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Kabul control slips, Afghan force losses at record: US watchdog

Kabul control slips, Afghan force losses at record: US watchdog SIGAR uses the number of districts under the control of the USA -backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) or terrorist groups, mainly the Taliban, as a metric of stability in Afghanistan. Bill Roggio, an Afghanistan expert and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told AFP such a scenario is unlikely. "We'll have to see which way it goes". [Full Article...]

Trump made racist comment in ‘rougher’ Chicago neighborhood, Michael Cohen says

Trump made racist comment in ‘rougher’ Chicago neighborhood, Michael Cohen says During another conversation about the first season of The Apprentice , Cohen says Trump explained why he didn't pick Kwame Jackson , a black investment manager who had graduated from Harvard, as his victor. Though these quotes come only from Cohen who, after having been abandoned by the president has every reason to hate him, they are consistent with what is publicly known about Trump. [Full Article...]

Indonesian crews recover black box from crashed jet

Indonesian crews recover black box from crashed jet Rescuers at the crash site have found no survivors, and officials have said that everyone aboard is most likely dead. Indonesia's Transport Ministry has ordered a review of all low-priced airlines in the country and suspended staff linked to the Lion Air flight that crashed on Monday killing the 189 people aboard. [Full Article...]

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled attack

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled attack The attack had meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), Finn Borch Andersen told a press conference. Andersen added in a Facebook post in Danish: 'Pet considers that Iran has planned an attack in Denmark. It is likely that any sanctions the European Union might impose would not violate the Iranian nuclear deal but inst... [Full Article...]

Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, known as ‘father of Taliban’, shot dead

Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, known as ‘father of Taliban’, shot dead Some local media said ul-Haq was in the neighbouring city of Rawalpindi when he was shot and killed. "I have had a strong relationship with Maulana Samiul Haq , based on mutual respect", Fazl said, voicing solidarity with the family of the slain cleric and his party. [Full Article...]

Trump predicts US will reach a good trade deal with China

President Donald Trump has suddenly suggested that the USA and China could make a deal to end the trade war . The yuan is continuing to push forward with gains against the greenback as talks of a US-China trade resolution continues to fuel the rally seen in the past two days. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom plans expansion of diplomatic network as Brexit nears

United Kingdom plans expansion of diplomatic network as Brexit nears Former chief civil servant at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Lord Ricketts, warned on Sky News that any external candidate chosen to serve as ambassador must only be recruited after competing fairly against career diplomats. The Foreign Office said that Mr Hunt was looking to secure future trade deals by expanding the UK's overseas operations. Other concerns have been raised abou... [Full Article...]

Egypt attack: Gunmen kill seven Coptic Christians in bus ambush

Egypt attack: Gunmen kill seven Coptic Christians in bus ambush Egypt says fighting Islamist militants is a priority to restore security after the years of turmoil that followed the "Arab Spring" protests. In December 2017 an IS killed nine people in an attack on a church in a south Cairo suburb. For its part, security forces quickly surrounded the area. Only pilgrims have been allowed on the main road leading to the monastery since last year's attack. [Full Article...]

Medical cannabis products available on prescription in UK from today

Medical cannabis products available on prescription in UK from today Billy Caldwell , 13, of Castlederg, Co Tyrone, hit the headlines during the campaign. Doctors can now prescribe products containing cannabis, cannabis resin or cannabinol if they think it's the most appropriate treatment for their patient's condition. [Full Article...]

One of our islands is missing: Japan 'loses' a bit of land

One of our islands is missing: Japan 'loses' a bit of land It was only officially surveyed and registered in 1987 by Japan's coastguard which was unable to confirm the island's size. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country's territorial waters. [Full Article...]

Erdogan adviser said Khashoggi's body was dismembered and dissolved

Erdogan adviser said Khashoggi's body was dismembered and dissolved In her article, Cengiz noted that the one-month anniversary of Khashoggi's death fell on the UN's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains are unknown, and the U.S., Turkey, and other nations have called for Saudi Arabia to fully cooperate in a transparent investigation into his death. [Full Article...]

Two people dead, multiple injured after Thomasville Road shooting

Two people dead, multiple injured after Thomasville Road shooting A Tallahassee Memorial Hospital spokesperson said seven have come to TMH related to the incident with one now in critical, three in serious, two in good condition, and one deceased. City Commissioner Scott Maddox was on the scene. The plaza is home to popular restaurants, a jewellery store, a framing shop, a hair salon and other businesses. [Full Article...]

No foul play suspected in deaths of Saudi sisters in NY

No foul play suspected in deaths of Saudi sisters in NY The New York Post, citing unnamed police sources, reported this week the day before the sisters' bodies were found their mother received a call from the Saudi embassy saying the family might have to leave the United States because the daughters had applied for political asylum . [Full Article...]

United States charges Chinese spooks and hackers

United States charges Chinese spooks and hackers Their primary goal was stealing data that would allow a Chinese government-owned company to design its own jetliner. It said more than a dozen companies were targeted, but only Capstone Turbine Corp was identified by name. He is said to have tipped off the officers when foreign police notified the company of the existence of malware on its systems, malware that Tian had apparently installed at... [Full Article...]

Rape ‘part of ordinary life’ in North Korea

Rape ‘part of ordinary life’ in North Korea While Kim has pledged to focus more on developing North Korea's economy, the black markets that have become a vital source of income for many families are one place where sexual violence is rampant. Afraid of retaliation or social disgrace, women rarely report abuse and authorities rarely investigate or prosecute such cases, according to HRW, which said it interviewed 54 North Koreans who had fled... [Full Article...]

US Justice Department charges Chinese company with trade secrets theft

US Justice Department charges Chinese company with trade secrets theft Sessions said that a Chinese state-owned company, a Taiwan company and three Taiwanese individuals stole trade secrets from Micron, a chipmaking giant based in Idaho. In January, UMC filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Micron in China. FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement "no country presents a broader, more severe threat to our ideas, our innovation, and our economic se... [Full Article...]

Trumps light candles at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot

Trumps light candles at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot He added that it would be "a shame" if the community protested the president's visit. While receiving medical care, Bowers reportedly told SWAT personnel that he "wanted all Jews to die", according to the criminal complaint, leaving no doubt that this crime was a personal attack on the Jewish community. [Full Article...]

Imran Khan calls for calm as protests erupt after blasphemy verdict

Imran Khan calls for calm as protests erupt after blasphemy verdict Bibi appeared to be in a state of disbelief after hearing that Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had quashed her conviction almost eight years after she was first sentenced to death. Demonstrations broke out in major cities across Pakistan in the ruling's wake , with club-wielding protesters blocking Islamabad's main highway and barricading roads in Karachi and Lahore. [Full Article...]

Death row inmate says 'let’s rock' before being zapped by electric chair

Death row inmate says 'let’s rock' before being zapped by electric chair Ricky Bell, the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville , gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber on October 13, 1999. Even after states stopped contracting with Leuchter, they still asked him for help "because they literally had no one else to go to", she said. [Full Article...]

Tanzanian Governor Launches Anti-Gay Crackdown

Tanzanian Governor Launches Anti-Gay Crackdown Sodomy, however, carries a sentence of between 30 years and life in prison, while other sexual acts between consenting men also carry jail terms. "My ad-hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday". Makonda told AFP that he expected to be internationally condemned for his actions, but replied: "I prefer to anger those countries than to anger god". [Full Article...]


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