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German parliament passes law ending child marriage

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German parliament passes law ending child marriage

The German parliament passed a law ending child marriage late on Thursday night, officially raising the marriageable age to 18. The new law officially makes 18 the minimum age for marriage. Previously, 16-year-olds were allowed to marry adults in certain cases with court permission. A child bride in India. Photo: EPA/DPA The legislation also nullifies […]

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UN slaps sanctions on North Koreans amid US warning

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UN slaps sanctions on North Koreans amid US warning

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday (Jun 2) imposed sanctions on 18 North Korean officials and entities as the United States vowed to respond to Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests “through other means, if necessary.” The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that put North Korea’s suspected spy chief, 13 other officials and […]

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These are the most prominent Qataris accused of financing terrorism

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These are the most prominent Qataris accused of financing terrorism

A few days ago, leader of the Libyan Combat Front Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam pointed fingers at Qatar and blamed it for arming armed militias in Libya, describing the move as a reflection of its unbalanced policy toward Libya. Not only did this accusation come from the Libyan combat leader, but also from many figures and […]

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Islamic State fighters seal off Mosul mosque preparing for last stand

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Islamic State fighters seal off Mosul mosque preparing for last stand

A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces fires a mortar shell against Islamic State militants positions in western Mosul, Iraq May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis[/caption (Reuters) Islamic State militants have closed the streets around Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque, residents said, apparently in preparation for a final showdown in the battle over their last major […]

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Trump asks Supreme Court to reinstate Muslim travel ban

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Trump asks Supreme Court to reinstate Muslim travel ban

resident Donald Trump’s administration asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate its controversial ban on travelers from six Muslim majority nations despite repeated setbacks in the lower courts. In its filing, the government asked the highest court in the land to rule on the legal standing of Trump’s order, appealing a ruling by […]

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HOW AL-SHABAB OVERTOOK BOKO HARAM TO BECOME AFRICA’S DEADLIEST MILITANTS

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HOW AL-SHABAB OVERTOOK BOKO HARAM TO BECOME AFRICA’S DEADLIEST MILITANTS

omali group Al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda, has spent at least three years in the shadow of Nigeria’s Boko Haram as Africa’s deadliest militant group. But new figures suggest that trend is changing. Al-Shabab was responsible for 4,281 casualties in 2016 compared to 3,499 by Boko Haram according to data collected by the Armed […]

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‘A backwards step’: Italy criticizes US climate decision

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‘A backwards step’: Italy criticizes US climate decision

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni joined other world leaders on Thursday in criticizing US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. “Climate: We aren’t taking backwards steps from the Paris Accord. Italy is committed to emissions reductions, renewable energy, and sustainable development,” Gentiloni wrote on Twitter.He also joined continental Europe’s […]

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Putin gives Oliver Stone a lift, says Snowden not a traitor, but ‘what he did was wrong’

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Putin gives Oliver Stone a lift, says Snowden not a traitor, but ‘what he did was wrong’

Vladimir Putin told Oliver Stone that while he agrees that the NSA has gone too far in its snooping practices, and that the public sharing of data can’t be called treason, he disapproves of Edward Snowden’s decision to leak troves of confidential files. “Snowden is not a traitor. He did not betray the interests of […]

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AMISOM to work with Somali security forces to prevent recruitment of child soldiers

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AMISOM to work with Somali security forces to prevent recruitment of child soldiers

 Mogadishu, 1 June 2017 – Soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have completed a three-day training on preventing recruitment and use of child soldiers in armed conflict. The exercise organized by AMISOM’s Protection, Human Rights and Gender Cluster, held in Mogadishu, is part of the ongoing in-mission training activities for uniformed […]

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‘Philippine casino violence not terrorism’, gunman ‘looks Caucasian’

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‘Philippine casino violence not terrorism’, gunman ‘looks Caucasian’

A gunman who set fire to a casino in the Philippine capital leading to the deaths of at least 36 people on Friday was not a terrorist, the president’s spokesman said. “This particular situation in Manila is not related in any way to a terrorist attack,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters. A family cries […]

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