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WASHINGTON: A freight train plowed into a garbage truck and derailed on Tuesday near the US city of Baltimore, triggering a fire and a massive explosion that injured a driver and was reportedly felt for miles. Television footage showed several train cars lying on their side and engulfed in flames,…

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VATICAN CITY: A top Vatican official has said around 100,000 Christians are killed every year for reasons linked to their faith and pointed to the Middle East, Africa and Asia as the biggest problem areas. Monsignor Silvano Maria Tomasi was quoted by Vatican radio on Tuesday as saying that the…

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SYDNEY: Amnesty International on Wednesday criticized a move by Papua New Guinea to revive the death penalty as a regressive step for the poverty-stricken Pacific nation, branding it state-sanctioned violence. The country’s parliament on Tuesday passed laws allowing execution by a range of methods, including hanging, electrocution, lethal injection, and…

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BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party has called for greater political instruction for young university teachers, the education ministry has said. Political education courses are currently mandatory for Chinese youths throughout their schooling, even as adherence to communist ideology has loosened among both officials and the wider public in recent decades.

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MIRANSHAH: A US drone on Wednesday fired two missiles into a house in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal belt, killing four people. Another four people were wounded in the attack which took place in Chashma village near Miranshah, the main town of lawless North Waziristan district, a stronghold of Taliban and…

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BANGKOK: More than 100 people were rescued from a tourist ferry which began to sink in rough seas near the popular Thai resort island of Phuket, police said on Wednesday. The 114 passengers were picked up by a passing boat after the Phuket-bound ferry from Phi Phi Island began to…

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RIYADH: The Saudi health ministry said on Tuesday it has recorded five new cases of a deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-like virus in the east of the oil-rich kingdom. The announcement came as France’s first victim of the nCoV-EMC novel coronavirus—a cousin of the SARS that sparked a world…

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PARIS: Researchers in China said on Wednesday a trial vaccine provided “significant” protection against a virus that can cause potentially deadly hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in children. In the final testing phase, the vaccine proved 90-percent effective, providing protection for at least 12 months against HFMD caused by…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-three people were missing after a massively overloaded boat capsized on Tuesday while negotiating treacherous rapids on a jungle river in remote Borneo, Malaysian police and local officials said. “Twenty-three people are still missing,” said Bakar Anak Sebau, police chief of the remote town of Belaga. He added…