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Appeals court denies request to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

A US federal appeals court on Sunday rejected a request by the Department of Justice to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban on certain travelers and all refugees. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco instead asked both the state of Washington and the Trump administration to file more arguments by Monday afternoon. Trump’s administration had ...

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Islamic State pays for refugee kids in desperate attempt for more recruits

February 06, 2017   Islamic State is able to effectively recruit refugee children by providing money or food, think-tank report finds Islamic State is paying the smugglers’ fees for child refugees in a “desperate” attempt to attract more recruits, a think-tank has warned. The report, published by the Quilliam Foundation, says the terror group is exploiting the short-term grievances of ...

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Janadriyah fest celebrates symbols of Saudi identity

The National Heritage and Culture Festival, named after the village Janadriyah, showcases the heritage of the Kingdom including camel shows, horse-racing, sword dancing, poetry and music as well as crafts such as carpet-weaving, pottery, regional costumes and cuisine. The Janadriyah jamboree formally got under way on Feb. 1 this year. The festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, was ...

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Syrian army, allies cut off Islamic State supply route near al-Bab: monitor

Syria’s army and its allies advanced towards the northern Islamic-State held city of al-Bab on Monday, cutting off the last main supply route that connects to militant strongholds further east towards Iraq, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group monitoring the war, said the army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group made gains southeast of al-Bab ...

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Trump calls for ‘careful’ border checks after travel ban setback

United States president Donald Trump says he has told US border officials to check people entering America ‘very carefully’, as his travel ban remains suspended. He said the courts were ‘making the job very difficult’, and should take the blame if something happened. The federal appeals court on Saturday rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate the ban. The ban, ...

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UAE hit by rare snowfall and arctic winds

Areas of the Gulf country reported 10cm of snow and 80km winds during the weekend’s unprecedented cold snap The United Arab Emirates has been hit by some of the coldest weather in the region in years, stunning Emiratis who have been enjoying the rare snowfall. Temperatures plummeted to -5°C in mountainous Ras Al Khaimah over the weekend, leaving the normally ...

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Afghan girls fight prejudice with martial arts

On a snowy mountaintop to the west of Kabul, a group of Afghan girls practice the flowing movements of Wushu, a sport developed from ancient Chinese kung fu martial arts, stretching and bending and slashing the air with bright swords. In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in a part of Kabul that is ...

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Kim Kardashian makes long-awaited return to social media

Kim Kardashian has made her long-awaited return to social media, three months after going silent in the wake of being held up and robbed of millions of dollars in jewelry at a Paris hotel. Kardashian posted a picture of her with husband Kanye West and their two children on Instagram on Tuesday and captioned the photo, “family.” It was her ...

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What’s in a bloom?

This city is a concrete jungle—is a statement we have all said or heard at some point, lamenting the utter lack of the soothing foliage in Dhaka. But even in this jungle, home is where we yearn to go, despite the boxed apartments and their caged grilled verandas. A bit of respite to our own lives, and senses, is brought ...

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