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Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq’s Basra

Daud Salman and his family stayed put in their Iraqi village despite years of regular clashes between tribes, but when a stray bullet wounded his son, it was time to move.

In the north of Basra province, "bullets talk," he said.

Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq’s Basra
Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq’s Basra

Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq’s Basra

Daud Salman and his family stayed put in their Iraqi village despite years of regular clashes between tribes, but when a stray bullet wounded his son, it was time to move.

Funding bill to avert shutdown passes House but US Senators poised to block it
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Funding bill to avert shutdown passes House but US Senators poised to block it

The US House of Representatives passed a stop-gap funding measure late Thursday that would avert a government shutdown, sending it to the Senate where Democrats have vowed to block it.
May, Macron strike border security deal at UK summit
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May, Macron strike border security deal at UK summit

Prime Minister Theresa May and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed a new border security deal on Thursday, through which the UK will pay more to France to stop migrants trying to reach British shores.
‘I thought I was going to die,’ says US Olympian of doctor’s abuse
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‘I thought I was going to die,’ says US Olympian of doctor’s abuse

Olympian gymnast McKayla Maroney on Thursday told of the “scars” left by alleged sexual abuse by the former national team doctor Larry Nassar, as a report claimed officials at an American university long knew he was suspected of misconduct.
Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe
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Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Nine people including two firefighters were killed Thursday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links.
New Zealand PM says she’s having a baby
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New Zealand PM says she’s having a baby

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she is expecting her first baby in June, making her the country’s first leader to give birth while in office.
Grisly details as California couple deny torturing children
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Grisly details as California couple deny torturing children

A California couple pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple counts of torture as grisly details emerged of how they allegedly kept their 13 children in locked rooms or chains, allowing them to shower no more than once a year.
Cancer blood test finds eight kinds of tumors: study
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Cancer blood test finds eight kinds of tumors: study

A new blood test for cancer has shown promise toward detecting eight different kinds of tumors before they have spread elsewhere in the body, offering hope of early detection, researchers said Thursday.
Russian figure skating duo defend pairs, teen upstages queen
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Russian figure skating duo defend pairs, teen upstages queen

Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov defended their pairs title and teen sensation Alina Zagitova overshadowed returning ice queen Evgenia Medvedeva at the European Championships in Moscow on Thursday.
‘Mutant flu’ could lead to more effective vaccine: study
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‘Mutant flu’ could lead to more effective vaccine: study

Experiments in lab animals have shown signs of success for a newly engineered flu virus that may lead one day to a more effective vaccine, researchers said Thursday.
IOC steps up drug tests ahead of Winter Games
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IOC steps up drug tests ahead of Winter Games

More than 14,000 anti-doping tests on more than 6,000 athletes have been conducted in the lead up to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang next month, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
Tarasova/Morozov defend figure skating title against the odds
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Tarasova/Morozov defend figure skating title against the odds

Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov produced a foot-perfect free skating routine to defend their pairs title against all the odds at the European Championships in Moscow on Thursday.
Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study
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Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study

Small electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, kettles and hair dryers harm the environment in a dozen different ways, and consumers can do far more to reduce the impacts, researchers said Thursday.
Last three years hottest on record: UN
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Last three years hottest on record: UN

The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet.
Arrested former CIA agent was auction house security guard
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Arrested former CIA agent was auction house security guard

The former CIA agent arrested in the United States earlier this week on suspicion of helping Chinese spies was a security guard at Christie’s in Hong Kong, the auction house said Thursday.
Russian police raid opposition leader Navalny’s office
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Russian police raid opposition leader Navalny’s office

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that police were raiding his campaign headquarters in Saint Petersburg as he pressed ahead with a call for a boycott of presidential polls.
Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with jumbo order
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Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with jumbo order

Emirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt production without new orders.
Hundreds mourn slain Kosovo Serb politician at funeral
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Hundreds mourn slain Kosovo Serb politician at funeral

Hundreds of people mourned at the funeral of moderate Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic on Thursday, two days after his murder raised tensions in the volatile region.
52 Uzbeks killed in Kazakhstan bus inferno
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52 Uzbeks killed in Kazakhstan bus inferno

Fifty-two Uzbeks were killed Thursday when a Russia-bound bus they were travelling on caught fire in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan.
Cyprus denies bail for Israeli organ trafficking suspect
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Cyprus denies bail for Israeli organ trafficking suspect

A Cypriot court Thursday ordered an Israeli national suspected of being the brains behind an international organ trafficking gang to remain in custody until an extradition process begins on February 5.
Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue
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Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue

A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.
Giant pandas arrive in Finland in Chinese charm offensive
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Giant pandas arrive in Finland in Chinese charm offensive

Finland on Thursday welcomed a panda pair after a long plane ride from their native China, which leased the fluffy animals to the Nordic nation to strengthen ties.
#MeToo: Seal in hot water after taking on Oprah and ‘Hollywood hypocrisy’
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#MeToo: Seal in hot water after taking on Oprah and ‘Hollywood hypocrisy’

Seal, who has come out in support of the #MeToo movement, is now under investigation for sexual battery after a former neighbour accused him of forcing himself on her in 2016.
Violent storms bring travel chaos to the Netherlands
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Violent storms bring travel chaos to the Netherlands

Severe winter gales battered the Netherlands Thursday forcing Amsterdam airport to cancel all flights, bringing Dutch trains to a halt and toppling trucks as winds reached 140 kilometres (86 miles) an hour.
German industry calls for 1.5 trillion-euro climate investment
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German industry calls for 1.5 trillion-euro climate investment

Germany’s powerful industry federation called Thursday for Berlin to invest massive sums in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, warning that otherwise the nation risks missing its own targets.
China says air quality ‘improved’ in 2017
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China says air quality ‘improved’ in 2017

China’s air quality improved across the country in 2017, the environmental protection ministry said Thursday, after the problem was so dire in previous years that some periods were dubbed an “airpocalypse”.

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