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Scores killed in Iran train collision

At least 44 people have been killed and 100 others injured when two passenger trains collided in Iran`s north-central province of Semnan, and the death toll is likely to rise, according to news reports and local officials. President Hassan Rouhani ordered an acceleration of rescue efforts as well as an …

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Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa

About 80,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes as wildfires swept into Israel`s third largest city of Haifa. The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city. Wildfires are also threatening homes near Jerusalem and in the West …

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Colombia signs new peace deal with Farc

The Colombian government and the country`s largest rebel group, the Farc, have signed a revised peace deal. The previous deal was rejected by the Colombian people in a popular vote on 2 October. The revised agreement has been submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote. …

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Trump picks wealthy activist for education secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to nominate Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican campaigner for alternatives to public schools, as his education secretary. DeVos is the second woman Trump has tapped to fill a cabinet position. He earlier named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be US …

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China power plant collapse kills at least 40: Xinhua

At least 40 people were killed when part of a power station under construction in China collapsed Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, the latest industrial accident in a country with a dismal safety record. A cooling tower platform plunged to the ground in the early hours, trapping an …

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