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Mumbai court issues arrest warrant for Zakir Naik

A special court in Mumbai has issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest for controversial preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik after he failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate despite four summons issued to him Naik is currently away in Saudi Arabia. Informed sources said the Enforcement Directorate may now seek Letters Rogatory, or letters of request, from the same court ...

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UN to end peacekeeping operations in Haiti

The United Nations security council voted to end its military peacekeeping operations in Haiti, but Indian police units will continue in a new mission focused on promoting law and order and developing local forces. The council unanimously approved on Thursday a US-sponsored resolution to end operations of the 13-year- old peacekeeping mission in October. The police operations would, however, continue ...

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US says chemical weapons attack in Syria was ‘war crime’

The Syrian government’s suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians last week amounts to a “war crime,” the US State Department said Thursday. It also ridiculed comments by President Bashar Assad in an interview with AFP to the effect that the alleged attack was fabricated by the United States to justify an American military strike. “Sadly, it’s vintage Assad. It is ...

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3,322 cross-border infiltrators captured in March

    Saudi border guards arrested 3,322 infiltrators trying to enter the Kingdom in five regions in March, a 114 percent increase from February, local media reported. The border area in Jazan accounted for 89 percent of infiltration attempts, or 2,954 foreigners, Al-Eqtisadiyah daily reported. Najran was second with 356 foreigners, followed by the Eastern Province with 10, and Asir ...

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42 Bangladeshi expats win EU court case against Greece

  European court of human rights rules in favour of Bangladeshi expats over the 2013 attack and orders Greece to pay damages A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case against Greece at Europe’s highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. The Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights ruled ...

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Colombia mudslides’ death toll rises to 254, including 43 children

    Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, including 43 children, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday, as survivors described gruesome scenes amid the ruins. Santos, who travelled to the southern town to personally oversee relief operations, warned the toll could keep climbing. “Unfortunately, these are still preliminary figures,” he wrote on ...

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Human Rights Watch: Israel blocking rights workers’ access to Gaza

  The report also criticised Egypt for barring access to Gaza, and for Hamas’ refusal to cooperate with investigators An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel’s stated commitment to investigating possible rights violations. In a 47-page report, Human Rights ...

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Record 143,000 visitors in four days at heritage festival

    More than 143,000 people visited the Jeddah Heritage Festival in Balad through late Saturday since starting March 29. The Saudi Tourism Information and Research Center MAS recorded 130,582 visitors through Friday night, then an additional 13,000 on Saturday. Abdullah Saeed bin Dhawi, chairman of the executive committee of the Jeddah Heritage Festival, said the festival will continue for ...

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St Petersburg metro explosion kills several

    About 10 people have been killed in an explosion between two underground stations in St Petersburg. The head of Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the blast hit the train between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations. The committee said an explosive device was later found and made safe at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Initial reports suggested there had ...

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Trudeau should probably stop telling desperate refugees that everyone is welcome in Canada

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began broadcasting this heart-warming message in late January as a not-so-subtle subtweet about President Donald Trump’s travel ban. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada” he tweeted on Jan. 28, followed by a picture of him greeting a refugee family. The two ...

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