Turkey-Syria: an intolerable aggression

Turkey-Syria: an intolerable aggression

Turkey attacked the YPG Kurdish militias in Syria. Once again, the Erdogan government shows to be an unpredictable actor, says Kersten Knipp. But even more cynical is the silence of Ankara’s international partners. Turkey denied it: he said that the reports of the Syrian Human Rights Observer, based in London, on the...

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Thousands evacuated in London due to gas leak

Thousands evacuated in London due to gas leak

Some 1,450 people were evacuated today from a nightclub and a hotel in central London following a gas leak in the Strand area, which forced the closure of a metro station, the Fire Brigade (LFB) reported. This morning, firefighters evacuated the nightclub Heaven and a hotel when detecting the gas...

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UK man ‘obsessed’ with Muslims, hit group with van: court

UK man ‘obsessed’ with Muslims, hit group with van: court

LONDON: A British man “obsessed” with Muslims deliberately drove into a group outside a mosque in an act of terrorism intended to kill as many as possible, a court heard Monday. Darren Osborne is accused of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area...

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Deal ends US government shutdown

Deal ends US government shutdown

WASHINGTON: The US Senate voted on Monday to reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers in limbo. In a house of 100, 81 senators voted to approve a spending bill that would allow the federal government to resume its...

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After Kabul attack, Washington urges Pakistan to ‘take action’ against Taliban leaders

After Kabul attack, Washington urges Pakistan to ‘take action’ against Taliban leaders

In the wake of an attack on a landmark hotel in Kabul carried out by the Taliban, the White House on Monday called on Islamabad to take action against the militant group’s leaders. At least 22 people were killed when Taliban militants stormed the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital on...

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‘Taj Mahal is dying’

‘Taj Mahal is dying’

AGRA, India: Tourist Muskan Mahuwakar pictured the Taj Mahal as a dazzling vision of symmetry and beauty but upon reaching the monument, she – like thousands of other visitors – was disappointed to find it covered in scaffolding, its once white marble now yellowing due to pollution. Building restoration at...

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Turkish army crosses the border to attack Kurdish enclave in Syria

Turkish army crosses the border to attack Kurdish enclave in Syria

The Turkish government also confirmed that units of the Syrian militias allied with Ankara, known as the Free Syrian Army (SLA), accompany the Turkish military. The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, announced this Sunday (21.01.2018) that the first Turkish soldiers have entered the Kurdish canton of Afrin, in the...

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10 things that changed with Donald Trump in the United States in his first year as president

10 things that changed with Donald Trump in the United States in his first year as president

A quarter of Donald Trump’s presidential term has passed, enough time to judge his performance so far. There have been promises fulfilled, promises broken and promises ignored. In addition, the president reaches his first anniversary with 39% approval in the polls, the lowest of all US presidents. in its first year....

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Afghanistan: At least 18 civilians die in assault on a luxury hotel in Kabul that lasts for more than 12 hours

Afghanistan: At least 18 civilians die in assault on a luxury hotel in Kabul that lasts for more than 12 hours

At least 18 civilians, including 14 foreigners and 4 Afghans, were killed on Saturday in an attack on the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials indicated that the Taliban, which carried out an attack on the same hotel in 2011, claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the...

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Karachi can Learn from New York: 4 reasons that explain the drastic fall of crime in New York, the city that went from “violent nightmare” to security model

Karachi can Learn from New York: 4 reasons that explain the drastic fall of crime in New York, the city that went from “violent nightmare” to security model

The shootings in Manhattan or the assaults in Central Park are increasingly a thing of the past or fiction: New York is at its best in decades in terms of security. The phenomenon is corroborated by figures: the most populous city in the United States had 290 homicides in 2017...

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Germany begins to recover to normal after storm, with eight dead

Germany begins to recover to normal after storm, with eight dead

Germany began today to return to normal with the restoration of rail traffic after the passage of the storm “Friederike”, which caused the death of at least eight people. The railway company Deutsche Bahn, which yesterday (Thursday 18.01.2018) suspended all long distance trains leaving thousands of passengers stranded at stations,...

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United States: Donald Trump denies that his vision of the wall with Mexico has changed

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, denied that he has changed his vision about the wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico. His remarks came after White House chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview with US broadcaster Fox News that the president’s...

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Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December...

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The United States suspends more than half of the US $ 125 million that it planned to deliver to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees

The United States suspends more than half of the US $ 125 million that it planned to deliver to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees

The United States government announced on Tuesday that it suspends more than half of the US $ 125 million it gives to the specialized agency of the United Nations for the support of Palestinian refugees (UNRWA, for its acronym in English). The US authorities said they will provide US $...

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The technological error that explains how an official activated a ballistic missile alert that sparked panic in Hawaii

The technological error that explains how an official activated a ballistic missile alert that sparked panic in Hawaii

A short but forceful message shook the people of Hawaii this weekend. “Threat of ballistic missile launch for Hawaii, seek refuge immediately, this is not a simulacrum”, said the message that unleashed the chaos. It was a notification that was sent on Saturday morning – at 08:07 (18:07 GMT) –...

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Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

BEIJING – An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said late on Tuesday, as maritime police scour for damage and prepare to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a...

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON  – The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding. In announcing that it would provide $60 million to the U.N....

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Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

BANGKOK  – Thailand’s military court on Wednesday dropped the prosecution of an 85-year-old academic who had been accused of royal insult for questioning the truth of a 17th century elephant-back battle, he and his lawyer said. Under Thailand’s strict lese majeste law against defaming, insulting or threatening the monarchy, Sualak...

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Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER  – Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations. A U.S.-hosted meeting of countries that backed South...

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Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

WASHINGTON  – The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy’s latest effort to address...

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El Salvador eyes work scheme with Qatar for migrants facing exit from U.S.

El Salvador eyes work scheme with Qatar for migrants facing exit from U.S.

SAN SALVADOR  – El Salvador is discussing a deal with Qatar under which Salvadoran migrants facing the loss of their right to stay in the United States could live and work temporarily in the Middle Eastern country, the government of the Central American nation said on Tuesday. Last week, U.S....

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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

HONG KONG – Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for what a judge described as his “leading” role during some of the 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” street demonstrations. Wong and 19 other demonstrators were found guilty of...

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United States: Donald Trump “has no cognitive problems,” according to the White House doctor

United States: Donald Trump “has no cognitive problems,” according to the White House doctor

Days after speculation about Donald Trump’s mental health circulated, the White House doctor came out to deny them. Dr. Ronny Jackson said that the president of the United States does not show abnormal signs, according to the results of a cognitive examination that he practiced, and that he also enjoys...

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‘The Fakeys’: Comedians turn tables on Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards

‘The Fakeys’: Comedians turn tables on Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards

LOS ANGELES – Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting,” late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them “The Stupid People’s Choice Awards.”  Far from silencing these critics, U.S. President...

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Israel, India both face threat from Islam: Netanyahu

Israel, India both face threat from Islam: Netanyahu

NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was discussing with India ways to strengthen security cooperation against the menace of from Islamist extremism that both democracies faced. Netanyahu spoke while on a six-day tour of India, the first by an Israeli premier for 15 years, and is...

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Israel’s Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

Israel’s Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

NEW DELHI: India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years. India and Israel have built close ties over the years, largely centered on...

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Rocket lands inside premises of Indian embassy in Kabul

Rocket lands inside premises of Indian embassy in Kabul

A rocket landed inside the premises of Indian embassy in Kabul but caused no casualties on Monday.The rocket blast caused minor damage to the building, but all the mission staff were safe, reported the Times of India. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the rocket clipped the top of a barracks located...

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US general says ‘not giving up’ on Pakistan ties

US general says ‘not giving up’ on Pakistan ties

BRUSSELS: The top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure to crack down on militants. “Do we agree on everything right now? No we don‘t. But are we committed to...

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Trump denies he’s a racist as Americans honour King

Trump denies he’s a racist as Americans honour King

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has vehemently denied he is a racist, as Americans remembered civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr Monday amid an uproar over a reported presidential slur. The denial late Sunday came three days after Trump was quoted as calling African nations and Haiti “shithole countries,” setting off...

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Toronto police say hijab attack on girl never happened

Toronto police say hijab attack on girl never happened

MONTREAL: An 11-year-old Toronto girl’s claim that she was assaulted by a man who tried to cut off her hijab never happened, Toronto police said Monday. The police statement gave no indication as to what motivated Kwawlah Noman’s claim on Friday, which drew national attention, including from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau....

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theatre, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom. The first permanent theatres could open as early as March, part of a liberalising reform drive that has already opened the door to...

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Qatari sheikh says he’s under ‘detention’ in UAE

Qatari sheikh says he’s under ‘detention’ in UAE

DUBAI: An exiled Qatari royal family member once promoted by Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing dispute with Doha appeared in an online video on Sunday claiming he’s being held against his will in the United Arab Emirates, an allegation denied by an Abu Dhabi official. The video of Sheikh Abdullah...

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Former top judges join criticism of India’s chief justice

Former top judges join criticism of India’s chief justice

NEW DELHI: Four former senior Indian judges on Sunday released a letter in support of a group of Supreme Court judges who on Friday openly criticised the way the top court was functioning. The retired judges including a former Supreme Court judge and a chief justice of the Delhi High...

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Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday a deal to resolve the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children is “probably dead,” blaming it on Democrats. Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days...

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Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

ISTANBUL: After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara’s drive for full membership, analysts say. Ties between Turkey and the EU reached a low point in 2017...

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Trump administration’s attempt at humiliating Pakistan unlikely to work: ex-US envoy Olson

Trump administration’s attempt at humiliating Pakistan unlikely to work: ex-US envoy Olson

The Trump administration’s attempt at “humiliating and penalising” Pakistan for allegedly failing to take decisive action against militant groups hostile to the US is unlikely to work, former American ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has argued, warning that Islamabad has greater leverage over Washington than is usually perceived. “Pakistan, like most countries,...

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Trump likely to extend sanctions relief for Iran

Trump likely to extend sanctions relief for Iran

US President Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran as part of the nuclear deal, citing progress in amending US legislation that governs Washington’s participation in the landmark accord, according to US officials and others familiar with the administration’s deliberations. But Trump is...

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King Salman reaffirms Saudi support for independent Palestinian state

King Salman reaffirms Saudi support for independent Palestinian state

During a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for an independent Palestinian state, Arab Newsreported on Wednesday. In his conversation with the Palestinian head of state, King Salman emphasised Saudi Arabia’s support for the rights of the Palestinian people...

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Magnitude 7.6 quake hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

Magnitude 7.6 quake hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to briefly post advisories warning of the threat of possible tsunami surges around the region. There were no early reports of serious damage...

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Saudi Arabia to ease bourse rules for foreigners

Saudi Arabia to ease bourse rules for foreigners

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will ease requirements for foreign institutional investors in its stock market from Jan 23, the securities regulator said on Tuesday, as the kingdom seeks more foreign capital to help diversify the economy beyond oil exports. Among the reforms, the minimum value of assets under management needed for...

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Thai PM’s ‘cut-out’ stunt bemuses public

Thai PM’s ‘cut-out’ stunt bemuses public

BANGKOK: Thais were left bemused by the latest antics of Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha after he told reporters to direct any serious questions to a cardboard cut-out of himself. Talking to reporters outside Government House on Monday, Prayut turned the media’s attention to the life-size likeness after an aide...

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Egyptian court jails 262 for Cairo sit-in

Egyptian court jails 262 for Cairo sit-in

CAIRO: An Egyptian court jailed 262 people from three years to life on Tuesday for security-related offences during a 2013 sit-in protest against the ousting of former president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said. They were charged with causing the deaths of two policemen during clashes at...

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SAEED INCITED UK MUSLIMS TO MILITANCY, SAYS BBC REPORT

SAEED INCITED UK MUSLIMS TO MILITANCY, SAYS BBC REPORT

HAFIZ Muhammad Saeed, the head of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), toured Britain during the 1990s, stirring up Muslim youths to become jihadis years before 9/11, a BBC investigation has found. Hafiz Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on his head for allegedly masterminding the Nov 2008 attacks in Mumbai,...

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Iran has foiled plot to overthrow system, says Khamenei

Iran has foiled plot to overthrow system, says Khamenei

BEIRUT: Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. Comments on his Twitter feed and in Iranian media underscored the establishment’s confidence that it has extinguished the unrest that spread...

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100 Frenchwomen denounce #MeToo for ‘puritanism’

100 Frenchwomen denounce #MeToo for ‘puritanism’

PARIS: Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women on Tuesday denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to “puritanism” and was fuelled by a “hatred of men”. In the aftermath of accusations against the US movie producer, millions...

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Case against Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers spotlights her activist family

Case against Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers spotlights her activist family

Israel’s hard-charging prosecution of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers has trained a spotlight on her activist family and its role in what Palestinians call “popular resistance”, the near-weekly protests against Israeli occupation staged in several West Bank villages. The case of Ahed Tamimi has come to...

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Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea’s Kim ‘on his toes’: Haley

Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea’s Kim ‘on his toes’: Haley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un’s has kept the North Korean leader “on his toes” and made clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. After Kim asserted...

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In possible boon for White House, Fed ready to lay low as tax plan kicks in

In possible boon for White House, Fed ready to lay low as tax plan kicks in

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers have come to view Donald Trump’s tax overhaul as a short-term economic boost that will neither permanently supercharge the economy, as the president says, or cause an immediate disruption that would require a central bank response, as some analysts have warned. That view...

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Under fire, Bannon backs off explosive comments about Trump’s son

Under fire, Bannon backs off explosive comments about Trump’s son

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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. Bannon, ousted from the White House in...

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IS footprint on the rise in Pakistan, claims report

IS footprint on the rise in Pakistan, claims report

ISLAMABAD: Footprint of the militant Islamic State (IS) group is continuously on the rise in the country, especially in northern Sindh and Balochistan, as over the past one year responsibility for as many as six deadliest attacks, in which 153 people were killed, was claimed by this outfit. This has...

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