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Kim Jong-nam murder case moves to Malaysian high court

The case of two women charged in Malaysia with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader was transferred to a higher court on Tuesday, as a defence lawyer complained of not getting all of the documents he had requested. … Continue reading

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Foreign fighters killed in battle for Philippine city

The Philippine military chief says three Malaysians, an Indonesian, and possibly Arab fighters have been killed in a southern city that armed groups planned to burn entirely in an audacious plot to project the lethal influence of ISIL. General Eduardo … Continue reading

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Venezuela opposition leaders wounded in protest march

Two Venezuelan opposition leaders were among more than a dozen people wounded by security forces dispersing protests in the capital Caracas against President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro’s adversaries have for two months been blocking highways and setting up barricades in protests … Continue reading

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Car bombing in Baghdad kills 13, wounds 24

A car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad just after midnight Tuesday morning, killing 13 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said. Videos posted to social media showed chaotic scenes on the streets … Continue reading

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Moscow: 11 killed, dozens hurt in powerful storm

Thunderstorms and strong winds buffeted Moscow and its surrounding areas, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, Russian officials said. The city’s health department said about 50 others, including children, were injured on Monday. Yulia Ivanova, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s branch … Continue reading

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Trudeau invites pope to Canada for apology to natives

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Pope Francis to visit Canada to apologise to indigenous peoples for the Catholic Church’s treatment of aboriginal children in schools it ran there. Starting in the late 19th century, about 30 percent of children … Continue reading

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Egypt's Sisi approves controversial NGO law

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has signed into law a contentious new bill to regulate non-governmental organisations, making it harder for charities to operate. The measure restricts NGO activity to developmental and social work and introduces jail terms of up to … Continue reading

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Amnesty condemns activist deportation to Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International has condemned Qatar’s deportation of Saudi human rights activist to Saudi Arabia. Qatari authorities confirmed the deportation of Mohammed Abdullah al-Otaibi, 49, but said it had taken place on Wednesday May 24. The official Qatar News Agency (QNA) … Continue reading

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Chemical weapons a red line in Syria, says Macron

The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a red line for France and “would result in reprisals”, President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday. Meeting Putin for the first time, Macron told a news conference … Continue reading

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Trump 'weakened' West, hurt EU interests: German FM

Germany unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests.     The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday came after Trump concluded his first official … Continue reading

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