Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack

At least 12 people have been killed and several injured in an attack on Libya’s electoral commission headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, officials say. At least one suicide bomber blew himself up while other armed assailants stormed the building and set it on fire, they say. Voters have been registering for elections expected before the end of the year. Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. After his 42-year rule, the country remains under the control of myriad rival armed groups. Although many observers have…

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9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air-WHO

GENEVA: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action, according to a press release on Wednesday 02 May, by World Health Organization. Full release Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. “Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest…

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100 people killed, 242,000 displaced by floods in Kenya

The Kenya Red Cross says that at least 100 people have been killed and 242,000 displaced by four weeks of floods, landslides and heavy rains. The relief organization called it a humanitarian disaster which needs emergency funding. Most of those affected had their homes either swept away or submerged by flood waters. Most victims have had to be resettled in schools and the organization says they have been overstretched by the crisis. Its Secretary General, Abbas Gullet, said they are greatly concerned about outbreaks of cholera and other waterborne diseases.…

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North, South Korea agree to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons

SEOUL: The two Koreas have agreed to work to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons, but haven’t provided any new specific measures as to how to achieve that. A joint statement issued after their leaders’ talks Friday says the two Koreas confirmed their goal of achieving “a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization.” Further, at their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish permanent and solid peace on the peninsula. The talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…

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Thirteen children die as India school bus hits train

Thirteen children have died after their school bus collided with a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police say. The bus had been travelling across an unmanned railway crossing when the accident took place. The incident comes weeks after 24 children died when their bus fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state. Road accidents are common in India, often due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles. The latest incident took place in the Kushinagar region of Uttar Pradesh state. It is not yet…

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Nigerian journalist claims 15 out 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive

A Nigerian journalist with links to the Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed only 15 out of the 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive. Ahmad Salkida says he had negotiated for the girls’ release on behalf of the government, but several opportunities to have them freed had been missed. Salkida says that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had asked him to negotiate for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls two weeks after they were abducted. Salkida adds that he had arranged for a prisoner swap on five…

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US and allies launch strikes on Syria

The US, UK and France have bombed three government sites in Syria in an early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons facilities, they say, BBC reports. The move is a response to a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma last week, which killed dozens. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “condemns the attack in the most serious way”. Explosions hit the capital, Damascus, as well as two locations near the city of Homs, the Pentagon said. “The nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have…

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Mother and son apparently killed by their dog

German police say a woman and her adult son have apparently been killed by their dog at an apartment in the city of Hannover. Police said a relative alerted authorities on Tuesday night after seeing a body through a window of the apartment. They said firefighters had to catch the Staffordshire terrier before finding the bodies of the 52-year-old woman and her 27-year-old son. In a statement Wednesday, police said a forensic expert determined that the two were “apparently killed by the dog.” Authorities in Germany tightened rules on attack dogs following a spate…

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Russia expells 60 United States-US diplomats

Russia has expelled 60 United States-US diplomats and closed the country’s St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the United Kingdom-UK. The moves were announced by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. More than 20 countries have expelled Russian envoys, in solidarity with the UK, which has blamed Moscow for the attack. It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found…

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Maldives president lifts 45-day state of emergency

The Maldives has lifted a 45-day state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen to annul a Supreme Court ruling that had overturned criminal convictions against nine opposition leaders. In a statement on Thursday, the president’s office said Yameen lifted the emergency “in an effort to promote normalcy” despite there still existing a “diminished threat to national security”. Under the emergency, security forces arrestedformer President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Yameen’s half-brother, as well as two Supreme Court judges and a top judicial administrator on charges of trying to topple the government. All four were charged with…

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