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At least 8 killed as boat sinks in central Indonesia

JAKARTA, July 25 — Rescuers have evacuated at least eight bodies after a speed boat with about 47 people on board capsized in waters off North Kalimantan province of central Indonesia on Tuesday, a senior official of rescue office said. Rejeki Baru speed boat, heading to Tanjung Selor of Bulungan district, sank after sailing 1 …

Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as ‘VIP treatment’ to US

SAN DIEGO— When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometres) southeast of San …

Transnat’l drug trafficker arrested in Vietnam

HANOI, July 25 — A Vietnamese man, said to be the leader of a transnational drug trafficking ring, was arrested in Vietnam’s northern Hai Phong city as he was transporting more than 9.8 kg. of heroin and 8 kg. of ecstasy, the municipal police said Tuesday. 52-year-old Ngo Trac Hiep from Hai Phong, and other …

2 killed, 25,000 evacuated in western India amid heavy rains, floods

NEW DELHI, July 25 — Authorities have shifted over 25,000 people to safer places as heavy rains and floods killed two people in India’s western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, officials said Tuesday. Apart from disaster response force teams, authorities have sought help from Indian army and Air Force for relief and rescue in the …

Death toll of dengue victims in Sri Lanka rises to 301

COLOMBO, July 25 — The number of dengue cases has gone up to 105,000 in Sri Lanka with more than 301 deaths, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society said Tuesday. The Red Cross said it is rapidly scaling up emergency assistance to help contain one of the country’s worst-ever outbreak of dengue in recent times. …

Public consultations intensify as launch of NAFTA renegotiations looms

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is extending public consultations to find out what Canadians want to see in a new North American Free Trade Agreement. The consultations were to end today but officials say the government will continue indefinitely to accept responses to its online survey, which asks Canadians to identify their priorities for a renegotiated deal, …

Trump threatens ‘economic actions’ if Venezuela moves ahead with Constituent Assembly

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to “take strong and swift economic actions” against Venezuela’s government if Venezuela goes ahead to pursue the creation of a National Constituent Assembly (ANC). According to a strongly worded statement released by the White House, Trump warned that if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “imposes” the ANC …

US ‘quietly’ preparing to erect wall along Mexico border

MEXICO CITY — US President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico is being “quietly” prepared for construction in Texas, Mexico’s state news agency Notimex said on Monday. “The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office quietly started preparations to build the first stretch of the border wall in an area of southeast Texas,” the …

UAE refutes US paper report on hacking of Qatari websites as ‘false’

RIYADH — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday rejected as “false” a Washington Post article alleging that the UAE orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government websites that triggered off the standoff in the Gulf. UAE Ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, said in a statement that the Post story is “false,” Al Arabiya TV …

Macron says Trump may reverse US pullout from Paris climate accord

MOSCOW — Following a meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, the French president asserted that the US leader may rescind his intention to leave the global Paris Climate Accord. French President Macron, following a meeting with US President Donald Trump, asserted in a Sunday report by Le Journal du Dimanche that the American leader …

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