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Brazilian tourists die in hot-air balloon crash in Turkey

Two Brazilian tourists died Monday and 23 other people were hurt after two hot-air balloons collided in a beauty spot in central Turkey, officials said. The accident occurred over Cappadocia’s sculpted rock formations when one balloon collided with the basket of another balloon above and crashed to the ground, the…

First ‘home grown’ British astronaut heads to International Space Station

A former army helicopter pilot was on Monday named as the first “home-grown” British astronaut to head to the International Space Station. Major Tim Peake, 41, will fly out to the ISS in November 2015 as part of a six-man crew, becoming the first Briton ever to travel to space…

New Jersey legislature plans to send four gun control bills to Christie’s desk

N.J. Assembly plans to send four gun control bills to Christie (via NJ.com) Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger   TRENTON — The Assembly this afternoon plans to vote to send four gun control bills to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The bills are not the most far-reaching ones of the dozens the Legislature…

Asia-Pacific leaders warn water shortages could create conflict

Fierce competition for water could trigger conflict unless nations cooperate to share the diminishing resource, leaders from Asia-Pacific nations warned on Monday. From Central to Southeast Asia, regional efforts to secure water have sparked tensions between neighbours reliant on rivers to sustain booming populations. Breakneck urbanisation, climate change and surging…

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes coast of Chile

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued. The quake occurred at 0949 GMT at the shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) and the epicenter was 1,538 kilometers south-southwest of the capital Santiago.…

Man-on-the-street TV anchor guides Spain through crisis

With his high-pitched voice, square spectacles and stubbly chin, Jordi Evole is not your typical dashing television presenter. That doesn’t stop three million Spaniards switching on to watch him every Sunday evening. Indeed, it’s his man-in-the-street style that makes the political journalism of his hit show “Salvados” so popular in…

Survey: Japan rejecting view that ‘Comfort Women’ were ‘necessary’

A large majority of Japanese people disagree with a high-profile politician who said women forced to provide sex during World War II were a military necessity, polls issued on Monday said. Up to 200,000 “comfort women” from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to…

India’s ‘new generation’ of filmmakers feted at Cannes

Unashamedly escapist, with wafer-thin plots and cheesy dialogue, all punctuated by exuberant song and dance routines, Bollywood musicals are beloved by millions despite the critics’ reservations. But India’s biggest star Amitabh Bachchan, in Cannes this week for a celebration of Indian cinema at the Riviera film fest, admitted he prefers…

Mother of Chinese rape victim becomes human rights crusader

The kidnap, rape and forced prostitution of her daughter set Tang Hui on a mission to seek justice. But it was Chinese authorities’ repeated obstructions, even detaining her, that made her a die-hard activist. For seven years she has fought against the men who violated her child, and the system…

Health organization warns: Warmer weather could impact Syrian refugees

Aid organisation Oxfam warned on Monday that the warmer weather will increase health-related risks for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and appealed for urgent funds. With temperatures set to soar up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and as refugees continue to flee to Jordan…

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