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Queen's Speech unveils Brexit-focused agenda at troubled time Queen's Speech unveils Brexit-focused agenda at troubled time
A somber Queen's Speech laid out a Brexit-heavy policy agenda and dropped key pledges made by embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, who on Wednesday officially began the challenge of leading a minority government. Queen Elizabeth II read out a list of the government's intentions -- as is tradition before parliament begins a new session -- at a tumultuous time for Britain and as May's leadership...
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Qatar-Saudi Arabia spat over ‘terrorism’ has too many plot holes Qatar-Saudi Arabia spat over ‘terrorism’ has too many plot holes
The Saudi-Qatari spat is getting uglier by the day; one stark manifestation of this emerged last week when, in a joint statement released by Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, the countries announced they were placing 59 individuals and 12 organisations linked to Qatar on a “terror list”. Anyone aware of the nature of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) politics will vouch for t...
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China issues list of Islamic baby names banned for Xinjiang's Muslims China issues list of Islamic baby names banned for Xinjiang's Muslims
The Chinese government has banned dozens of Muslim baby names in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. Names such as Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj, and Medina have been banned, RFA said, citing a Chinese Communist Party document titled 'Naming Rules for Ethnic Minorities'. "[People with banned names] won't be able to get a household registrat...
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Afghanistan IS head killed in raid - US and Afghan officials Afghanistan IS head killed in raid - US and Afghan officials
The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said. He died 10 days ago in an joint special forces operation in eastern Nangarhar province, the US military said. Hasib is believed to have been behind March's attack on a military hospital in Kabul, killing at least 50 people. Last month, the Pentagon said Ha...
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Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack
Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of Friday's Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened at an army base near the northern Mazar-e Sharif city. Insurgents targeted troops leaving Friday prayers at the base's mosque and in a canteen, the army said. It was the Taliban's deadliest attack on the ...
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Norway to build world's first ship tunnel at sea Norway to build world's first ship tunnel at sea
Oslo: Norway on Wednesday unveiled plans to build the world's first sea tunnel to pass through a mountain, avoiding dangerous waters that intimidated even the Vikings. Built to bypass the Stad peninsula, a storm-swept area in western Norway, the Stad ship tunnel will be 1.7 kilometres long and 36 meters wide, making journeys safer. "The Stad tunnel for boats will finally be built," said Norw...
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China to create new city Xiongan New Area; to be nearly three times the size of New York China to create new city Xiongan New Area; to be nearly three times the size of New York
China has announced that it would establish the Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province, similar to those established in Shenzhen and Shanghai. The New Area, about 100 km southwest of downtown Beijing, will span three counties that sit at the center of the triangular area formed by Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei`s provincial capital Shijiazhuang. Xiongan New Area “will eventually cover an area nearly...
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Police release all 12 people arrested in connection with London att Police release all 12 people arrested in connection with London att
All those arrested in connection with last month's terror attack on Westminster Bridge and the UK Parliament have been released "with no further action," London's Metropolitan Police said Saturday. A 30-year-old man previously arrested in Birmingham "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts" was freed Saturday, the police said in a statement. In addition, 11 others who were previously arr...
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Electronic devices banned on some US flights Electronic devices banned on some US flights
he US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are exempt from the new rules. The UK ...
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Israel imposes 'apartheid regime' on Palestinians: UN report Israel imposes 'apartheid regime' on Palestinians: UN report
A UN agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge. Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman likened the report, which was published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), to Der Sturmer ─ a Nazi propagan...
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