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Police find 41 migrants alive in truck in northern Greece

ATHENS – Greek police found 41 migrants, mostly Afghans, hiding in a refrigerated truck at a motorway in northern Greece on Monday (Nov 4), officials said. The discovery came 10 days after 39 bodies, all believed to be Vietnamese migrants, were discovered in the back of a refrigerated truck near London. Two people have been charged […]

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Pilot accidentally hits hostage alarm, causing lockdown at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport

AMSTERDAM – A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking/hostage taking alarm in a plane’s cockpit, causing a major security lockdown on Wednesday (Nov 6) at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest. An investigation is under way to determine what went wrong, Dutch military police said. “In a plane (set to fly) from Amsterdam to Madrid tonight […]

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Chinese truck drivers ‘forced to overload vehicles to survive’

Chinese haulage industry insiders have said drivers are being forced to carry more than the permitted loads to survive after the authorities began a crackdown on the practice following a fatal accident. The provincial authorities in Jiangsu, in eastern China, launched a campaign to rectify overloaded vehicles after a four-year-old girl and her mother were […]

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Family tells how 13-year-old boy hid siblings in Mexico massacre

The harrowing account was given by members of three Mexican-American Mormon families that suffered a brutal attack by suspected drug cartel hitmen on Monday which claimed the lives of three women and six children and sparked outrage and condemnation in the United States. The families, members of breakaway Mormon communities that settled in northern Mexico […]

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Airbnb to verify listings as deadly incident prompts safety move

WASHINGTON – Airbnb said on Wednesday (Nov 6) it would verify all seven million of its listings worldwide after a deadly shooting at one of its California homes fuelled fresh safety concerns about the lodging platform. Chief executive and co-founder Brian Chesky said the home-sharing service decided on new steps as part of an effort to […]

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China police probe drowning death of female student, 18

Police in Kunming, Yunnan province, said they have organised a special task force to investigate the death of an 18-year-old female student that sparked controversy and led some members of the public to question the credibility of local law enforcement. According to a statement issued by the Public Security Bureau of Kunming on Monday, the […]

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Death Of A Salesman halted when ceiling collapses at London Piccadilly Theatre

LONDON – A partial ceiling collapse at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on Wednesday (Nov 6) halted a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman, causing a few minor injuries and prompting an evacuation of the audience. Police were called just before 8pm (4am on Thursday, Singapore time) to the West End theatre where American actor […]

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China warns US it will take ‘countermeasures’ over Hong Kong bill

China’s top legislature and government agencies on Wednesday slammed the US House of Representatives for passing a bill in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, warning of “countermeasures” and that American interests in the city would suffer. The National People’s Congress, the foreign ministry, Beijing’s top office on Hong Kong policy and state media […]