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ITALY – Over 30 buried under avalanche

ITALY – Over 30 buried under avalanche

ROME – Rescuers have removed three bodies from a hotel engulfed by an avalanche in central Italy as a desperate search for up to 35 other people continues. Heavy snow and disruption caused by multiple earthquakes have hindered rescue efforts in the rubble of the Rigopiano hotel, in the Abruzzo region. Rescuers say they have […]

KYRGYZSTAN – Fatal crash

KYRGYZSTAN – Fatal crash

BISHKEK – A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing all four crew and at least 33 people on the ground. The Boeing 747 operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it was about to land in fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 miles) north of the capital, […]

Russia prepares to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence

Russia prepares to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence

MOSCOW – There’s an old Russian expression: “If he beats you it means he loves you.” Now, in a chilling reminder of that sentiment, Russian legislators are moving toward decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence. Women’s rights groups fear it will reignite a problem that still plagues much of Russian society. The Duma has passed […]

TURKEY – Deadly attack

TURKEY – Deadly attack

IZMIR — Suspected Kurdish militants on Thursday opened fire at police who stopped them at a checkpoint in the western city of Izmir before detonating their explosives-laden vehicle, the province’s governor said. A policeman and a courthouse employee were killed in the attack while two assailants were shot dead. Governor Erol Ayyildiz said preliminary indications […]

US/RUSSIA – Trump praises Putin for not retaliating

US/RUSSIA – Trump praises Putin for not retaliating

PALM BEACH/MOSCOW –– US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for refraining from retaliation in a dispute over spying and cyber attacks, in another sign that the Republican plans to patch up badly frayed relations with Moscow. Putin earlier on Friday said he would not hit back for the US expulsion of […]

Faulty flaps cause Russian plane crash

Faulty flaps cause Russian plane crash

MOSCOW –– The main flight recorder from the Russian jet that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday has revealed that faulty flaps were to blame, Russian media say. The flaps, panels on the wings that help lift an aircraft, were not moving together, a source close to the probe told the private Interfax news agency. […]

MALTA – Plane hijacking ends peacefully

MALTA – Plane hijacking ends peacefully

VALLETTA –– Hijackers armed with what were probably replica weapons forced an airliner to land in Malta on Friday before freeing all their hostages unharmed and surrendering, having declared loyalty to Libya’s late leader Muammar Gaddafi. Television pictures showed two men being led from the aircraft in handcuffs. The prime minister of the tiny Mediterranean island, […]

ITALY – Suspect killed

ITALY – Suspect killed

MILAN –– Video has emerged of Berlin Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri pledging allegiance to ISIS. The footage appeared hours after the Tunisian man was killed in a Friday morning shootout with police in Milan, Italy. The subject of a Europe-wide manhunt since Monday’s deadly market attack, Amri was stopped in Sesto San Giovanni, a […]

GERMANY – Massive manhunt

GERMANY – Massive manhunt

BERLIN — Germany on Wednesday launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a “violent and armed” Tunisian man with ties to Islamic extremists who has used at least six different names and three different nationalities, saying he is a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack. German authorities had considered him a possible terror threat months before […]

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