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Lebanon says foiled Daesh holiday attacks using informant

  Lebanon thwarted militant plans to attack places of worship and government buildings over the holidays after gaining rare access to a Daesh operative, the interior minister said Friday. Nohad Machnouk said at a press conference that an elite unit in Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) had arrested an Iraqi Daesh commander in Beirut last June. The commander, known as ...

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Agenda 2030 and international aviation

Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary-General of the International , explores how international aviation contributes to Agenda 2030 by empowering local sustainable development through global connections Every 24 hours, some 10 million global travellers are being carried around the world on just over 100,000 flights. Commercial aircraft also carry over half of the world’s 1.4 billion tourists to their destinations annually and ...

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Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa’s Sahel

Britain is set to send helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali in a package of measures to be agreed at a summit near London on Thursday. The commitment will come as Prime Minister Theresa May meets French President Emmanuel Macron at an army base near the British capital, with immigration and global aid also on their ...

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Kazakhstan bus fire claims 52 lives

Fifty-two people have been killed after a bus in which they were travelling caught fire in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region. The country’s interior ministry said on Thursday that only five passengers managed to escape the burning vehicle. The passengers could not be identified immediately, reports Reuters citing the ministry.

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Tillerson cagey on presiding at London embassy opening 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cagey about whether he’ll preside over the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in London next week. President Donald Trump tweeted last week that he would not come for the formal opening ceremony because the gleaming new embassy in a former industrial neighborhood represented a poor investment. Tillerson could take Trump’s place. Tillerson confirmed ...

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Trump’s cognitive ability is normal, says White House doctor

US President Donald Trump has shown no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, his White House doctor says. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions,” Ronny Jackson said on Tuesday, reports BBC. Last week, Mr Trump underwent a three-hour examination in his first medical check-up since becoming US president. It comes ...

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Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games

 North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. They also agreed to field a joint women’s ice hockey team in rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom. These are the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games ...

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US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a “fundamental re-examination,” the State Department said. In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment. ...

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Iran vows proper response to new US sanctions

Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Monday vowed “proportional reaction” to the new US sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals. Larijani, who is also among the individuals sanctioned, said that the sanctions against the judiciary chief of a country are “crossing all international red lines,” the Tasnim news agency reported. Larijani said that Iran would not remain silent ...

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Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

The Philippines’ most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded nine episodes of tremor, four of which accompanied lava fountains, and 75 lava collapse events as pressure builds up leading ...

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