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US, Israel quit UNESCO


CITING ANTI-ISRAELI BIAS WASHINGTON: The withdrawal of the United States, which is meant to provide a fifth of UNESCO’s funding, is a major blow for the Paris-based organization, founded after World War Two to help protect cultural and natural heritage around the world. UNESCO is best known for designating World …

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3 skydivers dead after ‘mid-air collision’


QUEENSLAND: Three skydivers have died in Queensland after they apparently collided mid-air, say Australian authorities. Paramedics and police were called to Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km (87 miles) south of Cairns. Two men in their 30s, and a woman in her 50s, were found dead at the …

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54 killed, 39 missing in worst Vietnam floods


HANOI: At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month. …

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US House approves $36 bn for disasters including Puerto Rico


WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico, and for areas devastated by wildfires including those in California. The measure outlining “supplemental” disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President …

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Trump to end Obamacare subsidies amid strong criticism


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will end subsidies to health insurance providers designed to help low income households, as he continues his attempts to dismantle Obamacare. The White House announced the move hours after Mr Trump signed an executive order allowing the sale of health insurance plans which are exempt …

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US, S Korea to launch major navy drill next week


SEOUL : The United States and South Korea will kick off a major navy drill next week, the US navy said yesterday, a fresh show of force against North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests. Tensions over North Korea’s weapons programme have soared in recent months with Pyongyang launching …

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37 killed, thousands evacuated


VIETNAM FLOODS, LANDSLIDES  HANOI: Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on yesterday. Forty people were missing and 21 others were injured after rains caused landslides and flooding, mostly …

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