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WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to DR Congo city

Geneva, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, the World Health Organization said Thursday, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain. “One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of …

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EU countries agree Iran deal ‘not perfect’: Merkel

Sofia, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that EU countries agreed the Iran nuclear deal was “not perfect” but insisted it should be preserved, after the US withdrawal threw the accord into doubt. EU leaders meeting in Sofia have backed a “united” approach to keeping …

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Egypt kills 19 jihadists in Sinai: army

Cairo, May 17, 2018 (AFP) – Egypt’s army said Thursday it killed 19 presumed jihadists in the Sinai peninsula during a large-scale “anti-terror” operation. Egyptian forces launched operation “Sinai 2018” in February in the peninsula where soldiers and security forces have been battling the Islamic State group. A military statement …

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Kuwait to draft resolution on Palestinian protection – US blocked Kuwait ‘statement’ bid

UNITED NATIONS, May 16, (Agencies): The UN’s Middle East envoy said there was no justifying the killings of more than 50 Palestinians by Israeli fire at the Gaza border, and several Security Council members called for an independent investigation, but the council had no unified message Tuesday as the US …

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Facebook shut 583 mln fake accounts

US Justice, FBI probe Cambridge Analytica: report PARIS, May 16, (AFP): Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech. Responding to calls for …

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Iran says U.S. sanctions intended to derail efforts to save nuclear deal

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday that new sanctions imposed on it by Washington were an attempt to derail efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal by its remaining signatories following the U.S. withdrawal from the accord. The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s central …

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Officer, 4 attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Pekanbaru, Indonesia, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings in another part of the country. The group …

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Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramadan in refugee camps

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village — fish to break the day’s fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others like him …

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Bangladesh opposition leader Zia granted bail

Dhaka, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Bangladesh’s 72-year-old opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail on corruption charges Wednesday after her lawyers argued her health was at risk, paving the way for her to be released from jail. Zia was imprisoned in February after being accused of embezzling money intended …

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Saudis down Jizan missile

RIYADH, May 15, (AFP): Saudi air defences on Tuesday intercepted a ballistic missile fired into the south of the kingdom from Houthi rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition. Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of the city of Jizan, but without causing …

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