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Qatar ‘end’ its funding of terrorism, says Trump
Jun 10

Qatar ‘end’ its funding of terrorism, says Trump

Washington : US President Donald Trump yesterday called out Qatar as a historic supporter of “terrorism,” urging both the Gulf emirate and its regional neighbours to do more to combat extremism. “The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high...

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DiCaprio, Mexico in push to save vaquita porpoise
Jun 08

DiCaprio, Mexico in push to save vaquita porpoise

Mexico City : Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a committment Monday to increase efforts to save the vaquita marina porpoise, burying the hatchet in a Twitter feud over the endangered species. In May, DiCaprio asked his millions of Twitter and Instagram followers to...

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Trump to address NRA on eve of 100 days in office
Apr 28

Trump to address NRA on eve of 100 days in office

Washington : Ninety-nine days after taking office, President Donald Trump on Friday is set to address the National Rifle Association, the hugely powerful US gun lobby that will surely give him a triumphant welcome. The event will be heavy with symbolism. Republican candidates jostling to the doors of the...

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Trump proposes major tax cuts, 15% corporate rate
Apr 27

Trump proposes major tax cuts, 15% corporate rate

Washington : The Trump administration Wednesday unveiled plans to dramatically cut taxes for US businesses and individuals, slashing the corporate rate to 15 percent, but the once-in-a-generation overhaul is headed for a tough fight in Congress. As Donald Trump's presidency nears the symbolic 100-day mark, the...

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Eurozone unemployment falls to more than 7-year low
Apr 03

Eurozone unemployment falls to more than 7-year low

Brussels : The eurozone jobless rate in February fell to its lowest level since May 2009 as a resurgent hiring spree took hold despite uncertainty over Brexit, EU data showed Monday. The Eurostat statistics agency said the jobless rate in the 19-nation eurozone fell to 9.5 percent, with sustained drops in Spain and...

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'Trump's ME visit must begin with Bahrain'
Dec 13

'Trump's ME visit must begin with Bahrain'

Manama : A meeting between US President – elect Donald Trump and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa would send a warning to enemies in the Middle East (ME), according to an American daily. When Trump looks to the broader Middle East for allies he will find no leader more reliable and trustworthy...

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 Bulldogs win first AFL title in 62 years
Oct 01

Bulldogs win first AFL title in 62 years

The Western Bulldogs won their first Australian Football League premiership in 62 years with a committed 22-point victory over the Sydney Swans in Melbourne on Saturday. Playing in their first grand final since 1961, the Bulldogs finished strongly in the final quarter to beat the Swans 13.11 (89) to 10.7 (67) in...

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Gunman on the run after shooting dead three at Washington mall
Sep 24

Gunman on the run after shooting dead three at Washington mall

Los Angeles : A manhunt was underway after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded two others late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington. Police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said there was at least one suspect in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a...

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S.Africa allows university fee hikes as protests loom
Sep 19

S.Africa allows university fee hikes as protests loom

South Africa:  South Africa on Monday gave universities the go-ahead to raise student fees by up to eight percent, as campuses braced for a resurgence of protests that shook the government last year. Student groups in 2015 secured a zero percent fee increase after weeks of demonstrations, and had demanded a...

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Clinton, back on trail, looks to break Trump momentum
Sep 16

Clinton, back on trail, looks to break Trump momentum

Washington : Hillary Clinton returned to the White House campaign trail Thursday seeking to regain the momentum lost to Donald Trump, especially in the country's key battleground states, during her battle with pneumonia. The former secretary of state, 68, signaled she was raring to go, quickly going on the attack...

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British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded
Sep 06

British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded

London : Tens of thousands of British Airways passengers face delays and disruption due to what the airline calls "problems with the computer systems".  Overnight, travellers from destinations worldwide - and in particular North America - have been turning up at check-in to discover long queues. At...

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US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet
Sep 03

US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet

Hangzhou : The United States and China on Saturday formally joined the Paris climate deal, with President Barack Obama hailing the accord as the "moment we finally decided to save our planet". The move by the world's two biggest polluters is a major step forward for the 180-nation accord, which sets ambitious goals...

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Church of England welcomes first openly gay bishop
Sep 03

Church of England welcomes first openly gay bishop

London : A British bishop has become the first in the Church of England -- the mother church of the worldwide Anglican faith -- to announce he is homosexual, in an interview published Saturday. Nicholas Chamberlain, the Bishop of Grantham in central England, told the Guardian newspaper he was in a long-term...

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Pakistan deploys helicopter in search for missing US climbers
Sep 03

Pakistan deploys helicopter in search for missing US climbers

Islamabad : Pakistan stepped up its search for two Americans climbers Saturday, deploying army helicopters to find the pair who went missing six days ago while trying to summit a mountain in the country's far north. Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson began their ascent of the 7,285-metre (23,900-foot) Ogre-II peak off...

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US places import restrictions to protect Syrian artifacts
Aug 18

US places import restrictions to protect Syrian artifacts

Washington : The United States announced emergency import restrictions Wednesday on Syrian artifacts in response to looting of the country's cultural heritage in the midst of a brutal civil war. The Islamic State group has ravaged ancient archeological sites under its control in Syria and Iraq, along with local...

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Trump shakes up senior campaign staff
Aug 18

Trump shakes up senior campaign staff

Washington : Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has again shaken up his senior campaign staff, appointing a conservative website executive and a pollster to head his team amid sinking poll numbers, news reports early Wednesday said. Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the influential Breitbart News site,...

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Man charged with US tourist murder after London knife attack
Aug 07

Man charged with US tourist murder after London knife attack

London : A man has been charged with the murder of a US tourist after a knife attack in central London earlier this week, police in Britain's capital said Friday. Zakaria Bulhan, 19, was charged with the murder of 64-year-old Darlene Horton plus five...

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Mother of UK man who tried to 'kill' Trump bids for his return
Aug 03

Mother of UK man who tried to 'kill' Trump bids for his return

The mother of a British man accused of seizing a gun to "kill" White House hopeful DonaldTrump launched a campaignTuesday to bring her autistic son home from the United States. Michael Sandford, 20, will face trial next month after trying to grab a police officer's gun at a Las Vegas...

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IS-inspired London Tube knifeman jailed for life
Aug 01

IS-inspired London Tube knifeman jailed for life

London:  A paranoid schizophrenic knifeman who tried to behead a commuter in a London Underground station in an Islamic State-inspired attack was sentenced to life behind bars on Monday. rn Somali-born Muhaydin Mire, 30, said during the rampage that he was doing it "for my Syrian brothers", while a bystander...

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Obama pushes environmental record on family
Jun 19

Obama pushes environmental record on family

Yosemite National Park : President Barack Obama and the first family celebrated America's cherished natural heritage Saturday during a weekend tour marking the 100th anniversary of the nation's vaunted national park system. Obama, also using the occasion to tout his environmental record, is the first...

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We will continue to welcome Muslim immigrants: Obama
Jun 08

We will continue to welcome Muslim immigrants: Obama

White House : With the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, US President Barack Obama wished Muslims across the world on the occasion, stating that his country will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees, including those who are Muslim. “In this month of reflection, we cannot forget the millions of...

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Japan rescuers struggle with lack of clues for missing boy
May 31

Japan rescuers struggle with lack of clues for missing boy

Tokyo: The search for a seven-year-old Japanese boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest was proving frustratingly difficult due to a lack of clues, a rescuer said Tuesday. As the search continued for a fourth day on Japan's main northern island of Hokkaido, two hunters joined more than...

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Stephen Hawking urges Britons to stay in EU
May 31

Stephen Hawking urges Britons to stay in EU

London: Physicist Stephen Hawking appealed Tuesday to British voters to back the campaign to stay in the European Union in a referendum next month while criticising US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. "Gone are the days when we could stand on our own against the world," Hawking, one of the world's best known...

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Close encounter between Mars and Earth
May 31

Close encounter between Mars and Earth

Washington: Mars and Earth got unusually cozy Monday night, drawing closer to each other than they have in more than a decade. The two planets passed at 120.7 million kilometers (75 million miles) away from each other, which NASA said will not happen again until July 31, 2018. The average distance between Earth and...

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UNICEF to step up aid to migrant children in Greece
May 31

UNICEF to step up aid to migrant children in Greece

Athens: UN children's agency UNICEF on Tuesday said it would scale up operations in Greece to support 22,000 migrant children, a tenth of them unaccompanied. The decision was announced after singer Nana Mouskouri, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited migrant facilities last week. "UNICEF is adjusting its strategy...

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Nemo the goldfish recovering after rare tumour op
May 31

Nemo the goldfish recovering after rare tumour op

London: A British goldfish named Nemo is recovering well after the beloved pet's owners paid £200 (261 euros, $291) for a rare operation to remove a tumour at a hospital 200 kilometres from their home. Sonya Miles, the veterinary surgeon who operated on him, told AFP on Tuesday that the five-year-old fish first...

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Trump calls US journalist 'a sleaze' at press conference
May 31

Trump calls US journalist 'a sleaze' at press conference

Washington: Donald Trump on Tuesday called an American journalist "a sleaze" during a combative press conference in which he defended his record on supporting veterans, saying he raised $5.6 million for charities on the campaign trail. "You're a sleaze," said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, pointing...

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Canadian who attacked army recruiters charged with terrorism
May 31

Canadian who attacked army recruiters charged with terrorism

Ottawa: A Canadian man who stabbed soldiers at a recruiting center in Toronto in March has been formally charged with terrorism, federal police said Tuesday. Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27, faces attempted murder, assault and weapons charges "for the benefit of a terrorist group," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a...

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EU fears migrants could be used as drug mules
May 31

EU fears migrants could be used as drug mules

Lisbon: Migrants heading to Europe risk becoming drug mules for unscrupulous traffickers, the EU's migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned on Tuesday. "Cocaine trafficking is linked to terrorist groups operating in the Syrian conflict. We all know that. However, the extent of this linkage is not very...

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Safe sex or no sex after visiting Zika-hit areas: WHO
May 31

Safe sex or no sex after visiting Zika-hit areas: WHO

Geneva: People who travel to Zika-hit areas should practice safe sex or have no sex at all for at least eight weeks after their return to avoid sexual transmission of the virus, WHO said Tuesday. That is double the one month of safe sexual practices previously recommended by the World Health Organization, which...

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Rio police hunt gang rape suspects
May 30

Rio police hunt gang rape suspects

Rio de Janeiro: Rio police arrested two men Monday and hunted four others in the alleged gang rape of an unconscious teenage girl that came to light in an online video that shocked Brazil. Globo television showed footage of heavily armed police in black uniforms outside a house in a favela in the west of Rio de...

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Oceans delay warming of Antarctic waters
May 30

Oceans delay warming of Antarctic waters

Paris: Deep, cold ocean currents from the North Atlantic blunt the effect of global warming on Antarctica and slow the rise of sea levels, according to a study published Monday. This icy insulation of the snowy continent -- covered by a sheath of ice up to four kilometres (2.5 miles) thick -- could last for...

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Backlash over shooting of gorilla at US zoo
May 30

Backlash over shooting of gorilla at US zoo

Washington: A public backlash intensified Monday after zookeepers killed a critically endangered gorilla holding a young boy who had fallen into its enclosure in a horrifying incident captured on video. Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla, was shot after the four-year-old crawled through a...

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WHO says Zika response plan only 13 percent funded
May 30

WHO says Zika response plan only 13 percent funded

Geneva: The World Health Organization's Zika response programme is only 13 percent funded, "severely" compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the UN agency said Monday. But the significant funding gaps in the $17.7-million (15.9-million-euro) plan are not having a major...

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NASA inflates spare room in space
May 29

NASA inflates spare room in space

Washington: NASA on Saturday successfully expanded and pressurized an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems. The flexible habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), completed slowly extending 67 inches (170 centimeters)...

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US zoo kills gorilla after boy falls into enclosure
May 29

US zoo kills gorilla after boy falls into enclosure

Washington: Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio shot and killed a gorilla on Saturday after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, officials said. The boy crawled through a barrier into the enclosure and fell into a moat around 4 pm (1600 GMT), zoo director Thane Maynard told reporters. The...

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Austrian neo-Nazi wanted to 'kill all asylum-seekers'
May 29

Austrian neo-Nazi wanted to 'kill all asylum-seekers'

Vienna : Austrian police commandos have arrested a suspected neo-Nazi who allegedly threatened to massacre asylum-seekers, recovering several weapons and ammunition at his home, police said Sunday. The 20-year-old "repeatedly told friends that he wanted to 'shoot dead all asylum-seekers with his shotgun' at a refugee...

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Hollande, Merkel call for European unity at Verdun centenary
May 29

Hollande, Merkel call for European unity at Verdun centenary

Verdun: French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed Sunday for Europe to unite to face its current challenges as they marked the 100th anniversary of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I. The 300 days of fighting in northeast France were one of the bloodiest battles of the...

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Sanders warns Clinton to pick a true progressive running mate
May 29

Sanders warns Clinton to pick a true progressive running mate

Washington: Bernie Sanders cautioned Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in an interview aired Sunday that she will lose the backing of his many supporters unless she picks a hardline progressive as her running mate. "That means having a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the...

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SpaceX makes fourth successful rocket landing
May 28

SpaceX makes fourth successful rocket landing

Miami: SpaceX launched an Asian communications satellite into a distant orbit Friday and for the fourth time managed to recover the rocket that did the work. Under blue skies dotted with clouds, the shiny white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:40 pm (2140 GMT) carrying the Thaicom 8...

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British far-right burn EU flag as referendum looms
May 28

British far-right burn EU flag as referendum looms

Dover: Far-right demonstrators burnt the EU flag on Saturday at a rally in Dover, Britain's closest town to continental Europe. Police officers in high-visibility jackets surrounded the small number of demonstrators as they marched along the seafront of the southeast English port town. One man held up an England...

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Brazil arrests first suspect after shocking gang-rape video
May 28

Brazil arrests first suspect after shocking gang-rape video

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian police on Saturday said they had arrested the first of more than 30 suspects wanted over the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers posted a graphic video online showing the aftermath of their brutal attack. The arrest came as some 70 military police fanned out across a slum west of...

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Lightning strikes German football pitch, 35 injured
May 28

Lightning strikes German football pitch, 35 injured

Frankfurt: Lightning struck a football pitch in western Germany on Saturday, injuring 35 people, three of them seriously, news agency DPA reported. The accident -- which came as 11 people were hurt in a similar freak strike at a birthday party in a Parisian park -- happened at the end of a children's football match...

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London mayor kicks off 'positive' pro-EU campaign
May 26

London mayor kicks off 'positive' pro-EU campaign

London: London's new mayor Mayor Sadiq Khan told AFP on Thursday he was pushing a "positive case" for staying in the EU rather than simply predicting doom if Britain votes out. He said a victory for Remain campaigners in the June 23 referendum would help boost workers' rights, improve air quality and support the...

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Press watchdog denied request for UN status
May 26

Press watchdog denied request for UN status

United Nations: A request by the Committee to Protect Journalists to be recognized as a non-governmental organization at the United Nations was rejected Thursday after 10 countries opposed it, including Russia and China. The vote at the UN NGO committee capped a four-year application by the US-based press watchdog...

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Climate change still a 'race against the clock'
May 26

Climate change still a 'race against the clock'

Bonn: Even after the world sealed a historic climate deal in Paris, the UN's climate chief is worried humanity won't be able break its fossil fuel habit in time to avert catastrophe, she told AFP Thursday. "My concern is whether the transformation is going to happen fast enough to avert the worst impacts," Christiana...

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Email controversy won't affect my White House bid: Clinton
May 26

Email controversy won't affect my White House bid: Clinton

Washington: Hillary Clinton defended her use of a private email server for official correspondence while US Secretary of State, insisting her actions were no different than that of her predecessors. One day after the release of a critical State Department investigation faulting her use of personal email for...

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Donald Trump is now officially Republican nominee
May 26

Donald Trump is now officially Republican nominee

Washington: Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. His triumph completes an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Mr Trump was put over the top in the delegate count by a small number...

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British WWII submarine found with 71 bodies off Sardinian coast
May 26

British WWII submarine found with 71 bodies off Sardinian coast

Rome: The sunken wreck of a British submarine from the Second World War with 71 bodies sealed inside has been found by divers off the coast of Sardinia. The P311 submarine mysteriously disappeared 73 years ago in the Mediterranean and was found at a depth of 100 metres near the island of Tavolara by experienced...

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Pope prays to ‘convert hearts’ of IS jihadists
May 25

Pope prays to ‘convert hearts’ of IS jihadists

Vatican City: Pope Francis on Wednesday asked God to "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction" following a series of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria. During his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square, the pontiff prayed for "eternal rest to the victims" and "consolation to...

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