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World leaders speak at COP21 FATE OF DEAL RESTS WITH YOU: BAN KI-MOON

Let me be clear: The fate of the Paris agreement rests with you. The future of your people, the future of our planet. We have never faced such a test — a political moment like this may not come again, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. FUTURE OF LIFE AT STAKE: HOLLANDE Never have the stakes of an international meeting ...

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IS political wrap for heavy oil smuggling: Russian official

The militant Islamic State (IS) group is a political wrap for hefty smuggling businesses including that of oil, says the spokesman for Russia Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin. The high-level Russian official made the remarks in a column he wrote for the Izvestia newspaper, said a report published on the TASS news agency’s website. “The terrorist organisations, which are outlawed in ...

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IS executes 3,500 in Syria since declaring ‘caliphate’ ’

The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its “caliphate” in June last year, a monitor said Sunday. In the last month alone IS executed 53 people—including 35 civilians—in areas it controls in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The new figures from the Britain-based Observatory bring to ...

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Another danger of climate change: giant flying boulders?

One of the mysterious boulders on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Scientists have long debated how it got there. Eleuthera, Bahamas:  Standing atop a 60-foot cliff overlooking the Atlantic, James Hansen – the retired NASA scientist sometimes dubbed the “father of global warming” – examines two small rocks through a magnifying glass. Towering above him is the source ...

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Mujahid, SQ Chy executed

Top Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged early today for their crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 War of Liberation. They were hanged together at the Dhaka Central Jail at 12:55am on Sunday, Inspector General (IG) of Police (Prisons) Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin told journalists at the jail gate shortly ...

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UK bomb plotter sentenced to 40 years in US jail

A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for plotting attacks in several countries. Abid Naseer, 29, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York. US authorities said he had been part of a plot to attack Manchester, New York City and Copenhagen. In March, a jury found him ...

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Marium Mukhtiar, Pakistani female fighter pilot, dies in crash

A female Pakistani fighter pilot has died after her aircraft crashed in Punjab province. Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine training mission when her plane met an “in-flight emergency” over Mianwali district, the air force said. She and her co-pilot ejected. She later died from her injuries in hospital. Flying Officer Mukhtiar was one of a small number of women ...

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Chinese forces ‘used flamethrowers’ in Xinjiang operation

A Chinese military newspaper has given details of a raid in Xinjiang province against suspected militants. The People’s Liberation Army Daily said that, at one point, flamethrowers were used to flush out militants hiding in a cave, who were then shot. It said they were behind a “brutal” attack on the public, which may refer to an attack on a ...

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Egypt plane crash: Airlines cancel more Sharm el-Sheikh flights

Two airlines have cancelled all flights between Sharm el-Sheikh and the UK until January following the suspected bombing of a Russian passenger jet. British Airways flights are cancelled up to and including 14 January and Easyjet services to the Egyptian resort are suspended until at least 6 January. Easyjet said the move was made to provide some certainty to passengers ...

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Turkey shoots down Russian warplane on Syria border

Turkish warplanes have shot down a Russian military aircraft on the border with Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory. But Turkish military officials said the plane was engaged after being warned that it was violating Turkish airspace. Mr Putin described the incident ...

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