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Airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US military drone

The Federal Aviation Administration warned of a “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” in the region after an Iranian surface-to-air missile on Thursday brought down a US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner and costing over $100 million. WT24 Desk Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of ...

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India bus crash: more than 40 die as vehicle plunges into gorge

Police investigate after at least 44 killed in mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh WT24 Desk At least 44 people were killed when a bus in India’s mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh plunged into a gorge on Thursday, officials said, AFP reports. Another 28 were undergoing treatment, many of them for critical injuries, after the private vehicle veered off the road ...

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Hong Kong protests flare anew after demands unmet

WT24 Desk Hong Kong — Several hundred mainly student protesters have gathered outside Hong Kong government offices, with some blocking traffic on a major thoroughfare and others occupying the lobby of a government tax office, AP reports. The new protest actions came after a deadline passed for the government to meet demands related to controversial extradition legislation that many see ...

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Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home: UN

The annual “Global Trends” report released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people at the end of 2018. WT24 Desk A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million ...

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Evidence suggests Saudi Crown Prince is liable for Jamal Khashoggi murder: UN expert

There was no immediate reaction from Riyadh which was sent the 100-page report in advance – but the kingdom has regularly denied accusations that the prince was involved. WT24 Desk Evidence suggests Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials are liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.N. rights investigator said on Wednesday, ...

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Will breach uranium stockpile limits within 10 days, says Iran

In an indication of Western concern, a White House spokesman said the plan amounted to “nuclear blackmail” and must be met with increased international pressure. WT24 Desk Iran announced on Monday it would breach uranium enrichment limits in 10 days in a move that drew an accusation of “nuclear blackmail” from Washington, but it added that European nations still had ...

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Mohamed Morsi dies, buried in Cairo

WT24 Desk Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day after he collapsed in court and died, AFP reports. Rights groups called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the Islamist, who was ousted in 2013 after a year of divisive rule. State TV said the ...

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Israeli PM Netanyahu inaugurates Golan settlement named Trump Heights

The ceremony comes after the US president in late March recognised Israeli sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. WT24 Desk Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday inaugurated a new settlement in the Golan Heights, named after the country’s “great friend” US President Donald Trump, AFP reports. Netanyahu unveiled ...

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World population likely to reach 9.7 bn in 2050: UN report

Population growing older due to increasing life expectancy, falling fertility levels WT24 Desk The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report launched on Monday, Agencies report. The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights, which is published by ...

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