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Singapore Airlines bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on its flights

Singapore Airlines said on Saturday it has banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones from all its flights and any passenger carrying one will not be allowed to board its planes. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning the devices from aircraft in the United States as of Saturday at noon. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has ...

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Suicide bombing, shootouts kill around 55 in Iraq

Around 55 people were killed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shi’ite Muslim gathering, a police check-point and the family of a Sunni paramilitary leader opposed to Islamic State, according to security and medical sources.   The escalation comes as Iraqi forces are getting ready to launch an offensive to take back Mosul, the last Iraqi city ...

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Thailand warns on prices as mourners buy black garments

Thai authorities have warned traders not to take advantage of shoppers flocking to buy black shirts to mourn King Bhumibol Adulyadej and have sent out teams of inspectors to scour markets for price gougers. The 88-year-old king died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne, plunging the country into grief. The government has declared a year of mourning and ...

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India, Russia set up joint venture to build helicopters in India

NEW DELHI – India and Russia announced a joint venture to build Russian Kamov helicopters in India after summit talks on Saturday between President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian military officials have said the plan is to build at least 200 helicopters the defence forces need, and is part of Modi’s drive to build a defence ...

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150 nations agree major deal to cut greenhouse gases

About 150 nations meeting in Rwanda agreed a global deal to reduce greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners, a Rwandan minister announced to loud cheers on Saturday, a major milestone in combating climate change.   The deal, agreed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, divides countries into three groups with different deadlines to reduce the use of ...

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French couple is put under investigation for ties to jihadist

A man and his pregnant, teenage girlfriend suspected of plotting to kill in the name of the Islamic State were put under formal investigation on Friday following their arrest on Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Sec, a judicial source told to media. The two partners, aged 21 and 17, were in contact with Islamist State militant Rachid Kassim via ...

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Trump says previous accusations fabricated, ‘sick’

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday called the women accusing him of sexual misconduct sick liars seeking fame as part of a plot to discredit him after two more came forward with allegations that he had groped them. The new accusations were made by a contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” who cited a 2007 incident ...

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At Least 12 Egypt Soldiers Killed In Sinai Attack

An attack on an Egyptian military checkpoint killed 12 soldiers and wounded six others on Friday in the Sinai peninsula where security forces are fighting Jihadists. Mortar rounds were fired at the army post, a police official and a medic told afp. The army spokesman said in a statement that soldiers clashed with the assailants in the northern Sinai. An ...

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Slovak police charge five with smuggling migrants including Pakistani

BRATISLAVA – Five Slovaks are facing charges of smuggling at least 300 illegal migrants last year from Hungary to western Europe, mostly to Germany and Italy, Slovakian police said on Friday. The five men were arrested in a series of house raids by Slovak police on Tuesday morning and face up to 10 years in prison. Police said they hid ...

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Trump proves himself ‘unfit’ for office every day

U.S. President Barack Obama said that Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump proves himself unfit to be president every time he speaks. “You’ve got somebody who each and every day, every time he talks proves himself unfit and unqualified for this office,” Obama said in Columbus, Ohio where he was the featured speaker at an annual dinner benefiting Ohio Democrats. ...

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