Dozens of casualties reported after Afghanistan wedding hall explosion

Dozens of people were killed or wounded Saturday after an explosion ripped through a wedding hall in Afghanistan’s capital, local officials say. There was no immediate information on the cause of the blast at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told The Associated Press. Many people in the minority Shiite Muslim Hazara ethic group live in the part of the city where the explosion took place. Both the Taliban and a local ISIS affiliate carry out bloody attacks in the capital. Kabul’s brightly lit wedding halls are…

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Iranian tanker set to leave Gibraltar despite US warrant to seize vessel

The United States faced an against-the-clock legal battle to re-seize an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff before the vessel’s shipping agent said Saturday he would go ahead with the ship’s planned departure from Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday. The head of the company sorting paperwork and procuring for the Grace 1 oil tanker in the British overseas territory said the vessel could be sailing away in the next “24 to 48 hours,” once new crews dispatched to the territory take over command of the ship. “The vessel is…

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Thailand’s beloved lost baby dugong dies with plastic in stomach, vets say

An official of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, hugs in May “Mariam,” a baby dugong lost from her mom in southern Thailand. The 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found has died with plast in her stomach.(Sirachai Arunrugstichai via AP.) A sick baby dugong beloved in Thailand has died with bits of plastic in her stomach, officials reported Saturday. “Mariam” was adopted by the Thai public and became an internet sensation after being discovered alone without parents, Sky News reports. Dugongs are a type of…

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expresses ‘great satisfaction’ over latest weapons tests

North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday’s launches, Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over his military’s “mysterious and amazing success rates” in recent testing activity and vowed to build up “invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.” The report did not mention any specific comment about the United States or South Korea.…

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Woman falls to death from cliff ‘while trying to take selfie’ at beauty spot

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A woman has died after trying to get a picture of herself on a cliff-edge at a beauty spot in Australia. The woman, 27, from Sydney, fell 30ft onto the rocks below at the Diamond Bay Reserve in Sydney. It is known locally as something of a ‘selfie hotspot’ for its sea views but authorities have warned about the dangers of taking pictures at the site. The woman lost her life at…

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Hundreds go to El Paso shooting victim’s funeral after husband feared nobody would go

The funeral of Margie Reckard saw an outpouring of grief and love after an appeal by her husband More than 1,000 strangers lined the streets to pay tribute to a victim of the El Paso shooting after a public appeal by her grieving husband. Margie Reckard, 63, was among those gunned down in the Walmart massacre earlier this month. Her husband of 20 years, Antonio Basco, feared it would be a near-empty church as they had no children together. He extended an open invite and people of ‘all faiths and…

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Dad who died in cruise ship fall mixed with Boris Johnson and Bob Geldof

Australian entrepreneur Jon Pfahl, who died in a cruise ship tragedy, mingled with celebrities such as Bob Geldof and Boris Johnson A father-of-two who drowned after falling off a cruise ship on the Virgin Islands has been identified as London businessman Jon Pfahl. Mr Pfahl, 37, was a passenger on the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of Seas when he fell into the water between St Thomas and St Kitts on Wednesday morning. The founder of entrepreneur and investment company Rockstar Group was had booked the holiday with his wife Lisa and…

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Nearly 400 people evacuated from Ibiza boat heading to mainland

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A passenger ferry travelling between Majorca, Ibiza and the Spanish mainland had to be evacuated after running aground last night. Nearly 400 people were ordered off the boat and put into life rafts in the port of Denia, around 30 miles from Benidorm. The Spanish coastguard and police helped passengers get to safety in a dramatic rescue mission that took two hours to complete. Incredibly there were no reports of any injuries…

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Miracle as nobody dies in slum fire that ripped through 2,500 homes

A major blaze in a slum in Dhaka has destroyed 2,500 homes A devastating fire has ripped through a large slum in the capital of Bangladesh, destroying almost all of the 2,500 homes inside it. Thousands of residents are now sleeping on the streets after the blaze destroyed everything they could not carry out of the inferno. The blaze started around 7.15pm on Friday and ripped through the slum in Dhaka’s Mirpur area. Many of the residents are garment factory workers and labourers, who had left the city to return…

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UK climate agency officials doubled air travel over previous year, report says

More “do as I say, not as I do” government? Members of the United Kingdom agency tasked with addressing climate change issues took nearly twice as many flights in the most recent fiscal year as they did during the previous one, according to a recent report. Some critics claim the figures demonstrate how the officials from the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) fail to practice what they preach by not trying to decrease their carbon footprint by cutting back on air travel. GOOGLE SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE ATTENDED BY STARS…

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