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Over 25,000 murdered in Mexico in 2017

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Mexico saw a total of 25,339 murders last year, official data has shown, after 2017 was already established as a record-breaking year based on killings carried out until November. The interior ministry on Saturday said 2,219 people were murdered in December …

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China says it doesn’t need Taiwan’s permission to open new air route

TAIPEI: China said on Wednesday that it does not need Taiwan’s permission to open new air routes, after the self-ruled island complained that a new route over the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the two posed a security and safety risk, reported Reuters. Beijing has …

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Extremist Modi ends Hajj subsidy for Muslims

NEW DELHI: In a big move, the Indian government Tuesday announced to withdraw subsidy for Hajj pilgrims, and use the funds for girls’ education and minority women. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made this announcement. The minister added that “Hajj subsidy funds will be …

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Erdogan threatens to ‘nip in the bud’ new US-backed Syria force

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to thwart the creation of a new US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria before it was even set up. “America has acknowledged it is in the process of creating a terror army …

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Over four martyred by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR Indian troops during their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred at least four youth in Baramulla district of occupied Kashmir on Monday. The youth were killed during a joint operation launched by the Indian army and the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) at Dulanja …

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White House denies Trump N. Korea quote

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Saturday denied and corrected a quote attributed to President Donald Trump that suggested he had good contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un,” Trump was quoted as telling …

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Trump, on possibility of North Korea talks, says: ‘Who knows where it leads?’

WASHINGTON/SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday after the first intra-Korean talks in over two years that the United States was willing to speak to North Korea “under the right circumstances,” although it was far from clear whether this would pay dividends, reported Reuters. …

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Israeli PM set to lead trade task force to India

TEL AVIV -UNS : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will take 130 businessmen with him to India next week for trade talks which will also cover defence sales, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday. Foreign ministry deputy director general for Asia, Gilad Cohen, said …

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Snowfall in Sahara Desert after 37 years

A blanket of snow fell in the Sahara Desert on Sunday, delighting locals. It marks just the fourth time the weather phenomenon has occurred in the area in 37 years. The town of Ain Sefra in Algeria is known as the gateway to the Sahara—the …

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French President bets on horse diplomacy in China

XIAN (AFP) – In a response to panda power, French President Emmanuel Macron bet on equine diplomacy during his first state visit to China, presenting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a horse as a gift. The animal, a retired Republican Guard horse named Vesuve …

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