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Israel conducts massive attacks on Iranian forces in Syria

DAMASCUS, Nov 20 (BBC): Israel says it has hit dozens of targets in Syria belonging to the government and allied Iranian forces.The Israeli military says the "wide-scale strikes" responded to rockets fired by an Iranian unit into Israel.Syria says two civilians died and that Syrian air defences shot down most...

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HK siege nears end

HONG KONG, Nov 20 (Agencies): A four-day siege of Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) is nearing an end, although dozens of protesters remain inside.Around 800 to 900 protesters have already left the campus, hundreds of whom were under 18, police said.The campus - which turned into a fiery battleground during...

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Johnson, Corbyn spar over Brexit in debate

MANCHESTER, Nov 20 (AFP): Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn traded blows on Tuesday over Brexit and the health system as they vied for votes during the first ever head-to-head TV debate.The prime-time event, held in Manchester and broadcast on ITV, presented an opportunity for a...

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Yemen rebels release seized vessels

SEOUL, Nov 20 (AFP): Sixteen crew members, including two South Koreans, who were held when their three vessels were seized by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels at the weekend have been freed, Seoul's foreign ministry said on Wednesday."The vessels and crew members that were seized and detained in Yemen have all...

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Two US service members die in Afghanistan copter crash

KABUL, Nov 20 (Reuters): Two United States service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US military said in a statement."The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire," the statement said.The Afghan Taliban...

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Manmade noise 'major global pollutant'

PARIS, Nov 20 (AFP): It is well known that human hubbub can have a negative impact on some animals, but a new study on Wednesday says the noise we make should be treated as a "major global pollutant"."We found that noise affects many species of amphibians, arthropods, birds, fish, mammals,...

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Former German President's son knifed to death

BERLIN, Nov 20 (AP): The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old man is in custody after a man jumped up from...

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News in Brief -(21-11-2019)

Court removes Thai politician from parliamentBANGKOK, Nov 20: Thailand's Constitutional Court has ruled that the maverick leader of a new political party that finished third in a general election in March violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament. The court ruled on Wednesday that Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader...

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