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Philippines says has no proof yet on rights groups links with drug lords

MANILA, March 27 (Reuters) – Philippine law enforcement agencies still have no proof yet on allegations made by two government officials that human rights groups may have become the “unwitting tools” of drug lords, police and drug enforcement agency officials said on Tuesday. Rights groups have denounced President Rodrigo Duterte’s …

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Pakistan police arrest 10 men for ordering ‘revenge rape’

Islamabad, March 27, 2018 (AFP) -Police in central Pakistan have arrested 10 men for ordering the rape of a woman as revenge for a rape allegedly committed by her brother, officials said Tuesday. The incident happened on March 20 in Toba Tek Singh, a town in Punjab province 275 kilometres …

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‘Kuwait secures moral win against Israel at IPU meet’

United we achieve lots: Al-Ghanim GENEVA, March 26, (KUNA): MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei has lauded the victory secured by Kuwait’s National Assembly as the 138th Assembly of the IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) voted for including an emergency item on Jerusalem on the agenda of the Geneva gathering. The success, realized thanks to …

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Videos raise questions over Saudi missile intercept claims

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Online videos are raising new questions about Saudi Arabia’s claims that it has intercepted nearly every ballistic missile launched by Shiite rebels in Yemen targeting the kingdom. One video appears to show a Patriot missile launch on Sunday night go rapidly wrong, with the …

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Malaysia proposes 10 years’ jail for ‘fake news’

Kuala Lumpur, March 26, 2018 (AFP) -The Malaysian government Monday proposed a law to combat “fake news” which could see offenders jailed for 10 years, sparking fears authorities aim to stifle criticism as elections loom. Governments in several countries, emboldened by US President Donald Trump’s fulminations against “fake news”, are …

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Ethiopia re-arrests recently freed politicians, journalists

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A lawyer says Ethiopian security forces have re-arrested some recently freed politicians and journalists as they gathered for a social event outside the capital, Addis Ababa. Amha Mekonnen has represented a number of the detainees. The lawyer tells the Associated Press the arrests Sunday afternoon …

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Five killed by Boko Haram in Niger attack

Niamey, March 26, 2018 (AFP) -At least five civilians were killed and several others wounded in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in southeast Niger, near the border with Nigeria, according to local sources. “The BH (Boko Haram) came to the market place early Friday evening, they shot the …

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Russian shopping mall fire kills 53; more missing

MOSCOW (AP) — At least 53 people have died and more are missing in a fire at a shopping mall in a Siberian city, officials said on Monday. The fire at the four-story Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo, a city about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, was extinguished …

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Saudi air defense intercept missile over Riyadh

  Riyadh, March 25, 2018 (AFP) -Saudi forces intercepted a missile over the capital Riyadh late Sunday, in an apparent Huthi rebel attack which coincides with the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen. Witnesses reported loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky, but there were no …

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Turkey will attack second Syria town

ISTANBUL, March 25, (Agencies): Turkey on Sunday said the northern Syrian town of Tal Rifaat would be the next target of its cross-border campaign after the capture of Afrin from Syrian Kurdish militia. “God willing, we will ensure this operation achieves its goal after taking control of Tal Rifaat in …

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