Italy Senate cubes Salvini probe to holding migrants on boat

An Italian Senate committee voted on Tuesday to block an investigation into accusations of kidnapping against Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini over his decision to hold 150 migrants on board a ship for five days last August. The committee voted 16 to 6 to stop the investigation into Salvini, who is also interior minister and…

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Pakistan denies participation in Iran assault

Iran has said it has evidence that last week’s attack on the Revolutionary Guard was planned inside Pakistan. Pakistan has denied the attack was planned from its territory and offered to cooperate with Iran. But the Iranian military is demanding Pakistan crack down on the group responsible, Jaish al Adl, and has warned that if…

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Suicide bomber was a Pakistani,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guard asserts

The suicide bomber who killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard last week was a Pakistani, a senior commander for the force alleged. Two other members of the cell behind the attack in the country’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, which borders Pakistan, were also Pakistani nationals, local media reported Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour as saying on Tuesday. Pakpour identified the…

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Yields after cancer surgery

Justice Ginsburg is the second female to serve on the US’s top court [File: AP] US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the Supreme Court bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. A liberal jurist who will turn 86 in March, she walked unassisted to her seat beside Chief Justice John Roberts…

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Poland seeks apology from Israel on alleged Holocaust role comment

Poland is still awaiting an apology from Israel over its acting foreign minister’s comments on the alleged anti-Semitism of the Poles. The argument led Warsaw to pull out of a key Jerusalem summit, according to Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski. Israeli authorities must “reject this declaration … and apologise”, Szynkowski told reporters on Tuesday.…

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German style celebrity Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris at age 85

Haute-couture designer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died at age 85 at the American Hospital of Paris. Lagerfeld died on Tuesday morning at the clinic in the Neuilly-sur-Seine area of the French capital, where he was admitted on Monday night. The cause of his death wasn’t yet known. The German directed two giants of the…

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Algerian who fought together with bin Laden:’I wished to help Muslims’

London, United Kingdom – Abdullah Anas sits upright, smiling and speaking clearly as he recalls his decision to join the “Afghan Arabs” during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979-1989). “I didn’t even know where Afghanistan was on the map,” he says. “I was a country boy from Algeria, all I knew is I wanted to help…

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Bernie Sanders to run for US president at 2020

US Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he is running for the presidency, launching a second bid for the White House after a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Sanders, 77, made the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont on Tuesday.  “I am running for president for two…

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India’s allegations against Pakistan with no evidence: Khan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said India “levelled allegations against Pakistan without any evidence” after New Delhi accused its spy agency of involvement in last week’s deadly attack on security forces in the disputed region of Kashmir. “You accused the Pakistani government without providing any evidence, or saying what Pakistan stands to gain from this,”…

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Turkey orders detention of 300 people over alleged Gulen Connections

Turkey accuses Gulen of ordering the abortive bid to topple President Erdogan in mid-2016 [Charles Mostoller/Reuters] The Turkish police have launched raids to detain over 300 people suspected of having ties to an outlawed group believed to be responsible for a 2016 coup bid, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said. The order to arrest 324 people on…

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Tiny South Africa beach restaurant crowned best in the world

Kobus van der Merwe (left) only learned to cook when he was 30 [Thomas Samson/AFP] A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated fishing village in South Africa was named the best in the world on Monday, at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only learned to cook when…

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Burden of victory: What should happen to European ISIL prisoners?

In a tiny sliver of land along the Euphrates River in northern Syria, about 300 battle-hardened ISIL fighters are making a last stand, with just a “few days” remaining for the group’s total military defeat, according to US-backed Kurdish forces battling the fighters. But US President Donald Trump – even while hailing an impending “100…

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Cold Warrior Elliott Abrams contributes to combat in Venezuela

Shortly after right-wing figure Juan Guaido auto-proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela in January – to the immediate applause of US President Donald Trump – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the appointment of a special envoy to “help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country”, that is to get…

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Sixteen US states sue Trump on emergency wall declaration

Sixteen states in the United States have filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund his promised wall along the country’s border with Mexico. The suit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, a US government holiday, came as thousands of people rallied nationwide to protest…

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Huawei founder says US can’t’crush’ telecoms giant

The founder of Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei has said the United States cannot defeat his company’s global ambitions. “There is no way the US can crush us,” Ren Zhengfei told the BBC in an interview on Monday. “The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to…

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‘Trade and investment’ to top Saudi crown prince India trip

New Delhi, India – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, looking to boost ties with Asian allies, arrives in India on Tuesday for a two-day visit amid rising expectations of further investment deals following a high-profile trip to Pakistan. In New Delhi, Prince Mohammed will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a recipient of Saudi Arabia’s…

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‘Fake’: Thousands rally in US against Trump’s domestic crisis

Washington, DC – Thousands of people rallied nationwide on Monday to protest against the national emergency US President Donald Trump declared last week to help fund his long-promised wall across the US-Mexico border. More than 250 rallies were organised across the United States on President’s Day, a US government holiday, with protesters carrying banners and placards…

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North Carolina House race marred by voter fraud scheme: official

An investigation into a disputed 2018 United States congressional election in North Carolina has uncovered a “coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” to influence the vote’s outcome, a state election board official said on Monday. The scheme involved collecting absentee ballots in contravention of state laws, and, in some cases, filling out those ballots…

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Why is measles back and spreading\?

Infectious diseases that were once considered under control are making a comeback. The World Health Organization (WHO) is raising the alarm about a sharp rise in measles cases across the world, particularly in developed countries such as the US. One of the reasons is that more parents are choosing not to immunise their children. The…

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Following ISIL, French women stored in Syria say they’re ready for home

Detained after fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS) group’s crumbling Syrian holdout, two women from France say they are ready to go home – if they are judged fairly. Behind the fence of a camp in Kurdish-held territory in Syria, the detainees wore long black face veils that only showed…

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Syria: SDF call for assistance with’time bomb’ ISIL fighters

The foreign fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) armed group held in custody inside Syria are a “time bomb” for the region and the world, the Kurdish-led, United States-backed authorities holding them warned. World powers should increase efforts to prosecute the ISIL detainees and rehabilitate their families, otherwise they could escape and…

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Haitians seek food as businesses reopen after protests

Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of deadly demonstrations over prices that have doubled for food, gas and other basic goods in recent weeks and allegations of government corruption. Public transportation resumed in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where people began lining up to buy food, water and…

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Twin bombings kill 15 individuals in Syria’s Idlib town

A double bomb attack on Monday in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib killed at least 15 people, including four children, a war monitor reported. Dozens of others were wounded. The first blast was caused by an explosive device planted under a car in Qusour neighbourhood during rush hour, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…

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Migingo Island: Africa’s’Tiniest war’

Migingo island, Lake Victoria – A round rock crammed with corrugated metal shacks rises out of Lake Victoria right at the border between Kenya and Uganda. The deep waters that surround it are rich with fish. Migingo Island covers less than half a football pitch but more than 500 people, according to the Ugandan police, live in less…

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Venezuela in crisis: Seven tales to acquire up-to-date

Nearly a month has passed since the United States-backed Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president in front of a crowd of his supporters.  In turn, President Nicolas Maduro accused Guaido and the US of staging a coup.  Since then, the US has upped its pressure, slapping sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil company…

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Maldives ex-president Yameen held for cash laundering trial

A court in the Maldives has ordered the country’s former President Abdulla Yameen be held in state custody until the end of a trial on money laundering charges, according to local media. At a criminal court hearing on Monday, prosecutors alleged the former president, who lost an election in September, tried to bribe a witness…

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Indian broadcaster brings from Pakistan cricket league

An Indian event management company has pulled out as the official producer of Pakistan’s T20 cricket league in the wake of a deadly suicide attack on Indian paramilitary forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, which has escalated tensions between the two South Asian neighbours. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the announcement of a new live broadcast partner…

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UN peacekeepers failed to safeguard civilians annually

Roving, passive, spectators. That is how an international aid agency has described United Nations peacekeepers deployed during days of violence last year in the Central African Republic. Doctors Without Borders, known by their French initials MSF, says the force did not protect civilians in the city of Batangafo. At least 15 people were killed in…

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Fiscal worries mount over Nigeria election delay

Some of Nigeria’s leading presidential candidates have condemned the decision to postpone elections by a week. Many have blamed each other for the delay, announced by the election commission hours before polls were due to open. There is also growing concern about the economic effect. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from the northeastern city of…

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Pakistan recalls India envoy amid worries over Kashmir attack

Pakistan has recalled its ambassador in New Delhi for consultations amid escalating tension with nuclear-armed neighbour India, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman said on Monday. “We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Twitter. India recalled its ambassador to Pakistan…

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Australia’s offshore refugee policy has failed

Conducting Amnesty International’s investigation on Nauru, one of the island nations where Australia sends its unwanted refugees, I felt furious and desperate. I was furious to see hundreds of women, men and children subjected to physical and psychological harm that could only be characterised as torture: They were attacked, held in inhumane conditions, deprived of…

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Violence breeds more violence in Kashmir

On February 14, 2019, a four-wheel drive loaded with 200kg of explosives rammed into a convoy of Indian armed forces in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir. More than 40 soldiers were killed in the blast and many were injured. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a fighter outfit based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group…

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Australia political parties created by’sophisticated state actor’

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the country’s major political parties were hacked earlier this month alongside the federal parliament by a “sophisticated state actor”. The announcement on Monday came 10 days after the launch of a probe into the cybersecurity breach of the parliament’s computer network. Morrison told parliament that, while investigating the parliament hack, “we also became…

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‘Which are unicorns?’ : Indonesia candidate stumbles on technology exemptions

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has faltered during the second presidential debate ahead of the country’s April elections when his opponent, incumbent President Joko Widodo, used tech jargon in a question. In the televised event on Sunday night, Joko asked Prabowo about his policies to support “unicorns”, a term for start-up companies valued at more than $1bn.…

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As MBS arrives, Pakistan seals Saudi ties with $20bn in deals

Islamabad, Pakistan – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has led a delegation to Islamabad that agreed deals worth more than $20bn, proving much-needed investment for a faltering Pakistani economy struggling with a looming foreign reserve crisis and slowing domestic growth. Amid much fanfare, Prince Mohammed was greeted on Sunday by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Nur Khan airbase, where…

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India withdraws safety for Kashmiri separatists stoking fears

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Analysts and pro-Indian political leaders have warned of an escalation in tensions after a decision to withdraw the security detail for top Kashmiri separatist leaders. The move by India’s home ministry came days after a suicide attack on Indian paramilitary forces that killed 42 Indian troops in the restive region and raised…

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Iran summons Pakistan envoy to protest fatal suicide attack

Iran has lodged an official protest with Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran over the suicide attack in Sistan-Baluchestan province that killed 27 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Sunday that Iran “explicitly conveyed” to Pakistani Ambassador Rafat Masoud that Tehran expects Islamabad and its military “to make a serious and decisive…

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Israel evicts Palestinians from Jerusalem home

Israeli police on Sunday evicted a Palestinian family from their home in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, after the supreme court ruled Jewish settlers were the rightful owners. An AFP photographer said residents of the neighbourhood in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem scuffled with police, who stood guard as about a dozen Israeli settlers took…

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What should be achieved with overseas ISIL fighters?

The end is near for ISIL’s so-called caliphate. That’s according to US President Donald Trump, who says the armed group will be defeated in Syria within days. US-backed Kurdish fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces say they’ve cornered the last Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) remnants in a village near the Iraqi…

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US troops withdrawal from Syria’will probably be slow’ process

The US Special Envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, has reassured the allies that the withdrawal of American troops from the country will not be abrupt. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Jeffrey insisted it will be a step-by-step process. Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports from Gaziantep near the Turkey-Syria border.

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Bangladesh: Deadly blaze kills Eight in Chittagong slum

At least four of those killed in the blaze were members of the same family, officials said [Reuters] A devastating blaze has killed at least nine people and injured dozens of others in Bangladesh’s southeastern city of Chittagong, according to local officials. The fire broke out early on Sunday morning and raced through a crowded…

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Rouhani unveils Iran’s railroad missile-equipped Fateh submarine

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled a “state-of-the-art” domestically produced submarine, which the defence ministry said is capable of firing cruise missiles. Rouhani is in the southern province of Hormozgan on Sunday to introduce the latest addition of the naval fleet. Dubbed the Fateh, or Conqueror, it is the country’s first semi-heavy submarine, according to…

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Resurgent Russia: Myth and Truth

Make Russia Great Again. That is the mission Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have adopted in international politics. Following his return to the Kremlin in 2012, he took up a more assertive foreign policy, seeking to secure a seat at the top table of global diplomacy. The effort has paid off. Thanks to its…

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Yemen’s Houthi forces kill Saudi soldiers in combat

Saudi state media say Yemen’s Houthi rebels have killed at least nine Saudi soldiers in a renewed military offensive. The attacks happened in the southern Saudi provinces of Aseer, Jazan, and Najran. It is the worst spate of violence since a UN-brokered peace deal was signed in December. Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta reports.

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Iranian FM Zarif says Israel’seeking warfare’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Israel of “looking for war” and warned that its behaviour and that of the United States were increasing the chances of a clash in the Middle East. “The risk [of war] is great. The risk will be even greater if you continue to turn a blind eye to…

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Tropical Cyclone Oma Simplifies Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone Oma has developed in the Coral Sea and is currently located to the west-northwest of Port Vila in Vanuatu. The storm has been moving away from the island nation with winds of 110 kilometres per hour and gusts as high as 140km/h. Earlier, it had stalled west of Vanuatu’s biggest island of Espiritu…

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Israel’s Judaisation of Palestine is Neglecting

“Everything Palestinian in Jerusalem is targeted by Israeli occupation,” said Palestinian Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna on January 29 during a meeting with a delegation from the medical aid organisation Doctors without Borders. “The Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments are targeted in order to change our city, hide its identity and marginalise…

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Trump demands Europe take hundreds of ISIL fighters

US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them. “The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back…

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Heather Nauert finishes bid to another US ambassador to UN

US President Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, according to the State Department. Nauert was State Department spokeswoman when Trump chose her for the UN position; prior to that, she had been a host on the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. She…

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The Number of voting systems Operate around the world

MORE FROM AL JAZEERA How different voting systems work around the world Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders. Interactive, Infographic, Nigeria How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938 Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn’t killed the Soviet…

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Brexit debate: Campaigners use magazines and billboards

In Britain, campaigners on both sides of the Brexit debate are exploring new ways of getting their messages across. Social media is one big platform. But a group of activists that wants the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union is using more traditional techniques to gain online attention. Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports…

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Iran rejects’foolish’ anti-Semitism allegations by Pence

Iran has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism levelled against the Islamic Republic by US Vice President Mike Pence, saying it respects Judaism but opposes Israel. Foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday that Iran had a “historic respect” for “divine religions”, dismissing claims by Pence that Tehran is in favour of a second Holocaust. “Iran’s…

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US: Illinois mill gunman murdered co-workers after being chased

The gunman, who killed five fellow workers at a factory in the US state of Illinois on Friday, had just been fired from his job,according to local authorities. Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a .40 calibre handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting where he was told he was sacked, Kristen…

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Is Trump currently heading for a fall over the border wall?

US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the Mexico border on Friday, a move which will allow him to bypass Congress and divert government funds towards his much vaunted border wall. The decision is drawing widespread criticism, with senior Democrats and Republicans accusing him of gross abuse of power. Trump says the wall…

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What are India’s options against Pakistan after Kashmir attack\?

With India’s general election barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 42 soldiers in India-administered Kashmir. India placed the blame for Thursday’s bombing squarely on neighbouring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting…

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Over 100 drug traders surrender in Bangladesh crackdown

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Over 100 Bangladeshi drug dealers have surrendered to the authorities at a pre-scheduled ceremony in a coastal town seeking clemency and vowing to go back to a normal life. The unprecedented event on Saturday was prompted by a Philippines-style massive anti-narcotic crackdown, which led to the killing of nearly 300 people and arrests…

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Russian court extends custody of Baring Vostok’s Calvey

A Russian court has ordered Michael Calvey, the US founder of one of Russia’s biggest private equity firms accused of fraud, to be kept in custody until April 13. Calvey, a senior partner at Baring Vostok and among Russia’s most prominent investors, was detained on Thursday along with other executives after investigators accused them of…

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Trump-Kim summit: North Koreans cynical about’gimmick’ talks

Seoul, South Korea – Sae In Han is a 24-year-old high-school graduate who fled North Korea with her mother and sister in 2012. Unlike a big number of North Koreans who have escaped the country, Han is hopeful the upcoming talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will bring…

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Sudan: A crumbling regime puts the squeeze on social network

On The Listening Post this week: Mass demonstrations in Sudan continue despite a crackdown on protesters and the media. Plus, the Ambani brothers and India’s media. Sudan: A crumbling regime puts the squeeze on the media A near total media blackout in Africa’s third largest country, Sudan, and the protests there that threaten to undo…

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Texas landowners file lawsuit against Trump’s national crisis

Three Texas landowners and an environmental group have filed the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars to build a wall along the US border with Mexico, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen (PC) has said. The lawsuit, brought in federal court in the District of…

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You’ll find 40 days before Brexit. Where do things stand?

London, United Kingdom – With just 40 days to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union (EU), the fog of Brexit continues to obscure the country’s future. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU – with or without a formal exit deal – on March 29. Huge questions remain around…

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Democrats, groups want to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration

Democrats and rights groups have vowed to fight US President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration along the southern border, saying it’s an unconstitutional attempt to fund a wall without approval from Congress.  A key committee in the US House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration,…

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Top US court to decide if 2020 census may request citizenship

The US Supreme Court will decide the fate of a fiercely contested plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The court agreed on Friday to an expedited review of a judge’s ruling blocking the plan. The justices, in a brief order, granted the administration’s request to hear…

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NFL reaches treat gamers on national anthem demonstration fallout

The leading American football league and lawyers for players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached a settlement after a drawn-out legal process stemming from the players’ complaints that the league blackballed them for refusing to stand during the national anthem.  In a three-sentence statement released on Friday, the National Football League (NFL) said “the parties…

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‘Tired of folks taking us for a ride’: Nigeria readies to vote

Lagos, Nigeria – In Saturday’s vote, after a bitter campaign, main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar and 71 other candidates will go head-to-head with Muhammadu Buhari for Nigeria’s top job. Al Jazeera spoke to people on the streets of Lagos about how they planned to vote, and why. Here is what they had to say: Dele Gbadeyan, Businessman Businessman…

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Can a crisis between India and Pakistan be avoided?

A new crisis is looming between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promising a fitting response against an attack in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed 44 of its soldiers. Islamabad has condemned the incident and has denied supporting the group thought to be behind it. There’s been international condemnation with calls for…

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Gunmen kill 66 in Nigeria’s Kaduna state ahead of vote

Kaduna lies almost 200km north of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja [Al Jazeera] Abuja, Nigeria – Gunmen have killed more than 60 people during attacks on two communities in Nigeria’s northwestern Kaduna state. A government statement on Friday, which confirmed the attacks, said security personnel had been “deployed to the area and arrests have been made”. “Security agencies…

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Trump declares a national emergency to build boundary wall

US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the United Sates-Mexico border on Friday, a move expected to plunge him into a fight with Democrats over what they call an unconstitutional attempt to fund a wall without approval from Congress. Trump had demanded Congress include money for the wall, one of his biggest 2016 campaign promises,…

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Even the spectre of Cambridge Analytica still haunts African elections

Elections are big business, and look no further than the ongoing frenzy over the upcoming Nigerian election for proof. It is hard to miss how much money is being made in both the main event and the ecosystem around it. Politicians are no longer just candidates, but also brands, backed by elaborate merchandising and advertising apparatuses…

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All of Zionist roads lead to genocide

Over the past week, yet another recently-elected progressive congresswoman found herself in the eye of a media storm. On February 10, Somali-American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar retweeted a posting by American journalist Glenn Greenwald which criticised attacks on her and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for their support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, adding, “It’s all…

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Haiti’s president addresses state amid violent protests

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has broken his silence after a week of violent protests demanding his resignation. In an address from the presidential palace on Thursday, Moise vowed not to “give the country up to armed groups and drug traffickers,” alluding to government officials whom he said took to the streets along with “heads of…

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What’s a national emergency? Can Trump announce one ?

US President Donald Trump will sign a funding bill that will avert another government shutdown, the White House said on Thursday. But he also plans to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress to obtain funds to build a wall on the United States’s southern border.  Democrats have vowed to respond appropriately to any declaration,…

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Nigeria’s suspended chief justice Warrants assets charges

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, centre, talks to his lawyer on Friday [AFP] Nigeria’s most senior judge appeared in court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to failing to disclose assets in a politically charged case on the eve of elections. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen failed to show up to previous hearings at…

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United Nations expects $920m to encourage Rohingya refugees from 2019

The United Nations, aid agencies and NGO partners have said they need $920 million this year to support more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees who fled their homes in Myanmar in the wake of a brutal military crackdown in 2017 and are now living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh. More than half the money is earmarked…

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India warns Pakistan of’powerful answer’ for Kashmir assault

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a “strong response” to a car bombing in Kashmir that killed at least 42 troops, with New Delhi calling for “the complete isolation of Pakistan” for harbouring the armed group behind the devastating attack. “We will give a befitting reply,” Modi said in a speech on Friday morning, soon…

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UK schoolgirl who combined ISIL’could be prevented’ from return

A pregnant British teenager who fled to Syria as a schoolgirl to live in ISIL’s so-called “caliphate” could be prevented from returning to the UK, the home secretary has said. Sajid Javid told the Times: “We must remember that those who left Britain to join Daesh [ISIL] were full of hate for our country. “My…

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Dubai airport Interrupted after reported drone sightings

In the UAE, drone owners are required to register with the General Civil Aviation Authority [Flight Radar] Flights at Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, were disrupted on Friday after sightings of a drone flying nearby. The airport told the AP news agency that it halted flights from 10:13am to 10:45am…

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Myanmar court sentences to death to Muslim lawyer’s murder

A Myanmar court has sentenced two men to death for their role in the murder of a Muslim lawyer and a legal adviser to the country’s de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The court on Friday found the gunman, Kyi Lin, guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession for the 2017 shooting of Ko Ni…

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Ko Ni murder suspects confront death penalty because court decides fate

Yangon, Myanmar – When she was about seven or eight-years-old, Yin Nwe Khine accidentally stepped on her father’s eyeglasses, snapping them in two.  Other parents she knew of might have scolded or hit their children for such carelessness. But Ko Ni, a lawyer who would later become renowned for his opposition to the Myanmar military’s…

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Indonesia land-burning fines outstanding years after devastating fires

Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll. The palm oil and pulp wood companies involved in fires owe more than $220m in fines and…

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Tasmania fires danger’wiping out’ early species

Scientists have warned that Tasmania’s ancient rainforest and alpine flora species face an uncertain future following out-of-control fires that consumed vast tracts of wild bushland. The wildfires have scorched more than 205,000 hectares in the southwest, centre and northwest of the island – fuelled, researchers believe, by climate change. As authorities on Friday downgraded emergency…

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Annually on, Parkland shooting victims remembered

Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across the United States bowed their heads in a moment of silence on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. “It’s a permanent sore spot,” said Fort Lauderdale High School junior…

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Nigeria elections: Buhari vows composed surveys as campaigning ends

Abuja, Nigeria –  Nigeria’s top two presidential candidates have wrapped up their campaigns with big rallies in front of enthusiastic crowds, making their final pitches to voters and reiterating their commitment to hold peaceful elections. As campaigning drew to a close on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress party,  and his main…

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Trump to declare emergency, Signal spending bill: Top Democratic

President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the Capitol [File: Doug Mills/Reuters] US President Donald Trump will sign a border security bill to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his promised…

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Brexit conquer interrupts May’s hand in November Brussels talks

London, United Kingdom – The United Kingdom’s beleaguered prime minister has suffered another symbolic defeat in parliament over the next steps in her bid to secure a Brexit deal with the European Union. Theresa May’s effort to secure continued backing for her attempt to wring concessions from Brussels on a key sticking point in her…

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Norway approves disputed Arctic copper mine despite local demonstration

Norway has approved the building of a copper mine near Europe’s northernmost point despite years of opposition from indigenous Sami herders and fishermen. “The mining project will strengthen the industrial base in the north,” Industry Minister Torbjoern Roe Isaksen of the centre-right coalition government said in a statement. “It will contribute positively to the local community,…

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Ex-FBI official: Trump’s firing of FBI mind Comey triggered probe

Fearing that he would be fired, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe authorised an investigation into US President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia just one day after meeting the president in May 2017, McCabe told CBS in an interview. Speaking to CBS, McCabe, a frequent target of Trump’s ire, also said Justice Department officials…

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Amazon drops programs to New York headquarters following resistance

Amazon abruptly abandoned plans on Thursday for a new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3bn in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, most powerful companies. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve…

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Middle East convention: Pence urges EU to quit Iran nuclear bargain

Vice President Mike Pence has accused Washington’s European allies of trying to break US sanctions against Tehran and called on them to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. At a Middle East conference organised by the United States in Poland, Pence slammed the European Union for remaining party to the agreement after the Trump administration withdrew from it…

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Exclusive: Facebook enables fake news advertisements before Nigerian vote

Facebook’s automated ad approval system can be tricked fairly easily, making it possible to buy ads to spread misinformation and fake news in advance of the Nigeria elections, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. Last month, Facebook said it would temporarily disallow political ads targeting Nigeria from being purchased outside the country in an attempt…

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Female referees: A new age in football?

Video refereeing proved a success at the FIFA World Cup in Russia last year. But a decision is yet to be made on its use at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June. In the run-up to the championship, however, female referees are making major strides. Al Jazeera’s Phuongy Nguyen reports from Doha.

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Indian security forces killed in Kashmir blast

At least 40 Indian paramilitary personnel have been killed and several others wounded after a car filled with explosives rammed into a military convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir. In one of the worst attacks to hit India’s armed forces in nearly three years, the car rammed into one of the buses carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Awantipora in the…

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Russia: Turkey needs Syria’s permission before setting up secure zone

Russia has told Turkey it has no right to create a “safe zone” inside Syria unless it sought and received the consent of President Bashar al-Assad, signalling tensions as a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict began. President Vladimir Putin, one of Assad’s closest allies, was hosting the summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on…

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Australia admits’Neglecting’ to Enhance Aboriginal lives

Aboriginal Australians have suffered ‘centuries’ of discrimination and violence [Nicol Bikes/Reuters] More than a decade after vowing to “close the gap” between indigenous Australians and the rest of the country, the government on Thursday admitted it was still falling far short. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that only two of seven government targets to improve…

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Airbus to stop Creation of A380 superjumbo jet

The decision comes after Dubai-based carrier Emirates reduced its total order of the model by 39 planes [File: Francois Mori/AP Photo] Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced plans to stop the production of the world’s largest commercial passenger plane, the A380 superjumbo, by 2021. The European aviation giant said on Thursday it would cease production of the airliner after…

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Australian citizenship’not far’ for freed Bahraini footballer

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told the recently freed Bahraini footballer, Hakeem al-Araibi, that he may soon be granted the Australian citizenship. The assurance on Thursday came just days after al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released by the Thai authorities following a months-long ordeal. “It’s wonderful to…

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Ruthless and complex: How hackers exploit new technology

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Whether you’re a homemaker or a CEO – you are a possible target of an increasingly sophisticated and indiscriminate breed of cybercriminals. That’s the message from the head of a company advising prominent firms in Asia on how to protect themselves from online attacks. The warning by the Kuala Lumpur-based Asia…

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Philippine journalist Maria Ressa published on bail

Maria Ressa, an award-winning Philippine journalist, has been freed on bail following an arrest that prompted international condemnation and allegations that she is being targeted over her news platform’s criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte. The 55-year-old editor of the Rappler website spent the night in detention at the National Bureau of Investigation in the capital,…

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