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Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

Russia imposed sweeping financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and dozens of businesses owned by major Ukrainian businessmen. The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry...

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Fake news network vs bots: the online war around Khashoggi killing

Fake news network vs bots: the online war around Khashoggi killing

On Oct. 20, Arabic-language website alawatanews.com published a report that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been forced out of power. Citing the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), it said King Salman had signed a decree removing the prince “against the backdrop of growing...

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Blasphemy is a crime not only in Pakistan, but Europe too

Blasphemy is a crime not only in Pakistan, but Europe too

Pakistan’s top court on Wednesday overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy. While Ireland recently voted to oust its ‘medieval’ law, many European countries still have laws criminalising blasphemy. Could the tide finally be turning against blasphemy?...

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Turkish prosecutor says Saudi writer strangled, dismembered

Turkish prosecutor says Saudi writer strangled, dismembered

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and his body was dismembered before being disposed of, a top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday. A statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's...

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Yazidi mothers of children with Daesh fathers face tragic choices

Yazidi mothers of children with Daesh fathers face tragic choices

 The 26-year-old Yazidi mother faces a heartbreaking choice. Her family is preparing to emigrate from Iraq to Australia and start a new life after the suffering Daesh (ISIS) wreaked on their small religious minority. She is desperate to go with them, but there is also someone she can’t...

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France launches nationwide probe into baby arm deformations

France launches nationwide probe into baby arm deformations

France has launched a nationwide probe into incidents of babies being born with either missing or malformed arms after abnormal rates of deformations were detected in several regions of the country, a top public health official said Wednesday. Francois Bourdillon, head of the Public...

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Seven killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

Seven killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

A suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest militant attack in the war-torn country. Another five were wounded in the blast near the facility in Kabul, which police spokesman...

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FBI looking into bid to smear Russia probe chief Mueller

FBI looking into bid to smear Russia probe chief Mueller

The FBI is investigating an alleged scheme to pay women to accuse Russia collusion probe chief Robert Mueller of sexual harassment in a bid to discredit him, Mueller's office said Tuesday. The scheme was uncovered after one woman who said she worked for Mueller decades ago told several...

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UN rights chief wants 'international experts' to help probe Khashoggi hit

UN rights chief wants 'international experts' to help probe Khashoggi hit

The UN rights chief called Tuesday for "international experts" to help investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and called on Riyadh to reveal the whereabouts of his body. "For an investigation to be carried out free of any appearance of political...

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Khashoggi’s fiancee calls on Trump to prevent ‘cover-up’

Khashoggi’s fiancee calls on Trump to prevent ‘cover-up’

The Turkish fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called on U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders to ensure that his death in Istanbul is not covered up, while Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor on Tuesday visited the Saudi Consulate where officials from his government killed the...

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Saudi prosecutor at Istanbul consulate where Khashoggi was killed: AFP

Saudi prosecutor at Istanbul consulate where Khashoggi was killed: AFP

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor held a second round of talks with Turkish officials Tuesday and visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed four weeks ago. Khashoggi's killing has escalated into a crisis for the world's top oil exporter, which...

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Release of Taliban unlikely to aid Afghan peace process

Release of Taliban unlikely to aid Afghan peace process

Pakistan released two key Afghan Taliban leaders last week reportedly at Washington’s request in an apparent attempt to revive a stalled peace process. The development follows a meeting earlier this month between U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Pakistani and...

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US plans 5,000 troops to border with Mexico

US plans 5,000 troops to border with Mexico

The U.S. military is planning to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwestern border as a migrant caravan makes its way north, according to multiple reports published Monday. The figure would be larger than the amount of U.S. troops in Syria and would be more than half the number of troops...

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Istanbul Airport, 'world's new hub,' officially opened

Istanbul Airport, 'world's new hub,' officially opened

Istanbul Airport, the “world's new hub,” officially opened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. Speaking at the massive new airport’s inauguration ceremony, President Erdogan said it would be a model to...

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Poison gas and horror warfare: World War I’s weapon of terror

Poison gas and horror warfare: World War I’s weapon of terror

On April 22, 1915, a greenish fog drifted over the battlefield north of Ypres in Belgium, choking to death some 5,000 French soldiers and heralding a new type of terror on the Western Front. World War I saw the first widespread combat use of modern chemical weapons, starting with the 168 tons...

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Japan royal marries commoner at shrine ceremony

Japan royal marries commoner at shrine ceremony

Japan’s Princess Ayako married a commoner in a ritual-filled ceremony Monday at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine. Ayako and groom Kei Moriya were shown on national news walking slowly before guests at the shrine. The wedding took place in one of the pagoda-like buildings in the shrine complex and...

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Turkey pushes Saudi Arabia on Khashoggi body location

Turkey pushes Saudi Arabia on Khashoggi body location

Turkey called on Saudi Arabia to reveal the “whole truth” about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as the whereabouts of the journalist’s body dominated a visit to the country by Riyadh’s top prosecutor Monday. Khashoggi’s death inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate has...

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Thousands of US troops could be sent to Mexico border: source

Thousands of US troops could be sent to Mexico border: source

The total number of U.S. troops heading to the border with Mexico to help stop a caravan of migrants could be in the thousands but there is no firm figure yet, a U.S. official told Reuters Monday, offering a much higher estimate than the 800 to 1,000 initially forecast. The Pentagon...

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