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China says world trade system not perfect, needs reform

BEIJING (Reuters) – The current world trade system is not perfect and China supports reforms to it, including to the World Trade Organization, to make it fairer and more effective, Beijing’s top diplomat said.China is locked in a bitter trade war with the United States and has vowed repeatedly to uphold the multilateral trading system and free trade, with the …

U.S., Cuba officials discuss mysterious embassy health incidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Cuban officials met at the State Department on Thursday to discuss the mysterious health problems that have affected more than two dozen American Embassy personnel, a situation that led to a reduction in staffing at the Havana mission and a chill in ties between the countries.“There’s a briefing taking place between some of our colleagues …

Dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs, injuring at least six

ANDOVER, Mass. (Reuters) – Dozens of explosions apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture rocked three communities near Boston on Thursday, injuring at least six people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds, local officials said.Live TV images showed firefighters battling blazes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, around 25 miles (40 km)north of the Massachusetts capital. The streets were …

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm

(BBC News – www.bbc.com) Thousands of people have begun evacuating from coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country. Typhoon Mangkhut, which is currently a Category 4 hurricane, is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by Saturday. Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing …

China: Car rams into Hunan square killing nine

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A man has driven a car into a busy square in southern China, killing at least nine people and injuring 43, local government officials say. The red SUV drove into Binjiang square in Hengyang city, Hunan province, at 19:40 local time (11:40 GMT). Local media say that some victims appeared to have been stabbed. The driver, who …

Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz Sharif banned from leading his party

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(PAKISTAN, LANKAPUVATH) –Pakistan’s Supreme Court has disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of his party. Mr Sharif was ordered to step down as prime minister last year amid corruption allegations that he denies. The court ruled that his earlier dismissal from office made him ineligible to lead the PML-N. All decisions taken by Mr Sharif while head of …

Trump budget cuts US cash for International Space Station

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(US, LANKAPUVATH) –President Donald Trump wants to end US funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 with the aim of putting it into private hands. His plans for ISS and the Nasa space programme were unveiled in his 2019 budget proposal. Mr Trump wants to increase Nasa spending by 3% next year. But it also includes $150m (£108m) …

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

source: AFP All 66 people on board an Iranian passenger plane were feared dead on Sunday after it crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains, with emergency services struggling to locate the wreckage in blizzard conditions. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 left Tehran around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south, the airline’s …

One of Saturn’s largest rings may be newer than anyone thought

If you’re like me, you’ve had at least one nightmare where your motorcycle gets stolen. The closest encounter I’ve had was when my neighbour got his CBR stolen, while mine was parked less than 10 meters (30 feet) away. MFW I heard what happened the next morning: The same evening I came back home at around 12am, and sat next …

Robert Durst pleads guilty to gun charges, faces possible murder trial

If you’re like me, you’ve had at least one nightmare where your motorcycle gets stolen. The closest encounter I’ve had was when my neighbour got his CBR stolen, while mine was parked less than 10 meters (30 feet) away. MFW I heard what happened the next morning: The same evening I came back home at around 12am, and sat next …

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