February 22, 2019

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Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandal

Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandalA Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said Sunday, citing the results of an autopsy ahead of the teenager's funeral. The army said 18-year-old Pakapong Tanyakan died of heart failure at a training school outside Bangkok in October. Supicha Tanyakan, Pakapong's sister, told AFP that a second autopsy by the Central Institute of Forensic Science concluded he was physically assaulted because "internal bruising was found".

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Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in BeirutBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump's announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, but his overturning of long-standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem -- a city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians -- drew more Arab warnings of potential damage to prospects for Middle East peace.

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Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel using new techniques

Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel using new techniquesJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory, declaring a breakthrough in its war against underground threats from the Palestinian enclave.

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Clarification: Sweden-Synagogue-Arson story

Clarification: Sweden-Synagogue-Arson storyHELSINKI (AP) — In a story Dec. 10, The Associated Press reported that the fire-bombing of a synagogue in Goteborg was the second anti-Jewish attack in Sweden in as many days. The story should have clarified that the first incident was a pro-Palestinian demonstration Friday in Malmo where protesters yelled anti-Jewish slogans but no one was attacked.

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California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communitiesBy Phoenix Tso SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to leave early on Sunday as the Thomas Fire edged closer to Santa Barbara, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles on the scenic central California coast. The blaze, the worst of six major fires in Southern California in the last week and already the 10th largest on record in the state since 1932, has blackened 173,000 acres (62,726 hectares), destroyed hundreds of structures and left nearly 90,000 homes and businesses without power.

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