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Trump's wall may be different than advertised

Trump's wall may be different than advertised

Three confidants of President Donald Trump are indicating that the president's signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border won't be fulfilled as advertised. Trump sparked fervent chants of "Build that wall!" at rallies before and after his election and more...

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Bangladesh holds polls amid reports of violence

Bangladesh holds polls amid reports of violence

Millions of voters in Bangladesh headed to the polls on Sunday in the country’s 11th parliamentary elections amid allegations of fraud and reports of violence. Today marked the country's first polls with full participation under the ruling party since the restoration of democracy in...

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Mother says boy was not sick on trek to US

Mother says boy was not sick on trek to US

The mother of a boy who died while in U.S. custody says her son was healthy when he left Guatemala with his father on their journey hoping to migrate to the United States. The mother of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Catarina Alonzo, spoke Saturday with Associated Press journalists at...

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Bangladesh votes as iron-lady PM seeks 3rd straight term

Bangladesh votes as iron-lady PM seeks 3rd straight term

Voting was underway Sunday in Bangladesh’s contentious parliamentary elections, seen as a referendum on what critics call Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s increasingly authoritarian rule, amid complaints from both ruling party and opposition activists of attacks on supporters and candidates....

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Nearly 120 irregular migrants held across Turkey

Nearly 120 irregular migrants held across Turkey

A total of 118 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, according to security sources on Saturday. In Turkey's northwestern Edirne province, the security forces held seven irregular migrants after stopping a suspicious vehicle in the Havsa district. In another operation in...

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Trump blames Democrats for migrant children deaths

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children deaths

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed Democrats for the death of two migrant children in U.S. custody who crossed the border from Mexico. "Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people...

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Rights groups decry 'crackdown' before Bangladesh polls

Rights groups decry 'crackdown' before Bangladesh polls

A day ahead of parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, over a dozen international rights groups on Saturday expressed concern over an increasingly “restrictive” environment. Sixteen advocacy group for human rights and democracy decried “the restrictive electoral environment...

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Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari dies at 93

Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari dies at 93

Shehu Shagari, Nigeria's second president, whose civilian tenure was sandwiched between two military rulers in an era rocked by coups, has died. He was 93. Nigeria's current President Muhammadu Buhari, who unseated Shagari 35 years ago, said Saturday he mourns "the departure of a...

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Russia will deal with Ukrainian sailors according to Russian law: Kremlin

Russia will deal with Ukrainian sailors according to Russian law: Kremlin

Moscow will deal with the capture of Ukrainian sailors in the Azov Sea in accordance with Russian law, while acknowledging German Chancellor Angela Merkel's position, the Russian news agency RIA quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying Saturday. Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron...

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US arrests Jewish sect members for kidnapping children

US arrests Jewish sect members for kidnapping children

Four members of an extremist Jewish sect based in Guatemala have been arrested in New York on charges of kidnapping two children, federal prosecutors have said. According to a statement issued Friday by the US Attorney's Office from the Southern District of New York, the four men are...

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Merkel, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine over phone

Merkel, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine over phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, her office said late Friday. The two leaders discussed recent international developments, particularly in Syria and Ukraine, German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said in a statement. Merkel...

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Russia and Britain to start returning diplomats in January: TASS

Russia and Britain to start returning diplomats in January: TASS

Moscow and London have reached an agreement to return some staff to their respective embassies after they expelled dozens of diplomats early this year, TASS news agency reported Friday, citing the Russian envoy to the U.K. The British Foreign Office and the Russian Foreign Ministry were...

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Trump threatens to 'entirely' close US-Mexico border unless wall demands met

Trump threatens to 'entirely' close US-Mexico border unless wall demands met

U.S. President Donald Trump Friday threatened to "entirely" close the southern U.S. border with Mexico if lawmakers refuse his demands to fund a wall. "We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall...

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Merkel, Macron demand Russia release Ukrainian sailors

Merkel, Macron demand Russia release Ukrainian sailors

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron demanded Friday that Russia release Ukrainian sailors it captured along with their ships last month in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Azov Sea. Moscow accused the 24 sailors of illegally crossing...

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13 migrants saved from freezing to death in Turkey

13 migrants saved from freezing to death in Turkey

Security forces saved 13 irregular migrants, including six children, who were about to freeze to death in southern Turkey, health officials said Thursday. Migrants who illegally crossed into Turkey via the Syrian border were dispatched to nearby hospitals in Hatay province, said the...

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Indonesians await aid in tsunami-struck areas

Indonesians await aid in tsunami-struck areas

Indonesians who survived last Saturday’s deadly tsunami which hit the Sunda Strait continue to await relief from the government. Roughly 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, Labuan resident Neng Sumiati, 42, spoke to Anadolu Agency about the moments...

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Belgian orders repatriation of six children of Daesh militants

Belgian orders repatriation of six children of Daesh militants

A Belgian judge has ordered the government to repatriate six children of Daesh (ISIS) militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Kurdish-controlled Syria, the national news agency Belga said Wednesday. Tatiana Wielandt, 26, and Bouchra Abouallal, 25, both Belgian citizens,...

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Toxic smog leaves Kabul’s residents gasping for air

Toxic smog leaves Kabul’s residents gasping for air

From dusk till dawn, the Afghan capital of Kabul resembles an abandoned city these days, shrouded in the thick black smoke of mostly coal-fired heaters amid the harsh winter. Air pollution during the winter in this fast-developing metropolis has made breathing difficult for locals,...

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