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Iran court sentences eight men to death over Islamic State attack

DUBAI, May 13 (Reuters) – An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced eight men to death over attacks that killed 18 people at the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum last year, in the first deadly operation by Islamic State in the country. The sentence, issued by a Revolutionary Court after …

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Paris knife attack suspect born in Chechnya, parents in custody

Paris, May 13, 2018 (AFP) – A knifeman who killed one person and wounded four others in a suspected terror attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya in 1997, a judicial source said on Sunday. The parents of the attacker, who witnesses said shouted “Allahu akbar” during the assault …

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Indonesia church attacks kill nine, dozens wounded

Surabaya, Indonesia, May 13, 2018 (AFP) – A wave of blasts, including a suicide bombing, struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others in the deadliest attack in years to strike the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. The Southeast Asian nation, which will begin …

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Philippine mayor survives ambush after Duterte threat

Manila, May 13, 2018 (AFP) – A Philippine mayor accused of involvement in narcotics trafficking survived an ambush on Sunday, police said, four months after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to kill him. Retired police chief superintendent Vicente Loot, a mayor in the central province of Cebu, had been repeatedly …

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UK’s May and Trump agree talks needed over Iranian sanctions

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call on Friday that talks were needed to discuss how U.S sanctions on Iran would affect foreign companies operating in the country. Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of …

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Philippine Supreme Court removes Duterte “enemy” judge

MANILA, May 11 (Reuters) – The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove its top judge, whom President Rodrigo Duterte has called an “enemy” for voting against several controversial government proposals, citing violations in the way she was appointed. But one opposition party said the ouster of Maria Lourdes …

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Family of 7 dead with gunshot wounds in rural Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – A family of seven including four children was found dead with gunshot wounds Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what could be the country’s worst mass shooting in 22 years, police and media said. The children died with their mother and grandparents. The …

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Amnesty slams death penalty for raped Sudan teenager

Khartoum, May 10, 2018 (AFP) – Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday slammed a Sudanese court’s sentencing of a teenager to death for killing her rapist husband in self-defence. Noura Hussein Hammad, 19, was handed a death sentence by a Sudanese court for killing the man her father forced her …

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Fears of flooding as Mumbai plans to open salt pans for social housing

BANGKOK, May 11 (Reuters) – A plan by Mumbai authorities to develop protected coastal land now used for making salt could cause severe flooding in the congested city, said environmentalists who are considering legal options to block the initiative. The Mumbai Development Plan for the period through 2034 earmarks nearly …

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UNSC shocked at scale of humanitarian crisis of Rohingya

NEW YORK, May 10 (KUNA) — Members of the UN Security Council expressed shock at the scale of the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmars Rakhine State and the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. From April 28 to May 1, the UNSC members visited Bangladesh and Myanmar as …

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