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Turkey denies use of chemicals in Syria’s Afrin

Turkey has denied using chemical weapons during its operations in Syria, and disputed allegations put forward by Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group.  “These are baseless accusations. Turkey never used chemical weapons. We take utmost care about civilians in Operation Olive Branch,” a Turkish diplomatic source said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, […]     Read More
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One arrested over Grace Mugabe’s ‘fake’ PhD

A university professor in Zimbabwe has been arrested in connection with the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe. The country’s anti-corruption agency is set to charge Levi Nyagura with abuse of office. According to reports, Grace was awarded the degree in 2014 after just months of study, despite it usually […]     Read More
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Russia calls US election meddling claims ‘fantasies’

Russia has dismissed allegations that it interfered in the 2016 US Presidential election as “blabber” and “fantasies”. Former ambassador Sergey Kislyak claimed it had “spoiled the trust” between the two nations. “Whatever allegations are being mounted against us are simply fantasies that are being used for political reasons inside the US in the fight between […]     Read More
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Filipino lawyer wants ‘death squad President’ in court despite threats

A lawyer in the Philippines is determined to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to court over allegations of human rights violations.  Attorney Jude Sabio said he lives in constant fear after filing a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) last April against the “death squad President”. His move is largely unpopular in a country where Duterte […]     Read More
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All 66 killed in Iran plane crash, says airline

A plane crash in Iran has killed all 66 people on board, according to a spokesman for Aseman Airlines. According to media reports, the plane lost contact with air control and is likely to have crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains. The ATR aircraft of Aseman Airlines was reportedly travelling from Tehran to Yasuj. State […]     Read More
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Florida school shooting survivors demand stricter gun laws

Thousands of young survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida rallied for tighter gun control legislation. Many of the students rejected comments by US President Donald Trump and others that mental illness was the main factor behind the high-school shooting that left 17 people dead. “We need to pay attention to the fact that […]     Read More
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Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 in wake of earthquake

A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from Friday’s powerful earthquake crashed in southern Mexico, killing at least 13 people. According to reports, the aircraft’s pilot lost control as it was coming to land, and crashed into several vans carrying earthquake survivors. Senior officials on board the helicopter survived, but 15 more people on the […]     Read More
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Monastery in Tibet catches fire, no reports of casualties

A fire broke out at the historic Jokhang Monastery in Tibet’s downtown Lhasa late Saturday.  According to Chinese state media, the blaze has been put out and there are no casualties. Footage on social media shows flames billowing from the roof of a pagoda. It is still unknown what triggered the fire. The temple is included on UNESCO’s […]     Read More
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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation will last for six months. The country’s defence minister announced on Saturday, adding that the authorities are putting action plans in place to control violent outbreaks across the country. Following the surprise resignation, the government has banned […]     Read More
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