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18 dead in German tour bus crash: police

German tour bus crashGerman police have confirmed that 18 people were killed when a tour bus burst into flames after colliding with a lorry in the southern state of Bavaria.

The crash happened on a motorway near the town of Stammbach on Monday.

"It's clear now that all 18 of the missing people on the bus died in the accident," police said in a statement on on Twitter. The bus had been carrying 48 people, of whom 30 were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.

Alexander Dobrindt, Germany's minister of transport, said that 11 bodies had been retrieved from the crash site so far, and a search for the remains of the seven other victims was under way.

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At least 18 dead in trio of car bombings in Damascus

3 car bobmbs in DamascusAt least 18 people were reported dead and several others injured in a trio of suicide car bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Syrian state television confirmed one bomber detonated early Sunday at Tahrir Square, near Bab Touma in central Damascus, after being surrounded by pro-government Syrian security forces, while the other two were pursued and detonated by security forces on the road to the Damascus airport.

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Thousands rally against upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg

Thousands rally against upcoming G20 in Hamburg

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the German city of Hamburg to protest against a Group of 20 (G20) summit that takes place next weekend..

The G20 comprises leaders of the world's major industrialised and emerging economies. US President Donald Trump is expected to make his maiden appearance at the July 7 and 8 forum.

Sunday's demonstration in the northern German city was organised by environmental, labour, human rights and church groups protesting against the policies of the world's richest countries.

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Deadly fire hits Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

Deadly fire hits Syrian refugee campAt least one child has died after a big fire engulfed a camp for hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, according to aid workers, who believe that there may be two more victims.

Flames and thick clouds of black smoke rose on Sunday from the site near the town of Qab Elias, which is an hour's drive from the capital, Beirut, while exploding gas canisters could be heard from a distance.

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Tepco execs go on trial for 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster

Tepco execs go on trial for Fukushima disasterThe criminal trial of three executives from the Japanese utility that owns the Fukushima nuclear power plant that melted down after a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 got underway Friday, with the defendants apologizing, but defending their actions in the wake of the disaster.

The men, Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, the former CEO of Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, and former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 67, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71, are each charged with professional negligence resulting in death. Specifically, Tepco is being blamed for the death of 40 patients at a hospital within the evacuation zone when Fukushima's No. 1 reactor began to melt down. The patients, who were in critical care, died while being evacuated to other hospitals.

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German parliament approves same-sex marriage

German parliament passes same sex marriage lawGermany's parliament has voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her mind and said members of her ruling conservative bloc should follow their personal conscience rather than the party line.

The parliament voted by 393 to 226 on Friday in favour of same-sex marriage.

The reform gives full marital rights for same-sex couples and allows them to adopt children.

TVNL Comment: Great news.  Better late than never...

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Allies of slain Putin critic Nemtsov allege cover-up after guilty verdict

One of three found guilty of murder in RussiaA court convicted five men of murdering Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on Thursday, but the late politician's allies said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.

Nemtsov, one of President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics, was murdered in 2015 as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin after dining with his girlfriend. Aged 55, he had been working on a report examining Russia's role in Ukraine. His killing sent a chill through opposition circles.

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