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Rock artist Tom Petty dies at 66
Source: Reuters

Rock artist Tom Petty dies at 66

Tom Petty, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who melded California rock with a deep, stubborn Southern heritage to produce a long string of durable hits, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. Tony Dimitriades, Mr. Pettys longtime manager, said in a statement that Mr. Petty suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, Calif., early Monday morning and was taken to the U.C.L.A. Medical Ce...


Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'
Source: Reuters

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. He said the door was open to a unilateral declaration of independence after Catalan officials said voters had backed secession with a 42.3% turnout. Spains government has warned it could suspend Catalan autonomy. The constitutional court b...


Las Vegas shooting: 50 killed, more than 200 injured
Source: BBC/ Agencies

Las Vegas shooting: 50 killed, more than 200 injured

At least 50 people have been killed and another 200 have been wounded in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman, named as 64-year-old local resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival. He was shot dead by officers in the hotel where a number of guns were found. The attack is the worst mass shooting in rec...


Air France engine blows mid-flight, emergency landing in Canada
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Air France engine blows mid-flight, emergency landing in Canada

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in eastern Canada on Saturday after one of its four engines sustained serious damage over the Atlantic, the airline said. Air France Flight 66, originating at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed at Goose Bay in Labrador at 1542 GMT, the airline said, and no one was hurt in the incident. The regularly trained pilots ...


Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

A stampede on a footbridge at a Mumbai railway station has left 22 people dead and injured more than 30, Indian officials report. The tragedy occurred during the morning rush hour at Elphinstone station, which connects two major local lines. It was triggered by overcrowding and people seeking shelter from monsoon rains, the officials said. The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital ...


Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive
Source: NY Times/Reuters

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the b...


104 day Darjeeling Strike suspended by GJM

Following an appeal from Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ( GJM) president Bimal Gurung on Tuesday called of the strike that went on for 104 days crippling the normal life and the economy in Darjeeling hills. From an undisclosed location, Gurung told the reporters in Darjeeling that the strike will be withdrawn from 6 am on Wednesday. He further added that paying respect...


NFL owners speak out in support of players, against Trump

The NFLs players and owners are frequently at odds over the issues, finances and rules of the game, a long-running feud that looms large toward another potential work stoppage after the 2020 season. The two sides in the nations most popular professional sports league united on Saturday in a manner unseen in years, sounding a resolute chord in decrying President Donald Trumps remarks about playe...


Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to hold independence vote
Source: Reuters

Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to hold independence vote

Kurds voted in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. The vote organized by Kurdish authorities is expected to deliver a comfortable yes for independence, but is not binding. However, it is designed to give Masoud Barzani, who heads the Ku...


Bali's rumbling volcano spurs travel warnings from Australia, Singapore
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Bali's rumbling volcano spurs travel warnings from Australia, Singapore

Fears that a volcano could erupt imminently on the holiday island of Bali prompted several countries to issue travel warnings, while Indonesian authorities raced to evacuate tens of thousands of people living in the danger zone. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and the U.K. issued advisories on Monday and at the weekend warning that increased volcanic activity at Mount Agung...


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