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DEAD SEA, Jordan | 18 killed as Jordan flash flood sweeps away students on trip

DEAD SEA, Jordan  — At least 18 people were killed Thursday when flash floods swept away a group of teachers and students visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea, Jordan’s state media said. The private school students and their adult chaperones were caught off guard when sudden torrential rains unleashed a flood surge, the reports … Continue reading DEAD SEA, Jordan | 18 killed as Jordan flash flood sweeps away students on trip

BEIJING | China party expels general who killed self, indicts another

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled a former top general who killed himself during a corruption probe and indicted another on graft charges amid President Xi Jinping’s continuing crackdown on military malfeasance. Official media reported that Zhang Yang killed himself at home last November, after which they denounced his death as a “despicable” … Continue reading BEIJING | China party expels general who killed self, indicts another

BEIRUT | Syrian president grants general amnesty to army deserters

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad granted general amnesty on Tuesday to army deserters both within Syria and those outside the country, a move that could boost the return of refugees who fled violence in their war-torn country. The decree, published by state media, said the amnesty did not include “criminals” and those on the … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian president grants general amnesty to army deserters

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s state media says Israel has launched a missile attack on Damascus International Airport adding that air defenses shot down some of them. The Saturday night attack shook the capital Damascus as blasts were heard in the city. State media quoted an unnamed military official without giving further details. Rami Abdurrahman who … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria signs export deals with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Russian firms

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian state media says the nation’s Exporters’ Union on Monday signed agreements with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, and Russian companies to export agricultural products to their markets. Syria’s government is looking for trade and investment partners through its annual Damascus International Fair to help rebuild its shattered economy. Western governments say they are unwilling … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria signs export deals with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Russian firms

BEIJING | Fire kills 18 at resort hotel in China’s northeast

BEIJING — At least 18 people were killed in a fire at a resort hotel in China’s northeastern city of Harbin early Saturday, state media and an official said. The disaster added to a string of deadly blazes that have plagued China despite official efforts to improve public safety over the past two decades. The … Continue reading BEIJING | Fire kills 18 at resort hotel in China’s northeast

PAKSE, Laos | State media says Laos dam disaster kills 19

PAKSE, Laos — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. More than 6,000 people lost their homes when the dam gave way on Monday, flooding surrounding villages. The exact number of victims was … Continue reading PAKSE, Laos | State media says Laos dam disaster kills 19

AMMAN, Jordan | State media: Embattled Jordan PM resigns over tax protests

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s embattled prime minister submitted his resignation to King Abdullah II on Monday amid widening protests over a planned tax increase and other austerity measures, government-linked media reported. Hani Mulki’s reported resignation came in the wake of the largest anti-government protests in the pro-West country since 2011. Thousands of demonstrators have filled … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | State media: Embattled Jordan PM resigns over tax protests