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Over 100 People Killed As A Boeing 737 Passenger Plane Crashes In Cuba

New Delhi: Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel said that more than 100 people were killed in a fiery crash of a Boeing 737 passenger plane in Cuba on Friday, Cuban broadcaster CubaTV reported.There were three seriously injured survivors among the 114 passengers and crew.

The aircraft, on a domestic flight to Holguin in eastern Cuba, crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, Cuban state-run media reported. There were 105 passengers, including five children, and nine crew members.The fire from the crash had been put out and authorities were identifying bodies, President Diaz-Canel said, adding that authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

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US Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration To Continue Work Authorisation To Spouse

New Delhi:A bipartisan group of 130 US lawmakers led by influential Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has urged the Trump administration to continue granting work authorisation to certain dependent spouses of non-immigrant workers holding H-1B visas, the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals.

The Trump administration is planning to end the Obama-era rule allowing spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the US, a move that could have a devastating impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India.

The letter by US lawmakers to the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen comes weeks ahead of the Trump administration’s formal move to rescind the rule granting these spouses work authorisation in June.

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Turkey Asks Israeli Consul General In Istanbul To Leave Country Amid Palestanian Killings

New Delhi:  A Turkish foreign ministry official said on Wednesday in a diplomatic row that follows the killing of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces that Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time".

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the US decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem.

President TayyipErdogan described Monday's bloodshed, the deadliest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict, as genocide and called Israel a terrorist state. The government declared three days of mourning.

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N Korea Suspends Talks With South Korea Following Latter’s Military Exercise With US

New Delhi:North Korea said it was suspending high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for later in the day on Wednesday due to US-South Korean military exercises that it said went against the trend of warming North-South ties.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency also cast doubt on whether next month’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump could go ahead as planned, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

“This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula,” Yonhap quoted KCNA as saying.

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37 Killed In Israeli Fire During Protest By Palestinian At Gaza Border

New Delhi: Over 37 killed by Israeli fire as clashes erupted over the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Palestinians followed through with their vow to protest massively along the Gaza border with tens of thousands demonstrating.

The death toll made it the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war. The 37, including a 14-year-old, were shot dead by Israeli forces as clashes broke out at five points along the Gaza border hours before the opening of the embassy.

More than 900 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, the health ministry in Gaza said, with the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate saying eight journalists were among them. The Israeli army said that more than 35,000 people were involved in the protests and clashes. It accused Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of leading a "terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people".