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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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Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30

DAMASCUS:A suicide bomber detonated his explosives’ vest inside the main judicial building in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding many others, state media said, reports UNB. The official news agency, SANA, said another suicide explosion struck a restaurant in Rabweh district of Damascus, leading to an identified number of […]

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Russian-backed Syria talks derailed as rebels boycott

Russian-led peace talks on Syria were derailed on Tuesday as rebels backed by Turkey boycotted a third round of meetings in Kazakhstan and the Kremlin indicated there were international divisions over the process, Reuters. Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s most powerful ally, said the rebels’ reasons for staying away were unconvincing and their decision came […]

Malaysia arrests five Filipinos in connection with IS-linked terror activities

KUALA LUMPUR,  – The Malaysian police said on Monday they have arrested seven suspects, including five Filipinos and one Malaysian immigration officer, in connection with the Islamic State (IS), reports BSS. The first Filipino suspect, who has permanent residence in Malaysia, was found to have provided funds for Malaysian fugitives “Dr. Mahmud Ahmad” and Mohamad […]

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More than 320,000 dead in six years of Syria war: monitor

BEIRUT,  – Syria’s war has killed just over 320,000 people since it erupted six years ago, a monitor said Monday, noting that a fragile ceasefire had helped to slow the rising death toll, reports BSS. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had recorded the deaths of 321,358 people since the conflict broke […]

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Syria rebels will not attend Astana peace talks: spokesman

BEIRUT,  – Syrian rebel factions will not attend a new round of negotiations with government figures in the Kazakh capital, an opposition delegation spokesman told AFP on Monday, reports BSS. “Rebel groups have decided not to participate in Astana,” said Osama Abu Zeid, saying one reason for the boycott was “unfulfilled pledges related to the […]


S. Korea impeached ex-president leaves Blue House

SEOUL,  – South Korea’s impeached ex-president Park Geun-Hye left the presidential Blue House Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court’s verdict removing her from office over a massive corruption scandal, reports BSS. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said Park departed from the presidential office at around 1000 GMT to return to her private residence in […]

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Cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO,  – Cyclone Enawo killed at least 50 people and affected 176,000 people after it hit Madagascar earlier this week, the national disaster management agency said Saturday, with thousands forced into emergency shelters, reports BSS. The toll issued by the head of the BNGRC agency Thierry Venty was significantly higher than the earlier estimate of […]

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Guatemala shelter fire death toll climbs to 39

GUATEMALA CITY,  – The death toll in a horrific fire at a government-run shelter for Guatemalan teens has climbed to 39, officials said on Saturday, reports BSS. Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the residence of President Jimmy Morales, alleging that government negligence at the overcrowded facility where staffers were accused of sexual and other abuse […]

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Maoist rebels kill 11 police in central India

RAIPUR, India,  – Suspected Maoist rebels killed 11 paramilitary commandos Saturday in a remote part of central India after ambushing their convoy, police said, the latest attack in the country’s simmering internal conflict, reports BSS. The troops were on their way to provide protection to workers for a road construction project when the gunmen attacked, […]

Free trips to New Zealand offered to 100 tech workers

NEW ZEALAND: It sounds almost too good to be true: A free trip to New Zealand to interview for a job in the tech sector, reports UNB. But that’s what local authorities and businesses in the capital, Wellington, are offering to 100 talented workers from around the globe as they seek to boost the city’s […]

After lengthy mission, UN peacekeeper pullout looms in Haiti

CITE SOLEIL : A few dozen Brazilian troops wearing the blue helmets of the U.N. military force stroll through a dense warren of shacks in Haiti’s most notorious slum, facing no greater threat than a few barking dogs along some of the same streets where pitched gunbattles between gangs and peacekeepers used to be a […]

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China looks ahead to fall party congress, leadership changes

BEIJING : As if any reminder were needed, delegates to China’s ceremonial parliament were repeatedly told in no uncertain terms this week what job No. 1 is: “Follow the leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core.” The exhortation carries added weight as China moves toward its most important political […]

China grants preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks

SHANGHAI: China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to develop a host of branded businesses from hotels to insurance to bodyguard and escort services, public documents show, reports UNB. Trump’s lawyers in China applied for the marks in April 2016, as Trump […]

Germany warns Turkey over Nazi jibes amid referendum row

Comparisons with Nazi Germany are “lines that should not be crossed”, the German foreign minister has warned his Turkish counterpart as they met to try to defuse a bitter row, reports BBC. But Sigmar Gabriel also emphasised his wish to return to “friendly relations”. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of “Nazi practices” because […]

French envoy to Japan says he would not serve under Le Pen

France’s ambassador to Japan has pledged not to serve under far-right leader Marine Le Pen if she becomes president, saying her policies are at odds with French principles, reports Reuters. Thierry Dana, writing in Le Monde newspaper, became the first high-ranking French diplomat to state publicly that he would step down rather than work for […]

EU leaders embrace multi-speed Europe amid tensions

France, Germany, Italy and Spain have backed the idea of a multi-speed EU, as the 28-nation bloc prepares to mark 60 years since its founding treaty, reports BBC. “Unity does not mean uniformity,” French President Francois Hollande said as he hosted the other leaders in the ornate Versailles Palace near Paris. The EU Commission accepts […]

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Mosul battle: Troops retake main government office

Iraqi forces say they have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues to oust the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, reports BBC. The advance could pave the way for an attack on the heavily-populated old city, where the militants are still entrenched. Thousands of civilians are streaming out of the city […]

Trump uncertainty slowing U.S. travel bookings: report

Demand for travel to the United States over the coming months has flattened out following a positive start to the year, with uncertainty over a possible new travel order likely deterring visitors, travel analysis company ForwardKeys said on Monday, reports Reuters. ForwardKeys, which analyses 16 million flight reservations a day from major global reservation systems, […]

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Juppe will not replace scandal-hit Fillon

Alain Juppe, the leading candidate to replace under-fire French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, says he will not run, despite pressure to do so, reports BBC. Mr Fillon has denied allegations that members of his family were paid taxpayers’ money for fictitious jobs. He has lost support within the centre-right party and in opinion polls ahead […]

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North Korea fires missiles, three reach Japan waters

SEOUL, – Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on Monday in another challenge to President Donald Trump, with three landing provocatively close to America’s ally Japan, reports BSS. Seoul and Washington began annual joint military exercises last week that always infuriate Pyongyang, with the North’s military warning of “merciless nuclear counter-action”. Under leader Kim […]