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US states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

A coalition of 16 US states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the US-Mexico border. The lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers...

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Rouhani says main problem in Syria is terrorism

PARIS: The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that defeating terrorism was Syria’s main problem and not who is running the country. On the first official visit to France by an Iranian president since 1999, Rouhani also said Tehran would keep to commitments it made under a nuclear...

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Italy navy recovers six bodies, rescues 290 from migrant boats

ROME: Italy's navy rescued 290 migrants and recovered six bodies from the water near a half-sunken rubber boat on Thursday, the first sea deaths recorded on the North Africa to Italy route this year, a spokesman said. The navy rescued 109 migrants from a large rubber boat in the morning, and then 107 from a second boat a few hours...

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Two suicide bombers dead after targeting school in north Cameroon

DOUALA: Two suicide bombers died on Thursday when they targeted a school in northern Cameroon, local officials said, the latest attack in the central African country which is struggling to contain violence blamed on Boko Haram militants in neighboring Nigeria. There were no other reported deaths in the double suicide bomb attack, though an unknown number of people were injured,...

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Suspected Maoist rebels kill seven in eastern India

NEW DELHI: Suspected Maoist rebels attacked a police convoy in a remote part of eastern India, killing five officers and two civilians, police said Thursday. The attackers set off a powerful landmine blast before opening fire on the convoy, which was on an anti-Maoist operation in the forests of Jharkhand state on Wednesday. “Seven people died in yesterday's landmine blast,”...

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Minaret and Muslims in Mexican city set to host pope

SAN CRISTóBAL DE LAS CASAS, MEXICO: The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks. Surrounded by the misty mountains of Chiapas state, San Cristobal de las Casas is home to many members of Mexico’s growing Muslim community. Women wearing colorful...

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Iran’s Rouhani rules out apology for Saudi embassy attack

ROME: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday he hoped his country could reconcile with fellow Middle Eastern powerhouse Saudi Arabia, but refused to apologise for an attack on a Saudi embassy. “We did everything we had to, we condemned” the attack, Rouhani said of the torching of the embassy earlier this month by demonstrators protesting the execution of a...

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Saudi soldier dies in border shelling from Yemen

RIYADH: A Saudi soldier has been killed in shelling from across the border in Yemen, the interior ministry announced on Wednesday. He died on Tuesday in a strike on a border guards' observation post in the Harth district of Jazan in the kingdom's south, the ministry said. Around 90 civilians and soldiers have been killed in shelling and skirmishes in...

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French justice minister quits over nationality measure

PARIS: French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira quit Wednesday, apparently in protest at government moves to push through a measure that would strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality. Taubira, a popular figure among the governing Socialists of President Francois Hollande but a target of criticism for the right-wing Republicans, tweeted: "Sometimes to resist means...

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UN chief criticises Israel over new settlements

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticised Israel’s new plans for Jewish settlements in the West Bank and renewed his appeal for a construction freeze to advance peace prospects. “Progress towards peace requires a freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise,” Ban told a Security Council meeting on the Middle East. The UN chief spoke after Israel approved plans to...

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Islamic State ‘enjoyed Turkish money for oil’: Israeli minister

ATHENS: Israel’s defence minister said on Tuesday that Islamic State militants had been funded with ‘Turkish money’, an assertion that could hinder attempts to mend fences between the two countries after years of estrangement. “It’s up to Turkey, the Turkish government, the Turkish leadership, to decide whether they want to be part of any kind of cooperation to fight terrorism....

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Mass grave of IS victims found in Iraq’s Ramadi: Police

BAGHDAD: Security forces found a mass grave in the Iraqi city of Ramadi containing the remains of at least 18 people killed by the Islamic State group, police said on Tuesday. Ramadi was recaptured at the end of last month from IS, which overran large parts of Iraq in 2014 and has repeatedly carried out mass killings and other atrocities...

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Indian Air Force jet accidentally drops five bombs in Rajasthan: Report

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said on Tuesday that one of its fighter jets had shot down an unidentified balloon-shaped object over Rajasthan's Barmer district. The statement came after reports said that a fighter jet had accidentally dropped five bombs over Gugdi in the Barmer district. An Indian news agency reported that explosions were heard over a 10-kilometre radius....

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Boat capsizes off Malaysia, 13 Indonesian migrants drowned

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions. District police chief Rahmat Othman said the bodies of four men and nine women were discovered on a beach in southern Johor state by members of the public early Tuesday. He said authorities found an...

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Taliban kill 10 Afghan police in insider attack: Officials

KANDAHAR: A rogue policeman drugged and then shot dead 10 of his colleagues in southern Afghanistan early Tuesday, officials said, the second insider attack on police in just over a week. The Taliban infiltrator then stole their weapons and fled the police outpost in the Chinarto district of volatile Uruzgan province, authorities said. “Our investigation shows that this policeman collaborated...

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Saudi royals gave $681m in Malaysia PM scandal: Attorney general

KUALA LUMPUR: The Saudi royal family was the source of a $681 million "donation" that has engulfed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in scandal, his attorney general said on Tuesday in a statement clearing the premier of graft allegations. Mohamed Apandi Ali said a review of evidence compiled by the country's anti-graft agency showed that the money was a "personal...

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US blizzard to cause billions in losses

LONDON: Massive blizzards that paralysed much of the US East Coast in the past few days are likely to cause “multi-billion” dollar economic losses in one of the worst storms in the region in over a century, reinsurance broker Aon Benfield said on Monday. The monster weather system unofficially dubbed Winter Storm Jonas left at least 20 dead in several...

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