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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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More than 30 killed in Kabul military hospital attack More than 30 killed in Kabul military hospital attack
More than 30 people were killed and around 50 wounded in an insurgent attack on Afghanistan's largest military hospital in Kabul on Wednesday, the defence ministry said. “Most of the victims are patients, doctors and nurses,” ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP, adding that four attackers were also killed. Gunmen dressed as doctors stormed the military hospital, officials said, in a si...
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Kansas shooting 'hero' Ian Grillot invited to India Kansas shooting 'hero' Ian Grillot invited to India
The US man who was shot while trying to intervene in a deadly gun attack on two Indians at a Kansas bar has been invited to visit India. Ian Grillot, 24, has been widely praised as a hero by Indians, including foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. On Thursday he met with Indian diplomats who invited him to visit India when he is able to travel, the University of Kansas Hospital said. "We will stand w...
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Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven
At least seven people were killed when gunmen in Sri Lanka opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo. Police said five inmates and two guards died in the attack near the town of Kalutara. Nine others are in hospital. The bus was transporting a prominent underworld suspect and other prisoners to court. Police say the shooting resulted from a feud between two gangs. The gunmen escaped after spr...
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Bangladesh Muslims protest against justice goddess statue Bangladesh Muslims protest against justice goddess statue
housands of supporters of a conservative Islamist group have protested in Bangladesh against a statue of the goddess of justice erected outside the supreme court. The protest in the capital, Dhaka, demanded its removal. The demonstrators say the figure, a variation on the Greek goddess Themis but in a sari, goes against Islam. The protest is another sign of tension between Islamic conservatism ...
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International skiers stunned by Malam Jabba's sublime beauty International skiers stunned by Malam Jabba's sublime beauty
Foreign visitors attending skiing championship call Malam Jabba a skier's paradise. Foreign skiers at a skiing championship held on Malam Jabba's slopes were left stunned by the hill station's ethereal beauty, with some calling it "a skier’s paradise" and others honouring it as "one of the most beautiful slopes in the world". The 'Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup', held between Janua...
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Australia is failing to improve indigenous lives, report shows Australia is failing to improve indigenous lives, report shows
Australia is not on track to close the gap in life expectancy between its indigenous and non-indigenous people, a major report card has found. The annual Closing The Gap report determined Australia is failing six of seven key measures aimed at reducing indigenous disadvantage. PM Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that progress had not been sufficient. The annual report measures targets des...
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Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained
Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew parallels to the assassination of Archduke...
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France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again
In a surprise move Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as president of France. "I've decided not to be a candidate to renew my mandate," the Socialist leader said in a live televised address. The 62-year-old, faced with very low popularity ratings, has become the first sitting president in modern French history not to seek re-election. Conservative Republicans party c...
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