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Deadly Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Strikes Iran

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Deadly Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Strikes Iran

At least six persons have been killed and 330 others injured on Friday after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran, according to reports on state television.

The quake struck around 60km (35 miles) from the town of Hastrud, in East Azerbaijan Province, emergency and evaluation teams are operating and Red Crescent teams have been dispatched to the area, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Iran’s emergency medical services chief Pirhossein Kolivand told state TV said, “rescue teams and helicopters have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas and hospitals are on full alert to help injured people. Unfortunately six people were killed and 345 were injured.”

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At least 30 houses had been destroyed, provincial governor Mohammad-Reza Pourmohammadi told local media.

“Many of people were injured while trying to flee their houses in panic,” a local official told TV, adding that some 400 houses were damaged. Residents were also seen camping outside their homes or in their cars.

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In 2018, a quake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border in November killed at least 361 people

Back in 2003, the deadliest this century occurred when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the southeastern city of Bam, killing some 26,000 people.

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ICC Approves Probe Into Myanmar’s Alleged Crimes Against Rohingya 

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ICC Approves Probe Into Myanmar's Alleged Crimes Against Rohingya 

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has approved a full investigation into Myanmar’s alleged genocide crimes against the Rohingya.

ICC backed the prosecution request to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity and persecution over Myanmar’s bloody 2017 military crackdown against the majority-Muslim group.

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The decision came after Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de-facto civilian leader, was named in an Argentine lawsuit over crimes against the Rohingya and Myanmar.  He faced a separate genocide lawsuit at the United Nations’s top court.

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More than 740,000 Rohingya were forced to flee across the border into sprawling camps in Bangladesh, in violence that the UN investigators said amounted to genocide.

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The allegations also include “systematic acts of violence,” deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingya.

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Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Bribery Amid Impeachment Inquiry

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Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Bribery Amid Impeachment Inquiry

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi says president Donald Trump has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a democratic-led inquiry. The Democrats say Trump’s action against Ukraine is an impeachable offense under the us constitution.

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Democrats are looking into whether the republican president abused his power by withholding $391 million in US congress-approved security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kiev to conduct two investigations against former vice-president Joe Biden to benefit him politically.

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The money was to help Ukraine, a us ally, combat Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.   The funds were later released to Ukraine.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

Testimony of another central figure in the impeachment hearings – former us ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch – is ongoing now.

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White House budget official, mark sandy, will testify in a closed session on Saturday.

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UK Conservatives Lead In Election Polls

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UK Conservatives Lead In Election Polls

It’s barely a month to the British elections and prime minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have something to celebrate.  A national poll gives them a healthy 10-point lead ahead of the election.  This extends their advantage over Labour after the Brexit party withheld its candidates.

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The poll, carried out for the daily telegraph newspaper, showed the conservative party with 40%, up 3 points from a poll last week.  Labour stands at 30%, up 1 point.

The poll was conducted after Nigel Farage said his Brexit party would not put candidates up in conservative-held seats, a major boost to Johnson. The Brexit party will still stand candidates in Labour-held seats.

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The poll showed the liberal democrats at 16% and the Brexit party, 7%. Voting analysis website, electoral calculus, says the vote shares implies a conservative majority of 110 seats. The online poll of 2,022 adults was carried out on Monday and Tuesday.

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