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Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor

Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was “promoting

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Trump backs down on border wall funding

Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week’s spending bill. The president’s close adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that

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Anti-Putin protesters get a smart phone app to help get out of jail

Anti-Kremlin protesters who run the regular risk of being detained by the police are being given a helping hand: A smart phone app that allows them to instantly inform others where and when they have been arrested. Russia faces a

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India to give cows ID cards

The Indian government is contemplating providing unique identification numbers for cows in the country to prevent their trafficking, officials said. According to Xinhua, the information was submitted by the federal government in the country’s top court, which was hearing a

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UN wants probe into killing of blogger Yameen Rasheed

The United Nations has called for an immediate investigation into the killing of a liberal blogger in the Maldives, calling on the government to ensure the safety of dissidents in the troubled honeymoon destination. On Monday, the High Commissioner for

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UN raises famine alarm in Yemen

The United Nations has warned that millions of Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian help. It has issued a call to action – hosting an international meeting in Geneva to drive donations. In Hodeidah, one

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Angola’s Presidential Council proposes Aug. 23 for polls

Angola’s Council of the Republic, a presidential group that consults on national decisions, has proposed Aug. 23 for a national election, state radio reported on Monday, a decision which hangs on President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ approval. Dos Santos, 74,

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Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack

Afghanistan’s defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of Friday’s Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened at an army base near the northern Mazar-e Sharif city.

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France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she

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Trump warns Democrats Obamacare will die without cash infusion

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Democrats on Sunday that Obamacare was in trouble and would die without government funding, apparently referring to the possibility of ending federal subsidies to help lower-income people buy health insurance. “Obamacare is in serious trouble.

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