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Philippines bars EU party official critical of Duterte

Manila, Philippines, April 16, 2018 (AFP) -The Philippines has barred entry to an EU party official critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drugs crackdown, in a move denounced by critics Monday as a gag on dissent. Italian Giacomo Filibeck was detained by border police upon his arrival at Cebu airport …

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Outrage mounts over alleged rape of a teenager by ruling party politicians in India

Indian police have made another arrest after the alleged rape of a teenager by a ruling party politician sparked protests across the country, federal investigators said Sunday. The case, along with the rape and murder of an eight-yearold girl, has brought Indians onto the streets for mass demonstrations not seen …

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Massive march in Barcelona – Protesters against jailing of separatist leaders

BARCELONA, April 15, (AFP): Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders facing trial on “rebellion” charges. Many chanted “Freedom for the political prisoners” as they marched along the Parallel Avenue, one of the city’s main streets, many waving …

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‘Myanmar repatriates first Rohingya refugee family’

YANGON, April 15, (AFP): Myanmar’s government said it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees, among the 700,000 who fl ed a brutal crackdown, but the move was slammed by rights groups as a publicity stunt which ignored warnings over the security of returnees. The stateless Muslim minority has …

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Outrage mounts in India over rape, murder – Nationalist lawmaker arrested

NEW DELHI, India, April 14, (Agencies): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised justice aft er nationwide outrage mounted over the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old-girl. Demonstrations were held in New Delhi and other cities as horrific details emerged of the murder of the Muslim girl, …

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Egypt army says 27 jihadists killed in Sinai operation

Cairo, Egypt, April 14, 2018 (AFP) -Egypt’s military said on Saturday that 27 jihadists were killed over the last few days in a sweeping operation in the Sinai to quash extremists based in the peninsula. Six of the jihadists were killed by aerial bombardment on their hideouts while 12 died …

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Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital Saturday, honking their car horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed unprecedented joint airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain. A few hours earlier, before sunrise, loud …

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Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, ‘significant number’ intercepted: Moscow

Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2018 (AFP) -The US and its allies fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Syria, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian air defences, the Russian defence ministry said Saturday. “More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain …

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French Mirage, Rafale jets and frigates involved in Syria strikes

PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) – French Mirage and Rafale fighter jets were involved in air strikes on Syria together with four frigate warships, a presidency source said on Saturday. This included an air defence frigate, three multi-mission frigates, Mirage 2000 jets, Rafale, AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) and support …

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Britain says missile strikes had significant impact on Syria’s capability

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – Missile strikes against Syria on Saturday have had a significant impact on what the government of President Bashar al-Assad can do in the future, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told LBC radio. When asked if the West was now in a new Cold War with Russia, …

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