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Bangladesh police question New York bomber’s wife

– Bangladeshi counter terrorism officers on Tuesday questioned the wife of New York subway bomber Akayed Ullah and said he had visited the family in Dhaka in September. Police said Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh who set off a crude bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage on Monday, had visited Dhaka after the couple …

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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time since 1972, in order to prepare for future trips to Mars. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at a White House ceremony as he signed the new space policy directive. “We will establish …

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Sweden: Muslims express solidarity with Jews following synanogue attack

Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused an uproar around the world. But in Sweden, Muslims and Christians rallied around the Jewish community in solidarity visiting a synagogue and condemning an attack on a synanogue that occurred over the weekend. Around 200 people rallied in Malmo, shouting and protesting against Donald Trump’s decision after he recognised Jerusalem …

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Afghan forces to launch operation against IS in the north

– Afghanistan’s military plans to launch a major operation to stop the Islamic State group making inroads into the country’s northern provinces, officials said Tuesday, after AFP reported that fighters including French nationals were present there. “(The) ministry of defence is planning to launch an operation against Daesh in northern provinces of Sari Pul, Faryab and Jowzjan,” defence ministry spokesman …

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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeastern Iran: seismological centre

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran s southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre reported, though media reported minimal damage. A woman was taken to hospital for injuries in the town of Ravar, and old houses in six villages were damaged, Fars news agency quoted the country s emergency services chief as saying an hour after the quake. …

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Fatah vows fresh protests and shuns Pence over Jerusalem move

Fatah called on Palestinians to keep up their demonstrations over Washingtons policy shift on Jerusalem as the movement confirmed its leader will refuse to meet with US Vice President later this month in protest at the controversial decision. After protests gripped the West Bank and Gaza for a third straight day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Paris …

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Trump slams ‘vicious’ media after erroneous reports on WikiLeaks, Russia

Donald Trump on Saturday renewed his onslaught against major US news networks, accusing them of launching a “vicious” assault on his presidency as he seized on a reporting error by CNN. In an early-morning tweet, the US president said “Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at …

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Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows

In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States. Instead, the number of refugees admitted to the country has plummeted. In the five weeks after the ban was lifted, 40 percent fewer people were …

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UN peacekeepers: A history of deadly attacks

An attack which killed 15 United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo late Thursday is one of the worst in the history of the organisation. The following is a look at previous deadly attacks on the so-called Blue Berets: Democratic Republic of Congo – December 7, 2017: At least 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania are killed, in …

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Rohingya widows find safe haven in Bangladesh camp

Dawn hues of pink and purple reveal a dusty valley in Bangladesh’s southern hills quilted with a dense settlement of red tents home to more than 230 women and children grieving for lost husbands and fathers. They are among more than 625,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh since late August, following a crackdown by the Myanmar military in …

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