US man arrested for threatening Democratic politicians

Police arrested a Florida man on Friday on suspicion of leaving racist, homophobic and Islamophobic messages filled with death threats on the voicemails of several Democratic members of Congress.  John Kless, 49, of Broward County, is accused of leaving expletive-strewn death threats in voicemails at the Washington, DC, offices of California Representative Eric Swalwell, Detroit…

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House Democrat Nadler into subpoena for unredacted Mueller report

Washington, DC – US Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Thursday he will issue a subpoena for the full, unredacted copy of the Mueller report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “Because Congress requires this material in order to perform our constitutionally-mandated responsibilities, I will subpoena for the full…

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Iran flooding: Charities reach devastated villages

Flooding has devastated large parts of Iran, affecting 10 million people. The government and charities have been providing what food, water and shelter assistance they can, but with homes heavily damaged and destroyed, many locals are saying they need an entirely new place to live. As Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports from Lorestan province, volunteers…

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UN condemns latest assault on Libyaâ$™s Tripoli, mulls ceasefire

The United Nations says an attack on residential neighbourhoods in Libya’s capital Tripoli could amount to a war crime. At least seven civilians were killed and 20 injured during shelling on Tuesday. On Wednesday, funerals were held in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square for those who died in the rocket attacks by forces loyal to renegade military…

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North Korea wants Pompeo eliminated from nuclear talks

North Korea wants United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replaced with someone “more careful and mature” in talks over its banned nuclear programme, a senior official told state media, hours after the country announced a missile test. Describing Pompeo as “reckless” the foreign ministry said a summit in Vietnam earlier this year showed that talks could go…

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Gunmen kill bus Riders in Pakistan’s Balochistan: Official

At least 14 people have been killed after gunmen ambushed a bus in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, according to government officials. “They were all bullet injuries, most were shot in the head,” Dr Muhammad Musa, a government health official who just examined the bodies in Balochistan’s Ormara area, told Al Jazeera. The attackers were wearing uniforms…

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Hatred of journalists turning into violence: media watchdog

Hatred of journalists whipped up by populist and authoritarian leaders is degenerating into violence across the world, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has warned. The number of countries where journalists can work safely is plummeting, RSF’s annual World Press Freedom Index revealed on Thursday. Political leaders’ hostility towards the media “has incited increasingly frequent…

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Indians begin voting in second Stage of parliamentary election

The elections kicked off last week and will end next month in a giant exercise involving almost 900 million people [Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters] Millions of people across India are voting in the second phase of the staggered general elections in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term.…

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North Korea conducts evaluations for’strategic headed weapon’: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new type of “tactical guided weapon” in a move that could be an attempt to register the country’s displeasure with currently deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States. The country’s state media, KCNA, reported on Thursday that the “advantages” of the weapon were…

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Rouhani: Iran flooding revealed vicious temperament of the US

At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused damages estimated at around $2.5bn since March 19. [Mehdi Pedramkhoo/Tasnim News Agency/Reuters] The United States’s reaction to floods that killed dozens of people in Iran has revealed Washington’s “vicious” nature, said Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. At least 76 people have died after torrential…

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Mueller report to be released on Thursday: 5 items to search for

US Attorney General William Barr has provided only a glimpse of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 US election, with many details expected to emerge when a redacted version of the document is released on Thursday.  Barr has scheduled a press conference for 9:30am local time (1330GMT)…

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Confusion over fate of Sudan’s deposed President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s deposed president Omar al-Bashir was moved to Kobar prison in the capital Khartoum late on Tuesday, family sources told Reuters news agency, but officials disputed the account. Citing a source at the prison on Wednesday, Reuters reported that al-Bashir was being held under tight security in solitary confinement. The ruling Transitional Military Council has yet…

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Korean man kills five Following setting apartment on fire

The 42-year-old set fire to his apartment in the south-eastern city of Jinju, about 435km southeast of Seoul[Yonhap] A South Korean man set his apartment on fire before stabbing fleeing residents with a knife, killing five people and injuring 13 others. The 42-year-old set fire to his apartment in the south-eastern city of Jinju, about 435…

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What’s Notre Dame important to France?

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and has been home to invaluable works of art and artefacts. The iconic architecture of France survived two world wars and has been the seat of the archbishop of Paris and a centre of the Catholic faith. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

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Migrants flee to Niger as fighting worsens in Libya

The fighting in Libya between rival governments has made many Europe-bound refugees and migrants head for neighbouring Niger. The country has long been a transit point for people in Sub-Saharan Africa Dozens have begun to arrive in the northern region of Agadez, joining hundreds of migrants already stranded in Niger. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports…

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Trump effort has unrivaled funds before US election

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30m in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to The Associated Press news agency. The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to $40.8m, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this…

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US Democrats demand Trump tax returns by April 23

US congressional Democrats have given the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a final deadline of April 23 to hand over President Donald Trump’s tax returns. In letter on Saturday, Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, warned the IRS that failure to comply with his request for six years of Trump’s individual and…

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Indonesia: Election campaigning Finishes with massive Agendas

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Indonesian President Joko Widodo have turned out in the capital, Jakarta, for the final day of campaigning before Wednesday’s elections. Widodo, in a repeat of the 2014 election, is running against former army general, Prabowo Subianto, for a second five-year term in office. “For the young, the women, and the men, we…

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Ireland warns no-deal Brexit can impact food supplies to UK

Ireland is relieved that the prospect of a no-deal Brexit seems to be ruled out for the time being. But the country remains worried. Any sort of Brexit would be damaging to its economy. The huge farming sector is at the highest risk. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from the Irish border.

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British MPs say WikiLeaks’ Assange must face justice in Sweden

More than 70 British members of parliament have signed a letter urging the home secretary to ensure that WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden if a case there is reopened against him.  The letter, signed late on Friday by mostly Labour Party MPs, urged UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to “stand with the victims of sexual violence” and…

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The problem with Muslim celebrity civilization

Last week, Muslims of the World (MOTW) – a platform describing itself as “designed to give a voice to Muslims around the world” – launched an Instagram contest offering a free trip to New Zealand. It claimed the winner would meet families of Christchurch shooting victims and visit the mosques with the platform’s founder, Sajjad…

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‘Not pawns’:” US mayors decry Trump’s sanctuary city hazard

Democratic US mayors said on Friday their cities would welcome undocumented immigrants, dismissing President Donald Trump’s threats to transport people detained at the border to “sanctuary cities” as illustrating the White House’s callous approach to the issue. Trump confirmed on Twitter that he wanted to transport people detained in his immigration crackdown at the US-Mexico…

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Will Sudan’s coup leaders make concessions?

“We have no ambitions to hold the reigns of power.” Those were the words from the head of Sudan’s military council’s political committee, in response to ongoing protests in the capital, Khartoum on Friday. They followed the removal of longtime President Omar al-Bashir, after 30 years in power. In a press conference on Friday, Omar…

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Venezuela’s ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant

Venezuela’s longtime spy chief was arrested Friday in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a United States warrant for allegedly trafficking tons of cocaine. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and headed the country’s security apparatus, recently became the most influential military figure to declare his loyalty…

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Gunmen abduct Cuban doctors near Kenya’s border with Somalia

Unidentified gunmen abducted two Cuban doctors and shot dead a police officer near Kenya’s border with Somalia, Kenyan media reported on Friday. The Daily Nation said the attackers drove off with the doctors, who are employed by the Kenyan government, after the shooting in Mandera in the north-east of the country. KTN News said police…

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Pakistan: Deadly explosion rips through Quetta market

Islamabad, Pakistan – At least 20 people have been killed and another 40 wounded as an explosion ripped through a market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, a provincial official says, the latest attack to target the city’s minority Hazara community.  Announcing the death toll, provincial minister Zia Langove said: “Four or five [of…

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Ecuador says man’close’ into Julian Assange detained

A man linked to Wikileaks cofounder Julian Assange has been arrested in Ecuador for “investigative purposes”, the country’s interior minister has said.  “A person close to Wikileaks, who has been residing in Ecuador, was arrested this afternoon when he was preparing to travel to Japan,”  Maria Romo tweeted late on Thursday. The man who was arrested has reportedly lived in Ecuador…

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Japan court extends ex-Nissan main Ghosn’s detention

A Japan court ruled on Friday that Carlos Ghosn will remain in detention until April 22, as prosecutors grill the former Nissan boss over allegations of financial misconduct. The 65-year-old will be held in custody at a detention centre in Tokyo until then, whereupon authorities will either have to press formal charges, release him or rearrest him if they…

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Malaysia rail Job to resume after China agrees to Price Reduce

Work on the East Coast Rail Link was suspended when Malaysia’s new government took power in May last year, and is now being resumed [AP Photo] Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malaysia will resume work on the multi-billion dollar East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) after months of negotiations with the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and the…

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‘Guard your revolution’:’ Sudan protests continue despite curfew

Organisers of the months-long demonstrations that triggered the overthrow of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir have urged pro-democracy supporters to protest against a military takeover, renewing their demands for a civilian-led government. The appeal by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) came late on Thursday as tens of thousands of protesters defied a nighttime curfew announced earlier in the…

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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashes in Effort to land on moon

An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon its landing on the moon [Space IL/Handout via Reuters] An Israeli spacecraft has crashed into the moon moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar landing. Around 20 minutes before the scheduled landing on Thursday, engine firings slowed…

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Indonesia election and the part of its strong military

Jakarta, Indonesia – When Robertus Robet, a human rights activist, joined the student protests to topple Indonesian dictator Suharto two decades ago, he sang a song criticising the military without getting into trouble. Earlier this year, Robet sang the song again to show his opposition to president Joko Widodo’s decision to allow active military officers to take…

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North Korean parliament re-elects Kim Jong Un to crucial panel

North Korea’s parliament has re-elected the country’s leader Kim Jong Un as chairman of the State Affairs Commission and chosen a new premier. The first session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly on Thursday chose Kim Jong Un for the post because of “his outstanding ideological and theoretical wisdom and experienced and seasoned leadership,” the Korean…

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Trump says sanctions on North Korea to remain in area

US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in agreed on Thursday on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea, but the two leaders aren’t completely aligned on whether sanctions will pressure Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons or drive him away from the negotiating table. Trump, in his first meeting…

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Sudan’s military seizes power from President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s armed forces have overthrown and arrested President Omar al-Bashir after months of protests against his nearly 30-year rule. In a statement on Thursday, General Awad Ibn Auf said al-Bashir was taken to a “safe place” after the “toppling of the regime” and also announced the formation of a military-led transitional government, which will rule for two years.…

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Strong storm Attracts winter to parts of the US

Heavy snow blankets parts of Colorado and is only a preview of the blizzard coming to the central Plains [RJ Sangosti/Getty Images] A powerful storm is moving across the United States that has weather elements of both a winter and spring. This storm originated out of the eastern Pacific and moved into the western US…

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US fees WikiLeaks’ Assange together with’computer hacking conspiracy’

Washington, DC – US prosecutors have charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with conspiracy for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.  According to court documents, unsealed on Thursday, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the “largest compromises of…

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Wikileaks’ Julian Assange found guilty of violating bail provisions

London, United Kingdom – Seven years after he first entered Ecuador’s embassy in London seeking asylum, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police and faces extradition to the United States. A bedraggled and sickly looking Assange on Thursday was dragged out of the building in the UK capital by officers and bundled into a police…

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Is Trump Even a Queen Esther or a King Cyrus?

As President Donald Trump has wreaked havoc of biblical proportions across the world, some believers – quite understandably – have taken to the scriptures and their tales of great disasters and divine punishment to explain the current vortex of calamities. But there has also been another reading of religious texts, mainly by eager American evangelicals,…

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Frontline Nicaragua

In April 2018, protests against pension reform plans in Nicaragua quickly mushroomed into a widespread anti-government movement. The country’s Sandinista regime under President Daniel Ortega cracked down hard. Over the following year, hundreds were killed, thousands more were exiled or detained and independent media voices were suppressed. As negotiations to resolve the crisis finally got…

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Sudan: Army claims it’ll create’important announcement’

Army tanks rolled onto the streets of Khartoum and the fate of President Omar al-Bashir was uncertain with military and government sources saying that the embattled leader had been relieved of his duties.  The Sudanese army is expected to make “an important announcement”, state media said on Thursday, after months of protests against Bashir. “The…

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South Korea’s top court orders easing of diplomatic ban

South Korea’s constitutional court has on Thursday ordered the easing of the country’s decades-long ban on abortions in a landmark ruling. “The abortion ban limits women’s rights to pursue their own destinies, and violates their rights to health by limiting their access to safe and timely procedures,” the court said in a statement. “Embryos completely…

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DRC: Protests erupt as ruling party don’t win senate chair

A coalition of the former leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila scored a landslide victory for provincial gubernatorial seats. Angry supporters of newly elected President Felix Tshisekedi took to the streets protesting against this win. The president and his predecessor have formed a coalition, but Kabila’s supporters’ massive win has put Tshisekedi…

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Voting kicks off in India’s multi-phase overall elections

Polling has opened in India’s multi-phase general elections as millions will vote in 91 constituencies across 20 states in the first phase of the polls. Polls are also being held in the militancy-wracked Jammu and Kashmir state as well as in Chhattisgarh, which is plagued by a left-wing Maoist insurgency.  India’s gargantuan election, the biggest in history,…

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Infrastructure in the center of Widodo’s Indonesia re-election bid

Makassar, Indonesia – After opening the new subway system in Indonesia’s gridlocked capital, President Joko Widodo flew east to the Sulawesi city of Makassar in March to tell a crowd of hundreds about the benefits of infrastructure. “You might have seen that Sulawesi has a wind power plant,” the former furniture salesman, who is seeking re-election…

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EU leaders agree on Brexit extension until October 31

Leaders of the 27 countries remaining in the European Union and British Prime Minister Theresa May have agreed to extend Brexit until October 31. At an emergency meeting in Brussels that went on for more than six hours on Wednesday, the EU leaders agreed to offer May a six-month extension that was accepted by the…

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India elections: All you Will Need to Understand

India’s multi-phase general elections kicks off on Thursday when millions will vote in 91 constituencies across 20 states in the first phase of the polls. Approximately 900 million voters – more than the combined population of the US and the European Union – are eligible to participate in the world’s biggest electoral exercise. The seven-phase…

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US Democrats say Barr should retract spying announcement

US Attorney General William Barr sparred with Democrats on Wednesday over whether “spying” occurred on President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, and said that a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the election would be out next week. During questioning by senators, Barr said “spying”…

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US, China’Concur to establish trade Bargain Authorities offices’

Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pose for a photo before the opening session of trade negotiations at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing last February [Mark Schiefelbein/Reuters] US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that US-China trade talks continue…

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Trump to signal orders making it more difficult to block pipelines in US

US President Donald Trump will issue two executive orders in the heart of the Texas energy hub on Wednesday that seek to speed gas, coal and oil projects delayed by coastal states as he looks to build support in the run-up to next year’s election. Trump’s expected orders direct his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change a…

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Trump says he won’t lend his tax returns for Congress

US President Donald Trump, facing a congressional deadline for his administration to provide his tax returns, said on Wednesday that he “won’t do it” while he’s under audit by the IRS. Trump told reporters at the White House that “I would love to give them, but I’m not going to do it while I’m under…

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Trump says he could call up more troops to the US-Mexico boundary

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would have to mobilise more of the military at the US border with Mexico after listening to stories from people attending a Republican fundraiser in Texas about migrants crossing the border. “I’m going to have to call up more military,” Trump said without elaborating. The president interrupted…

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US resumes air raids in Somalia after brief Autumn

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) says it has resumed air raids against the al-Shabab group in Somalia after a brief pause that followed a critical report condemning the “shroud of secrecy around civilian deaths” caused by the US military. The latest operation was carried out on Tuesday near Jilib, a town in Somalia’s Middle Juba region, southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, and…

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Al Jazeera wins record prize haul in New York awards festival

Al Jazeera Media Network has scooped a record number of prizes at the prestigious New York Festivals TV and Films awards, including the Broadcaster of the Year award for Al Jazeera English, which it won for a third consecutive year. Judges awarded the Qatar-based network 18 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals at the…

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Astronomers capture first-ever image of a Dark hole

Eight telescopes were used to capture the historic image [European Southern Observatory via AFP] The very first picture of a black hole is here, finally. In a major breakthrough, astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the highly anticipated image which shows a dark core, encircled by a bright orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma. It was…

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What is the next for Sudan?

In the early hours of Monday, April 8, a failed regime took a giant step towards turning its country into a failed state. Just as people were preparing for the dawn prayers, security forces attacked protesters encamped in front of the headquarters of the Sudanese army in the capital Khartoum. They fired tear gas, rubber…

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Peru: Judge orders 10-day detention of ex-president Kuczynski

Peru’s last five presidents, including Kuczynski, have either been jailed on corruption charges or are currently under investigation for fraud. [File: Mariana Baz/Reuters] A Peruvian judge on Wednesday ordered a 10-day detention for former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as part of an ongoing money-laundering investigation.  The order, from the Third Court of Preparatory Investigation, is…

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Indian election commission bans Modi biopic until Later polls

Hundreds of millions of Indians are preparing to vote in a national election on Thursday [Channi Anand/AP] A biopic about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described by his opponents as propaganda has been barred from release during the national elections, a government body overseeing the polls said. India’s election commission said on Wednesday any biopic…

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Russia shows plan for brand fresh Arctic petroleum frontier

Vladimir Putin has asked the international community to help develop the Northern Sea Route which connects the Arctic from the Far East to the West. The Russian president spoke at the 5th International Arctic Forum in Saint Petersburg attended by leaders from several northern countries. The route, which is frozen most of the year, has…

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Rio de Janeiro floods: death toll climbs to 10

Flooding in Rio de Janeiro killed at least 10 people according to the city’s fire department, as a clean-up operation continued across the city on Wednesday. A state of emergency was declared as the torrential rain triggered widespread flash flooding which turned streets into raging rivers, toppled trees and swept away cars. Schools were closed…

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Thousands flee as ISIL and Taliban fight for Kunar province

Afghan Special Forces, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) and the Taliban are preparing for a three-way battle in eastern Afghanistan. ISIL started an offensive against the Taliban two weeks ago in Kunar province – a fight that has displaced more than 20,000 people. Now the Afghan government says it…

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Fukushima: Residents return as Japan lifts evacuation sequence

Japan partially lifted an evacuation order in one of the two hometowns of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday for the first time since the 2011 disaster. Decontamination efforts have lowered radiation levels significantly in the area about 7km southwest of the plant where three reactors had meltdowns due to the damage caused by…

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Brexit: EU leaders to be met by May, will she get another extension?

London, United Kingdom – Brexit is going through yet another crunch week. It is unlikely to be the last as the European Union appears likely to grant the United Kingdom another extension at an emergency European Council summit on Wednesday evening. The heads of the 28 EU member states, including the UK, will meet in…

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Wreckage of’crashed’ Japanese stealth fighter jet Saw

A Japan Coast Guard vessel and a US military aircraft conduct rescue and search operations for the crashed jet [Kyodo/Reuters] Wreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific. There was no word yet on the fate of the pilot on board,…

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Israel elections: Netanyahu and chief rival in tight race

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on course for a record fifth term after partial results from Tuesday’s parliamentary elections showed the veteran right-wing leader in front. Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz both claimed victory in the election. But exit polls and early results, with 80 percent of the votes counted, showed Netanyahu’s…

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Amnesty: Lowest number of prisoners executed in 2018

At least 690 prisoners were executed in 20 countries in 2018, marking a 31 percent fall from at least 993 from the previous year, according to Amnesty International that reported the fewest deaths by capital punishment in at least a decade. A total of 2,531 death sentences were also imposed in 54 countries last year, decreasing from 2,591…

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Airbnb to allow listings from illegal Israeli settlements

Home-sharing platform Airbnb has announced it will back off a plan to remove Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank from its rental listings to end lawsuits brought by the hosts. Israeli lawyers filed a class action suit against Airbnb in November immediately after it said it planned to remove from its rental listings…

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OAS recognises Guaido’s envoy until new Venezuela elections held

Caracas, Venezuela – The Organization of American States (OAS) has recognised the envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the Venezuela’s official delegate to the group until new elections are held. The regional organisation adopted the resolution recognising Gustavo Tarre Briceno with 18 votes in favour, nine against, six abstentions and one absence, the…

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Trump Requires Sisi as critics reiterate concern for individual rights

US President Donald Trump, welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House on Tuesday, saying a lot of progress had been made with Egypt in terms of “terrorism”. Trump, with Sisi at his side, also told reporters that the two had important things to discuss military issues and trade. “I think he is…

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Is the US currently calling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’terrorists’?

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard is both revered and feared. The 125,000-strong elite force, comprised of army, navy and air units, answers directly to the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and controls major businesses in Iran as well. However, it’s been accused of destabilising the Middle East. The United States has designated the force as a…

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Libya: UN evacuates refugees, postpones peace talks amid violence

The United Nations has evacuated 150 refugees from a detention centre in Tripoli, as fierce clashes for control of the Libyan capital led to the postponement of a peace conference planned for next week. In recent days, forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar have advanced on the city, the base of the country’s internationally-backed…

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Sudan: Security forces crack down on towering anti-Bashir protests

In the latest crackdown against protests in Sudan, security services loyal to President Omar al-Bashir have killed at least 14 anti-government protesters taking part in a mass sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, according to activists behind the demonstration. Tuesday’s deaths brought the total number of people killed during the protests since it…

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Colombia’s lower house rejects Duque’s changes to serenity tribunal

Bogota – Colombia’s lower house has overwhelmingly rejected President Ivan Duque’s suggested modifications to the country’s transitional justice system – the latest in a series of congressional defeats for the president. Duque asked legislators in March to review six parts of the law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal. The special tribunal…

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Hope blossoms in spring as Afghans keep close eye on peace talks

Asasabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan – The arrival of spring has turned the fields green in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, which shares a border with Pakistan.  Bukharis, traditional Afghan heaters, have been switched off as the rapeseed blossoms.  As well as picturesque landscapes, with spring comes a new fighting season in Afghanistan. Every year,…

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‘Out with system’: Algeria protesters reject interim president

Police in Algeria’s capital have fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of students protesting against the appointment of a new interim president who is a part of the ruling order they have been seeking to remove.  The demonstration in central Algiers on Tuesday took place as parliament officially confirmed upper house Speaker Abdelkader…

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Saudi Aramco’s debut international bond tops $100bn

Orders for Saudi Aramco’s debut international bond topped $100bn on Tuesday, a record-breaking vote of market confidence for the oil giant which has faced investor concerns about government influence over the company. State-owned Aramco is expected to raise more than $10bn from the deal, which will be priced later on Tuesday and is seen as a gauge of potential…

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Israel elections: Netanyahu criticised over poll channel cameras

Jerusalem – As voters in Israel head to the polls to choose the next party to lead the 21st Knesset, some 1,200 body cameras have reportedly been placed in polling sites in Palestinian neighbourhoods, prompting a police investigation. Israel’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) chairman Judge Hanan Melcer filed a complaint to the Israel Police on…

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Critics advocate Trump to address rights issues throughout Sisi meeting

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to meet US President Donald Trump on Tuesday amid continued controversy at home over his bid to extend his rule and concerns over human rights violations. The meeting will be Sisi’s second visit to the White House since he took office in 2014. Relations between Cairo and Washington were tense…

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Iran’s Rouhani defends IRGC, says US’terror’ tag a’error’

President Hassan Rouhani has defended the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as protectors of Iran and said that the US decision to label the Iranian elite force a “terrorist group” was a mistake. “The Guards have sacrificed their lives to protect our people, our [1979 Islamic] revolution … Today America that holds a grudge against the Guards, blacklists…

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Israeli elections: Netanyahu faces challenge by Gantz at surveys

Jerusalem – Israelis are voting on Tuesday to choose the next party to lead the 21st Knesset in an election that pits incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against Benny Gantz, former army chief of staff, with 37 other parties in the running. Polls are open from 7am (04:00 GMT) to 10pm (19:00 GMT) at 10,720 polling…

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UN: Recent Myanmar army attack may have killed dozens of Rohingya

The western state was at the epicentre of a brutal crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces in 2017 [File: Min Kyi Thein/AP] The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has said it fears that dozens of Rohingya civilians may have been killed in a military attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine state last week, despite official…

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Kazakhstan to hold early presidential Elections on June 9

Tokayev was named interim president after long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly announced his resignation last month [Pavel Golovkin/Reuters] Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called a snap presidential election, citing the need to eliminate political uncertainty in the oil-rich Central Asian nation. Tokayev, who replaced Nursultan Nazarbayev following his surprise resignation last month, used a state…

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India votes 2019: Narendra Modi seeks second term

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, but he faces opposition from Rahul Gandhi of the Congress Party. Five years ago, Modi made the election all about himself and what he would do if he won. And one of his main promises was overhauling India’s economy. Unemployment is a major concern, with India suffering…

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Requirement for Saudi Aramco’s debut bonds in more than 50bn: resources

Last year, Aramco postponed until 2021 an initial public offering aimed at raising money for a government looking to cut its budget deficit and diversify its economy beyond oil. [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters] Saudi Aramco has received more than $50bn in bids for its debut international bond sale, which had been expected to be in the $10bn…

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US bars entrance to 16 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

The US State Department has barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The announcement on Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as the Trump administration faces pressure from Congress over its response to the killing in the Saudi consulate in…

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Japan abdication stirs female series debate

Japanese Emperor Akihito’s historic abdication later this month has reignited concerns over the future of what is believed to be one of the world’s oldest royal families, given its hereditary male-only succession rules. The fate of the Japanese imperial family rests on 12-year-old Hisahito, the son of Crown Prince Naruhito’s younger brother and the last…

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Judge blocks Trump coverage of returning asylum seekers to Mexico

A US judge on Monday issued an injunction halting the Trump administration’s policy of sending some asylum seekers back across the southern border to wait out their deportation cases in Mexico. The ruling is slated to take effect on Friday, according to the order by US District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco. The preliminary…

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Neo-Nazi site founder must go back to US to face suit

A neo-Nazi website operator is not excused from returning to the US for questioning under oath in a lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic “troll storm” against a Montana real estate agent’s family, a federal judge has ruled. The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin claims it’s too dangerous for him to travel to the…

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Romania’s ex-leader Iliescu charged over 1989 uprising

Romania’s former President Ion Iliescu has been charged with crimes against humanity by the country’s top prosecutor for his role in the aftermath of the chaotic and bloody uprising that toppled the communist government in 1989. Iliescu is accused of using state media to spread false information and stoke fears of a “terrorist threat”, which…

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What is keeping Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir in power?

Four months after the anger at high bread and fuel prices generated mass protests in Sudan, the rallies have evolved into demands for an end to the 30-year-rule of President Omar al-Bashir. For the first time on Saturday, protesters got as far as army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, a complex which also houses al-Bashir’s residence.…

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Three US troops, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan explosion

Three US service members and a contractor have been killed by an improvised explosive device close to a major base near Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the US military has said. The blast took place on Monday close to Bagram Airfield, the largest US military facility in Afghanistan. In a statement, the military said three other US troops…

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Israel election: What will be the critical issues for Republicans\?

Jerusalem – Israelis head to the polls on Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, seeking a fifth term in office. If his party wins, he could become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Netanyahu’s main rival, Benny Gantz, is a former military chief of staff. He leads the Blue and White party…

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US Secret Service director to leave Trump administration: WH

US Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles will leave his post shortly, the White House has said. The announcement, made by President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Monday, comes a day after the resignation of another top national security official, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles … will…

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US tags Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps a’terror group’

The United States designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign “terrorist organisation”, President Donald Trump said on Monday, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country’s military a “terrorist group”. Iranian officials have threatened to respond to the move in kind, with legislators reportedly preparing legislation that would label the US…

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Russia agrees to spare nearly 100 captive whales after outcry

Authorities in Russia have agreed to free almost 100 whales held in cramped enclosures in the country’s far east for almost a year, according to officials. The decision on Monday to release the 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales came after international scientists, including renowned oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau, signed a joint agreement with Russian scientists…

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Tripoli’s only functional airport hit by air Recorder as clashes rage

Forces under the command of Libya’s renegade General Khalifa Haftar are believed to have launched an air raid against the only functioning airport in Tripoli as heavy fighting rages for control of the capital. Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed said services at the Mitiga airport in eastern Tripoli were temporarily suspended after the attack on Monday.…

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India’s BJP releases manifesto before elections

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made 75 promises, which include the contentious decision to scrap a decades-old law providing special rights to the residents of disputed Kashmir region, according to the party’s election manifesto. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP has consistently advocated ending Kashmir’s special constitutional status, which prevents non-residents from buying property in Indian-administered…

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India: The key takeaways in BJP’s manifesto

New Delhi, India – India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its election manifesto, just days before the country’s general election. The Hindu nationalist party outlined 75 milestones in its manifesto, which it promises to achieve in the next few years if voted back to power. “Nationalism is our inspiration,” Prime Minister Narendra…

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Voting and loathing from South Africa

On March 6, just two months before South Africa’s elections, African National Congress (ANC) politician and current premier of Gauteng province, David Makhura, declared: “I think some specific crimes [are committed] by some specific nationalities or foreign nationals are involved.” Whenever a powerful South African political leader blames undocumented migrants for perpetrating crime and lawlessness,…

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