Archive for January, 2017

‘Rogue’ White House staff Twitter account alleges concerning actions by Donald Trump and encourages followers to ‘resist’

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‘Rogue’ White House staff Twitter account alleges concerning actions by Donald Trump and encourages followers to ‘resist’

Following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a number of accounts dedicated to revealing the ‘real’ Donald Trump have emerged. Photos / AP, Twitter It appears Twitter has become a double-edged sword for President Trump. His own account spearheaded his political campaign, but following his inauguration, a number of accounts dedicated to […]

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Israel approves construction of 3,000 new settlement units

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Israel approves construction of 3,000 new settlement units

A view of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim near Jerusalem al-Quds on July 25, 2013 (Photo by Reuters) Israel has announced plans for the construction of 3,000 new settler units in the occupied West Bank, its latest step in a construction binge which started directly after the inauguration […]

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US President Donald Trump calls on drug companies to ‘get prices down’

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US President Donald Trump calls on drug companies to ‘get prices down’

US President Donald Trump speaks at a meeting in the White House on January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP) US President Donald Trump has called on the executives of American pharmaceutical companies to manufacture more drugs and reduce prices, also vowing to expedite approval of new medicines […]

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Massachusetts state joins legal effort against US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban

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Massachusetts state joins legal effort against US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey The US state of Massachusetts is taking part in a legal battle against President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that the state was both joining a federal lawsuit filed Friday and filing its own lawsuit against the ban. Trump issued […]

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US President Donald Trump travel ban punishes those fighting terrorism, says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

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US President Donald Trump travel ban punishes those fighting terrorism, says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says a controversial decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump to restrict arrivals from Iraq punishes people who are “fighting terrorism.” The premier said on Tuesday that the ban, which prevents Iraqis, along with citizens from six other Muslim-majority countries, from entering the […]

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UK parliament begins debate on Brexit bill

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UK parliament begins debate on Brexit bill

A file photo of the UK Parliament in London on January 13, 2017. UK lawmakers have gathered in Parliament to debate whether the British government can trigger Britain’s formal exit from the European Union. A bill authorizing UK Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty starts […]

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Turkey arrests 2 more pro-Kurdish MPs ahead of referendum

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Turkey arrests 2 more pro-Kurdish MPs ahead of referendum

This file photo shows the co-chairman of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas. (Photo by AFP) Turkish authorities have detained two lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the latest move against party members ahead of a referendum on constitutional amendment. The HDP’s official spokesman Ayhan […]

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Intra-Syrian Geneva talks delayed until February 20: Diplomats

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Intra-Syrian Geneva talks delayed until February 20: Diplomats

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, walks to take his seat before the announcement of a final statement following Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, January 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The new round of negotiations between Syria’s warring sides, which were scheduled to begin early next month, […]

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Two bomb attacks hit Nigeria as officials blame Boko Haram

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Two bomb attacks hit Nigeria as officials blame Boko Haram

Two bomb attacks have hit separate locations in northern Nigeria in what officials believe were attempts by Boko Haram terrorist group to make up for its recent losses in the face of the Nigerian army. A civilian vigilante in Banki, near the Cameroon border in the northeastern state of Borno, […]

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Belgian King Filip/Philippe of Belgium warns US and UK threaten ‘course of history’

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Belgian King Filip/Philippe of Belgium warns US and UK threaten ‘course of history’

A picture taken on December 19, 2016 shows King Filip/Philippe of Belgium standing at the Royal Palace in Brussels. (Photo by AFP) The US and UK are pursuing a risky path that could “create rifts in our society” and “reverse the course of history,” Belgium’s King Philippe has warned. Philippe said Tuesday […]

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US President Donald Trump’s administration sending armored vehicles for Syria opposition

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US President Donald Trump’s administration sending armored vehicles for Syria opposition

Members of the US-backed so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather after a training session at a firing range in northern Syria on May 21, 2016. (Photo by AP) The US has provided a Syria militant group with armored vehicles in defiance of warnings that the equipment may end up in the […]

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Two Russian pilots, officer killed in helicopter crash in DR Congo

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Two Russian pilots, officer killed in helicopter crash in DR Congo

The file photo shows a Russian-manufactured MI-24 helicopter. Two Russian pilots and a Congolese officer have been killed after two army helicopters crashed during a reconnaissance mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the military says. The two Russian-manufactured MI-24 choppers crashed in a mountainous area on Friday “because […]

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Tanzania’s ban on refugee groups hinders humanitarian assistance: UN

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Tanzania’s ban on refugee groups hinders humanitarian assistance: UN

Burundian families who fled their country wait to be registered as refugees at Nyarugusu camp in northwestern Tanzania on June 11, 2015. (Photo by AFP) The United Nations refugee agency says a recent decision by the Tanzanian government to ban refugees from entering the African country in groups could undermine […]

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UN expert warns US President Donald Trump reviving torture ‘catastrophic’

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UN expert warns US President Donald Trump reviving torture ‘catastrophic’

United Nations Special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer speaks during a press conference in Ankara, on December 2, 2016. (Photo by AFP) The United Nations’ top torture expert has warned US President Donald Trump that reinstating waterboarding and other torture techniques for interrogating terror suspects would have catastrophic global consequences. “If the […]

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European Council slams Washington’s ‘worrying’ statements

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European Council slams Washington’s ‘worrying’ statements

European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (File photo) The European Council president has criticized “worrying” statements by the US administration under President Donald Trump, describing Washington’s new stances as threatening. In a Tuesday letter to EU leaders ahead of a summit in Malta, Donald Tusk […]

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Syrians’ will helped country survive crisis: President Bashar al-Assad

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Syrians’ will helped country survive crisis: President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has hailed the will of his countrymen as one of the major factors helping the Arab country survive a foreign-sponsored conflict over the past six years. Assad made the remarks on Tuesday in a meeting with industrialists from the capital, Damascus, and its countryside, who had been […]

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More ex-EU officials joining lobby groups: Transparency International

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More ex-EU officials joining lobby groups: Transparency International

Members of Transparency International hold balloons indicating the number of signatures on a petition against former European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso’s decision to work for Goldman Sachs, during a demonstration at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 12, 2016. (Photo by AFP) Transparency International has shed light on […]

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US, Polish troops hold war games in Poland to ‘deter’ Russia

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US, Polish troops hold war games in Poland to ‘deter’ Russia

US soldiers march with their flag during a welcome of the US Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team for a joint military training of US and Polish forces in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Zagan, Poland, January 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Thousands of US troops have conducted joint […]

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US President Donald Trump showing signs of ‘malignant narcissism’: Psychologists

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US President Donald Trump showing signs of ‘malignant narcissism’: Psychologists

US President Donald Trump (file photo) Mental health professionals are warning that US President Donald Trump is showing “classic signs” of mental illness, including “malignant narcissism.” For decades, psychologists and psychiatrists have kept silent about their diagnostic opinions of public figures in accordance with ethical rules set out by the […]

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Yemen loses decade of health gains due to Saudi war: UN

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Yemen loses decade of health gains due to Saudi war: UN

A Yemeni infant suffering from malnutrition receives treatment at a medical center in Bani Hawat, on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen, January 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Yemen has lost a decade in terms of growth in the public health sector due to the […]

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Indonesians denounce US President Donald Trump’s travel ban

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Indonesians denounce US President Donald Trump’s travel ban

Senior Indonesian officials, religious scholars and common people have strongly denounced a controversial decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump to restrict arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries. Muhyidin Junaidi, the head of International Relations for Indonesia Ulema Council, the country’s top Muslim clerical body, said on Tuesday that […]

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White House tells US diplomats to quit if they oppose President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy

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White House tells US diplomats to quit if they oppose President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing at the White House January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP) White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says US State Department employees who oppose President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy can quit if they are unhappy. Spicer gave […]

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UN tribunal orders Turkish government to release detained judge

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UN tribunal orders Turkish government to release detained judge

Theodor Meron, the presiding judge at the Unites Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) The United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) has ordered Turkey’s government to release by February 14 a Turkish diplomat who has been serving as a judge in the tribunal’s hearing on the Rwandan genocide. […]

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Iran oil minister: US companies face no ban for entering our industry

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Iran oil minister: US companies face no ban for entering our industry

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh Iran says there is no ban on American companies working in the country’s oil industry. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told ILNA news agency that “American companies face no ban for entering our oil industry.” He added that American companies “have not directly applied” to […]

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NATO, US President Donald Trump agree on dialogue with Russia: Jens Stoltenberg

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NATO, US President Donald Trump agree on dialogue with Russia: Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to reporters at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016 (Photo by AFP). US President Donald Trump and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have underscored the need to establish dialogue with Russia “from a position of strength,” the chief of the […]

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