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Dozens dead or hurt in wedding party blast in Afghan capital

Dozens dead or hurt in wedding party blast in Afghan capitalA suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital and dozens of people were killed or wounded, a government official said. More than 1,000 people had been invited, one witness said, as fears grew that it could be the deadliest attack in Kabul this year. The blast occurred near the stage where musicians were and “all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed,” witness Gul Mohammad said.



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Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in Moscow

Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in MoscowNearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow on Saturday at one of the largest authorised protests since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. Demonstrators crowded the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear, after giving permission for the rally to go ahead. The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 49,900 people, while Moscow police gave a much lower attendance figure of 20,000.



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Russia's military has been rocked by a string of explosions and fires in recent weeks that have left dozens dead or wounded

Russia's military has been rocked by a string of explosions and fires in recent weeks that have left dozens dead or woundedRussia's accident-prone military has seen a fire on a secret submarine, an ammo depot shockwave and explosion, and a rocket engine explosion.



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Police detain dozens at Moscow opposition protest

Police detain dozens at Moscow opposition protestPolice detained dozens of demonstrators in Moscow on Saturday as Russian opposition supporters took to the streets in defiance of a formidable security presence, in fresh protests calling for fair elections in the capital next month. The unauthorised march, which comes after stark warnings from Russian authorities and a crackdown on Kremlin critics, was billed as a “stroll” along Moscow’s leafy boulevards as anger grows over the refusal of officials to let popular opposition candidates run in next month’s city parliament elections. Most of those candidates and opposition leaders are still in police detention following the last rally, as what began as a local issue has boiled over into one of the worst political conflicts of recent years.



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Brazil prison riot: 16 prisoners decapitated as dozens killed in mass jail uprising

Brazil prison riot: 16 prisoners decapitated as dozens killed in mass jail uprisingSixteen prisoners were decapitated and dozens more also died in a mass prison riot in Brazil.At least 52 inmates were killed in the latest in a series of deadly clashes involving rival criminal gangs in the northern state of Para.The gangs took at least two officers hostage as they battled one another.Other prisoners were asphyxiated, and the total number of victims could rise, authorities said.Inmates also set part of the Altamira prison on fire, preventing guards from entering parts of the building.Brazil’s jail population has surged eight-fold in three decades to around 750,000 inmates – the world’s third-highest tally – and its prison gangs have come to wield vast power that reaches far beyond prison walls.Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s far-right president, says he wants to impose tighter controls in the country’s prisons, as well as building many more of them.His ability to curtail violence, however, may be limited because most prisons are controlled at the state level.In January 2017, nearly 150 prisoners died during three weeks of violence in several prisons as local gangs backed by Brazil’s two largest drug factions attacked one another.Gruesome deaths are not uncommon. In May, at least 15 inmates were found dead, choked to death or stabbed with toothbrushes in the city of Manaus.Additional reporting by agenciesMore follows…



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Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port

Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy portAn Italian coastguard vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 130 migrants aboard has been allowed to dock in the Sicilian port of Augusta but Rome on Sunday refused to let them disembark until a deal is struck with the EU. "The Gregoretti berthed in the port of Augusta overnight, as is the normal procedure for a military vessel. Now the EU has to act because the migration question concerns the whole continent," Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said in a statement. Some 140 migrants, who had set off from Libya in two rickety boats, were picked up by Italian patrols on Thursday night and transferred to the coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti. The operation took place on the same day that at least 115 other migrants were feared drowned in a shipwreck off Libya – the Mediterranean's deadliest tragedy this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Several migrants aboard the Gregoretti have already been evacuated for medical attention, including a seven-month pregnant woman, her two children and her partner. The ship's crew is blocked on board along with the migrants. However, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has reiterated that the remaining migrants would not be able to leave the vessel until other European countries agree to take them in. Mr Salvini, also deputy prime minister, has taken a hard line against migrants rescued at sea being brought to Italy, which he says bears an unfair burden in the crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron announced last Monday that 14 EU members had approved a plan to redistribute refugees rescued in the Mediterranean, and eight said they would actively take part. The proposal drew Salvini's ire because it still involved allowing migrants to disembark on his country's territory. He said the agreement underscored a demand that Italy "continue to be the refugee camp of Europe". Pope Francis on Sunday called on the international community to "act swiftly" to help avoid further deaths. "I have learned with sorrow the news of the dramatic shipwreck that happened in recent days in the Mediterranean where dozens of migrants including women and children have lost their lives," he said Sunday during his weekly Angelus address on St Peter's Square. "I am renewing my call that the international community act swiftly and decisively to avoid that such tragedies repeat themselves and guarantee the safety and dignity of all." Former Italian navy chief Giuseppe De Giorgi, who launched the Mare Nostrum maritime rescue plan in 2013, hailed the Gregoretti's crew who "despite all were committed to accomplishing with honour their duty as sailors to protect lives at sea." In August 2018, almost more than 150 people were stranded on the Italian coastguard ship Diciotti for over a week before an agreement between the Italian church, Albania and Ireland allowed them to disembark.



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Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach

Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beachDozens of beached whales have been discovered on a secluded stretch of sand in west Iceland where people rarely tread. The eerie photographs show what appears to be around 20 pilot whales, partially buried in the sand and rotting on Löngufjörur beach. A pilot from Reykjavík took the photographs while ferrying American tourists around the island. The morbid discovery was only made this week by air as the area is inaccessible by car and has few visitors, except the occasional hiker. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, a marine biologist and whale specialist, told local news website Iceland Monitor that it was hard to confirm when the mammals washed up on the beach. “The most important thing to look at is that these are deep-sea whales, common at the continental margin,” she said.  “They mainly feed on squid, which is why they’re good at diving deep. When they enter shallow waters, most of them have a tendency to become disoriented. They use echolocation for orientation, for finding one another, estimating the depth, and so on. "But a sloping, sandy bottom appears to increase their disorientation. There are numerous examples of them having beached where there is such a sandy, sloping bottom.” She added that pilot whales tend to swim in close-knit groups, which increases the risk of a large number being beached at once. It comes after 145 pilot whales were found stranded on an island in New Zealand, of which half were already dead. The other half had to be put down.



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Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert saysThe expert, Giorgio Portera, said the “enormous” size of the collection under the Teutonic College was revealed when Vatican-appointed experts began cataloguing the remains, which were discovered last week . “We didn’t expect such an enormous number” of bones and other remains which “had been thrown into a cavity,” Portera said. “We want to know why and how” the bones ended up there.



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Dozens detained in Moscow as opposition demands to be included in vote

Dozens detained in Moscow as opposition demands to be included in votePolice in Moscow detained more than 25 protestors at a rally to demonstrate against a possible ban on opposition candidates running in elections to the Russian capital’s parliament. Opposition leaders cried foul after Moscow’s election commission said most of their sponsored candidates failed to secure the required number of signatures to participate in the election. The commission has yet to officially announce the list of legitimate candidates for the Sept. 8 vote to the 45-seat parliament.



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Amid tropical storm emergency, Trump fired off dozens of tweets promoting his golf course, skewering Andrew McCabe, and criticizing journalists

Amid tropical storm emergency, Trump fired off dozens of tweets promoting his golf course, skewering Andrew McCabe, and criticizing journalistsAs Tropical Storm Barry closes in on Louisiana, Trump sent out dozens of tweets about his golf course, Mueller, Hillary Clinton, and more.



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