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Toll in Bangladesh anti-drug campaign reaches 77

The number of people killed in an anti-drug operation in Bangladesh has climbed to 77 in less than two weeks, after the death of another nine suspected drug-traffickers in the last few hours, officials said on Sunday.

19 IS militants killed in Afghan airstrikes

 At least 19 militants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group were killed in airstrikes targeting their hideouts in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean dead at 86

 Alan Bean, a NASA astronaut who journeyed into space two times and, as part of the Apollo 12 mission in 1969, became the fourth man to walk on the moon, died at the age of 86 at a hospital in Houston, the US space agency announced.

Date, location for Kim summit hasn't changed: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has revived hopes for a planned summit with North korean leader Kim Jong-un by announcing that "we're looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn't changed", the media reported on Sunday.

Weinstein released on $1 mn bail over rape, abuse charges

NEW YORK: Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein has been released on $1 million bail after being charged with rape and sexual abuse.

Car bomb kills 6 in Libya's Benghazi

TRIPOLI: A car bomb explosion killed six people and injured more than 20 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a local official said.

N.Korea still open to talks with US: Minister

PYONGYANG: A North Korean minister said on Friday that Pyongyang was still willing to talk with Washington, in response to US President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull out of his planned summit with Kim Jong-un.

Explosion in Canada Indian restaurant injures 15

OTTAWA: At least 15 people were injured following a blast in an Indian restaurant in Canada's Mississauga city, the media reported.

US Senate passes bill to revamp sexual harassment policies

WASHINGTON : The US Senate has passed a legislation to overhaul the way Congress deals with sexual harassment in its ranks, a response to the #MeToo movement, the media reported.

Israel plans to build 2,500 houses in West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that he would request approval from a planning committee for the construction of 2,500 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

China, Pakistan extend currency swap deal

BEIJING: The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, on Thursday extended a currency swap agreement with the State Bank of Pakistan.

N.Korea threatens to walk away from US summit

PYONGYANG: North Korea will reconsider the planned summit with the US if Washington sticks to "unlawful and outrageous acts," Pyongyang's Vice Foreign Minister said on Thursday.

US expels two Venezuelan diplomats in retaliatory move

WASHINGTON: The US has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, ordering them to leave the country within 48 hours, in a retaliatory move against Caracas's decision to remove two American diplomats, the media reported.

China 'disinvited' from major US military exercise

WASHINGTON: The US has withdrawn an invitation to China to participate in what has been described as the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Pentagon has announced.

NASA's Curiosity rover tests new drilling method on Mars

WASHINGTON: After a mechanical problem took NASA Mars rover Curiosity's drill offline in December 2016, it has now successfully tested a new drilling method on the Red Planet, making a 50-millimetre deep hole in a target called "Duluth", NASA has said.

Democrats back Cuomo for New York Governor re-election

NEW YORK: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has received the clear backing of the Democrats for re-election for a third term over his party rival, actress Cynthia Nixon.

US will be defeated in fresh anti-Iran move: Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the US is "not trustable" and will be defeated in its fresh anti-Iran move, media reports said.

1 dead in fireworks blast in Spain

MADRID: One person was killed and 27 others were injured on Wednesday in an explosion of fireworks materials at a home in northern Spain, the Vice President of the Galicia region said.

Key Taliban commander among 6 militants killed

KUNDUZ (AFGHANISTAN): Six Taliban militants including a key commander were killed after the Afghan security forces' aircraft struck the terror group's hideout in Kunduz province on Wednesday, officials said.

Cuba plane crash survivor dies, toll rises to 111

 The toll from last Friday's plane crash in Cuba has risen to 111 as one of the survivors succumbed to her injuries here, officials said.

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