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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officialsCherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday. Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire, one of the sources said. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.



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At least seven officials killed in Sudan helicopter crash: news agency

At least seven officials killed in Sudan helicopter crash: news agencyAt least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan’s eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported. The state’s governor and three security officials were among the dead. A number of people were also injured in the incident, SUNA said.



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Six Israelis wounded in Palestinian shooting attack: officials

Six Israelis wounded in Palestinian shooting attack: officialsA Palestinian opened fire on Sunday at a group of Israelis standing at a bus stop near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, wounding six of them, Israeli officials said. One woman was in critical condition, medical officials said. “Shots were fired from a passing Palestinian vehicle towards Israeli civilians who were standing at the bus station,” the Israeli army said.



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Mueller accuses Paul Manafort of lying about his contact with Trump administration officials

Mueller accuses Paul Manafort of lying about his contact with Trump administration officialsProsecutors with Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation revealed in a court filing on Friday evening that Paul Manafort lied to them about several contacts he had with senior Trump administration officials while he was under indictment.



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Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quake

Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quakeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems, military officials said Friday.



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North Carolina Officials Had Prior Warnings Of Voting Issues, Report Says

North Carolina Officials Had Prior Warnings Of Voting Issues, Report SaysVoters in North Carolina faced potential election fraud years before the 2018



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North Carolina Officials Had Prior Warnings Of Voting Issues, Report Says

North Carolina Officials Had Prior Warnings Of Voting Issues, Report SaysVoters in North Carolina faced potential election fraud years before the 2018



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Indian officials urged 'not to recover' US missionary's body from isolated tribe's island

Indian officials urged 'not to recover' US missionary's body from isolated tribe's islandIndian police have been urged to abandon efforts to recover the body of an American missionary killed by an isolated tribe on a remote island, amid warnings any contact could have "catastrophic" consequences. Survival International, an NGO working for tribal rights, said the Sentinelese people could be wiped out if outside diseases were introduced onto the island. Any such mission would also pose extreme danger to Indian officials, the group said. John Allen Chau was killed by the people of North Sentinel earlier this month after paying fisherman to smuggle him to the island, where outsiders are forbidden from venturing under Indian law.  The fishermen later said they saw the Sentinelese bury his body on the beach. The 26-year-old left notes saying he wanted to bring Christianity to the tribe and knew he was risking his life. He also detailed an attempt at contact a day earlier, when he was forced off the island amid arrow fire. Believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world, there has been no significant contact with the Sentinelese for generations.  “The risk of a deadly epidemic of flu, measles or other outside disease is very real, and increases with every such contact," Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry said in a statement yesterday (Monday). "Such efforts in similar cases in the past have ended with the Sentinelese attempting to defend their island by force." Chau had left notes speaking of his desire to bring Christianity to the North Sentinelese people Credit: Reuters Authorities should leave Chau's body and the Sentinelese alone, Mr Corry said. He also called for the weakening of restrictions on visiting the area to be revoked, and the exclusion zone around North Sentinel properly enforced. "All uncontacted tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected," he added. The call came as Indian police said they were still working with anthropologists and psychologists to see if a plan could be forged to recover the missionary's body.  However they were treading carefully and "at this stage" had no plan to confront the Sentinelese, said Dependra Pathak, director general of police in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. "If they suggest any methodology to interact without disturbing them then we can draw (up a) strategy," he said. "They are a treasure," the police chief added." We cannot go and force our way in. We don't want to harm them." A police boat approached the island on Friday and Saturday, on the latter occasion finding the tribespeople armed with spears and bows and arrows.  "We watched them from a distance and they watched us from a distance," Mr Pathak said. P.C. Joshi. a professor of anthropology at Delhi University, said he understood why authorities wanted to recover the body. But he noted the islanders could not be prosecuted under Indian law, and said it was likely already too late to learn much from the body as conditions on the island would cause rapid decomposition. "Ultimately, it's becoming futile," he said, according to AP. Chau's family have said they have already forgiven the tribe, as well as the fishermen who aided his journey who have been arrested.



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Yemeni officials: UN envoy in front-line city of Hodeida

Yemeni officials: UN envoy in front-line city of HodeidaSANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen visited on Friday the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in efforts to halt hostilities between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's Shiite rebels there and lay the groundwork for restarting peace talks, officials said.



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Northern California officials fear record wildfire death toll could rise

Northern California officials fear record wildfire death toll could riseThe deadly Camp Fire also ranked as California’s most destructive ever in terms of property losses, having incinerated more than 6,700 homes and other buildings in the Sierra foothills of Butte County, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Most of the devastation and loss of life was in and around the town of Paradise, where flames reduced most of the buildings to ash and charred rubble on Thursday night, just hours after the blaze erupted. At least 29 fatalities have been confirmed so far, a tally that ranks as the most ever from a single northern California wildfire – surpassing the 25 lives lost in the 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm – and ties the all-time statewide record set in 1933 by the Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles.



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