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Russia goes to the polls in presidential election

Polls have opened in Russia’s presidential election, in which incumbent Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in office. Voting began in the Russian far-east at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, and opened in Moscow nine hours later. The first results will arrive on Sunday evening. Mr Putin has been Russia’s …

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Multiple dead after Florida bridge collapse

A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday afternoon, crushing vehicles beneath massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing at least four people, authorities said. Search-and-rescue crews worked into the night, using dogs, search cameras and sensitive listening devices in a frantic search …

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Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family has said. The British physicist was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” a …

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Trump appoints first female CIA head

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of his top diplomat Rex Tillerson, to be succeeded by the current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.   “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted.   “Thank you …

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At least 27 killed at Kathmandu crash

At least 27 people were killed when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed in Kathmandu on Monday, an official said.   “The chances of rescuing anyone (else) alive is slim now because the plane was badly burned,” said army spokesman Gokul Bhandaree, who confirmed the deaths. Another official earlier said 20 …

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Plane crash’ at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport

The plane from US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, went off the runway while landing and crashed on the east side of Tribhuvan International Airport’s runway, the Kathmandu Post reported. An airport spokesperson told the paper that casualties were feared. The plane can reportedly carry 78 passengers and firefighters were at the …

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Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa’s new president

Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the …

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African president resigns

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his African National Congress party and asked him to resign or face a no confidence motion, foreign media said.

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