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Panic as strong quake shakes Athens

Athens - A strong 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Athens on Friday, knocking out phone connections, damaging buildings and causing power outages, as panicked residents rushed into the streets.

Trump blames 'crazed' media for rally taunt backlash

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed what he called "crazed" media coverage of taunts targeting a Somali-born Democratic lawmaker during one of his rallies, alleging political bias against him.

Tehran dismisses US claim of destroying Iranian drone

Tehran - Tehran on Friday denied the United States had downed one of its drones, saying all Iranian aircraft were accounted for and jesting Washington may have accidentally hit their own machine.

Strong quake shakes Athens, knocks out phone service

Athens - A strong and shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Athens on Friday, knocking out phone connections, collapsing a couple of abandoned buildings and causing power outages, as worried residents rushed into the streets.

Review: Angelina Alexon releases hypnotic pop single 'All We Need' Special

On Friday, July 19, pop singer-songwriter Angelina Alexon is back with her latest pop single "All We Need," which was released via PopTrend Music.

Merkel says Greta Thunberg 'drove us' to move on climate change

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded Friday that her government was driven to act faster on climate change by young activists like teenaged Greta Thunberg, who was speaking at rally in Berlin the same day.

Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media: FT

Jerusalem - An Israeli spyware firm thought to have hacked WhatsApp in the past has told clients it can scoop user data from the world's top social media, the Financial Times reported Friday.

Pollution alert as the Hibernia oil platform spills oil

12,000 litres of oil (equivalent to 75 barrels) has been spilled into the ocean off Newfoundland. This has caused the oil rig to shut down and the incident has raised concerns for local wildlife.

'My entire world was gone': floods devastate northern Pakistan

Once a small cluster of houses stood along a gentle stream in Pakistani Kashmir. Now only jagged rocks and a few damaged homes remain after torrential rains wreaked havoc on the picturesque mountain village in the Laswa Valley.

Swedish court extends US rapper ASAP Rocky's detention

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Friday ordered that US rapper ASAP Rocky should be kept in custody in Sweden for another week while an investigation is completed into an alleged assault during a street brawl.

'Hell' of Japan fire that killed dozens at anime company

Kyoto - Details emerged Friday of the horrifying blaze that ripped through a Japanese anime firm, killing dozens including people who tried in vain to reach the roof, but the motive for the suspected arson remained unclear.

Netflix loses 130,000 US subscribers in the 2nd quarter of 2019

Los Gatos - Netflix lost customers in the US in the second quarter of 2019, and did not add as many subscribers globally as the company had projected. This is the first time it has lost subscribers in the US since 2011 when the streaming platform became separate.

China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth

Bejing - China's Tiangong-2 space lab successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere Friday under controlled conditions, completing the latest round of experiments in Beijing's ambitious space programme.

Janet Jackson in Saudi concert boycotted by Nicki Minaj

Jeddah - Janet Jackson, 50 Cent and Chris Brown were among artists who performed Thursday at a concert in Saudi Arabia that rapper Nicki Minaj pulled out of citing human rights concerns.

Taliban kill 25 Afghan elite commandos in clash

Abdul Malakazi, governor of the Badghis province in Afghanistan claims that 25 members of the country's elite commando units have been killed in clashes with the Taliban.

New EU chief must piece together diverse top team

Apo - After negotiating her own confirmation as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen must now put together a 27-nation team to help her run the bloc.

Kosovo PM resigns after being called to war crimes court

Pristina - Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, a wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), said Friday he has resigned after being called as a suspect before a war crimes court in The Hague.

Indian bartender jailed for decade over killing of British girl in Goa

Panaji - An Indian court on Friday sent a bartender to jail for 10 years over the sexual assault and killing of British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling on a Goa beach in 2008.

Merkel says Trump tweets 'go against what makes America great'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen, saying the US leader's attacks "go against what makes America great".

Algerian football fans touch off national identity debate in France

Paris - Thousands of extra French police are set to be on duty later Friday in Paris and other major cities following clashes involving Algerian football fans that have touched off a debate about national identity.
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