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Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel launch hunger strike

17 April 2017 An activist says more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have launched an open-ended hunger strike to demand better conditions in Israeli prisons, including more contact with relatives, and an end to Israel’s practice of detentions without trial. The protest began Tuesday and was led by Marwan Barghouti, a prominent figure in President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. Opinion polls ...

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Iraqi forces make new push toward Mosul’s Old City

17 April 2017 Iraqi forces launched a new attack on Daesh in Mosul’s Old City on Sunday, military officials said, trying to break the stalemate in attempts to seize the militants’ last stronghold. Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, was captured by the terrorists in 2014, but government forces have retaken much of it during a six-month operation. The advance has ...

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Pence warns North Korea ‘all options are on the table

US Vice President Mike Pence used a visit to the heavily militarised border between the two Koreas Monday to declare "all options are on the table" in dealing with Pyongyang, the day after the North's latest failed missile test. Pence's trip to the flashpoint frontier underscored Washington's shifting policy towards the isolated state after years of nuclear and missile tests ...

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Protesters want Trump to reveal tax return

Thousands of protesters gathered Saturday in cities across the United States to pressure president Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly refused. The demonstrations were timed to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for annual tax filings, a massive date on the calendar for US households, and resulted in dozens of arrests. ...

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Saudi Shoura member supports women driving

A Saudi Shoura Council member voiced his support to women driving in the kingdom, according to Arab News. Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, head of Shoura Council’s committee on economy and energy, said he is in favour of women driving “as long as there is a clear system to enable them to drive.” He said in an interview with Okaz newspaper that Shoura ...

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Three-month- old baby interviewed to make sure he’s not a terrorist

Apr 17,2017 The United States embassy in London summoned a three-month- old baby to see whether he is a terrorist or not. The child’s grandfather mistakenly identified the infant as a terrorist on a travel form, and authorities declined to simply accept his grandfather’s word as it was an error, reports The Guardian on Monday. Harvey Kenyon-Cairns, the baby had ...

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Turkey referendum: Campaign on Erdogan powers :

    Turkey's referendum campaign was "unequal", with critics suffering restrictions and state resources being misused, international monitors say. The vote itself was marred by late procedural changes, the Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe (OSCE) added. In the referendum, voters gave sweeping new powers to President Erdogan. The narrow vote was ruled valid by Turkey's electoral body, ...

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US officials warn tensions with North : Korea are ‘coming to a head’

  Donald Trump and senior officials said on Sunday the US would consider any lever – diplomatic, economic or military – to forestall North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, a day after the vice-president arrived in the area and the isolated nation launched a missile test that failed. The president and his national security adviser, HR McMaster, said they first hoped that ...

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World’s oldest person, last one of 19th century, dies in Italy at 117

Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world's oldest person and the last surviving child of the 19th century, died on Saturday, swearing to the end on her diet of two raw eggs a day. "She reached an incredible finish line," said Silvia Marchionini, mayor of the town of Verbania in northern Italy where Morano lived on ...

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‘Conflict could break out at any moment’ over N Korea: China

A conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment", China's foreign minister Wang Yi said Friday (Apr 14), warning there would be "no winner" in any war as tensions soar with the US. The sharp language came after President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem "will be taken care of", as speculation mounts that the reclusive state ...

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