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Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies/BBC

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Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies/BBC

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for terminal liver cancer. A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal […]

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Trump intervenes to grant rejected Afghan girls entry to U.S. for robotics contest By NAHAL TOOSI

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Trump intervenes to grant rejected Afghan girls entry to U.S. for robotics contest By NAHAL TOOSI

At the urging of President Donald Trump, U.S. officials have reversed course and decided to allow into the United States a group of Afghan girls hoping to participate in an international robotics competition next week, senior administration officials told POLITICO on Wednesday. The decision followed a furious public backlash to the news that the six […]

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200.000 refugees returned to Mosul: cabinet official

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200.000 refugees returned to Mosul: cabinet official

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The number of Iraqi refugees who returned to the city of Mosul as security operations cleared it from Islamic State militants has reached 200.000, a cabinet official has said. Mahdi al-Allaq, secretary general of the Iraqi cabinet, said in a statement Thursday that those were out of one million people displaced since military […]

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New Zealand woman killed by jet plane takeoff on Caribbean island

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New Zealand woman killed by jet plane takeoff on Caribbean island

A New Zealand woman has been tossed to her death by the jet blast from a plane at a Caribbean beach. The 57-year-old tourist was knocked over in Sint Maarten and seriously injured, dying a short time later. Several people were apparently holding on to the airport fence by the Princess Juliana International Airport. The […]

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Most French approve of Trump’s visit (even after all he’s said about France)

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Most French approve of Trump’s visit (even after all he’s said about France)

Even after everything the US president has said about Paris and France in the past, most French people approve of him being invited to the annual July 14th parade on the Champs-Elysées. Although there will be pockets of French resistance. Donald Trump hasn’t been too kind when speaking about France in the past. Photo: AFP […]

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The star singing for Somaliland’s recognition

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The star singing for Somaliland’s recognition

(CNN)Musical icon Sahra Halgan was one of the many people who fled Somaliland after the brutal Siad Barre regime, which left the self-declared country in ruins. The capital, Hargeisa, was turned to rubble, with many public services and utilities destroyed. During the Somali conflict in the late 80s and early 90s, Halgan worked as a […]

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Far-right activists have hired a boat to ‘patrol’ the Mediterranean looking for migrants

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Far-right activists have hired a boat to ‘patrol’ the Mediterranean looking for migrants

A group of far-right activists has hired a vessel to patrol the Mediterranean and prevent would-be migrants from reaching Europe, organizers said on Tuesday. The “Defend Europe” vigilante scheme was announced by anti-immigration campaigners from France, Italy and Germany after they managed to crowd-fund the 76,000 euros ($87,000) needed to rent a boat. File photo […]

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US military advisors operating inside Daesh stronghold Raqqa, official says

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US military advisors operating inside Daesh stronghold Raqqa, official says

The U.S. military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqqa, the Daesh terrorist group’s last major bastion in Syria, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an “advise, assist and accompany” role to support local militants from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group […]

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of ‘flip-flopping’ over UK Hezbollah ban

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of ‘flip-flopping’ over UK Hezbollah ban

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been accused of “flip-flopping” over whether Hezbollah should be completely banned in the UK. A spokesman for the mayor’s office told Arab News that he had not called for a total ban on the organization, despite a number of media outlets reporting that Khan had agreed to write […]

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IS leader in Hawija proclaims himself emir after Baghdadi’s death reports

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IS leader in Hawija proclaims himself emir after Baghdadi’s death reports

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) A senior Islamic State leader in Kirkuk’s Hawija has declared himself a new supreme leader, adding to the state of chaos within the group’s ranks that followed reports of the death of the group’s founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “Abu Haitham al-Obaidi, deputy to the (Islamic State’s) mayor of Hawija, dissented from the group […]

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