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China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country'
Source: Reuters

China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country'

Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a modern socialist country that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world. Xis wide-ranging speech kicked off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Co...


Death toll from blasts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu rises to 85
Source: Reuters

Death toll from blasts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu rises to 85

The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalias capital Mogadishu has jumped to 85, making it one of the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo declared three days of national mourning and called for donations of blood and funds to victims of Saturdays attack. At least 100 others were wounded. ...


US to quit UNESCO over 'anti-Israel' biasness

U.S. officials have told The Associated Press that the United States is pulling out of UNESCO, after repeated criticism of resolutions by the U.N. cultural agency that Washington sees as anti-Israel. While the U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011, the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office at its Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in o...


At least 28 killed in bloody Mexican prison fight
Source: Reuters

At least 28 killed in bloody Mexican prison fight

At least 28 inmates were killed when a brutal fight broke out in a prison in the Mexican Pacific resort of Acapulco on Thursday, one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the countrys troubled penal system in recent years. Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexicos most lawless states and a center of opium poppy production that has been a major concern to U.S. officials. The pr...


California Wildfire: 23 dead, thousands displaced
Source: Agencies

California Wildfire: 23 dead, thousands displaced

Massive wildfires sweeping through California have killed at least 23 people and damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, authorities said. Firefighters were still battling 22 wildfires in multiple California counties Wednesday. Intensified by strong winds, the flames have charred about 170,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced nearly 20...


Huge rally against independence from Spain in Catalonia

At least 350,000 people gathered in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, for a rally against independence from Spain. They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying Together we are stronger and Catalonia is Spain. It was the largest such rally in Catalonia amid the furore over last weeks disputed independence referendum. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has warned he would not rule o...


North Korea preparing long-range missile test

North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliaments international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russias RIA news agency r...


Ishiguro awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of The Remains of the Day, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, honoring an exquisite novelist a year after giving it to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, according to Reuters. Born in Japan and raised in Britain, Ishiguro, 62, won the Man Booker Prize for the 1989 novel that was made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Anthony Hopkins as a fastid...


'Casino security should be revised and strengthened', say experts

A year ago casino magnate Steve Wynn warned that Las Vegas was a target city and disclosed a raft of new security measures, including invisible metal detectors and specially trained guards, designed to prevent a large-scale attack. Whether those measures would have prevented Sundays rampage on the strip in which 59 people were killed is unknown. The gunman shot concertgoers from the 32nd floor ...


Trump compares Hurricane Maria to Katrina
Source: BBC World

Trump compares Hurricane Maria to Katrina

President Donald Trump has told Puerto Rico officials they should be proud they did not lose thousands of lives as in a real catastrophe like Katrina. Mr Trump also said the storm-ravaged US territory had thrown the American budget a little out of whack. Before landing on the island, Mr Trump graded his administrations response to Hurricane Maria as an A plus. Puerto Rico officials have c...


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