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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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Turkey planning international investigation into Jamal Khashoggi case

ANKARA: Turkey is planning to launch an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will take further steps in the coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by state-owned media. Khashoggi, a royal insider who became a critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and began writing for the Washington Post...

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Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100

KABUL: A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan on Monday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months. Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of the National Directorate for Security in...

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Total lunar eclipse leaves skywatchers in awe

Thousands of skywatchers across Europe, Africa and the Americas battled sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of an unusual set of circumstances resulting in a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon. The full Moon appears bigger than normal because it is closer to the Earth — about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away — which earns it the...

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Mexico illegal fuel pipeline blast kills 73

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico - At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast. Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred...

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Half a million attend rally against India’s Modi

India’s opposition parties drew half a million supporters to Kolkata’s streets on Saturday for the largest show of force yet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a national election looms. Police in the eastern city said 500,000 people turned out for the massive "Unite India" rally, which saw leaders from across the opposition spectrum rail against Modi and his ruling...

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Trump, Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit

United States President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump's 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office with a North...

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Myanmar army kills 13 rebels in Rakhine clashes

NAYPYITAW: Myanmars army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine state, a military spokesman said on Friday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Fighting between security forces and the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy for Rakhine, has forced some 5,000 civilians to flee their homes since early...

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau renews calls for Saudi blogger’s release

OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed calls for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi after meeting his wife on Friday, calling the issue "a priority" for him and all Canadians. Trudeau said Canadians' view of Saudi Arabia had been defined in part by its treatment of Badawi, who was jailed for 10 years and has received 50 lashes of...

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May calls EU leaders on ‘next steps’ for Brexit

BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk by telephone on Friday to discuss where to go next on Brexit. May had previously been in touch with Brussels only by text message since Tuesday, when the British parliament rejected the divorce deal she signed in November. "Discussed with PM @theresa_may the next steps...

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21 killed in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

BOGOTA: Colombia´ s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after at least 21 people died in a car bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy, and 68 were wounded -- the worst such incident in the city in 16 years. The defence ministry said the "terrorist act" was carried out using a vehicle packed with 80 kilograms (around...

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Trump cancels US delegation to World Economic Forum in Davos

WASHINGTON: Authorities in the US state of Georgia have arrested a 21-year-old man who sought to buy explosives and an anti-tank rocket for a suicide attack on the White House planned for Thursday. Byung Pak, the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the arrest of Hasher Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, late Wednesday after a months-long FBI investigation...

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Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria

A suicide attack killed four US personnel in northern Syria Wednesday, costing Washington its worst combat losses in the war-torn country since 2014 as it prepares to withdraw. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, comes after US President Donald Trump s shock announcement last month that he was ordering a full troop withdrawal from Syria because the jihadists...

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British PM Theresa May survives confidence with a slight majority

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a no-confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal just weeks before the UK leaves the European Union. A stunning 24-hour span saw May on Tuesday dealt the heaviest drubbing by parliament in modern British political history — 432 votes to 202 — over the divorce terms she...

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EU ready to delay Brexit until 2020: Times newspaper

LONDON: European Union officials are examining plans to delay Brexit until 2020 after Germany and France indicated their willingness to extend withdrawal negotiations amid British political turmoil, The Times newspaper reported. Previous planning had centered on a three-month delay to Brexit from March 29 until the end of June but now, according to sources quoted by The Times, EU officials...

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Nearly 900 killed in ethnic violence in Congo in mid-December: UN

GENEVA: At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday. The toll doubles an estimate provided on Monday by a local priest and a civil society activist who said that at least 400 people had been killed in bloodshed...

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Al Shabab gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack

NAIROBI:  Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-based group al Shabaab. Nearly 11 hours after the assault began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, bursts of gunfire and an explosion were heard in...

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