Trump declines to host Ramadan dinner

Donald Trump has declined to host a dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, ending a tradition that has been observed at the White House for more than 20 years. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also declined to host a reception to mark the holiday The White House’s tradition of holding an annual Iftar dinner for Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, began under the Clinton administration, which first hosted the event in 1996. However, the first such dinner dates all the way back to 1805, when Thomas Jefferson invited an ambassador from Tunis to the White House. Instead of following the Read more...

Bangladesh landslides kill at least 42 after heavy downpour

At least 42 people were killed in landslides triggered by rains in Bangladesh, news agency PTI, quoting authorities, reported on Tuesday. A depression in the Bay of Bengal saw rains batter the hilly parts in the south. According to The Daily Star, 10 were killed in Rangamati, seven in Bandarban and eight in Chittagong. Among the deceased, several of them were women and children, the report added. Images from the region show rescue workers clearing the sludge. Several homes were destroyed in the landslides. Monday’s Read more...

Plane lands at Sydney with hole in engine

A China Eastern Airlines plane has had to turn back to Sydney airport after a technical failure which left a hole in an engine casing. Flight MU736 was heading from Sydney, Australia to Shanghai, but the pilot reported problems with the engine about one hour after taking off. Passengers, who had to spend the night in Sydney, told media they smelt something burning inside the aircraft. The Airbus A330 landed safely and there were no reports of injuries. Images circulating on social media showed a Read more...

Guatemala mourns after children’s home fire kills 21 girls

  Guatemala has declared three days of national mourning after a fire killed at least 21 teenage girls at a children’s care home.Wednesday’s blaze at the government-run Virgen de Asuncion shelter in San Jose Pinula, near Guatemala City, has focused attention on how it was run. Police say some residents set fire to mattresses after a riot and an escape attempt.There have been allegations of abuse at the overcrowded centre. At least 40 other people suffered burns in the fire, and some remain Read more...

Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq

A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Islamic State, the ultra hard-line Sunni militant group that considers all Shi’ites to be apostates, claimed responsibility the attack in an online statement. The group also is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive on its stronghold Mosul, in northern Iraq, in which Iranian-trained Shi’ite Read more...

Thirteen dead in Kabul university raid

Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. Two attackers were also shot dead by security forces nearly 10 hours after the assault began with an explosion on Wednesday evening. Students and staff were trapped inside the university during the attack, which police said was now over. No group has so far claimed responsibility. The victims also included three police and three guards. Thirty-five students and Read more...

Nepal bus crash kills at least 33

At least 33 people were killed Monday (15) when a passenger bus skidded off the road and plunged down a hill in Nepal’s Kavrepalanchok district, authorities said. Thirty-eight injured passengers were airlifted to Kathmandu, 70 kilometers (44 miles) away, by an army team. Twenty-seven bodies have been identified, and search operations have ended because rescuers think all the victims have been found, authorities said. The bus fell more than 300 meters (about 985 feet) down the hill.  Read more...

Trump is the Official Republican Nominee

United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman’s stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump’s campaign hoped the formal nomination would both end the discord surging through the Republican Party and overshadow the convention’s chaotic kickoff, including a plagiarism charge involving Melania Trump’s address on opening Read more...

Lebanon hit by deadly suicide attack

At least five people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in a village in eastern Lebanon, reports say. Three bombers blew themselves up in the village of Qaa, close to the Syrian border, the Lebanese Red Cross told AFP news agency. The Hezbollah TV station al-Manar put the death toll at six. It is not clear who carried out the attack or why. Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by the civil war in Syria.  Read more...

US election: Man ‘tried to shoot Donald Trump’ at Las Vegas rally

A Briton who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the US candidate, court papers say. Michael Steven Sandford, 20, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July. He is charged with an act of violence “on restricted grounds”. He had reportedly tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Mr Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally. He said he had been planning Read more...

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