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Hundreds of anti-corruption protesters arrested in Russia after mass demonstrations: state media
iStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) — Hundreds of people have been arrested in a crackdown in Russia after thousands gathered for massive anti-corruption protests Sunday in the nation's capital, and other demonstrations were held in dozens of cities across the country.Between 7,000 and 30,000 people demonstrated in Moscow, and up to 10,000 in Saint Petersburg in Russia's largest anti-government gatherings since at least 2012.Huge crowds gathered in Moscow's Pushkin Square for a protest against the Russian government, and about 500 people were arrested in the wake of the protests, according to Interfax, a privately-held, independent Russian news agency. Russian human rights group OVD-info...
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Eight Japanese students feared dead after avalanche
iStock/Thinkstock (TOKYO) — An avalanche at a ski resort in Japan hit several high school students on Monday morning, leaving several injured or feared dead, according to ABC News partner NHK.About 66 students and teachers were in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Japan when the avalanche hit, the report said. At least eight high school students were found unresponsive after the incident and 40 others were injured, NHK said.A doctor must examine the unresponsive students, who were found without vital signs, before an official death notice can be issued, according to NHK.The students were reportedly taking mountain climbing lessons in...
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Archdiocese of Mexico calls firms expressing interest in Trump's wall 'traitors'
iStock/Thinkstock (MEXICO CITY) — In a withering editorial published on Sunday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said that Mexican firms interested in helping build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall are "traitors to the homeland.""It is not two or three, but more than 500 companies," from Mexico expressing interest in Trump's proposed border wall, the editorial says. "For them, the end justifies the means."Building a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico was estimated by congressional Republicans to cost $12 billion to $15 billion.After repeatedly claiming that Mexico would pay for the wall, President Trump requested $2.6...
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Strong exit polls in German state mark positive development for Angela Merkel as bid for fourth term as chancellor continues
iStock/Thinkstock (BERLIN) -- Exit polls in the German state of Saarland suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won that state's election with September's national vote approaching. Merkel is running for a fourth term as chancellor.The incumbent Christian Democrats (CDU) are projected to win 41 percent of the votes, ahead of Social Democrats (SPD), who currently sit at 29.5 percent. That marks a nearly six percent improvement from the 2012 elections in that state for Merkel's party, according to BBC News.The Social Democrats are led by nominee Martin Schulz.The right-wing populist party running against Merkel and Schulz, Alternative for Germany (AfD),...
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Iraqi officials: civilian deaths were not a result of US air strikes
iStock/Thinkstock (MOSUL, Iraq) -- Iraqi military officials are shooting down speculation that US air strikes killed hundreds of civilians according to a BBC News report. Instead, they say so-called Islamic State (IS) is responsible for the deaths of those civilians.The US government announced Saturday it was investigating a March 17 air strike that targeted Mosul in response to allegations of civilian casualties. Iraq's military believes explosive booby traps set off by IS are what caused the deaths.Those who died were in west Mosul, where the offensive to retake from IS what was once Iraq's second-largest city continues.The US Central Command...
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London attacker was in Saudi Arabia 3 times, but not on security officials' radar, says embassy
thitivong/iStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- London terror attack suspect Khalid Masood visited Saudi Arabia three times -- including two stints teaching English -- but he was not on any security watchlist, the kingdom's London embassy said late Friday."The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia wishes to clarify that Khalid Masood was in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and April 2008 to April 2009, when he worked as an English teacher having first obtained a work visa," the embassy said in a statement. "In 2015, he obtained an Umra visa through an approved travel agent and was in the Kingdom from...
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US reviewing airstrike that corresponds to site where 200 Iraqi civilians allegedly died
Main_sail/iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military admitted that an airstrike in Iraq on March 17 corresponds to a site where 200 civilians allegedly died, but said it is still assessing the particulars of the strike and the validity of allegations of civilian casualties."An initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces, the coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties," stated a media release from the task force Saturday. A formal review of the March 17 operation "is...
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US airstrike kills senior al Qaeda leader, Pentagon says
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- An American counter-terrorism airstrike conducted last weekend in eastern Afghanistan killed a senior al Qaeda leader named Qari Yasin, the Pentagon announced Saturday.Yasin is responsible for plotting a number of high-profile al Qaeda terror attacks, including the 2008 bombing of a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, and a 2009 bombing that targeted a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan.In addition to the dozens of innocent victims killed in these attacks, the 2008 bombing in Islamabad killed two U.S. military personnel: Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty...
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UKIP's only MP resigns to become an independent
iStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- The United Kingdom Independence Party's (UKIP) only member of parliament has quit the party to become an independent. Douglas Carswell, who was with the Conservatives until switching to the Brexit-supporting UKIP in 2014, announced the news on his website on Saturday. The 45-year-old said he joined UKIP "because I desperately wanted [Britain] to leave the [European Union. Now we can be certain that that is going to happen, I have decided that I will be leaving UKIP." "UKIP might not have managed to win many seats in Parliament, but in a way we are the most successful...
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US reviewing airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that may have killed 100s of civilians
iStock/Thinkstock (MOSUL, Iraq) -- The U.S. military is reviewing whether three airstrikes in Syria and Iraq over the past week were responsible for the reported deaths of more than 200 civilians. U.S. Central Command confirms it has begun "credibility assessments” into allegations of civilian casualties in a possible airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, this week that reportedly killed 200 civilians, a March 16 airstrike near a mosque in al-Jinnah, Syria, that is said to have killed dozens, and an airstrike Monday on a school building outside of Raqqa, Syria, that may have also killed dozens of civilians fleeing local fighting. Credibility...
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Police release photo of London terror attack suspect
Metropolitan Police (LONDON) — Police Friday released a photograph of the British national believed to be behind this week's deadly terror attack in London.The suspect, Khalid Masood, was shot and killed by police after his Wednesday afternoon attack that killed four people, including a police officer, and injured at least 28 others.The Metropolitan Police said Masood "has previously gone by the names of Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao. He may also be known by a number of other names."The investigation focuses on determinding Masood's motivation, preparation and associates, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said Friday. Police are...
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Prince William, Duchess Kate announce school choice for Prince George
Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage (LONDON) -- Prince William and Duchess Kate will send their oldest child, Prince George, to Thomas's Battersea School, a private school in Battersea, South London, in September.Kensington Palace announced the school choice in a statement Froday saying, "Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education."Speculation over where George, who will turn 4 in July, would attend had focused on Wetherby School, a school located near Kensington Palace that William and Prince Harry attended before they went to Eton.William, 34, and...
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