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Huge explosion rocks Beirut

Beirut - A huge explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, shaking buildings, shattering windows and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky, AFP correspondents said.

Alberta, Ottawa agree to reducing oilsands environment monitoring

Edmonton - Alberta has signed an agreement with the federal government that makes major cuts to environmental monitoring of the oilsands, putting monitoring of the Athabasca River and habitats at risk.

Review: Bobby mourns Nick in 'Purgatory,' seeks revenge for his death Special

The fourth episode of the new digital drama series "Purgatory," starring Erik Fellows, aired on Popstar! TV. Digital Journal has the recap.

Islamic State jihadists on the run after Afghan prison raid

Jalalabad - Afghan authorities were searching Tuesday for about 270 inmates -- most of them Islamic State fighters -- who remained on the loose after escaping during a deadly prison raid.

Zimbabwe president vows to 'flush out' opponents

Harare - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday warned he would "flush out" opponents as rights groups reported dozens of activists had been arrested in a crackdown on dissent.

Belarus leader claims opposition 'massacre' plot ahead of vote

Minsk - Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday accused the opposition and Russia of planning violent unrest and vowed to defend his regime as early voting began in presidential elections.

Argentina secures deal on 'impossible' debt

Buenos Aires - Recession-hit Argentina announced on Tuesday it has reached an agreement with three major creditors over the restructuring of a $66 billion debt as it seeks to solve its latest sovereign default crisis.

Argentina announces debt restructure deal with creditors

Buenos Aires - Recession-hit Argentina announced on Tuesday it has reached an agreement with three major creditors over the restructuring of a $66 billion debt as it seeks to solve its latest sovereign default crisis.

India's Modi to lay Hindu temple foundations at flashpoint holy site

Ayodhya - The flashpoint Indian town of Ayodhya geared up Tuesday for a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundations for a Hindu temple on the ruins of a mosque destroyed by a mob in 1992.

Spain's scandal-hit former king flees 'to Dominican Republic'

Madrid - Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to the Dominican Republic after his shock announcement he was going into exile.

Al Jazeera's Malaysian office raided over documentary

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities raided Al Jazeera's Kuala Lumpur office Tuesday and seized computers as part of an investigation into a documentary about migrants that angered the government, drawing condemnation from the broadcaster.

Trump avoids praising deceased civil rights hero John Lewis

Washington - US President Donald Trump said he doesn't know how history will remember civil rights activist John Lewis, but that "he chose not to come to my inauguration," in an interview with US media.

TikTok under scrutiny around the world over data security concerns

Bejing - China accused the United States on Tuesday of "bullying" over popular video app TikTok, after President Donald Trump ramped up pressure for its US operations to be sold to an American company.

China accuses US of 'outright bullying' over TikTok

Bejing - China accused the United States on Tuesday of "outright bullying" over popular video app TikTok, after President Donald Trump ramped up pressure for its US operations to be sold to an American company.

Beach SOS leads to rescue of sailors stranded on Pacific isle

Sydney - Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny island in the remote Western Pacific were rescued after Australian and US warplanes spotted a giant "SOS" they had scrawled on the beach, officials said.

Why big data analytics are proving essential for pharma

Big data has the potential to become translated into 'big business' for pharmaceutical firms, despite the slow growth with analysis of large volumes of data using artificial intelligence solutions.

Indian Kashmir under curfew ahead of 'black day' anniversary

Srinagar - Thousands of Indian troops imposed a curfew in Kashmir on Tuesday, with razor wire and steel barricades blocking main roads a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of the restive region being stripped of its autonomy.

TikTok lovers rage against Trump threat of US ban

San Francisco - A TikTok star pounds a beat as she weaves lyrics mocking the idea of US President Donald Trump banning the short-form video sharing app.

Richard Branson space-bound in early 2021 says Virgin Galactic

Washington - Richard Branson could shoot into space on his Virgin Galactic aircraft as its first passenger early next year, the company said, potentially blazing a path for commercial flights.

Jittery Hong Kong authors seek Taiwan safety after security law

Fpo - China's new security law has cast a threatening shadow over Hong Kong's dynamic book industry, with anxious publishers combing through back catalogues for potentially "subversive" material, and looking to Taiwan as a safe haven for printing fresh title...
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