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Turkey warns Europe not to meddle in referendum, ‘mind its own business’, PM Yildirim says

Turkey was warning Europe not to interfere in a referendum next month on changing the constitution and expanding President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, adding Europe should “mind its own business”, reports Reuters. The issue of the referendum has already badly strained relations between Turkey and several European countries, including […]

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China army drills on Myanmar border amid tensions

China’s military carried out drills along the border with Myanmar on Tuesday, in a show of force to highlight its resolve to protect its people, state news agency Xinhua said, following clashes between Myanmar security forces and ethnic rebels, reports Reuters. Fighting this month in Myanmar pushed thousands of people into China to seek refuge, […]

United Airlines caught up in leggings row

United Airlines has been heavily criticised on social media after two girls were reportedly barred from flying for wearing leggings, reports BBC. The incident happened on a flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday morning, activist Shannon Watts said. United said the girls were travelling on a special pass, for employees and their guests, which […]

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S.Korea prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

SEOUL, – South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant on Monday for ousted president Park Geun-Hye, they said, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down, reports BSS. Park, 65, had her removal from office confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending her executive […]

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33 IS militants killed in fresh airstrikes in Afghanistan

KABUL, — Some 33 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed after Afghan air force warplanes struck their positions in Koot district of eastern Nangarhar province in the past 24 hours, the country’s Interior Ministry said Monday, reports BSS. In addition, three Taliban militants were killed after Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) conducted a […]

Eight students killed in Japan avalanche

TOKYO,  – An avalanche killed eight high school students on a mountain-climbing trip in Japan Monday, with more than 30 people reportedly injured, reports BSS. More than 100 troops have been deployed in a major rescue effort after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture, with television footage showing rescuers climbing mountains as ambulances […]

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Opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

MOSCOW,  – Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption, reports BSS. Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through […]

Islamic State group claims London attack: IS-linked agency

BEIRUT,  – The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in London that killed three people, the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist organisation said on Thursday, reports BSS. The claim marks the first time the group has taken responsibility for an attack in Britain. “The perpetrator of yesterday’s attack in front […]

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British parliament reopens after deadly attack

LONDON,  – Britain’s parliament reopened Thursday with a minute’s silence in memory of three people killed in a suspected “Islamist-related” attack on the symbol of the country’s democracy, reports BSS. With MPs projecting an air of “business as usual,” armed police arrested eight people in raids linked to Wednesday’s deadly assault carried out in the […]

Trump will attend NATO summit in May: White House

WASHINGTON,  – The White House confirmed on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will take part in a summit of NATO leaders in Brussels on May 25, the first since his election victory last year, reports BSS. “The President looks forward to meeting with his NATO counterparts to reaffirm our strong commitment to NATO, and to […]

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Palestinian killed by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza: official

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories,  – A Palestinian was killed and two others injured before dawn on Wednesday by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza, according to a Palestinian official, reports BSS. According to the Israeli army, the three men were in the border area between the Palestinian enclave and Israeli territory, where multiple exchanges of fire […]

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North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul

SEOUL, – A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South’s defence ministry said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on US bases in Japan, reports BSS. The North fired one missile from an air base in the eastern port of Wonsan Wednesday […]

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels next month

BRUSSELS: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels in April, but will travel to Russia and Italy the same month, a US official said Tuesday, reports BSS. Tillerson will be replaced by a lower-level official at the NATO meeting on April 5-6, a development that will […]

No electronics on some US-bound jets from Mideast, Africa

WASHINGTON: The U.S. government is ordering passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from a handful of mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries to pack electronic devices other than cellphones in their checked baggage, reports UNB. Senior Trump administration officials said that starting Tuesday morning airlines flying directly to the United States from 10 airports in […]

U.S. bans large electronics from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats, reports Reuters. The Department of Homeland Security will require passengers coming to the United States from airports […]

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Ousted S Korean President Park Geun-hye faces prosecutors

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is being questioned by prosecutors over a corruption scandal that brought her down, reports BBC. After arriving at the office, she told reporters she was “sorry”. Ms Park resisted efforts to question her when she was president, but lost her immunity when judges upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her. […]

North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine

TOKYO: North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country’s space program, reports UNB. Kim attended the test at the Sohae launch site, according to a report Sunday by the Korean Central News Agency, which said […]

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Tillerson ends China trip with warm words from President Xi

With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues, reports Reuters. China has been irritated at being repeatedly told by Washington to rein […]

Tillerson brings tougher N.Korea line to a wary China

BEIJING,  – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press the tougher new US line on North Korea during talks in China on Saturday with the big powers split over how to rein in nuclear-armed Pyongyang, reports BSS. The Trump administration has used Tillerson’s Asia tour to break with years of strategic patience over North Korea, […]

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Flash floods hit Peru, stranding thousands

LIMA,  – Torrential rains triggered flash floods in the Peruvian capital Lima, stranding thousands of people Friday and forcing rescuers to find ways to evacuate them across roads turned to raging rivers, reports BSS. The inundation came as the National Emergency Operations Center said at least 65 people have been killed in Peru this year […]

Hawaii judge freezes Trump’s revamped travel ban

HONOLULU, – A federal court in Hawaii on Wednesday halted Donald Trump’s revised executive order temporarily closing US borders to refugees and nationals from six Muslim-majority countries,dealing the president a humiliating fresh defeat, reports BSS. US District Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the state of Hawaii, in its legal challenge to the order, had established […]

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Barack Obama to spend a month in French Polynesia

PAPEETE,  – Barack Obama arrived Wednesday in French Polynesia where he will spend a month at a luxury resort frequented by Hollywood stars, according to local TV channel Tahiti Nui TV, reports BSS. The former US president landed on the tourist island Tahiti without his family before going to Marlon Brando’s privately owned retreat Tetiaroa […]

Dutch vote in test of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe

The Dutch tested their own tolerance for immigration and Islam on Wednesday in an election magnified by a furious row with Turkey, the first of three polls in the European Union this year where nationalist parties are seeking breakthroughs, reports Reuters. The center-right VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, 50, is vying with the […]

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