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Airport flooding

NEW YORK – Flooding from a water main break forced the temporary suspension of some flights at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travellers after a winter storm cancelled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days.

Mahathir poll bid

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s opposition coalition on Sunday named 92-year old former premier Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate for a general election that must be called by August. With the country’s most popular opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in jail, Mr Mahathir is seen as the biggest threat for Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Gun battle

MEXICO CITY – The aftermath of a gunfight on the outskirts of the Mexican seaside resort of Acapulco that pit residents of a small town against members of a local, self-appointed community police force has left 11 dead, state officials said on Sunday.

Bodies found

TRIPOLI – Libya’s coastguard on Sunday recovered the bodies of two female migrants who perished trying to cross the Mediterranean and picked up at least 250 survivors from two boats east of Tripoli, officials said. One of the boats sank and the other was badly overcrowded, coastguard officials said.

Under fire

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump’s son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon’s influence as a would-be conservative power broker.

Hate speech law

BERLIN – Germany’s opposition parties on Sunday called for the abolition of a new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech, saying it was wrong for private companies to be making decisions about whether posts are unlawful.

Planes collide

TORONTO – Dozens of passengers were evacuated from an aircraft at Toronto’s Pearson Airport late on Friday after a plane undertow struck an arriving jet that was waiting to park, sparking a small fire, the airport authority said. Fire and emergency services responded to the collision between the two planes from Sunwing Airlines and Westjet Airlines.

Violent crossing

BARCELONA – More than 300 people stormed the heavily fortified border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave Melilla in what authorities on Sunday called a mass “violent crossing”.

As many as 209 migrants succeeded in reaching Spain in Saturday’s incident.

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