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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...
Partial 48-hour ceasefire announced in Syrian city

Partial 48-hour ceasefire announced in Syrian city

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June 17 (UPI) -- The Syrian army declared a two-day ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa beginning Saturday as part of "local reconciliations" in the nation's six-year civil war, state-run media reported.In a statement posted online and reported by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, the army, under the command of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stopped combat operations in the area at noon local time Saturday for a period of 48 hours."The Syrian government is keen on consolidating local reconciliations in parallel with army's operations to eradicate takfiri terrorism and restore security and stability to all Syrian territories," the army said, using the Arabic word for Muslim terrorists who target other Muslims.The multilateral conflict includes Alawite Muslims loyal to Assad and ...
Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

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Seven sailors are missing and five others were injured after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, the Navy's 7th Fleet said. One of the injured sailors medically evacuated by a Japanese coast guard helicopter was the ship's commanding officer. The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the container ship at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time. The U.S. ship sustained damage on its starboard side and is experiencing flooding in some spaces, according to the 7th Fleet. Propulsion is limited. The 7th Fleet tweeted around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, "Flooding has been stabilized and Sailors from #USSDewey are assisting i...