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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 »

Burning Oil Tanker Sinks Off China After One Week


An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting south-east towards Japan. Iranian officials now say all 32 crew members – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis – on the tanker are dead. The tanker ... Read More »

AU Ambassadors Demand Apology From Trump Over Racist Remarks


African Union ambassadors to the UN demanded an apology from US President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa. The group of over 50 nations in a statement said, “The AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by the President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump. “The remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and ... Read More »

China Demolishes Christian Megachurch

uthorities in northern China have demolished a Christian megachurch in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”. China’s officially atheist Communist authorities are wary of any organised movements outside their control, including religious ones. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (“Golden Lampstand”) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in Linfen, Shanxi province. Its demolition began ... Read More »

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