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Turkey Court Releases Amnesty Head Taner Kilic


A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of the head of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who was detained last June. Taner Kilic had been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, an accusation the London-based group had described as “baseless”. The court ordered his release on bail. Ten other activists are also on trial. The cases were part of a crackdown ... Read More »

Namibia bans officials from foreign travel

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Namibian President Hage Geingob on Wednesday banned politicians and civil servants from foreign business travel to save money, after he swapped his own jet for commercial flights. The southern African country has been struggling to control its finances with government debt levels soaring in recent years, leading to investor warnings over its economic outlook. “In the interest of curtailing public expenditure, no request for outbound ... Read More »

Trump In Davos: ‘America First Does Not Mean America Alone’

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President Donald Trump on Friday offered “America’s friendship and partnership” to the world in his debut appearance before the global business elite in Davos, arguing: “America First does not mean America alone.” Trump “The world is experiencing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America. America is open for business and we are competitive once again,” he added in a speech to the World Economic ... Read More »

Trump To Apologise For Retweeting Anti-Muslim Videos

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U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview with the UK ITV broadcaster, partially released on Friday, that he was prepared to apologise for his retweets of UK right-wing group’s anti-Muslim videos. In November, Trump retweeted several unverified videos, originally posted on Twitter by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First movement, which claimed to show violent acts committed by what the ... Read More »

30 Migrants Drown After Boat Sinks Off Yemen


At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen this week with reports of gunfire being used against those on board, the United Nations said Friday. African migrants’ 75 foot fishing boat capsized off Libya At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Tuesday, the UN refugee and migration agencies said ... Read More »

Kabul: Afghan Forces End Intercontinental Hotel Siege

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An overnight siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say. Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry said. Some 160 people were rescued after Afghan troops fought through the night to regain control of the building. Some reports suggested gunfire had ... Read More »

US Shutdown: Senate In Bid To End Impasse

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he US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the country. Hundreds of thousands of federal staff face the prospect of unpaid leave. On Saturday, recriminations flew around over the Senate’s failure to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown. ... Read More »

Brazil Declares Yellow Fever Emergency In Minas Gerais

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Brazil’s south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has declared a public health emergency following a deadly outbreak of yellow fever. At least 15 people have died there since December. Many areas, including the state capital Belo Horizonte, have been affected. A mass vaccination programme is in place in three southern states. But queues have formed outside clinics in Rio and Sao Paulo amid concerns that vaccines ... Read More »

Hawaii Missile False Alarm Triggers Shock, Blame And Apologies


Residents and visitors in Hawaii have been recalling the shock of a false missile alarm, with many saying they thought they were going to die. The alert of an incoming ballistic missile was sent wrongly on Saturday morning by an emergency system worker. Victims of the ordeal spoke of hysteria and panicked evacuations. The false alarm sparked recriminations, with state officials apologising and President Donald ... Read More »

Tunisia Protests: Reforms Announced Amid New Rallies


The Tunisian government has announced a wave of social reforms, reacting to days of demonstrations by anti-austerity protesters. There were fresh protests on Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Emergency government meetings have been held in response to the protests, which have seen more than 800 arrests. President Beji Caid Essebsi visited a district of Tunis on Sunday, ... Read More »

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