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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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south Korea to hold presidential election on May 9

15th March, 2017   South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to question ousted President Park Geun-hye next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office, as the government announced that an election will be held on May 9 to pick her successor.   Park lost her presidential immunity from prosecution after the Constitutional Court ruled Friday to ...

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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines set to launch joint maritime patrols

  Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will launch joint patrols in the Sulu Sea as soon as next month to safeguard ships’ crews from piracy and kidnappings, officials from the three countries said.   Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed the planned launch on Monday following similar statements last week from an Indonesian defense ministry spokesman and Philippine Defense Secretary ...

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Philippine troops kill sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf

  A notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf group was killed after resisting arrest of the military and police in Tawi-Tawi, an island province in northern Philippines on Tuesday. Buchoy Hassan, also known as Black or Bocoi, was neutralized following a law enforcement operation launched by the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and the police at his residence in Barangay Panglima Alari, Sitangkai, the military said. ...

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ISIS leader Baghdadi fled Mosul

 9th March, 2017   Military intelligence believes ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi abandoned Mosul prior to the battle to isolate the Iraqi city five months ago, a senior defense official confirmed.   The official said that they think Baghdadi, who called himself the ruler of all Muslims after taking Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014, is still alive but added that ...

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India issues notice to Zakir Naik to appear Mar 14

  8th March, 2017   The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India on Tuesday issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to join the investigation at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14, reports Times of India.   It is believed Naik is staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after perpetrators of the Dhaka terror ...

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Trump urged to back up claims his phones were tapped by Obama

5th March, 2017   US President Donald Trump has been urged to provide evidence to back his allegation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered his phones to be tapped during the election campaign.   Republican Senator Ben Sasse said Mr Trump’s comments were “serious” and he should explain the alleged wire-tapping and how he came to know about it. The Republican ...

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Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

1st March, 2017   King Salman Wednesday began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia in almost 50 years, seeking to strengthen economic ties with the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. The king — who is accompanied by about 1,000 people, including princes and ministers — disembarked from his official plane at a Jakarta airport and was welcomed ...

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