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US 'confident' master Qaeda bombmaker killed: official

US 'confident' master Qaeda bombmaker killed: official

 A master Al-Qaeda bomb maker who hid out for years in Yemen while developing hard-to-detect explosives is believed to have been killed last year, a US official told AFP on Tuesday. Ibrahim al-Asiri is thought to have been involved in numerous plots including one on Christmas Day 2009,...

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Morocco restoring military service

Morocco restoring military service

Morocco's government is moving to restore military service, with men and women between the ages of 19 and 25 expected to serve a year in the army, navy or air force. King Mohammed VI's ministerial council on Monday approved the draft law that is expected to comfortably win lawmakers' backing...

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Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle quits new Bond movie

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle quits new Bond movie

Oscar-winning British film director Danny Boyle has exited the 25th James Bond movie over "creative differences," the official 007 website announced on Tuesday. "Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided...

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Actress Asia Argento denies sexual relationship with underage teen

Actress Asia Argento denies sexual relationship with underage teen

Italian actress and sexual abuse campaigner Asia Argento denied Tuesday having had a sexual relationship five years ago with an underage teen, calling the allegations part of "a long-standing persecution". The New York Times reported on Sunday that Argento, 42, a Harvey Weinstein...

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Premier League threatens legal action over Saudi piracy

Premier League threatens legal action over Saudi piracy

The English Premier League said Tuesday it is taking steps to bring legal action in Saudi Arabia to resolve a piracy issue over the televising of its matches and to protect its authorised broadcaster Qatar-based beIN Media Group. The EPL said it had seen "compelling evidence" that all...

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Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing

Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing

The brother of a teenager who became a symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after slapping two soldiers has been sentenced to jail for throwing stones at a police officer, the army said Tuesday. Waed Tamimi, the brother of Ahed Tamimi, confessed to his role in a March 2017...

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UK apologizes to deported, detained residents from Caribbean

UK apologizes to deported, detained residents from Caribbean

The British government apologized Tuesday to 18 long-term U.K. residents from the Caribbean who were deported or detained because they could not produce documents to prove their right to live in the country. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said their treatment was "completely unacceptable," and...

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Officials believe body of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts found

Officials believe body of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts found

Investigators have recovered a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared from her small hometown in central Iowa a month ago, a spokesman for a reward fund said Tuesday. Greg Willey of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said he learned of the...

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Indonesian woman jailed for complaining about mosque noise

Indonesian woman jailed for complaining about mosque noise

A woman in Muslim-majority Indonesia was sentenced to 18 months in jail Tuesday for complaining about the volume of a mosque's call to prayer -- the latest conviction under a controversial blasphemy law. Meiliana, 44, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist, was found guilty of insulting Islam for...

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Singapore's Schooling set to graduate, return to goldfish bowl

Singapore's Schooling set to graduate, return to goldfish bowl

Singapore's Olympic swimming champ Joseph Schooling is getting ready for what could just be the biggest challenge of his life: going home. The 23-year-old left his southeast Asian homeland in 2009 for the United States to pursue his goal of becoming an Olympic gold medallist. He...

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Hamas leader: 'On our way' to ending Israel blockade

Hamas leader: 'On our way' to ending Israel blockade

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said Tuesday that an end to Israel's more than decade-long blockade of Gaza was "around the corner", as talk of a possible truce deal intensifies. Indirect negotiations between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel brokered by Egyptian and UN officials have...

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India ignored warnings of Kerala flood disaster: experts

India ignored warnings of Kerala flood disaster: experts

Top Indian environment experts who predicted devastating floods would hit Kerala state said Tuesday their warnings went unheeded by politicians eager to fast-track money-making projects. The southern state has been battered by the worst floods in almost a century that have killed more...

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Iran urges EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran urges EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran urged Europe Monday to speed up efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in May, saying French oil group Total has formally pulled out a major gas project. Efforts by the remaining signatories – EU members Britain,...

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Bolt takes first tentative steps on Man Utd dream

Bolt takes first tentative steps on Man Utd dream

Usain Bolt has taken the first tentative steps towards his Manchester United dream after the sprint king joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners for his first training session Tuesday. Wearing gloves and tracksuit bottoms despite a mild winter's day, the Jamaican did some light...

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year

Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah make up the three-man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award for the 2017-18 season, the European football’s governing body announced Monday. Ronaldo – the winner in each of the last two years – and Modric both starred for Real...

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Rodrigo strikes as Atletico held by Valencia in La Liga opener

Rodrigo strikes as Atletico held by Valencia in La Liga opener

Atletico Madrid failed to get their La Liga title bid off to a winning start, as Rodrigo earned Valencia a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium on Monday. Angel Correa gave Diego Simeone's visitors a 26th-minute lead, but Rodrigo struck in the second half for the home team and last season's...

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ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle dispute

ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle dispute

Venezuela has agreed to pay a $2 billion settlement to US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to stop the seizure of the South American nation's assets, the American firm announced Monday. PDVSA, the state oil company once the crown jewel of Venezuela's now imploding economy, will make initial...

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Departing UN rights chief says successor must be just as loud

Departing UN rights chief says successor must be just as loud

"There is only one way to do this particular job," outgoing UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday, urging his successor not to waver from publicly condemning serious abuses. "We are not in the silence business here," said Zeid, who steps down as the United Nations High...

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US 'confident' master Qaeda bombmaker killed: official      Morocco restoring military service      Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle quits new Bond movie      Facebook flags users who try to 'game' fact-checking effort      Actress Asia Argento denies sexual relationship with underage teen      Ghouta Attack Anniversary: Assad conducted 183 chemical attacks since 2013      Premier League threatens legal action over Saudi piracy      Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing