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Violence flares at anti-Maduro motorised protests

Thousands of Venezuelans in cars and motorbikes have filled roads across the country in motorised protests against president Nicolas Maduro. Riot police on motorbikes fired teargas against opposition demonstrators and blocked their motorcade in the capital, Caracas, where a bus was also set on fire. There were clashes in Valencia and other Venezuelan cities. Nearly 40 people have been killed ...

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US appeals court to review Trump revised travel ban

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments on Monday over President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries, the second such court to review Trump’s directive over the past week. A three-judge 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel, made up entirely of judges appointed by Democratic former President Bill ...

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Qatar emir urges political solution to refugee problem

Millions of refugees have fled their countries and homes to escape oppression, persecution and natural disasters in search of a better life, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said at the opening of the 17th Doha Forum. Attendants of the forum, under the theme “Development, Stability and Refugee Crisis,” included Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ...

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North Korean new long-range missile can carry heavy nuclear warhead

North Korea has claimed that the missile it tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.   The missile, launched at a steep angle, reached an altitude of 2,000km (1,242 miles) and travelled about 700km, landing in the sea west of Japan.   North Korea said on Monday it was a test ...

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Mahmoud Abbas kicks off India visit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to India on Monday with a tour of an IT facility that is helping Ramallah build a high-end tech hub.   Abbas, who arrived late Sunday, will hold talks on the Middle East peace process, among other issues, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming days.   But his first stop was ...

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Germany warns pulling out its NATO troops from Turkey base

Berlin on Monday slammed Ankara’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO base near Syria and warned it could move its troops elsewhere.   The German foreign ministry described as “absolutely unacceptable” Turkey’s latest ban on a visit to the Incirlik base in southern Turkey, used by the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.   Germany has ...

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France’s Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundaries

Newly-inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a conservative prime minister on Monday in a move to broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before legislative elections in June. Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of port city Le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main centre-right The Republicans party and will be a counterweight to former ...

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200,000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware: Europol chief

Friday’s global cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright said on Sunday. “The latest count is over 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries. Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations. The global reach is unprecedented,” BBC quoted Wainwright as saying in an interview with Britain’s ITV. Wainwright said he ...

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Scintilla star Ashraful graduates as homeless advocate

Emdad Rahman :: Scintilla CC cricket star Ashraful Islam’s extraordinary achievements were celebrated at the Groundswell Homeless ceremony as the gifted opening batsman graduated as a Health Peer Advocate.   Islam and his fellow Graduates have completed two months of training and are now ready to start delivering Groundswell’s multi-award winning Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service (HHPA).     HHPA supports homeless ...

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Selim Chowdhury received Tower Hamlets Council award

Prominent community activist, former police officer and first British Bangladeshi Councillor from Harrow council Selim Chowdhury received the Tower Hamlets Honours award. Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Khalis Uddin Ahmed handed over the crest to Selim Chowdhury on 3rd May at Mayor’s Parlour at Mulberry Place. Other guests at the crest giving celebration included President of European Probashi Bangladeshi ...

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