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Terror takes wheel in Nice … kills 84 – Amir condoles

NICE, France, July 15, (Agencies): French leaders extended the country’s 8-month-old state of emergency Friday and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after a Tunisian man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and wounding 202 others. Thursday night’s massacre …

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Russian strikes kill 18 IS fighters in Syria: monitor – US offers Russia new partnership

BEIRUT, July 15, (Agencies): Russian air strikes have killed 18 Islamic State group fighters in central Syria, including near the historic city of Palmyra, over the past 24 hours, a monitor said on Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said European members of IS were among the dead …

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Lebanese paper, editor guilty of contempt: Hariri tribunal – New hearing to be held to discuss sentencing

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, July 15, (AFP): A special UN court set up to try the killers of ex Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri convicted a Beirut-based newspaper and its editor of contempt Friday for publishing information about confidential witnesses in the case. “I find both the accused guilty,” said Special Tribunal for …

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Cameron bows out, May becomes PM

LONDON, July 13, (Agencies): Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron admitted it had not been an “easy journey” as he left office after six years on Wednesday wishing his country “continued success” in its post-Brexit future. Speaking outside the premier’s Downing Street office before making the short journey to Buckingham …

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EU top court split on headscarf bans – ‘Unlawful direct discrimination’

LUXEMBOURG, July 13, (AFP): The EU’s top court faced a dilemma Wednesday after a top legal officer said it was discriminatory for a firm to tell an employee to remove a Muslim headscarf, contradicting an earlier opinion in a separate case. The latest case concerns a woman, Asma Bougnaoui, who …

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Egypt uses shocking tactics against dissidents: Amnesty – Muslim preachers ordered to deliver identical weekly sermons

CAIRO, July 13, (Agencies):A leading international rights group assailed Egyptian authorities on Wednesday, accusing them of abducting, torturing and using other shocking tactics as a tool to stifle dissent over the past year and a half. The country’s Foreign Ministry promptly responded, lashing back at Amnesty International and saying the …

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‘Malaysia, India trafficking ratings too high’ – Ban announces fund to fight violence against children

WASHINGTON, July 13, (Agencies): US lawmakers said on Tuesday they were concerned that Malaysia and India were rated too favorably in this year’s State Department human trafficking report although the report seemed less influenced by politics than last year’s. The US Department of State’s closely watched annual Trafficking in Persons …

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Tribunal rejects Beijing’s South China Sea claims – China has no historic title, breached Philippines’ rights: Tribunal

AMSTERDAM/BEIJING, July 12, (RTRS): An arbitration court ruled on Tuesday that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea and has breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights with its actions, infuriating Beijing which dismissed the case as a farce. A defiant China, which boycotted the hearings …

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Singapore jails 4 Bangladeshis – Terrorist financing

SINGAPORE, July 12, (Agencies): Four Bangladeshi workers accused of planning to join the Islamic State group were jailed for between two and five years in Singapore on Tuesday for raising money to fund attacks in their homeland. Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a spate of brutal attacks on secular bloggers and …

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India court to speed up appeal in gang-rape case

NEW DELHI, July 12, (AFP): An appeal filed by four men sentenced to death for the fatal gang-rape of a student inside a moving bus in 2012 is to be fast-tracked, India’s top court said Monday. The Supreme Court would sit beyond its working hours every Monday and Friday in …

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