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9 dead, 46 injured in high-speed train crash in Ankara

At least nine people were killed and 46 others injured in a high-speed train accident in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday morning, the Ankara governor said. According to Governor Vasip Sahin, three of the injured are in serious condition. Previous reports said at least four people were killed and 43 others injured in the accident. The high speed …

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Japanese civil groups mark 81st anniversary of Nanjing Massacre

A series of commemorative activities have been held by Japanese civil groups in various cities to mark the 81st anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. Chang Xiaomei, daughter of a Nanjing Massacre survivor, shared her father’s story at a testimony meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday at the invitation of a few local civil groups. About 100 people attended the meeting. Her …

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Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism. The next test flight could come as early as Thursday with two pilots taking Virgin Space Ship Unity high above California’s Mojave Desert. CEO George …

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The Heart Project brings Christmas magic to hospitals

A charity organization has brought Santa to hospitals around the world, spreading Christmas cheer to sick children to make sure that no one misses out on the festive season. The Heart Project was initiated by Australian photographer Karen Alsop and a group of volunteer photographers from around the world. This year, Alsop and her team have been visiting hospitals in …

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7-yr-old Indian girl takes dad to police over lack of toilet

A seven-year-old Indian girl tried to have her father arrested after he failed to build a toilet at home as he promised, local police said on Wednesday. Living with her parents in the town of Ambur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Hanifa Zaara did not want to defecate in the open and asked her father to build a …

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South Africa joins African Tripartite Free Trade Area

South Africa has deposited the instrument of ratification of an agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday. The TFTA comprises three regional economic blocks — the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). South Africa did …

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UK PM May says she will leave by 2022 election

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will step down before the country holds its next scheduled national election in 2022. Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, May said “I think it is right that another party leader takes us into that general election.” Late Wednesday May survived a no-confidence vote among her Conservative Party …

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Death toll rises to 4 in Strasbourg shooting in France

The death toll of the shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg Tuesday evening has risen to four, several were wounded, local media reported. Security officers have cordoned off the area, while the injured were transported to a local hospital center. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters that several of the wounded were in critical condition …

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British PM on mission to rescue Brexit deal as EU insists “no renegotiation”

British Prime Minister Theresa May launched her mission Tuesday to attempt to rescue her Brexit deal with a round of meetings with European Union (EU) member leaders. Political commentators described it as a mission impossible after Brussels indicated it would not alter the deal already agreed between the EU and May’s government. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said …

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Trump says to let military build border wall if Democrats reject funding

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will have the military build his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats in Congress block the legislation approving the funding for the project. Trump made the threat in a series of tweets hours before a scheduled meeting with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “If the …

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