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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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Trump welcomes Egypt’s Sisi amid questions on rights record

  The White House, which recently unveiled a budget that proposes drastic cuts in international aid, has pledged to maintain a strong and sufficient level of support for Egypt US President Donald Trump meets his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Washington on Monday, welcoming a strongman leader who has faced harsh criticism for his human rights record. For Sisi, ...

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At least 26 die due to hunger in Somalia’s Jubbaland region  

  At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day an a half, federal government radio said on its website. Somalia, like other countries in the region, is facing a devastating drought that has killed livestock, cut harvests and left 6.2 million people, about half its population, in need of ...

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Hamas aims to improve international image with new programme

  The Palestinian group Hamas has drafted a new political programme it hopes will improve ties with neighbouring Egypt and the West, and present a more moderate image that will help remove it from “Western terrorism” lists. The internationally isolated group, which has ruled the Gaza Strip for the past decade, characterises itself in the manifesto as a Palestinian resistance movement ...

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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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