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Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled yesterday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

Van ploughs through crowd in Barcelona, 13 killed

Van ploughs through crowd in Barcelona, 13 killed

A van ploughed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona yesterday and a regional official said 13 people were killed in what police said was a terrorist attack.

PM meets president to discuss court verdict

PM meets president to discuss court verdict

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met President Abdul Hamid at the President’s Secretariat in Dhaka late Wednesday night and discussed the Supreme Court verdict in the 16th amendment case, among other issues. The overall flood situation also came up for discussion.

Malala ‘excited’ after winning place at Oxford University

Malala ‘excited’ after winning place at Oxford University

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17, said yesterday she was “excited” after winning a place to study at Oxford University.

Pakistan slams US blacklisting of Kashmir group

Pakistan slams US blacklisting of Kashmir group

Pakistan yesterday criticised the United States for blacklisting the Kashmiri separatist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as a terrorist organisation, calling the move “unjustified”.

Partition Museum inaugurated in Amritsar

Partition Museum inaugurated in Amritsar

The Partition Museum, a first-of-its-kind in the world, was inaugurated here yesterday as a tribute to the millions who perished as well as others who survived but lost their homes and hearth and kith and kin during the Partition in 1947.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement leaders jailed

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement leaders jailed

Joshua Wong and two other young leaders of Hong Kong’s huge Umbrella Movement rallies were jailed yesterday for their role in the 2014 pro-democracy protests, dealing a fresh blow to the campaign for political reform.

Trump defends war monuments

Trump defends war monuments

US President Donald Trump dug in defiantly yesterday in his response to racial violence in Virginia, echoing the position of white nationalists by intensifying his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy.

Congo Republic premier, cabinet resign

Congo Republic premier, cabinet resign

The Congo Republic’s Prime Minister Clement Mouamba and his cabinet have resigned amid a growing economic crisis, the president’s office said in a statement yesterday.

Mass burials for 160 flood victims in Sierra Leone

Mass burials for 160 flood victims in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone prepared for the burials of 160 victims of devastating floods yesterday as fears grew of more mudslides and accusations of government “inaction” over deforestation and poor urban planning mounted.

South Africa borders on alert for Grace Mugabe

South Africa borders on alert for Grace Mugabe

Police have put a “red alert” on South Africa’s borders to prevent any attempt by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, accused of assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel, to flee the country.

‘Azadi Train’

‘Azadi Train’

Pakistani people look at the decorations on the carriages of the ‘Azadi Train’ at Lahore Railway Station in Lahore, August 16.

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