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Delhi pollution: Are Diwali fireworks to blame?

Do fireworks let off during Diwali celebrations really cause that much pollution?

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Planning Attack on Spanish PM

Spanish police say they have arrested a man who they believe intended to attack Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over his controversial decision to exhume the remains of late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco. Police say the 63-year-old former private security guard was arrested in the town of Terrassa in the Catalonia region on Sept. 19 after a brief investigation. He remains in custody and has not been charged. The case was revealed Thursday by Spanish newspaper Publico. Police found… Read Full Article

Taliban, US Will Join Russia-Hosted Conference for First Time

The United States and the Taliban are both set to attend for the first time a multilateral conference Russia will host Friday in Moscow to discuss how to achieve peace and national reconciliation in Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on the eve of the meeting that delegates from 12 countries, including the U.S., will participate in the second “Moscow format consultations.” She emphasized the conference is solely aimed at facilitating a “conducive… Read Full Article

White House Bans CNN Reporter After Confrontation With Trump

The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That's enough!” and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta. White House press… Read Full Article

In the Final Hours of WWI, a Terrible Toll

Augustin Trebuchon is buried beneath a white lie. His tiny plot is almost on the front line where the guns finally fell silent at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, after a four-year war that had already killed millions. A simple white cross says: "Died for France on November 10, 1918. Not so. Like hundreds of others along the Western Front, Trebuchon was killed in combat on the morning of November 11 — after the pre-dawn agreement between the Allies and Germany but… Read Full Article

Helge Ingstad: Norway's warship collides with tanker in fjord

Norway evacuates a frigate after it collides with an oil tanker, leaving eight people lightly injured.

Former President Alleges Fraud in Madagascar Vote

Former Madagascan president Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Thursday alleged that "many voting irregularities" pointed to fraud in this week's election, heightening fears of protests and a disputed result. Early counting from a small number of polling stations put Rajaonarimampianina in a distant third place behind leading contenders Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, both also former presidents of the Indian Ocean island. "Many voting irregularities and technical anomalies have been… Read Full Article

Tanzania Frees Detained CPJ Journalists

Two staff members of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists were freed Thursday, a day after Tanzanian immigration authorities took the women from their Dar es Salaam hotel and held them at an unknown location.  CPJ, in a statement on its website, welcomed the release of colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, Africa program coordinator and representative, respectively. The organization said the women had safely left the country, and it urged Tanzanian authorities “to halt… Read Full Article

Spoof London Billboards Seek to Celebrate Putin's 'Role' in Brexit

Spoof billboards celebrating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “contribution” to Brexit have been put up in London by a satirical group which says it wants to secure recognition for the role Russian military intelligence played in the referendum. Britain has said it found no evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit vote and Moscow has repeatedly denied even trying, though opponents of Brexit have repeatedly questioned whether the Kremlin played a role. In the referendum, 17.4… Read Full Article

Chemical Spill Leaves 52 Ill in East China

A chemical spill that dumped nearly seven tons of toxic waste in the seas off Fujian province in east China has left 52 people ill, local authorities said Thursday. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday when a tube connecting a transport vessel to the wharf broke, spilling 6.9 tons of C9 aromatics into the sea. A product of refining crude oil, C9 is typically used to produce adhesives, printing ink and paint, and is toxic to humans. While the local environment bureau said… Read Full Article