LONDON — British Justice Secretary Michael Gove has been eliminated from the Conservative Party leadership ballot, leaving Home Secretary Theresa May opposing the Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, according to results of the voting Thursday by Conservative members of parliament (MPs).
After the second MPs’ ballot, Theresa May finished with 199 votes, Andrea Leadsom, 84, and Michael Gove, 46. (Britain-Conservative leadership ballot)
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VANCOUVER — The damage caused by wildfires in Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province in early May would total 3.58 billion Canadian dollars (2.75 billion U.S. dollars), the Insurance Bureau of Canada said on Thursday.
It is the costliest natural disaster for insurers in Canadian history so far. (Canada-Wildfires)
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TIKRIT, Iraq — At least 20 people were killed and some 70 others wounded when two suicide bombers on Friday detonated themselves at a Shiite shrine in Iraq’s central province of Salahudin, while other gunmen took many Shiite pilgrims hostages, a provincial security source told Xinhua.
The attack occurred shortly after midnight when a group of gunmen disguised in military uniforms stormed the shrine of Saiyd Mohammed in the town of Balad, some 80 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, while two suicide bombers detonated explosives with themselves at the shrine, the source said on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Blast)
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KHARTOUM — At least nine people were killed and 32 others injured on Thursday in a traffic accident in central Sudan, traffic police official told Xinhua.
The accident took place near al-Hasahaisa town, some 143 km south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, when two passenger buses collided. (Sudan-Traffic accident) Enditem

Source: Xinhua /

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