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Syria regime shelling ‘bloody message” before talks: opposition

The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a “bloody message” aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said recent attacks near

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Britain’s exit from EU irrevocable once triggered: minister

The process of Britain leaving the European Union is irrevocable once it has been triggered, a government minister said on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May says she will invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty by the end of

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Trump’s defense chief, unlike boss, says has no issues with media

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump’s assessment of the media as “the enemy of the American people,” saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press.

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Israel’s defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia

Israel’s defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat “radical” elements in the region. Iran aimed to “undermine stability

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Government bans beauty pageant as drama starts

A TEMPORARY ban has been placed on beauty pageants in Guinea in response to outrage over bikinis. Mamady Youla, the country’s prime minister, had attended a beauty pageant during the weekend, where contestants in swimsuits (bikinis) paraded in front of

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Xenophobia: S/Africans attack Nigerian businesses, says Union

The Nigerian Community in South Africa have confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the

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Wilders at Dutch campaign launch vows to crack down on ‘Moroccan scum’

Dutch anti-Muslim, anti-EU party leader Geert Wilders promised to crack down on “Moroccan scum” who he said were making the streets unsafe and urged the Dutch to “regain” their country as he launched his election campaign on Saturday. Wilders was

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Trade Center bomber Omar Abdel-Rahman dies in prison in U.S., says son

Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted of the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York in 1993, has died in prison in the United States, his son Ammar told Reuters on Saturday. Ammar said his family had received a phone call

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Expect more fake news from Russia, top NATO general says

  Russia was behind a false report of a rape by German soldiers in Lithuania that was intended to undermine support for NATO’s new eastern force, a senior NATO general said on Saturday, warning Europe to expect more such “fake

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Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada

Eight asylum-seekers, including four children, barely made it across the Canadian border on Friday as a U.S. border patrol officer tried to stop them and a Reuters photographer captured the scene. As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer seized

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