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 2 yrs | Suspected bird flu case on farm in northwest England, all birds to be culled

              Authorities are investigating a suspected case of bird flu at a poultry farm in northern England, according to the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). A temporary control zone is being imposed at and near the farm in Lancashire while all birds at the location are being culled to prevent any further spread. "The risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for consumers," Defra says. [statement attached]   

  Lancashire, England        1 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Thousands cheer as Confederate battle flag is taken down from South Carolina State House

              Thousands of people looked on and cheered as the Confederate battle flag was taken down and removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia. The flag came down at 10:09 a.m. ET, after which it was expected to be taken to a nearby military museum. The Confederate flag had flown at the State House since 1962, but was put at the center of controversy last month after the killings at a black church in Charleston.   

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 2 yrs | ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ actor Omar Sharif dies at age 83

              Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who is best known for his roles in the classic films 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Doctor Zhivago,' has died in Cairo of a heart attack, the BBC is reporting, citing agent Steve Kenis. He was 83.   

  Cairo, Egypt     


 2 yrs | Russian President Vladimir Putin says a compromise in Iran nuclear talks will be found soon - AFP

  Russia        97 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Communication networks ‘crippled’ in area where Tibetan monk set self on fire - CTA

              Chinese authorities have "crippled" communication networks in the area where a Tibetan monk set himself on fire on Thursday to protest China's rule in Tibet, the Tibetan government-in-exile reports. "Chinese authorities arrived at the scene a few minutes after the self-immolation and sealed off the place. Communication networks in the area were also crippled to restrict the flow of information," the Central Tibetan Administration said in a statement. CTA identified the monk as 26-year-old Sonam Tobgyal, whose condition remains unknown.   

  Yushu, China        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Tibetan monk sets self on fire in anti-China protest - RFA

              A Tibetan monk has set himself on fire in northwestern China to protest against China's rule in Tibet, Radio Free Asia (RFA) is reporting, raising the number of people who have set themselves on fire in similar protests since 2009 to 141. The self-immolation happened on Thursday in the central square of Yushu in Qinghai province. A photo provided to RFA by a witness showed the monk engulfed in flames while surrounded by people. The man was taken to hospital where his current condition is unknown. As usual, China's state-run media did not mention the incident.   

  Yushu, China        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Man arrested after killing 2 people in southern Germany - police

              A man suspected of shooting dead two people from his car in southern Germany has been taken into custody, according to a statement from Bavaria police. The incident began this morning when a man driving a silver Mercedes convertible shot and killed a woman in the town of Leutershausen. A short time later, not far from the first scene, the man opened fire again, killing a cyclist. A farmer and another motorist were also threatened with a firearm but remained unharmed. Police have scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. local time.   

  Leutershausen, Germany     


 2 yrs | Stampede at charity handout in Bangladesh kills at least 25, death toll to rise

              At least 25 people have been killed in a stampede in Bangladesh after a businessman invited poor people to come to receive free clothing. Police told the local BDNews24 website that the death toll was expected to rise as some bodies had already been taken away by relatives. The stampede, which also injured about 50 women, happened at about 5 a.m. at a chewing tobacco factory in the central town of Mymensingh. Seven people, including the factory's owner, have been detained for questioning.   

  Mymensingh, Bangladesh        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Connecticut girl, 17, missing after boarding flight to run off to online boyfriend in Morocco

              A 17-year-old Connecticut girl is missing after she boarded a flight in New York to meet her online boyfriend in Morocco, authorities say. Investigators have determined that Rebecca Arthur, of Clinton, Connecticut, arrived at JFK International Airport on Monday and boarded a flight to the city of Casablanca in Morocco to meet Sima El Adal, who she was in a Facebook relationship with. Sima El Adal's age is unknown.   

  Casablanca, Morocco     


 2 yrs | Saudi government confirms death of former foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

              The Saudi government has formally announced the death of Prince Saud al-Faisal, who was the world's longest-serving foreign minister when he stepped down earlier this year. A statement from the royal court said the prince died on Thursday while in the United States, where he previously underwent medical treatment. His funeral will take place on Saturday at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.   

  Saudi Arabia        2 UPDATES



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