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Trump travel ban: Targeted nations condemn new US order

The new ban led to small protests at US airports - far smaller than the demonstrations after the first ban was announced

COUNTRIES TARGETED under a new US travel ban passed by President Donald Trump have attacked the move, along with the United Nations. On Monday, President Trump signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. The order was presented as a means to …

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Police arrest 6 over rape of India orphans

Rape and gender crimes have been in the spotlight in recent years

POLICE IN the southern Indian state of Kerala have arrested six people for allegedly raping teenage girls in an orphanage in Wayanad district. Police say the girls were lured into a shop by men who offered them chocolate. They say the men filmed the rapes and used the footage to …

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France election: Juppe will not replace scandal-hit Fillon

Francois Filon (L) will not lose his place to Alain Juppe (R)

ALAIN JUPPE, the leading candidate to replace under-fire French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, says he will not run, despite pressure to do so. Mr Fillon has denied allegations that members of his family were paid taxpayers’ money for fictitious jobs. He has lost support within the centre-right party and in …

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Mosul IS offensive: Iraqi forces capture second bridge over Tigris

Iraqi forces have launched a new push against Islamic State militants in western Mosul

IRAQI GOVERNMENT forces have captured Mosul’s al-Hurriya (Freedom) Bridge over the River Tigris, Iraqi military and Kurdish sources say. It is the second of five bridges to be recaptured since the operation to retake the city from so-called Islamic State began in October. The news comes a day after Iraqi …

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Nigeria Chibok abductions: Ex-President Jonathan denies rescue snub

A global campaign was launched to secure the release of the girls

NIGERIA’S FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan has denied he rejected a British offer to rescue the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram. The Royal Air Force (RAF) located the more than 200 girls and proposed to rescue them but Mr Jonathan refused, the UK’s Observer newspaper says. However, spokesman for Mr …

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Libya epicentre of migrant child abuse

Many migrant children are kept in detention centres in Libya

THE UNITED Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy. Unicef says almost 26,000 children – most of them unaccompanied – crossed the Mediterranean last year. In its new report, Unicef says many children suffer from …

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Tunisia beach attack: Coroner condemns Sousse police response

CCTV footage of people running from the attacker

THE POLICE response to the Tunisian beach attack in which 30 Britons died was “at best shambolic and at worst cowardly”, a coroner has concluded. Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith ruled they were “unlawfully killed” when a gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse in June 2015, claiming 38 lives in …

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Ukraine blockade tensions rise in rebel-held east

Winter fuel supplies are threatened by the month-old blockade in the east

UKRAINIAN WAR veterans and their supporters say they will step up a coal blockade of rebel-held regions of industrial eastern Ukraine. For a month about 100 activists have blocked railway lines to stop Ukraine trading with pro-Russian rebels. The Donetsk region is a key supplier of coal to Ukrainian power …

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Give Donald Trump a chance — Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe is known for his fierce opposition to previous US presidents

PRESIDENT DONALD Trump should be given a chance to prove himself, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe says. He went on to express his support for Mr Trump’s America-first policy, saying “America for Americans” and “Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans”. It is unusual for the veteran head of state to publicly back any US …

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France police avert ‘imminent’ attack

Anti-terror police raided the flat in Montpellier on Friday

AN “IMMINENT” terror attack on French soil has been averted with the arrest of four suspects in Montpellier, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said. Three men and a girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police in a raid on a flat in the southern city. Home-made …

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