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  • Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

    17 February 2018 3:23 PM 48

    Beirut - Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria's state-run news agency reported on Saturday. The news outlets quoted local doctors in Afrin as saying the hospital treated six cases

  • Strong quake rekindles memories of past disasters in Mexico

    17 February 2018 9:47 AM 33

    Mexico City - A powerful earthquake that rattled south and central Mexico caused little apparent destruction but rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes five months ago. Maricarmen Trujillo was in the same place Friday on the eighth floor of a Mexico City office building where she rode out a September 19 earthquake

  • Iraqi teen arrested in Germany after contacting ISIS leaders

    17 February 2018 8:50 AM 25

    Berlin – A 17-year-old Iraqi has been arrested in Germany after allegedly contacting senior members of the Islamic State group. Prosecutors in Frankfurt say the teen was detained on Tuesday in the central German town of Eschwege. German daily Bild reported on Friday that the Iraqi, who came to Germany in 2015 as a refugee, was suspected of preparing

  • French law allows detaining asylum-seekers, house arrest

    17 February 2018 5:20 AM 28

    Paris – Facing a court-imposed deadline, French lawmakers have approved a measure that allows detention for asylum-seekers and their families, and limitless house arrest for foreign convicts who cannot be expelled. In a contentious late-night vote on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron's majority party pushed the measure through, despite reservations

  • Ex-student confesses to killing 17 in Florida school shooting

    16 February 2018 7:20 AM 33

    Parkland – A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed on Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him. As Americans reeled from the country's worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook six years ago, President

  • Nepal prime minister resigns, paving way for new government

    15 February 2018 1:34 PM 31

    Kathmandu – Nepal's prime minister has resigned after his party lost parliamentary elections, paving the way for a new government to take power. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba made the announcement on Thursday, a day after the results of the November and December 2017 elections were finalised. An alliance of two major communist parties is expected

  • Suspect's 'disturbing' social media posts being dissected

    15 February 2018 10:59 AM 33

    Parkland – The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled

  • Philippines vows less violent drug war amid ICC probe

    15 February 2018 5:46 AM 30

    Manila - Philippine police said on Wednesday they have adopted special measures, including body cameras, to reduce violence in anti-narcotics operations as the International Criminal Court investigates allegations of thousands of extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. Five days after the ICC launched a preliminary examination

  • 'Numerous fatalities' in Florida school shooting, suspect in custody

    14 February 2018 10:55 PM 31

    Parklan -US authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested a suspect who is believed to have opened fire at a high school in Florida - an incident that one official said had caused "numerous fatalities". "Shooter is now in custody. Scene is still active," the Broward County sheriff's department said on Twitter, adding that so far, 14 "victims" had been identified

  • Shooting outside US top spy headquarters

    14 February 2018 5:13 PM 30

    Washington - A shooting erupted on Wednesday outside the headquarters of the National Security Agency, a secretive intelligence organisation responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping in the suburbs of Washington, the White House confirmed. NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs