtaba Nikkerdar said. More than 60 of the victims…

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PAKISTAN: At least 26 people were killed and 46 others injured when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in northern Pakistan, police said Thursday. The crash took place near Dhok Pathan village, some 115 kilometres (70 miles) southwest of the capital Islamabad late Wednesday. “At least 26 people have died and 46 others were injured when a passenger bus lost control at a slope and veered off into a deep ravine,” local police official Fazal Abbas told AFP. The bus was carrying members of Tableeghi Jamaat - a Sunni evangelical group - from the northwestern town of Kohat to…

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CHINA: Donald Trump will receive an honour in Beijing not granted to any US President since the founding of the People’s Republic of China: official dinner inside the Forbidden City. When Trump and his wife Melania joined President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, for a tour of the Forbidden City, the historic palace that housed Chinese emperors and their families for almost 500 years. Trump was expected to dine with Xi inside the Jianfu Palace, although the exact location of the dinner hasn’t been confirmed. The building dates back to the 18th century and was fully restored in…

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US President Donald Trump has arrived in China for a visit likely to focus heavily on trade and tensions with North Korea. He has landed in Beijing where Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has a lavish reception planned for him. Earlier, in a speech to the South Korean parliament, Trump urged China to sever ties with North Korea. Trump is in China as part of a five-nation tour of Asia. He has also visited Japan so far. Before his arrival, Trump piled praise on Xi, saying he was looking forward to meeting the Chinese president after "his great political victory". Mr Xi…

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OUTH KOREA: North Korea poses a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action, President Donald Trump said in Seoul Tuesday, but insisted “we are making a lot of progress” in reining in the rogue state. The US leader, standing alongside his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In, reiterated he was prepared to use the full range of American military might in order to halt Pyongyang’s march towards becoming a full-fledged nuclear power. But he added: “It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table to make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and the people…

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JAPAN: President Donald Trump warned on Sunday that “no dictator” should underestimate the United States, as he launched an Asia tour that will be dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis. Speaking to cheering military personnel at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo, Trump donned a bomber jacket and issued a threat that “no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate... American resolve.” “Every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?” roared Trump. “We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defence of…

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US President Donald Trump has called for the green card lottery to be scrapped, saying it allowed the New York truck attack suspect into the US. In a series of tweets he called for the immigration programme to be replaced with a merit-based system. Trump pinned blame for the scheme on Senator Chuck Schumer, who accused Trump of cutting anti-terror funding. Authorities have not yet confirmed how the suspect in Tuesday's attack, Sayfullo Saipov, immigrated to the US. Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning: "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck…

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At least eight people have been killed and 11 seriously hurt in New York after the driver of a truck mowed down people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. A 29-year-old man who emerged from the white pick-up truck was shot by a police officer and arrested. Officials later said it was a terror attack. Media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who came to the US in 2010. A note was found in the truck that referred to so-called Islamic State, a law enforcement source told CBS News. The suspect - who had apparently settled in Florida…

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Australian Senate President Stephen Parry has said he will resign after confirming he is a UK dual citizen. Mr Parry said in a statement that he believes he was wrongly elected because of his status. On Friday, the High Court of Australia ruled that five politicians were invalidly elected under the constitution because they held dual citizenship. Mr Parry inherited British citizenship from his father. The senior government figure said he was making the announcement with "a heavy heart" after receiving confirmation from the British Home Office. Mr Parry's role as Senate president is to preside over Australia's upper house,…

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QATAR: Qatar's emir in an interview which aired on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies of seeking to topple his government with its nearly five-month-old political and economic embargo of the tiny Gulf state. "They want a regime change. It's... so obvious," Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani told CBS's 60 Minutes. "History as well tells us, teaches us they tried to do that before, in 1996 after my father became the emir. So, and they made it also so obvious in the last couple of weeks." The Gulf crisis erupted on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the…

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