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Turkey’s Erdogan seeks to lead Muslim response on Jerusalem

Turkey’s leader is seeking to spearhead Islamic reaction to the US declaration on Jerusalem, but it is uncertain if he can coordinate a meaningful response among often disunited Muslim nations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, had fulminated against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital even before it was …

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India: Woman activist ‘paraded naked’ for fighting illegal liquor trade

An Indian woman activist was allegedly beaten and paraded naked in Delhi for her activism against illegal liquor trade. According to Hindustan Times, the incident allegedly happened after the police and activists of ‘Nasha Mukhti Panchayat’ seized illegal liquor from northwest part of Delhi. Swati Jai Hind, Chief of Delhi’s Commission of Women stated that after the confiscation of liquor …

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Paris, London have highest rates of psychosis: study

Paris and southeast London have the highest rate of people reporting psychotic episodes, according to an international study Wednesday that compared rates of the mental disorder in six countries. A total of 17 areas in Britain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Brazil were covered in the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry. Researchers described …

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Meet the US Senator who is also a Batman ‘geek’

This Batman mega fan calls himself “a bit of a geek,” but everyone else calls him senator – as in US Senator Patrick Leahy, a veteran Democratic lawmaker. The 77-year-old Leahy is such a fan of the Caped Crusader that he has made cameo appearances in five Batman movies, including “Batman Forever” (1995), Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” (2008), and most …

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Worst recent attack on UN kills 15 peacekeepers in DRCongo

The United Nations suffered its worst attack on a peacekeeping mission in nearly a quarter of a century when suspected Ugandan rebels attacked a base in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least 15 peacekeepers. The UN Security Council said Friday the peacekeepers, who were all from neighbouring Tanzania, were killed in the North Kivu …

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Twitter’s 2017 list of most likes and retweets: Obama’s tweets land multiple spots

Social media platform has become an important tool for anyone to share their views, one of the most used micro-blogging medium Twitter is used not just by ordinary people but it is used by famous celebrities, important people and has even started movements that has changed modern times. As 2017 comes to an end, Twitter released a list of most …

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Parents say bullying led US teen to hang herself

A 13-year-old girl who was the target of taunts and insults for years at her California school has died after she hanged herself, leaving a message describing herself as “ugly” and a “loser”. Rosalie Avila hanged herself in her room on November 28 and was rushed to hospital, where she was declared brain dead a day later. The teen was …

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Plot to kill British premier May foiled

The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that two men arrested last week had been charged with terrorism offenses and would appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the men were arrested by its Counter Terrorism Command on Nov. 28. It identified them as Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, of north London, and Mohammed …

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Babies’ brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN

As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies’ developing brains. The UN’s children’s agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world’s 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe pollution — …

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UN Security Council calls on all sides in Yemen to ‘de-escalate’

The UN Security Council called Tuesday on all sides in war-torn Yemen to “de-escalate” and return to talks as the conflict there took an ominous turn with the killing of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. “The members of the Security Council call all sides to de-escalate and to recommit and re-engage without preconditions in the UN-led political process to achieve a …

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