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Marines hurt in fire

LOS AN­GE­LES: Fif­teen US Marines were in­jured yes­ter­day, five crit­i­cally, when their am­phibi­ous as­sault ve­hi­cle caught fire dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise, a mil­i­tary spokesman said. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Camp Pendle­ton, Cal­i­for­nia while a Marine bat­tal­ion was un­der­go­ing a com­bat readi­ness eval­u­a­tion, Marine spokesman Paul Gainey con­firmed.

Kasper­sky ban

NEW YORK: Wor­ries rip­pled through the con­sumer mar­ket for an­tivirus soft­ware af­ter the US Govern­ment banned fed­eral agen­cies from us­ing Kasper­sky Labs soft­ware yes­ter­day. The US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity cited con­cerns about pos­si­ble ties be­tween un­named Kasper­sky of­fi­cials and the Krem­lin and also Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

Colom­bia cops it

BOGOTA: US President Don­ald Trump is threat­en­ing that he may de­cer­tify Colom­bia as a part­ner in the drug war.The shock re­buke for Wash­ing­ton’s staunch­est ally in Latin Amer­ica came be­cause of what Mr Trump called the “ex­tra­or­di­nary” growth of coca cul­ti­va­tion and co­caine pro­duc­tion to record lev­els over the past year.

May­ors face probe

MADRID: Spain’s pub­lic prose­cu­tor has or­dered a crim­i­nal probe of more than 700 Cata­lan may­ors co­op­er­at­ing with an Oc­to­ber 1 in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum deemed il­le­gal by Madrid. Cata­lan mu­nic­i­pal as­so­ci­a­tions called on all the re­gion’s may­ors to protest in Barcelona this week­end.

Bo­celli joins robot

PISA: Tenor An­drea Bo­celli has brought down the house at Pisa’s Teatro Verdi by per­form­ing with an un­usual con­duc­tor: a robot. The white, two-armed YuMi robot, de­signed by the Swiss com­pany ABB for fac­tory assem­bly lines, led Bo­celli and the Lucca Phil­har­monic Orches­tra in Verdi’s La Donna e Mo­bile at Pisa’s in­au­gu­ral In­ter­na­tional Ro­bot­ics Fes­ti­val.

Ex­er­cises spark fear

MOSCOW: Rus­sia was last night due to launch ma­jor joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with Be­larus along the Euro­pean Union’s eastern flank – a show of strength that has rat­tled ner­vous NATO mem­bers. Moscow says the “purely de­fen­sive” drills in­volve 12,700 troops but NATO claims Rus­sia is mas­sively un­der­re­port­ing the scale of the ex­er­cises, which some of the al­liance’s eastern mem­bers in­sist could see more than 100,000 take part.

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