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Dead gunman demanded release of 2015 Paris attacks suspect

French Police officers and emergency service members work at a supermarket during an incident in Trebes, southern France, Friday March 23, 2018. Photo: AP The gunman who seized hostages inside a supermarket Friday and killed three people in southern France demanded the release of the only surviving member of the Islamic State cell that attacked Paris in November 2015, the ...

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Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it did not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and did not address some 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants who are now ...

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Trump picks Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (L) speaks in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US February 24, 2017, and White House National Security Advisor HR McMaster joins the daily briefing in Washington, US July 31, 2017, in this combination photograph. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing HR McMaster as ...

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Activists: Hours before cease-fire, 37 killed in Syrian town

Syrian rescuers and a war monitoring group say 37 people were killed in airstrikes in a town in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, just hours before a cease-fire went into effect after midnight.   The rebel group Faylaq al-Rahman, one of at least three operating in the sprawling region, says intense government attacks targeted the area it ...

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Firecracker factory fire in India kills 5 workers, 12 hurt

A big explosion ignited a fire at an illegal firecracker factory in an eastern Indian town, killing at least five workers and injuring another 12, police said Friday. Police officer Sudhir Kumar Porika said the injured have been hospitalized, five of them in critical condition. The dead included three children of the factory operator, who was running it without a ...

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Vietnam condo fire kills at least 13, injures 27

A fire at a condominium complex in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City early Friday morning killed at least 13 people and injured another 27, police said. State media said most people died of suffocation or jumping from high floors. It’s unclear whether anyone was missing, said the city fire and police department, declining to give more details. “We were sleeping ...

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Conference on “Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and the Bangladeshi Diaspora” at UN Geneva on 22 March

Geneva, March 15: A Conference titled on “Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and the Bangladeshi Diaspora” and its impact and policy options to defend secularism & democracy will be held on the 22 March 2018 at The Palais des Nations, UN, Geneva. The organisers of the conference said that the key objective of the Geneva conference is to uphold secularism to counter violent terrorism ...

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Myanmar parliament elects new speaker

U T Khun Myat was elected as the new speaker of Myanmar’s House of Representatives in a session held in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to parliament sources. U T Khun Myat was former deputy speaker of the House of Representative, or lower house of parliament. The election was held to fill the vacancy left by U Win Myint who ...

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18 killed in Thai bus crash

At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus travelling in northeastern Thailand veered off the road and smashed into a tree, authorities said Thursday. The accident occured Wednesday evening in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province with the double decker bus carrying around 50 people returning home from a holiday. “There are 18 people killed, of these 12 ...

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Famed Iranian philosopher Shayegan dies at age 83

Iranian state media are reporting that philosopher Dariush Shayegan, known for his book “Cultural Schizophrenia,” has died at the age of 83. The state-run IRNA news agency said on Thursday that Shayegan spent nearly two months at a Tehran hospital after suffering a stroke in January. Shayegan was among Iranian scholars who advocated confronting the idea of Western thought dominating ...

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