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Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO access_timeApril 16

 GENEVA–Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma. Measles, which is highly contagio...

At least 5 killed, 17 missing in heavy rains, floods in western Afghanistan access_timeApril 16

 HERAT, Afghanistan–At least five people were killed and 17 others went missing after heavy rains and floods hit Afghanistan's western province of Herat, a local official said Tuesday. "Five people were killed and 17 others went ...

Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild access_timeApril 16

 PARIS– A raging fire that tore through Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris was under control early Tuesday after the blaze brought its towering spire and roof crashing to the ground, wiping out centuries of priceless heritage central to F...

Mahathir says Chinese contractor will help run new rail link access_timeApril 15

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia –Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday a Chinese company building a rail link across peninsula Malaysia will jointly help to manage, operate and maintain the network that will help reduce the country's financial burd...

Blast kills 7 children in Afghanistan access_timeApril 15

Laghman ,Afghanistan–Seven children lost their lives while scores of people were wounded after a bomb went off here on Sunday evening, according to Provincial Governor's Spokesman Assadullah Dawlatzai. The children were playing outside the ho...

Iran flood death toll rises to 76 access_timeApril 14

TEHRAN– Seventy-six people have been killed in Iran by floods in recent weeks, according to a new toll published Sunday with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country. "With the death of five people in the Khuzestan provinc...

Clash kills 15 including 8 police in N. Afghanistan access_timeApril 11

 KUNDUZ, Afghanistan– At least 15 fighters including eight police and seven militants have been killed as a clash broke out in Chardara district of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Thursday, a local security official Abdul Hadi ...

Australian prime minister sets election for May 18 access_timeApril 11

 SYDNEY–Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a national election for May 18, firing the starting gun on what promises to be a bareknuckle campaign focused heavily on climate and the economy. The vote will decide whether the c...

WikiLeaks' Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London access_timeApril 11

 LONDON– Police in London say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into "custody at a cent...

Modi favourite as India's incredible election begins access_timeApril 11

 NEW DELHI –India's gargantuan election, the biggest in history, kicked off on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term from the South Asian behemoth's 900 million voters. Opinion polls put 68-year-old Modi...

UN chief calls for more investment in quality education access_timeApril 10

 UNITED NATIONS–UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday highlighted the importance of investing in quality education and decent work for all young people. Speaking at the closing session of the eighth Economic and Social Council ...

Netanyahu projected to win Israeli election: media access_timeApril 10

 JERUSALEM–Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was projected to win a fifth term in office on Wednesday after nearly complete results from Israel's general election put him in position to form a rightwing coalition, media reports said. ...

Tens of thousands march in Australia for higher wages access_timeApril 10

 MELBOURNE– Tens of thousands marched for better work conditions and higher wages in Australia Wednesday, bringing the city of Melbourne to a standstill, ahead of national elections in May. The opposition Labor party wants to make stagnan...

Dalai Lama 'doing much better', should leave hospital in few days access_timeApril 10

 NEW DELHI–The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi for treatment but is "doing much better" and should be released soon, his close aide told AFP on Wednesday. "His Holiness is doing much better, but he is ...

Israel votes with Netanyahu's future at stake access_timeApril 9

JERUSALEM– Israelis began voting Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long right-wing tenure despite corruption allegations or to replace him with an ex-military chief new to...

5 including 3 U.S. soldiers killed, 8 injured in car bomb blast in Afghanistan access_timeApril 9

 KABUL–About five people, including three U.S. soldiers and a U.S. contractor and an assailant, were killed and at least eight people wounded following a suicide car bomb blast near a main coalition base in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, aut...

The 8.86 million people were affected by adverse humanitarian outcomes access_timeApril 9

ADDIS ABABA–The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said Monday that 8.86 million Ethiopians need urgent humanitarian assistance in 2019. "The 8.86 million people were affected by adverse humanitarian ...

Tear gas, gun fire outside army HQ as Sudan protests press on access_timeApril 9

 KHARTOUM–Sudanese security forces fired tear gas early Tuesday at thousands of anti-government protesters who had been demonstrating outside army headquarters for a third straight night, but soldiers intervened firing in the air, witnesses ...

Japan's Abe to visit US, France on pre-G20 tour access_timeApril 8

 TOKYO–Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday plans to visit the United States, Canada and France this month before his country hosts the G20 later this year. The tour from April 22 to 29 will also include stops in Italy, ...

Trump shakes up leadership at Homeland Security Dept. access_timeApril 8

WASHINGTON–Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. Trump announced on Sunday i...