Turkey train crash leaves nine dead, 47 injured

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ANKARA: Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital on Thursday, officials said. Transport Minister Cahit Turhan told reporters in televised remarks that three of those killed were operators of the train. One of the victims died in hospital, he added. Turhan added that 47 people were injured and were in hospital for treatment. The fast train had been on its way from Ankara’s main station to the central province of Konya and according to Hurriyet daily, there…

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Irish parliament votes to legalise abortion

DUBLIN: The Irish parliament on Thursday passed legislation allowing abortions for the first time, following a landmark referendum earlier this year, a move hailed by Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as a “historic moment”. The new legislation permits terminations to be carried out up to 12 weeks of pregnancy — or in conditions where there is a risk to the life, or of serious harm to the health, of the pregnant woman. It would also allow terminations in cases of foetal abnormality which could lead to the death of the foetus…

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In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

WASHINGTON: A Russian gun-rights activist admitted on Thursday that she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative US political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. “Guilty,” Butina said in a slight accent when asked how she wanted to plead. Dressed in a green jail uniform with her red hair pulled into a long ponytail, Butina spoke softly and mostly kept her eyes on the judge.…

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Swedish parliament says ‘no’ to Stefan Lofven as new PM as deadlock goes on

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STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s parliament voted as expected on Friday against giving Social Democrat Stefan Lofven’s centre-left coalition a second term in office, bringing a fresh election closer after three months of political deadlock. Parliament voted 200 to 116 against giving Lofven, currently caretaker prime minister, a new term. It had already voted once for Lofven’s ouster in a mandatory test, but has also rejected centre-right leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister, leaving the way forward unclear. September’s general election produced a hung parliament and the centre-left and centre-right blocs have been…

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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police

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STRASBOURG/PARIS: The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said. Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometres from where he launched his attack on Tuesday. Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire,…

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