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India gives Ganges, Yamuna rivers same rights as a human  

 Two of India’s most iconic rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Hindus in the country, have been given the status of living entities to save them from further harm caused by widespread pollution. The High Court in the northern state of Uttarakhand ruled Monday that the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers be accorded the status of living human entities, ...

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Russia accused of hindering UK money laundering investigations

  Britain is struggling to stop vast sums of potentially criminal money entering the country because investigators are being hampered by the Russian authorities, the head of the National Crime Agency money laundering unit has said. In an interview with the Guardian, David Little said: “The amount of Russian money coming into the UK is a concern. “One, because of the volume. ...

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Saudi Arabia announces 90-day amnesty for illegal residents

Saudi Arabia has announced a 90-day grace period for illegal residents to go back to their countries without facing any kind of penalties, says local media. The Saudi Gazette reported that the initiative was a part of the oil-rich kingdom’s ‘A Nation without Violators’ campaign, which was launched on Sunday by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif. It said that Naif, ...

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Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea: US official 

The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial system as part of a broad review of measures to counter Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threat, a senior US official said on Monday. The sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach of increased economic and diplomatic pressure – especially on Chinese banks ...

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Turkey detains more than 2,000 people over militant, coup links: interior ministr 

Turkish authorities detained more than 2,000 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year’s failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday. Turkey, which faces multiple security threats, including the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Islamic State militant group, has also widened a crackdown on alleged supporters of the July coup ...

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US bans large electronics from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

  The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travellers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats. The Department of Homeland Security will require passengers coming to the United States from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, ...

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Morocco’s king names new prime minister

18th March, 2017   Morocco’s king has named Saad Eddine El Othmani from Islamist PJD Party as the country’s new prime minister and asked him to form a government, according to a royal statement published by the MAP state news agency on Friday.   Othmani served as foreign minister between 2011-2013 and had since served as the head of the ...

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El Nino floods: Death toll climbs to 67

18th March, 2017     The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for rescue.   Across the country overflowing rivers caused by El Nino rains damaged 115,000 homes, collapsed 117 bridges and paralyzed ...

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Two bomb blasts rock Damascus, leave 25 dead

  15th March, 2017   DAMASCUS: Two bomb blasts hit Damascus Wednesday including a suicide attack at a central courthouse that left at least 25 dead, as Syria’s war entered its seventh year with the regime now claiming the upper hand.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings, the second wave of deadly attacks in the ...

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Jordanian woman added to FBI Most Wanted list

15th March, 2017       The FBI has placed a Jordanian woman who assisted in the 2001 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem restaurant on its “Most Wanted Terrorist” list.   The US case against Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi was filed under seal in 2013 but announced publicly by the justice department on Tuesday.   The charge against al-Tamimi stems ...

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