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Nigeria admits failed Chibok schoolgirls swap deal – New Boko Haram video threatens to kill Nigeria’s president

ABUJA, Sept 17, (Agencies): Nigeria opened negotiations with Boko Haram over the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls last year, but the talks were derailed due to a split in the extremist group, a minister said Friday. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Abuja, information minister Lai Mohammed …

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Militants hungry for caliphate: Duterte – Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage

MANILA, Sept 17, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were hungry to establish a caliphate, as he toughens his stance on the kidnap-for-ransom group accused of a deadly bombing in his home city this month. The fiery leader, who has threatened to eat the militants …

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Arab Israeli charged with killing mother in ‘honor killing’ – Driver charged after police shoot passenger

JERUSALEM, Sept 16, (Agencies): A Palestinian at the wheel of a car when police fired on it, killing a passenger, was charged with manslaughter Thursday after prosecutors said his erratic driving made officers shoot. Ali Nimr was driving in east Jerusalem in the early hours of September 5 with his …

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Trump’s enigmatic hair put to the test on US TV

Donald Trump’s hair — a crusty, complex, yellowish affair that has become one of the enigmas of a very weird US presidential race — got messed with big time on Thursday. The usually brash presidential candidate talked in subdued tones and played the good sport as he appeared on one …

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Suicide bomber kills 25 at mosque in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept 16, (AFP): A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people and wounded 35 others as they attended Friday prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, officials said. The bombing took place in the village of Butmaina in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where …

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Saudi Prince cautions Iran

DUBAI, Sept 15, (RTRS): A senior Saudi official, responding to Iranian criticism of Riyadh’s management of the Haj pilgrimage, urged Iran to end what he called wrong attitudes towards Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with the kingdom. Makkah province governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, …

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Egypt’s Al-Sharqia Governorate celebrates National Day

Al-Sharqia Governorate in Egypt celebrated the National Day on Sept 9, 2016. Members of the ancient royal families – Moharam, Zordoq and Ayoub – organized the celebration in Maymouna Village, the hometown of royal families. Well-known media practitioner, Marwa Moharam, inaugurated the event during which she delivered a speech on behalf …

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Duterte ordered killings: witness – Ex-militiaman testifies before Senate

MANILA, Philippines, Sept 15, (AP): A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country’s Senate on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in ganglandstyle assaults that left about 1,000 dead. Edgar …

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Berlin arrests 3 IS suspects – Women ‘commandos’ charged with terrorism

BERLIN, Sept 14, (AFP): German police Tuesday arrested three men with forged Syrian passports accused of being Islamic State (IS) militants and labelled a possible “sleeper cell” with links to the Paris attackers. More than 200 police commandos took part in the pre-dawn raids in northern Germany to detain the …

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‘Duterte lacks understanding of rights’ – Rehab centre drawing a future for drug addicts

MANILA, Sept 14, (Agencies): The United Nations has said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has a “striking lack of understanding” of its human rights institutions in a rebuke over his crime war that has killed more than 3,000 people. The fresh criticism came from UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein …

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