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China Launches Massive Safety Probe After Chemical Blast That Killed 78

SHANGHAI:  China will launch a month-long, nationwide inspection campaign into hazardous chemicals, mines, transportation and fire safety, the country’s safety watchdog said, following a deadly pesticide plant blast that killed 78 people last week. The Ministry of Emergency Management said in a notice late on Wednesday authorities needed to “deeply …

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Venezuela Blackout Enters Day 3, President Announces “Load Management”

CARACAS/VALENCIA:  Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Wednesday called on supporters to take to the streets this weekend to protest a nationwide power outage, while President Nicolas Maduro announced a “load management” plan for the coming days. Residents scrambled to find food and water as businesses closed and school was …

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Salt Cave In Israel Is “World’s Longest”, Say Explorers

Mount Sodom, Israel:  Israeli cave explorers said Thursday that a salt cave with striking stalactites near the Dead Sea is the world’s longest, beating the record-holder in Iran. The cave named Malham, stretching over 10 kilometres (6.25 miles), runs through Mount Sodom, Israel’s largest mountain, and spills out to the …

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Nissan Panel Says Facts Point To Legal Violations By Ousted Chairman

YOKOHAMA:  An external committee reviewing governance at Nissan Motor Co said on Wednesday there were enough facts to suspect violations of laws and the private use of company funds by ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn. Following a three-month audit of Nissan’s governance after a scandal that shook the global auto industry, …

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Prince Charles Mixes Mojitos, Grinds Sugarcane On Last Day Of Cuba Trip

Havana, Cuba:  His wife may have had some initial reservations about Cuban cuisine, but Prince Charles was so enchanted that he asked for some black bean croquettes to take away with him at a tasting session during the British royals’ historic trip to Communist-run Cuba. The heir to the British …

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Mike Pompeo Blasts China “Shameful Hypocrisy” On Muslims

Washington, United States:  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China’s “shameful hypocrisy” over its treatment of Muslims as he met a former prisoner and relatives who recounted abuses as part of Beijing’s widespread detention of its Uighur minority. “China must release all those arbitrarily detained and end …

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Mike Pompeo Blasts China For “Shameful Hypocrisy” On Muslims

Washington, United States:  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China’s “shameful hypocrisy” over its treatment of Muslims as he met a former prisoner and relatives who recounted abuses as part of Beijing’s widespread detention of its Uighur minority. “China must release all those arbitrarily detained and end …

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Need $1.8 Billion, 10,000 New Workers To Certify Alone: US Regulator

Washington:  It would cost $1.8 billion and take 10,000 new employees for the U.S. aviation regulator to handle all aircraft certification internally, the agency’s acting chief told a Senate panel on Wednesday, facing tough questions after two Boeing 737 MAX crashes on how new planes are approved for flight. The …

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Trump’s Ridicule Of Barbara Bush’s Son Gave Her Heart Attack: Biographer

Barbara Bush has posthumously criticized President Donald Trump in a new biography about the influential former first lady. Author Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, detailed Bush’s thoughts on Trump and the Republican Party in her coming book, “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an …

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1 Dead, 3 Injured In Shooting During Rush Hour In Seattle: Report

A shooting in Seattle on Wednesday left multiple victims struck by gunfire, city police said on Twitter, as local media reported one person dead and three others wounded, including a bus driver. One person was detained by law enforcement in connection with the shooting, Seattle police said in a Twitter …

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