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US says Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels

A US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels after they closed in at a high rate of speed near the Strait of Hormuz, two US defense officials told Reuters on Monday. The incident, which occurred Sunday and was first reported by Reuters, comes as US President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on January 20. ...

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Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said. The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, it said in a statement. A military spokesman confirmed to AFP the missile, with a range of ...

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Trump election: Russia ‘tired’ of US hacking ‘witch-hunt’

Russia says US allegations that it ran a hacking campaign to influence the American presidential elections are “reminiscent of a witch-hunt”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow was tired of the accusations. He said a report released by US intelligence agencies detailing the allegations was groundless. It is the first official reaction from Russia since President-elect Donald Trump received ...

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US presidency is not a family business, says Obama

US president Barack Obama says he has advised his successor Donald Trump not to attempt to run the White House ‘the way you would manage a family business’. In an interview with ABC News, Obama said that Trump must ‘respect’ US institutions. ‘After you have been sworn in,’ he said, ‘you are now in charge of the largest organisation on ...

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Around 60 killed in Brazil prison riot sparked by rival drug gangs: Officials

Around 60 people have been killed in a bloody prison riot sparked by a war between rival drug gangs in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, officials have said.   Monday’s riot was one of the worst violence in years in Brazil’s overcrowded penitentiary system. The head of security for Amazonas state, Sergio Fontes, told a news conference that the ...

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Bombing, air strike kill 9 civilians in Yemen

Nine civilians, including five members of one family, have been killed in rebel bombing and an air strike by the pro-government coalition in war-torn Yemen, military and rebel sources said Monday. An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit on Sunday a house in the province of Marib, east of the capital Sanaa, killing five members of the same family, ...

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Islamic State claims responsibility of Istanbul nightclub attack

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul shooting that killed 39 people and wounded scores of others.   The IS-linked Aamaq News Agency said the New Year’s Eve attack was carried by a “heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast. ”   It said the man ...

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UN Security Council welcomes Syria truce, rebels warn they could abandon it

The United Nations Security Council on Saturday welcomed a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, but rebel groups threatened to abandon the two-day-old truce if violations persisted.   A resolution welcoming the ceasefire, the third truce this year seeking to end nearly six years of war, was adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, meeting in New York. The deal, brokered by Russia ...

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96 Rohingyas pushed back by BGB in Cox’s Bazar

Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) has sent back at least 96 Rohingyas while they were trying to enter Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. BGB officials have told bdnews24.com these Rohingyas tried to sneak in through three points of the Naf River in Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf Upazila early on Tuesday. In the twelve hours from 7am on Monday, at ...

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China offers Philippines weapons for drug war

China is ready to give the Philippines weapons to help President Rodrigo Duterte wage his controversial war on drugs which has claimed over 5,00 lives, the Chinese ambassador to Manila said. Beijing has previously said it supports Duterte’s bloody crime war, which has been slammed by the United Nations and human rights watchdogs over alleged extrajudicial killings. Beijing and Manila ...

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