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Woman raped on train in Philadelphia as bystanders did nothing, police say

Woman raped on train in Philadelphia as bystanders did nothing, police say

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Upper Darby (US), October 16 A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said "should have done something". Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 pm Wednesday after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line. An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that "something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said. SEPTA police waiting at the next stop found the woman and arrested a man. The woman was taken to a hospital. Bernhardt called the victim an "unbelievably str...
Panjshiris attempt to form Afghan government-in-exile

Panjshiris attempt to form Afghan government-in-exile

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Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 16 Exiled leaders from Afghanistan's ethnic minorities have resumed their efforts to form a government-in-exile after their first attempt last month failed to make a splash. Most of these exiled leaders had made brief attempts to thwart the Taliban from entering their strongholds in northern Afghanistan but reasoned analysis later showed that for want of international support, most of their efforts were on social media. It remains to be seen whether, Tajikistan where many of these leaders fled to after the collapse of their resistance, will be willing to back their attempt to hold a grand show of the exiled Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara leaders who were from the Mujahideen stock and have been opposed to the Taliban which had dislodged them in 1996 and ...
Scotland Yard probes Islamist terror link to British MP’s fatal stabbing

Scotland Yard probes Islamist terror link to British MP’s fatal stabbing

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London, October 16 Scotland Yard on Saturday said its Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the killing of Conservative Party parliamentarian David Amess as they probe a potential Islamist terrorism link to the fatal stabbing at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on Friday. A 25-year-old British man, believed to be of Somali heritage, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a police station in Essex, south-east England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Opposition Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer laid flowers at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, the scene of the stabbing, together on Saturday morning. "Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon formally declared the incident as ...
Groom gifts wife 60 kg gold, she wears it on wedding day, guests stunned

Groom gifts wife 60 kg gold, she wears it on wedding day, guests stunned

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Tribune Web Desk Chandigarh, October 16 A bride in China wore 60 kilograms of gold jewellery on her wedding day and stunned all the guests. The wedding took place on September 30 in Hubei province. The jewellery was gifted by her husband, reports Tribun Solo. A picture of the bride has gone viral in which she is seen wearing a white wedding dress along with gold jewllery and has a bouquet of roses in her hands. As the jewellery was heavy, she could not walk so the groom helped her. As per Tribun Solo, she was given 60 gold necklaces, each weighing around one kilogram along with two huge gold bangles. As the bride arrived at the wedding venue, many wedding guests felt left stunned looking at the bride.
2.8-pound meteorite from space crashes into roof of Canadian woman’s home, falls on bed

2.8-pound meteorite from space crashes into roof of Canadian woman’s home, falls on bed

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Tribune Web Desk Chandigarh, October 16 Ruth Hamilton (66) had a disturbed awakening on October 3 when a large meteorite plunged from space, through her roof and landed in her bed. Ruth, resident of Golden, British Columbia, woke up to the sound of a crash and her dog barking on October 3 around 11.35 pm. Also read: Meteorite-like object falls from sky in Rajasthan; explosion heard 2-km away Speaking with Canadian Press, she said: "I've never been so scared in my life, adding that, "I wasn't sure what to do so I called 911 and, when I was speaking with the operator, I flipped over my pillow and saw that a rock had slipped between two pillows." She told CTV News: "I didn't feel it." "It never touched me. I had debris on my face from the drywall, but not a single scratch." A police o...
ASEAN excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in unprecedented move

ASEAN excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in unprecedented move

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Bandar Seri Begawan, October 16 A Southeast Asia summit this month will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar, Brunei said on Saturday, sidelining the leader of the military junta in an unprecedented move for the group. The decision by foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), at an emergency meeting on Friday night, marks a shift for the bloc, which has traditionally favoured a policy of engagement and non-interference. The meeting was called to address the failure of Myanmar's junta, which seized power in February, to adhere to a peace roadmap it had agreed to with ASEAN in April, aimed at tackling the fallout from the coup led by Min Aung Hlaing. International pressure has been building on ASEAN to take a tougher position on Myanmar's fa...
US offers payments, relocation to family of Afghans killed in botched drone attack

US offers payments, relocation to family of Afghans killed in botched drone attack

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October 16 The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched US drone attack in Afghanistan in August during the final days before American troops withdrew from the country. The US Defense Department said it made a commitment that included offering "ex-gratia condolence payments", in addition to working with the US State Department in support of the family members who were interested in relocation to the United States. Colin Kahl, the US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, held a virtual meeting on Thursday with Steven Kwon, the founder and president of Nutrition amp; Education International, the aid organisation that employed Zemari Ahmadi, who was killed in the Aug. 29 drone attack, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirb...
Australian police seize record $104 million heroin shipment

Australian police seize record $104 million heroin shipment

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Melbourne, October 16 Australian policed said on Saturday they seized the largest heroin shipment ever detected in the country, worth an estimated A$140 million ($104 million), and arrested a Malaysian national over the importation of the illicit drug. The 450-kg (990-pound) shipment -- as heavy as a grand piano -- was detected in a sea freight container of ceramic tiles sent from Malaysia and addressed to a Melbourne business, the police said in a statement. The police did not name the arrested man, a typical practice in Australia unless the police deem the identification of the suspect in the interest of a victim's family or the public. The man was charged with importing and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. The maximum penalty is life impriso...
11 Indonesian students drown during river cleanup

11 Indonesian students drown during river cleanup

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Jakarta, October 16 Eleven students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a school outing for a river cleanup in Indonesia's West Java Province, officials said Saturday. Local officials said 150 students from an Islamic junior high school were participating in the cleanup on Friday along the banks of the Cileueur river when 21 of them slipped into the water. "The weather was good and there was no flash flood," said Deden Ridwansyah, chief of the Bandung Search and Rescue Office. "Those children who drowned were holding each others' hands. One of them slipped and the others followed," Ridwansyah said. Nearby residents and a rescue team managed to save 10 of the students, who were sent to a nearby hospital. Rescuers used big orange inflatable rafts to search for victims and all stud...
3 killed, 7 injured as moderate earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Bali

3 killed, 7 injured as moderate earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Bali

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Denpasar (Indonesia), October 16 Three people were killed and another seven were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali early Saturday. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic. It struck just as the island is beginning to reopen to tourism as the pandemic wanes. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.8 quake was centred 62 km (38.5 miles) northeast of Singaraja, a Bali port town. Its shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) may have amplified the amount of damage. A magnitude 4.3 aftershock followed. That quake was relatively deep, at 282 km (174 miles). Gede Darmada, head of the island's Search and Rescue Agency, said the agency was still collecting updates on damage and casualties. He sa...