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Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceBelgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say.He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Prosecutors say they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.In March 2016, 32 people were killed and at least 300 injured in attacks on Brussels claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.According to Belgian newspaper La Libre, quoting prosecutors, the man who was shot was wearing a rucksack and a bomb belt.He detonated a device when he attracted the attention of soldiers in the station, the paper says. Several Belgian media outlets quote witnesses as saying the man shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Ara...

Indian government tells pregnant women to avoid meat, sex

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June 20 (UPI) -- The Indian government is giving health advice to women, including abstention from meat and sex. But doctors say it is dangerous and not based on science.India's Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy published a booklet for expectant mothers with advice it deems to be beneficial to the baby. In addition to no meat and sex, it encourages women to be more spiritual."Pregnant women should detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust. Avoid bad company and be with good people," the booklet says.Doctors in India derided the booklet for being potentially harmful to pregnancies and mothers' health."The advice is unscientific," said senior gynecologist and obstetrician Malavika Sabharwal of the Apollo Healthcare Group, according to the Hindustani...
US student held by North Korea dies after release

US student held by North Korea dies after release

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Otto Warmbier, the US student freed from a North Korean jail and in a coma for more than a year, has died. His parents said in a statement: "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home."Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m."US President Donald Trump said on hearing the news that "bad things" happened in "brutal" North Korea but at least he died at home with his parents.Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre said last week that the 22-year-old was suffering from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.Image:Mr Warmbier broke down as he was jailed in March 2016The University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnat...
Macron's party wins majority in French parliamentary elections

Macron's party wins majority in French parliamentary elections

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June 19 (UPI) -- Despite a record-low turnout, French President Emmanuel Macron's party won the majority of seats in parliamentary elections Sunday.Macron's centrist party, La République en Marche (the Republic on the Move), won 350 seats out of a total 577 on a platform to reduce worker protections and labor restrictions.The election results indicate Macron's party will be a formidable force in French politics, especially as the more traditional conservative and socialist parties lost several seats and will find it difficult to form a competing block against La République en Marche."This evening despite an alarmingly low turnout, the triumph of Emmanuel Macron is indisputable, the defeat of the left is unavoidable, the defeat of the Socialist party is without appeal, the right is facing a
London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire 'preventable,' caused by official 'neglect'

London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire 'preventable,' caused by official 'neglect'

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June 18 (UPI) -- London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday said the Grenfell Tower fire in which dozens died was a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen" caused by the "consequence of mistakes and neglect" from officials.The blaze occurred early Wednesday and later engulfed all floors above the second in the 24-story building that contained about 120 apartments in north Kensington. Up to 70 people are believed to have died, BBC News reported.The national and local government, including the local council called the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, have been sharply criticized for the response to the fire and for the alleged neglect that led to the massive fire.During a speech after attending a service for victims, Khan said the community affected by the fire is resilient but also...