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Syria drops off the radar at UN assembly

Syria’s war has taken a new turn with the expected recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State, but world leaders gathered at the United Nations this week seem to be paying little attention. Once the focal point of a myriad of high-powered meetings during the UN General Assembly, Syria this year dropped off the diplomatic agenda, dwarfed by the crises …

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Thirteen-year-old raises concern over flesh-eating ulcer

(Web Desk) – As Ella Crofts, a 13-year-old Australian student slowly recovers from Buruli ulcer doctors have warned that the infectious disease may rapidly spread in developing countries. The ulcer that basically is a skin disease usually found in developing countries, according to health authorities, has so far targeted 159 people since January 2017, which is nearly three times the …

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Hope fades in search for Mexico quake survivors

– Time pressed on Mexico on Thursday as rescuers looking for survivors picked through the rubble of buildings felled by a powerful earthquake two days earlier, with hopes fading as the hours rolled by. Authorities put the death toll from Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude quake at 272 people, but it was expected to rise further with more than 200 still missing in …

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Rohingya refugee camps on the brink of a ‘health disaster’: MSF

Bangladesh’s refugee camps are on the brink of a “public health disaster,” Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has warned, saying filthy water and faeces flow through shanties now bursting with Rohinyga Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar. More than 420,000 Rohingya have overwhelmed Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar in under a month, seeking refuge following an army-led crackdown across the border in …

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Iran’s Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France. His comments came as Iran displayed a new missile at a military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.  

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Four dead, 20 missing as migrant boat sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast: reports

– Four people drowned and up to 20 were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey’s Black Sea coast, reports said. Thirty-eight migrants were rescued but search and rescue efforts are in progress to find 15-20 people still missing in the incident off the Kefken district of the Kocaeli province east of Istanbul, the Anadolu …

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UN session: Malala meets with world leaders, discusses education

Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani who has been labeled a global activist for female education and is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate interacted with fellow Noble laureates, celebrities and world leaders from around the globe along the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the UN General Assembly.  

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Hurricane Maria clobbers Puerto Rico, plunges island into darkness

Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, carved a path of destruction through the U.S. territory on Wednesday, causing severe flooding and plunging the island into darkness as the storm’s death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 10. Maria, the second major hurricane to rage through the region this month, was left …

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South Korea approves aid to North Korea, North calls Trump ‘barking dog’

– South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued. North Korea’s foreign minister likened U.S. President Donald Trump to a “barking dog” on Thursday, after …

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Sixth arrest over London Underground attack: British police

– A sixth man was arrested in Britain early on Thursday as part of the probe into the bomb attack on a London Underground train last week, police said. The man, aged 17, was detained under anti-terrorism powers in Thornton Heath, south of London, where a search is under way, a statement said. Some 30 people were injured in the …

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