Category: World

USA – Gunman dies after being shot at US school

MARYLAND – A gunman who shot and injured two teenage students at a high school in the US state of Maryland was shot dead after a gunfight with a security guard. Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, shot a 16-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition, and a 14-year-old boy. The attack happened on Tuesday morning […]

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USA – Trump urges death penalty for drug dealers

WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump has called for drug traffickers to face the death penalty as part of his plan to combat the US painkiller-addiction epidemic. He outlined the proposal during a speech in New Hampshire, a state badly affected by the opioid crisis. Trump said his administration was attempting to change the law […]

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US – Donald Trump lambasts Mueller’s ‘biased’ Russia inquiry

Donald Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election he won in 2016. He tweeted that the inquiry was unfair – and reiterated there had been “no collusion” between his election campaign and Russia. He added that it was dominated by “hardened Democrats” and supporters of his […]

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RUSSIA: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow

Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats in a row over the nerve agent attack on an-ex spy and his daughter in the UK. The Russian foreign ministry said the UK staff would be expelled from Moscow within a week in response to Britain’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. It also said it would […]

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USA – Miami bridge collapse: Death toll to rise from six

MIAMI/ FLORIDA – Rescue crews are now focusing on recovering victims buried beneath the collapsed bridge in Florida that left at least six people dead, police say. The 174ft (53m) concrete bridge near Florida International University in Miami fell on to an eight-lane motorway on Thursday. Police say more bodies could be found in crushed […]

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ENGLAND – Britain is to expel 23 russian diplomats over nerve attack on ex-spy

LONDON – Britain is to kick out 23 Russian diplomats, the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War, over a chemical attack on a former Russian double agent in England that Prime Minister Theresa May blamed on Moscow. May pointed the finger firmly at Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as she outlined retaliatory measures […]

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USA – Band bus plunges into Alabama ravine

LOXLEY, Alabama — Lulled asleep by the humming of their Texas-bound charter bus following a trip to Disney World, members of a high school band were jarred awake before dawn Tuesday when the rig ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine. One person died, driver Harry Caligone, and about three dozen others […]

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NEPAL – Plane carrying 71 people crashes, catches fire in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU — A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, killing at least 50 people, officials and witnesses said. A top airport official said the pilot of US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 did not follow landing instructions […]

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HONOLULU – Hawaii woman charged in sexual assaults of Japanese student

Authorities say a woman who recruited international students for programmes in Hawaii has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student. An Oahu grand jury on Thursday indicted 36-year-old Rika Shimizu on five counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Authorities say Shimizu operated a boarding home for Japanese students […]

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USA – Death row inmate sues Alabama, Asks for Vacated Sentence

ALABAMA – An  death row inmate whose execution went wrong is asking that his death sentence be vacated. The attempted execution was “botched and bloody,” as the inmate’s lawyer put it, and left the inmate under “physical and mental duress.” Doyle Lee Hamm was convicted in 1987 of committing murder during a robbery and sentenced […]

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ENGLAND – Former Russian spy and daughter deliberately poisoned with nerve agent

SALISBURY – A nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday, in a case that threatens to further damage London’s ties with Moscow. Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found […]

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USA – Top economic adviser Gary Cohn leaves White House in wake of tariff rift

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House announced on Tuesday. Cohn, who had once been rumored as a potential next chief of staff, will leave the White House in the wake of his fierce disagreement with the President’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. […]

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UK – Students recreate film posters with black leads

A teenager has spoken of his surprise at seeing his own face on a movie poster at a bus stop in south London. Shiden Tekle was on his way to school when he saw his image in a mocked-up recreation of the poster for The Inbetweeners film. He had created the image as part of […]

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U.S. – Man shoots self outside White House

A man is reported to have shot himself outside the White House in Washington, the United States Secret Service says. It tweeted that agents were “responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound” outside the north fence. President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his […]

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RUSSIA – Putin boasts of Russia’s unstoppable nuclear weapons

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield. Putin was speaking ahead of an election on March 18 that polls indicate he should win […]

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA – At least 14 killed by collapsed buildings and landslides

MELBOURNE – Up to 14 people were killed in landslides and during a powerful earthquake in the remote Papua New Guinea highlands, police and a hospital worker said on Tuesday, with unconfirmed reports of up to 30 dead. The 7.5 magnitude quake that rocked the region early on Monday also damaged mining and power infrastructure […]

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United Kingdom – Girl, five, died after doctor turned her away for being late

NEWPORT – A five-year-old girl with a history of asthma was turned away from seeing her doctor because she was “late” – and died that night in hospital. An inquest heard Ellie-May Clark was not seen by Grange Clinic in Newport despite having an emergency appointment because it operated a “ten minute rule”. A chance […]

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