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Over 70 dead in Afghanistan fuel tanker crash

Fuel tanker fire in AfghanistanAt least 73 people have been killed and dozens of others injured after two buses and an oil tanker burst into flames following a head-on collision in eastern Afghanistan.

Many of the dead, including children, were burned beyond recognition as a result of in Sunday's accident in Ghazni province, near the Afghan capital Kabul.

Jawid Salangi, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni, said the two buses, carrying about 125 passengers from Kabul to Kandahar, collided with the tanker, setting off a fire that quickly engulfed all three vehicles.


Egypt sentences six to death in espionage case

Egypt sentences five to deathAn Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people to death, including two Al Jazeera journalists, who were accused of leaking state secrets to Qatar.

The case of jailed former President Mohamed Morsi, who is also charged for espionage for Qatar, was however, adjourned.


US takes tougher tone on Israeli settlements in new report

Israeli settlementsThe United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, diplomats told The Associated Press.

The U.S. and its fellow Mideast mediators also will chastise Palestinian leaders for failing to rein in anti-Israeli violence. But the diplomats involved in drafting the document said its primary focus will be a surge of construction in Jewish housing in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.


35 tons of dead fish wash up in China lake

Fish wash up on China shoreThirty-five tons of dead fish washed up in a lake in China this week.

Residents of Haikou city on China’s southern Hainan island began noticing the dead white and yellow fish on Wednesday.

The fish — members of the herring family — were likely pushed up an estuary by a tidal surge and then got caught in a pumping system that deposited them in the lake, according to, a local news website.


London mayoral election results: Sadiq Khan set for resounding win

Sadiq Khan winsSadiq Khan is poised to emerge victorious over Zac Goldsmith in the London mayoral race as counting for the closely-fought contest closes.

The Labour candidate has been hotly tipped to succeed Boris Johnson, despite controversy over allegations of links to extremists made by his rival.
With verification of the votes now complete, Mr Khan has extended his lead over Mr Goldsmith, with the pair's rivals lagging far behind. All that remains is final adjudication.



Critics slam Israeli proposal for dual legal system

Israel proposes dual legal system for west bankIsraeli settlers living in the occupied West Bank may be granted further protections if a new proposal for an official dual legal system, set forth this week by Israel's Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, comes to fruition.

Israelis living in illegal West Bank settlements are already governed by a separate set of laws laid out by military decrees, legal rulings and legislative amendments. For every law passed by the Israeli Knesset, another set of paperwork must be put together by one of several governmental institutions to make the same Israeli law relevant in Israeli settlements.


Fort McMurray fire spreads, thousands airlifted

Firs spreads in Fort McMurray areaA massive wildfire in Canada exploded tenfold in size, forcing the evacuation of 8,000 people from work camps north of Fort McMurray by air as the inferno grew to 850sq km.

Canadian officials said they would move thousands more via a highway convoy on Friday.

A government airlift of those cut off to the north began from oil facility airstrips. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said some 4,000 people had already been airlifted to the cities of Edmonton and Calgary as of late Thursday.


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