Friday , 6 May 2016

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US, Russia reach deal on ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo

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An agreement has been reached with Russia to extend a ceasefire in Syria to Aleppo province, including the besieged city of Aleppo, the US State Department said. The expansion went into effect on Wednesday just after midnight in Damascus (02:00 GMT), the State Department said, noting an “overall decrease in violence” since then …

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Egypt Journalists’ Union Cordoned Off In Crackdown

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Egyptian riot police have cordoned off the headquarters of the journalists’ union and limited access to the building in an escalating standoff following a raid on the premises and the arrest of two journalists. Hundreds of journalists rallied on the steps outside the union headquarters on Wednesday, chanting “Journalism is not …

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State Of Emergency As Fire Engulfs Canadian City

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A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian city of Fort McMurray as a massive blaze prompted the biggest evacuation in the history of Alberta state.  Officials warned on Wednesday that the fire had the potential to destroy much of the town with a few neighborhoods already destroyed. …

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North Korea charged U.S. prisoner $300,000 in hospital fees

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An American who was freed from captivity in North Korea in 2014 said Pyongyang billed him $300,000 in hospitalization fees after his release. Kenneth Bae, the South Korea-born U.S. citizen who had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea on charges of carrying out missionary activities, said …

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DR Congo cracks down on ‘foreign mercenaries’

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s government has announced a crackdown on the alleged use of foreign mercenaries by the country’s main opposition leader Moise Katumbi. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told a news conference on Wednesday that there was “documented proof” that former US soldiers and South Africans were among …

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Brazil bans WhatsApp, 100 million users affected

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A Brazilian judge has ordered mobile-phone carriers to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout the country, the second such move against the messaging application in five months. Monday’s decision affects WhatsApp’s 100 million-plus users in the country. The reason for the order is not known due to legal secrecy …

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Muslim men held on blasphemy charge in Pakistan

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Five people have appeared in a Pakistani court accused of blasphemy after a Sikh man complained they had desecrated his turban during a scuffle over a delayed bus. The men, all Muslims, appeared for the first hearing on Tuesday in Chichawatni in northern Punjab province, police said. Mahindar Pal Singh, 29, said …

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Israeli given life sentence for Palestinian’s murder

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An Israeli court has handed down a life sentence to the ringleader of a Jewish gang who kidnapped, attacked and burned alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014. Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, was handed a life sentence for killing 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir and was  given a separate 20-year sentence for other …

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Syria’s civil war: Aleppo bleeds amid truce efforts

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At least three people have been killed in a rebel rocket attack on a hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The attack was part of a shelling that left at least 19 people dead in government-controlled areas of the city on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), …

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Donald Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee

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Donald Trump has gone from long-shot contender to the Republican party’s presumptive nominee for president with a crushing win in Indiana that forced his main rival Ted Cruz out of the race. Addressing jubilant supporters at Trump Tower in New York after romping to his seventh straight state-wide victory, the real …

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Refugee sets herself on fire at Australia’s Nauru camp

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A refugee has set herself on fire at an Australian-run detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act in protest against his treatment. Australian officials said a Somali woman was in a critical condition after she set herself alight on …

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Construction firm Saudi Binladin Lays off 77,000 Foreign workers

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Saudi Binladin Group, a Saudi-owned construction company, has laid off about 77,000 foreign workers and plans to cut thousands of jobs held by Saudi nationals, according to a local newspaper report. Binladin has issued 77,000 final exit visas to foreign workers so that they can leave Saudi Arabia, and is expected to …

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Hama prison in Syria besieged as inmates riot

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Government forces have encircled a prison in the central Syrian city of Hama as prisoners reportedly took captive the warden and several guards during heavy clashes.  The prison uprising broke out in response to the government’s plans to forcibly transfer several detainees to Sednaya, an infamous prison near Damascus, sources …

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Nairobi building collapse: Child rescued after four days

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A one-and-a-half-year-old child has been rescued from the debris of a building that collapsed four days ago in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The six-storey residence came down in heavy rain on Friday, killing at least 22 people. Dozens of others are still thought to be buried under the rubble, but hopes of …

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Refugees revive fading Italian villages

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As the continuous influx of refugees is seen as a cause for concern for many European nations, which are employing strict border controls to stop the unprecedented flow of people, one community in the southern Italian region of Calabria has taken a different perspective of the matter.  The village of …

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Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

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Members of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) have backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the constitution. Delegates at the party’s conference on Sunday also supported a call to ban minarets on mosques and the burqa. Set up three years ago, the AfD has been …

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Venezuela raises minimum wage as high inflation bites

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Thousands of workers in Venezuela will receive a pay rise of 30 percent as the country’s socialist government works towards improving its deteriorating economy. Sunday’s introduction of the minimum wage is aimed at calming tensions caused by runaway inflation and food shortages. Nicolas Maduro’s government has been rocked by protests in …

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Cocoa farms spring back to life in Sierra Leone

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As Mary Sia Kombo walks through the trees and shrubs of her family’s cocoa farm, images of her father flood her memory. “He used to carry me to the farm with him,” recalls 23-year-old Kombo. “It was a special time spent with my father. I learned a lot.” Though her father …

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CIA mocked for ‘live tweeting’ Bin Laden killing

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US spy agency the CIA has “live tweeted” the military raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan five years ago, drawing derision and satire from many people on Twitter.  Bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seal commandos on May 2, 2011, when they raided his compound in …

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Egypt arrests journalists in raid on press syndicate

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Egyptian police have stormed the press syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists critical of the government, a syndicate official and reporters said in what the union called an unprecedented crackdown. The interior ministry denied officers stormed the press labour union building, a traditional spot in downtown Cairo to stage protests, but …

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