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Protesters hit Hong Kong commute as western powers urge restraint

by Jerome Taylor and Su Xinqi HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong protesters struck the city’s transport network for a second day running on Tuesday as western powers voiced concern over spiraling violence after police shot a young demonstrator …

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15 dead as trains collide in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — At least 15 people were killed and 58 others injured when two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh early Tuesday, police said. Three coaches were sent tumbling off the tracks at Mondolbhag station in the town of …

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3 performers stabbed on stage in Saudi capital: state TV

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Three performers were stabbed during a play in the Saudi capital Monday and the alleged assailant was arrested, state television said, in the first such incident since the kingdom opened its doors for entertainment. “Riyadh …

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20 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

by Sam Jahan with Sailendra Sil in Kolkata KHULNA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with …

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Saudi Aramco outlines risks and strengths ahead of IPO

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Energy giant Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest company, has lifted the lid on its secretive operations in a prospectus ahead of a highly anticipated listing on the Riyadh stock exchange. As a legal requirement for …

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UPDATED:Three killed, 20 injured in Iran earthquake: state television

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) –An earthquake in northwestern Iran on Friday killed three people and injured 20, according to the first official reports on state television. The shallow 5.9-magnitude quake struck about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of the city of …

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Shallow 5.9 earthquake hits northwestern Iran: USGS

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake struck around 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the town of Hastrud, in East Azerbaijan Province, shortly before 2.30am …

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Mainland Chinese student jailed in Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — A student from mainland China arrested at a Hong Kong democracy protest was sentenced on Thursday to six weeks in prison for possession of an offensive weapon — the city’s first such case involving a …

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Four tourists among 8 wounded in Jordan stabbing

AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Eight people, including four tourists, were wounded in a knife attack on Wednesday at the famed archeological site of Jerash in northern Jordan, a security spokesman told AFP. Four tourists — three Mexicans and a Swiss …

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Hundreds protest corruption in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (AFP) — Hundreds protested in front of Kuwait’s parliament on Wednesday evening against the state’s perceived unwillingness to fight corruption, in a country where such events have periodically triggered political crises. The demonstrators called on the speaker …

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Erdogan, Trump announce Washington talks on November 13

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to the United States next week to meet Donald Trump, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, amid heightened tensions between the two countries. In a telephone conversation, “the two leaders reconfirmed …

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UPDATED:15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand’s south: army

BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) –At least fifteen people were killed and another four injured in attacks by suspected Muslim rebels in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, the largest death toll in years. The Malay-Muslim south has been …

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