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US violent crime up in annual FBI report

US violent crime up in annual FBI report

The U.S. saw a moderate bump in violent crime in 2015, but that was far short of recent highs, according to an annual FBI report released Monday. That marks the first uptick in violent crime in three years. The bureau said violent crime rose 3.9 percent year on year, but that figure is...

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Policeman, Al-Qaeda chief killed in south Yemen clashes

Policeman, Al-Qaeda chief killed in south Yemen clashes

A policeman and an Al-Qaeda leader were both killed in clashes in Yemen’s southern Abyan province, according to a statement issued Monday by police in Aden, which currently serves as the country’s provisional capital. "Security forces raided the village of Lodar [in Abyan] where they...

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8 soldiers, 25 Boko Haram fighters killed in northeastern Nigeria

8 soldiers, 25 Boko Haram fighters killed in northeastern Nigeria

Eight soldiers and 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed in two separate encounters in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state on Sunday as government troops intensified operations to clear the insurgency from the region, according to the military. In the first incident, army spokesman Sani Usman...

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Democratic Republic of the Congo clashes kill 28

Democratic Republic of the Congo clashes kill 28

At least 28 people were killed and over 30 injured in clashes between Congolese security forces and an unidentified militia group, officials said late Sunday. Eight members of the security forces, 14 militiamen and six civilians were killed in Saturday’s fighting, Congolese Interior...

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HSBC top lawyer calls for new global anti-financial crime measures

HSBC top lawyer calls for new global anti-financial crime measures

Governments worldwide should pass new laws to facilitate the sharing of information between themselves and the private sector in order to better combat financial crime, HSBC's top lawyer told a banking conference in Geneva on Monday. "Put simply, the way we do financial crime compliance is...

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China to build outposts for Tajik guards on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border

China to build outposts for Tajik guards on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border

China plans to finance and build several outposts and other facilities to beef up Tajikistan's defense capabilities along its border with Afghanistan, the Tajik government said on Monday. The Central Asian nation's 1,345-km border with its southern neighbor is leaky and Dushanbe routinely...

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Azerbaijan votes on constitutional change

Azerbaijan votes on constitutional change

Voting in a constitutional referendum in Azerbaijan began on Monday in a move which could increase presidents’ tenures from five to seven years. Among 23 proposed constitutional changes and six new articles are plans to also give the head of state the right to call early elections plus the...

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Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms

Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms

Thailand is studying plans to toughen tax collection rules for internet and technology firms like Alphabet Inc's Google, the head of the Revenue Department told Reuters, as these companies' tax affairs come under greater scrutiny in Southeast Asia. The plans would also cover the mobile...

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5 injured as Taliban hits NATO vehicle

5 injured as Taliban hits NATO vehicle

The Taliban blasted a NATO vehicle injuring five people, the Pentagon confirmed to Anadolu Agency on Sunday. "Four Romanian troops and an Afghan linguist, supporting the Resolute Support mission, suffered injuries when their vehicle hit an‎ improvised explosive device [IED] near Kandahar...

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Russia says reaching oil output freeze deal not critical

Russia says reaching oil output freeze deal not critical

Reaching an agreement to stabilize global oil prices, including a possible deal to freeze output, is "non-critical" for Russia, its Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying on Sunday. "For us, in principle, it's non-critical, but we believe that the...

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Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the campaign said, marking a potential dramatic shift in U.S. policy on the issue. During the meeting...

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U.S. slams Russian 'barbarism' in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible

U.S. slams Russian 'barbarism' in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible

The United States on Sunday called Russia's action in Syria "barbarism" not counter-terrorism while Moscow's U.N. envoy said ending the war "is almost an impossible task now" as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, bombed the city of Aleppo. The United Nations Security Council met on...

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Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemn Aleppo bloodshed

Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemn Aleppo bloodshed

The Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned civilian bloodshed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.  In statement, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit termed the ongoing airstrikes by Syrian regime and Russian warplanes in Aleppo as...

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Warplanes pound Syria's Aleppo, U.N. security council to meet

Warplanes pound Syria's Aleppo, U.N. security council to meet

Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of the city in a Russian-backed offensive that appears to have buried any hope for diplomacy. The United Nations Security Council will meet at 11 a.m. (1500...

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237,000 suffer drinking water shortage in China drought

237,000 suffer drinking water shortage in China drought

Around 237,000 residents in central China are suffering drinking water shortages following a weeks-long “severe” drought that has damaged 123,000 hectares of crops in Hubei province. The state-run China Daily reported Sunday that the scarcity and damage came after Hubei received an...

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Strong earthquake shakes south Philippines

Strong earthquake shakes south Philippines

A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook some southern Philippines provinces early Saturday, but no casualties or damage were reported. The director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told local radio station dzBB no damage was expected since the epicenter of...

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Japan premier visits Cuba in a first

Japan premier visits Cuba in a first

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has joined the parade of world leaders paying court to Cuba following the normalization of relations with the United States earlier this year -- marking the first time a Japanese premier had visited the Caribbean island nation. Abe flew to Havana from New York,...

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Three dead in shooting at mall in Washington state

Three dead in shooting at mall in Washington state

Three people were shot dead and two were wounded during a shooting at a mall on Friday in northwest Washington state where authorities were searching for the gunman, several media outlets reported. Authorities initially said on social media that four people were killed in the shooting, that...

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