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‘Devastation’ in Florida Keys, Irma weakens

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Millions of Florida residents were without power and extensive damage was reported in the Florida Keys but most of the Sunshine State appeared to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage from Hurricane Irma. The monster storm roared ashore as a powerful Category 4 hurricane when it hit the Keys southern …

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UN says 370,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

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Bangladesh (AFP) – Some 370,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar and entered Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence late last month, the United Nations said Tuesday. “An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25,” Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee …

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US photographer wins ‘monkey selfie’ legal battle

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British photographer David Slater won a lawsuit over the ownership of a selfie photograph that a monkey took from his camera. The lawsuit which was filed by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) sued the photographer on the basis of intellectual property rights of Indonesian macaque money named …

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Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal

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Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems, its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, in an accord that could trouble Ankara’s NATO allies. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence batteries, Ankara’s most significant deal with a non-NATO supplier, comes with Turkey in the …

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Adnan Sami’s daughter welcomed by Narendra Modi

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received and welcomed singer Adnan Sami and Roya’s daughter Medina, who was born in May this year. The family met the Indian prime minister last week and shared sweets which they brought from Medina. According to the Hindustan Times, the Sami family was with Modi …

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Indian government forces martyred two Kashmir youth on Monday in an alleged gun battle, sparking protests by local civilians, police said. Soldiers and special counterinsurgency police forces surrounded a neighbourhood in Khudwani, a village in the south of Indian-administered Kashmir. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of local residents who took to the streets in support of the slain youth and threw stones at government forces. More than 140 Kashmiris have been killed so far this year in the restive valley, where India has deployed thousands of additional troops to hunt for Kashmiris having anti-India sentiments in an offensive dubbed “Operation Allout”. According to Kashmir Media Service, the martyred youth have been identified as Sayar Ahmad Wani and Dawood Illahi Khan. The killings led to a spontaneous shutdown in the district. All shops and other commercial establishments are closed in Kulgam town and adjacent areas. The authorities suspended mobile and internet services in Kulgam and Islamabad districts immediately after the killing of youth.

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The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Myanmar and expressed concerns about violence that has led around 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to flee the Buddhist-majority country. The top Buddhist leader wrote to Myanmar’s de facto civilian leader, a fellow Nobel …

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Indian soldiers martyr two youth in occupied Kashmir

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Indian government forces martyred two Kashmir youth on Monday in an alleged gun battle, sparking protests by local civilians, police said. Soldiers and special counterinsurgency police forces surrounded a neighbourhood in Khudwani, a village in the south of Indian-administered Kashmir. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of local residents …

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313,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh: UN

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The number of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar s Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25 has reached 313,000, a UN spokesman said Monday. The estimate came from Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency. The United Nations and the Bangladesh government have said the number …

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