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Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protesters, 1,100 Palestinians hurt

GAZA BORDER: Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinians, who thronged the Gaza-Israel frontier near a border terminal on Friday as part of a long-running protest, injuring about 1,100 people. Medics said around 82 people were shot and wounded with live fire, another 800 treated for gas inhalation and the rest for other injuries along the Gaza side of the 25-mile border fence, where Palestinians set up tent encampments on March 30 for what they call “The Great March of Return”. Youths rolled burning…

At least 23 dead, dozens hurt as train derails in India

NEW DELHI: At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured after an express train derailed in north India on Saturday (Aug 19), officials said, as rescuers clambered across mangled carriages to pull passengers from the wreckage. Emergency workers and crowds of local people rushed to the site where 14 coaches derailed near Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh state, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) from New Delhi, the latest deadly disaster on the country's creaking rail network. "Twenty-three people have died and 64…

28 hurt in US nightclub shooting

MIAMI: Twenty-five people were shot and three others injured in an early morning nightclub shooting in the southern US state of Arkansas, police said Saturday. Police in the city of Little Rock had initially said that 17 people were shot when gunfire rang out inside the downtown Power Ultra Lounge nightclub around 2:30 am (0730 GMT). They updated the toll later Saturday to 25 shot and three with unrelated injuries, adding on Twitter that "ALL are expected to survive." "We do NOT believe this incident was an active…

Soldiers who smoke may be more likely to get hurt during training

NEW YORK: Pulled muscles and broken bones are common during military training and even more common among soldiers who smoke, according to a review of past research. The study can’t say why the more soldiers smoke, the greater the increase in their risk of “overuse musculoskeletal injuries,” but since smoking is a preventable risk factor, it’s another good reason to quit, they write in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Smoking rates are higher, at about 35 percent, in the U.S. military than in the general…

Donald Trump has ‘weakened’ the West, hurt EU interests: German FM

BERLIN: Germany on Monday unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests. The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour abroad which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit. They also followed Chancellor Angela Merkel's warning on Sunday that the US and Britain may no longer be reliable partners. Germany's…