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Mandalay, Myanmar - Aye Mon, 30, is left alone with a two-year-old daughter after her husband and younger brother died in Myanmar's worst jade mine landslide that killed more than 170 people on Thursday. In hopes of finding gems that might transform his future, her brother, Shwe Moe Tun, 22, had travelled more than 600km (370 miles)…
Firaol Ajema and his friends, dressed in black T-shirts, have been meeting each afternoon in recent days to listen to the music of Ethiopian pop star Hachalu Hundessa, also known as Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. The homemade shirts bearing the dead singer's portrait and the slogan "I am also Hachalu" are their way of honouring the man…
The Russian Orthodox Church says converting Istanbul's Hagia Sophia monument from a museum to a mosque would be "unacceptable" while Turkey has defended the decision, citing its sovereignty over the matter. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNSECO-recognised World Heritage Site. The sixth-century building was at the heart of…
Three police officers have been fired over photos showing them re-enact a chokehold used on Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died last year after police stopped him on the street in a Denver suburb. Officers Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich and Jaron Jones had imitated the chokehold used to subdue McClain in October last…
United States President Donald Trump railed on Friday against "angry mobs" that tried to tear down statues of Confederate leaders and other historical figures, warning thousands of supporters at Mount Rushmore that protesters were trying to erase the country's history. The speech and fireworks on the eve of the US Independence Day came against the…
Iranian investigators have determined the cause of a fire at the Natanz nuclear plant, a spokesman for Iran's top security body said on Friday, while declining to immediately release details of the findings over "security reasons". The National Security Council's statement came as Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's civilian defence, told state television that…
A passenger train has crashed into a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims at an unmanned railway crossing in eastern Pakistan, killing at least 19 people and injuring several others, officials said. The accident took place on Friday in Sheikhupura district in Punjab province, according to a statement from Imran Gondal, a Pakistani government official whose department oversees Sikh pilgrimages.…
Castex, 55, is a career public servant who has worked with multiple governments [Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool/Reuters] French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's reopening strategy after the coronavirus lockdown, as the country's new prime minister, according to the Elysee Palace. The relatively low-profile Castex replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier on Friday.…
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the "age of expansionism" is over, as he paid tribute to soldiers killed in last month's border skirmish with China on a surprise visit to the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh amid escalating tension between the Asian giants. "Age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development.…
A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed at least 113 people, officials say, warning the death toll is likely to rise further. The incident took place early on Thursday in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state after a bout of heavy rainfall, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said on Facebook.…