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Belgium launches twin investigations into knife attack

27 August 2017

BRUSSELS – Belgian authorities on Saturday launched twin investigations into a knife attack they consider to be an act of terrorism and released more details of the suspect shot dead by soldiers in central Brussels. Federal prosecutors said that they had requested... Read More

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Flood threat rises as Harvey dumps torrential rains on Texas

26 August 2017

ROCKPORT, Texas – The most powerful hurricane to hit the US state of Texas in more than 50 years moved slowly inland on Saturday, dumping torrential rain expected to cause catastrophic flooding after battering the coast with 130 miles per hour (209 km per hour) winds.... Read More

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Man with knife assaults two police officers outside Buckingham Palace

26 August 2017

LONDON – A man with a “large knife” who assaulted two police officers outside Buckingham Palace on Friday night has been arrested, British police said. The officers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment. The man, who is in his mid-twenties... Read More

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Man shot in Brussels after attacking soldiers

25 August 2017

BRUSSELS – A man was shot in the centre of Brussels on Friday evening after attacking two soldiers with a knife, Brussels prosecutors said. The man was critically wounded but was still alive and in hospital, they said. The soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack,... Read More

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Trump calls Egypt's Sisi, says keen to overcome obstacles

25 August 2017

CAIRO – United States President Donald Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday and said he was keen to overcome any obstacles in the way of cooperation, just days after the US said it would withhold some financial aid to Egypt. “President... Read More

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Fuel prices rise, refiners shut as US braces for major hurricane

24 August 2017

SAN ANTONIO – United States gasoline prices surged to a three-week high on Thursday as Hurricane Harvey moved across the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to strike the heart of the country's oil refining industry when it comes ashore in Texas this weekend. Communities... Read More

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Amazon deal for Whole Foods wins regulatory, shareholder approvals

24 August 2017

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon.com Inc and Whole Foods Market Inc on Wednesday cleared two major hurdles needed to close Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of the natural grocery chain, with approvals from a US competition regulator and Whole Foods shareholders.... Read More

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Dutch foil possible attack on tip from Spain; no Barcelona link

24 August 2017

AMSTERDAM/MADRID – A Spanish man was detained by Dutch police on Wednesday after he was found driving a van with gas canisters near a Rotterdam venue where a rock concert was cancelled due to a threat of a possible attack. Although Spanish police tipped the Dutch... Read More

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Britain outlines plans to break free of European Court after Brexit

23 August 2017

LONDON – Britain on Wednesday outlined several escape routes from the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's key aims in talks to unstitch 40 years of EU membership. In a government paper on the highly-sensitive... Read More

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US puts more pressure on Pakistan to help with Afghan war

23 August 2017

WASHINGTON – The United States put more pressure on Pakistan on Tuesday to help it with the war in Afghanistan, suggesting it could downgrade Islamabad’s status as a major non-NATO ally if it does not crack down on Islamist militants. A day after President Donald... Read More

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Britain posts first July budget surplus in 15 years, outlook darker

22 August 2017

LONDON – Britain unexpectedly posted its first budget surplus for any July since 2002 according to official data on Tuesday, welcome news for finance minister Philip Hammond in what still looks likely to be a difficult financial year for the government. The surplus... Read More

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Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

22 August 2017

SUBIRATS, Spain – Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain’s deadliest attack in over a decade. Police said they tracked 22-year-old Younes... Read More

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Quake hits Italian island, one dead, 25 injured

22 August 2017

ROME – An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said. Residents and tourists on the island ran... Read More

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Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States

21 August 2017

SHERIDAN, Oregon/CHARLESTON, S.C. – Millions of Americans looked skyward in awe through protective glasses, telescopes and cameras on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century marched from the US Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic seaboard.... Read More

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Ten sailors missing after US warship, tanker collide near Singapore

21 August 2017

SINGAPORE – Ten United States sailors were missing after a US warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the US Navy said. US Defense... Read More

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Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

21 August 2017

FREETOWN – Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week’s devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city’s chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday. One of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side... Read More

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Finnish killings treated as first terror attack say police

19 August 2017

HELSINKI/TURKU, Finland – Finnish police said on Saturday that an 18-year-old Moroccan man, arrested after a knife rampage that killed two people and wounded eight, appeared to have targeted women and that the spree was being treated as the country’s first terrorism-related... Read More

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Source: South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

19 August 2017

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday. South African police had... Read More

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Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

18 August 2017

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN – President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalisation agenda.... Read More

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Van mows down crowd in Barcelona, 13 reported killed

17 August 2017

BARCELONA – A van ploughed into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media reported at least 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack. Regional authorities said one death had been confirmed so far, with... Read More

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Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

16 August 2017

WASHINGTON – The Lincoln Memorial in the US capital was spray painted with expletive graffiti that was discovered on Tuesday, days after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over an American Civil War-era monument. The graffiti appeared to read "@#!*... Read More

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