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Violence in Libya killed 39 civilians in January: UN

Violence in Libya has killed 39 civilians and wounded 63 others in January, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Thursday. The UNSMIL documented 102 civilian casualties during the conduct of hostilities across Libya in the whole January, which is “a sharp rise from previous months,” the mission said in a latest report. The figures for casualties only ...

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Mexican army kills 4 in gunfight in Sinaloa state

Mexican troops shot four armed men dead during a firefight in the northwestern state of Sinaloa Wednesday morning, local authorities said. Cristobal Castaneda, Sinaloa’s undersecretary for public security, told a press conference that police received reports of gunshots at 4:55 a.m. local time (1055 GMT) in an events hall in Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa. Castaneda said that the ...

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Petrol bomb hits Suu Kyi’s house in Myanmar; no injuries 

A Myanmar government spokesman says a petrol bomb was tossed into the residential compound of the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but she was not at home and damage was minor. Spokesman Zaw Htay says Suu Kyi was in the capital Naypyitaw when the incident took place Thursday morning. He says witnesses saw an unidentified man running away from ...

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Trump favors Russia memo release, likely to come soon

President Donald Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a Republican lawmaker he is “100 percent” in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation, and his chief of staff says the document is likely to be released “pretty quick.” The memo has sparked a political fight pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Justice Department. “Oh yeah, don’t ...

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Immigrant activist: Detentions are ‘psychological warfare’ 

A detained immigrant activist freed by a judge’s ruling said Tuesday that U.S. immigration officials are engaging in “psychological warfare” by targeting him and other activists for detention and deportation. “When you look at who they’re taking away, it is evident that activists and leaders are being picked up,” Ravi Ragbir told The Associated Press. “We know that this is ...

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2 children, 2 adults killed in Cleveland house fire 

Firefighters recovered the bodies of four people who died in a house fire in Cleveland on Tuesday. Crews needed heavy equipment to take apart and stabilize the heavily damaged home before it was safe to go inside, said fire department spokesman Mike Norman. They also were careful to preserve potential evidence for the investigation into the cause of the fire, ...

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Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo military prison open 

President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order announcing his intent to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay open, the White House announced Tuesday. Trump made it clear during his 2016 campaign for president that he wanted to keep Guantanamo open and “load it up with some bad dudes.” But the White House announcement, just before the ...

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Bomb kills eight Shiites in NW Pakistan

A roadside bomb on Tuesday killed eight people including three women and a child in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, in the latest attack apparently targeting Shiite Muslims. The improvised explosive device exploded in the Shiite-dominated Maqbal area of Kurram tribal district as a van carrying nine people drove by. Eight passengers including three women and a ...

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Vietnam group behind foiled airport attack named ‘terrorists’

Vietnam declared a US-based group a “terrorist organisation” on Tuesday, a rare designation in the communist country, after some members were convicted for plotting to attack Ho Chi Minh City’s airport. Though Vietnam heavily cracks down on critics, few anti-government organisations or activists have been jailed for terrorism, which is punishable by death in the authoritarian state. Vietnam’s police-run security ...

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US lifts ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk”

The United States on Monday lifted a ban on admissions to refugees from 11 countries that it identified present a high security risk, while announcing new vetting measures. The changes came after a 90-day review by the White House of refugee admissions from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and ...

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