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10 guilty in fire deaths of 94 Indian school kids

New Delhi (AP) – A court in southern India convicted 10 people on Wednesday for a fire in 2004 that raged through a thatched-roof schoolhouse and killed 94 children while most of the faculty escaped unscathed. Those found guilty of charges such as culpable homicide and endangerment include the primary school’s owner, his wife, the […]

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About 150 may be trapped in landslide in India

New Delhi (AP) – A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and burying more than 150 people, an official said. Federal rescue workers were being hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in Pune district in Maharashtra state, where […]

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Officials: 19 dead in E. Ukraine region

Kiev, Ukraine (AP) – Officials in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine say 19 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists. The regional administration said Wednesday on its website that 31 people were brought to hospitals with injuries over the previous 24 hours. Shells hit apartment buildings in Donetsk, the regional […]

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Six dead as militants from Afghanistan storm Pakistan check posts

Islamabad (AFP) – At least six militants were killed when Pakistan’s military thwarted an attack on its check posts near the Afghan border, officials said Wednesday. ”About 70 to 80 terrorists physically attacked the posts, six terrorists were killed and nine injured due to an effective response by Pakistani troops,” a security official said. The […]

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Gaza toll rises over 1,270 on day 23 of Israeli assault

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Forty people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza Wednesday, including 16 killed when shells hit a UN school, sending the Palestinian toll from 23 days of fighting over 1,270. The latest violence saw six members of the same family, three of them children, killed when an Israeli shell hit […]

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New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

Dakar, Senegal (AP) — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases […]

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Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus

Freetown (Reuters) – The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country’s chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of […]

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Khmer Rouge tribunal readies way for genocide case

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AP) – A U.N.-backed tribunal on Wednesday began a hearing to prepare for the genocide trial of the two senior surviving leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, under whose rule an estimated 1.7 million people died in the late 1970s from starvation, exhaustion, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, the regime’s head of state, […]

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Israeli shelling of north Gaza UN school kills 20 people: medics

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – An Israeli shelling on a UN school being used as a shelter in the northern Gaza Strip killed 20 people on Wednesday, medics said. The shelling hit the school in Jabalia refugee camp, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, on the 23rd day of Israel’s military campaign against the […]

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Australia focused on MH17 crash site, not sanctions: PM

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s priority was gaining access to the crash site of downed Flight MH17 in Ukraine, not imposing sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday. The United States and Europe announced tough new sanctions targeting Russia’s key financial, arms and energy sectors on Tuesday in response to Moscow’s intervention in the […]

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