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Women lead unprecedented worldwide mass protests against Trump

Women lead unprecedented worldwide mass protests against Trump

Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new U.S. leader the day after his inauguration, reports Reuters. Women activists, outraged by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores […]

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Pope Francis warns against rise in populism

Pope Francis has warned against a rise in populism and the dangers of allowing political crises to usher in dictators like Hitler, reports BBC. He made the comments as Donald Trump was being sworn-in as US president in a wide-ranging interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. The Pope condemned the use of walls and barbed-wire […]

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Mexico seeks stronger US ties despite Trump campaign barbs

Donald Trump, whose threats and barbs against the country raised fears of a major economic crisis, and battered its currency, reports Reuters. President Enrique Pena Nieto, pilloried at home for meeting Trump in August after the New York businessman called Mexican migrants rapists and murderers, said on Twitter he would defend the interests of Mexico […]

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Yahya Jammeh says he will step down in the Gambia

The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections, reports BBC. In an announcement on state TV, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”. The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave […]

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Turkish parliament backs bill boosting Erdogan powers in final vote

ANKARA, – Turkey’s parliament early Saturday backed a controversial bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports BSS. The parliament in a late-night session approved the seven final sections of the 18-article constitution and in a final vote the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received 339 “yes” votes for […]

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James Mattis sworn in as Trump’s defense secretary

WASHINGTON,  – Retired Marine general James Mattis was sworn in Friday as US defense secretary, praising intelligence agencies and calling for stronger ties with allies in a break from positions taken by President Donald Trump, reports BSS. Mattis was confirmed by a 98-1 vote earlier Friday in the first action taken by US senators after […]

Pakistan market bomb kills 13, wounds 47: officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan,  – At least 13 people were killed and 47 wounded when a bomb exploded in a market on Saturday in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, officials said, reports BSS. The blast happened in a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan […]

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Iraq forces battle last IS pockets in east Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq,  – Iraqi forces on Thursday battled jihadist holdouts in the last pockets of east Mosul still held by fighters from the Islamic State group, a top commander said, reports BSS. The head of Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, which has been doing most of the fighting in Mosul, as well as Prime Minister Haider […]

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Italy quake: up to 30 feared dead in avalanche-hit hotel

ROME,  – Up to 30 people were feared to have died Thursday after an Italian mountain hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country, reports BSS. Italy’s Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a two-metre (six-feet) high wall of snow and that emergency services […]

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Boris Johnson warns against ‘punishment beatings’

Boris Johnson has warned EU leaders not to give the UK “punishment beatings” for Brexit “in the manner of some World War Two movie”, reports BBC. The foreign secretary said penalising “escape” was “not in the interests of our friends and our partners”. PM Theresa May set out her Brexit strategy, including leaving the EU […]

Gambia’s president declares state of emergency

BANJUL, Gambia, – Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just days before he was due to step down, with British and Dutch travel agencies scrambling to evacuate thousands of tourists Wednesday, reports BSS. Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for 22 years, initially acknowledged opponent Adama Barrow as the […]

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Trump shakes postwar order, in blow to Europe

BRUSSELS,  – Europe must pull together or risk being sidelined as Donald Trump signals the end of a postwar transatlantic partnership credited with keeping the peace for the past 70 years, analysts and officials say, reports BSS. Fears about the US president-elect’s isolationist stance became a reality this week when Trump challenged basic assumptions about […]

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Britain will leave EU single market, May says

Britain will leave the EU’s single market when it exits the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, putting an end to speculation that London might try to seek a “soft Brexit”, reports BBC. In a long-awaited speech in which she sought to define the country’s future as a global player that aims […]

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Trump meets King’s eldest son on civil rights holiday

NEW YORK: President-elect Donald Trump on Monday praised Martin Luther King Jr as a “great man” and met with his eldest son on the US holiday honoring the slain civil rights icon, amid a brewing spat with one of King’s close collaborators, John Lewis, reports BSS. The meeting-just days before Trump takes office swearing-appeared to […]

Istanbul attack suspect confesses

ISTANBUL,- A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of mowing down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve confessed on Tuesday to the massacre, Turkish authorities said, reports BSS. In a dramatic assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Turkish police raided an Istanbul apartment and detained Abdulgadir Masharipov after a massive weeks-long […]

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South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery

South Korea’s special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country’s largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye, reports Reuters. Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect […]

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Trump worries Nato with ‘obsolete’ comment

A statement by US President-elect Donald Trump that Nato is “obsolete” has caused “worry” in the alliance, Germany’s foreign minister has said, reports BBC. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it was a contradiction of comments made days ago by Mr Trump’s incoming defence chief. In an interview in New York, Mr Trump also said Germany’s Angela Merkel […]

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26 killed in latest Brazil jail bloodbath

NATAL, Brazil, – The latest in a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has killed 26 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said Sunday, reports BSS. The bloodbath erupted Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. Similar violence at other […]

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At least 32 dead as cargo plane crash destroys Kyrgyzstan houses

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan,  – A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport Monday, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said, reports BSS. The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the cargo plane crashed at around 7.30 am local […]

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Israel-Palestinian conflict : France holds world summit

A major international conference to try to kick-start peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians is under way in the French capital, Paris, reports BBC. Delegates from 70 nations are expected to reaffirm support for a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict. Palestinians have welcomed the meeting but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who […]

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US envoy warns against cutting funding to UN

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Samantha Power on Friday warned that cutting US funding to the United Nations would be “extremely detrimental” to American interests, one week before Donald Trump’s administration takes office, reports BSS. Addressing her final news conference, Power told reporters that “countries like Russia and China” would benefit from Washington’s reduced standing at […]

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Trump ‘willing to work with Russia and China’

US President-elect Donald Trump says he is willing to work with Russia and China, providing they cooperate, reports BBC. Mr Trump told the Wall Street Journal that newly-imposed sanctions on Russia would remain “at least for a period of time” but could then be lifted. He also said the One China policy, in which the […]

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