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Police stop two US Olympic swimmers from leaving Brazil

Police stop two US Olympic swimmers from leaving RioBrazilian police pulled two US Olympic swimmers off a plane about to leave the country to question them about a claim they made to have been victims of an armed mugging, according to US officials.

"We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities," Patrick Sandusky, spokesman for the US Olympic Committee, said on Wednesday.


US withheld cash until Iran released American prisoners: report

US wittheld cash until Iran released prisoners

U.S. officials wouldn't allow Iranians to take control of $400 million in cash sent to the country earlier this year until three American prisoners had left Iran, according to a new report.

After a Swiss Air Force plane carrying the three Americans left Tehran on Jan. 17, an Iranian cargo plane with the cash was allowed to return from Switzerland, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation.


Israel to demolish Bedouin school near Jerusalem

Israel to demolish Bedouin school

A protest is set to take place outside a school in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, after Israeli authorities ordered it be shut down and demolished.

The solidarity protest, organised by the Palestinian Ministry of Education, was staged after village residents and the Italian Ambassador were informed in writing on Monday of Israel's decision to shutter the school, which accommodates 170 students from five different Bedouin communities in the region, community spokesman Eid Abo Khamis told Al Jazeera.


Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts 4 times in under 24 hours

PopocateptMexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention on Monday said the Popocatépetl volcano has erupted multiple times, spewing ash and burning rocks into the air.

The disaster prevention center, or CENAPRED, Monday afternoon said Popocatépetl erupted four times in the previous 24 hours, had 73 volcanic plumes and had two volcano tectonic earthquakes -- measuring in magnitudes 1.2 and 1.6, respectively.


Airstrike hits aid group's hospital in northern Yemen

DWB hospital in Yemen hitAn airstrike hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Yemen on Monday, the international aid group said, killing and wounding an unknown number of people.

The group, known by the French acronym MSF, said the strike hit near the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada, where teams were still attending to the wounded. Yemeni security and medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief the media, say the strike killed and wounded some 20 of the hospital's staff and patients.


33 killed, 28 injured as crowded bus veers off Nepal road

Nepal bus crashA bus filled with people traveling to their home villages in Nepal to receive the first government payments for victims of last year's devastating earthquake slipped off a narrow mountain road Monday, killing at least 33 people and injuring 28 others.

The bus was heading to Kartike Deurali village, among the worst hit by the quake, which killed nearly 9,000 people in the country. The road — little more than a trail — was only wide enough for one vehicle to pass at a time and was slippery because of continuous rain.


Air strike and suicide bombing kill scores in Syria

Syria bomb attacksOpposition activists in Syria say at least 66 people have been killed in fighting across the country in the past 24 hours.

They say Syrian government and Russian air strikes have carried out fresh bombarding of Aleppo and neighbouring Idlib province.  There were 26 air strikes in Idlib on Sunday alone, killing at least nine people, according to the activists.


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