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Iran says jailed U.S. student, dual nationals lose spying appeal

Abbas jafari Dolatabadi, Irani prosecutorIran confirmed on Sunday that an appeals court had upheld 10-year jail terms against a U.S. citizen, two Iranian-Americans and a U.S. resident from Lebanon who had been convicted on spying charges.

In July, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face “new and serious consequences” unless all “unjustly detained” American citizens were released and returned.


60,000 Germans evacuated to defuse massive WWII bomb

60,000 evacuated in German for bomb defusionGerman explosives experts have started to defuse a massive World War II bomb in the German financial centre of Frankfurt after tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes for security reasons.

The 1.8-tonne bomb was discovered on a building site last week and more than 60,000 people were ordered to leave their residences in what is Germany's biggest evacuation since the war.


Tropical Storm Lidia leaves seven dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula

Tropical storm LidiaTropical Storm Lidia’s death toll rose to at least seven people, including two children, as the storm doused various states in Mexico with heavy rain on Saturday and left a severe trail of damage in the Baja California peninsula, authorities said.

The victims were either electrocuted or drowned while trying to cross streams, according to a report from the prosecutor’s office in the state of Baja California Sur, home to the tourist area Los Cabos, that was cited by local media.


North Korea says it has missile-ready hydrogen bomb

N Korea says it has hydrogen bombNorth Korea has said it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has "great destructive power" and can be loaded onto a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The North's official KCNA news agency on Sunday showed Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was a hydrogen bomb that is to be loaded onto a new ICBM.


Heavy rains paralyze India's financial hub Mumbai

Mumbai floddedMumbai was under water on Wednesday following exceptionally heavy rainfall which overwhelmed the city's drainage infrastructure.

Mumbai is India's most populous city, and very few of its 18.4 million inhabitants were unaffected by the downpours.

In the 24 hours to 12:00 GMT on Wednesday, the city recorded a total of at least 417mm of rain.


Trump administration orders 3 Russian diplomatic facilities closed

PutinThe Trump administration retaliated Thursday against Russia's expulsion of U.S. diplomats ordering closed the Russian consulate in San Francisco, a a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., embassy and consular annex in New York.

The closures will need to happen by Saturday, the State Department said. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the move brings the U.S. and Russia into “parity,” with each having three consulates in each other's country.


Mattis responds to Trump: US 'never out of diplomatic solutions' on North Korea

DefGeneral Mattisense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay President Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea's ongoing missile tests.

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Mattis broke from that view, telling reporters asking about the tweet at the Pentagon, “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”


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