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Syrian Regime hanged 13,000 in notorious prison – Amnesty

As many as 13,000 people were hanged in five years at a notorious Syrian government prison near Damascus, Amnesty International said Tuesday, accusing the regime of a “policy of extermination.” Titled “Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya prison,” Amnesty’s damning report is based on interviews with 84 witnesses, including guards, detainees, and judges. It found that at least …

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US Justice Department defends ‘lawful’ Trump travel ban

The US Department of Justice has defended President Donald Trump’s travel ban and urged an appeals court to reinstate it in the interests of national security. A 15-page brief argued it was a “lawful exercise of the president’s authority” and not a ban on Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry from all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim …

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Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments

The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were “unacceptable” comments one of the channel’s presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly described Putin as “a killer” in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. …

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Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump’s travel ban

The U.S. Justice Department will face off with opponents in a federal appeals court on Tuesday over the fate of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, his most controversial act since taking office last month. Last Friday, U.S. District Judge James Robart suspended Trump’s ban, opening a window for people from the seven affected …

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Waters: Trump ‘leading himself’ to impeachment

Rep. Maxine Waters said Monday that President Donald Trump’s actions are “leading himself” to possible impeachment. The California Democrat tweeted last week that her “greatest desire was to lead @realDonaldTrump right into impeachment” after an interview with Cheddar, a video news network. Today, I told @cheddar that my greatest desire was to lead @realDonaldTrump right into impeachment. — Maxine Waters …

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The Gambia thanks Senegal’s Macky Sall for post-election intervention

The Gambia has expressed gratitude to its only landed neighbour, Senegal, for its intervention in the post election crisis. Senegal’s efforts in terms of mediation and by military intervention resulted in the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in the Gambia’s history. Gambian vice-president, Fatoumata Tambajang, was in Dakar on Monday where she met with President Macky Sall, …

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Home of Indian Nobel laureate burgled, peace medal replica stolen

Thieves broke into the New Delhi home of India’s 2014 Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, and stole a replica of his prize medal, police said on Tuesday. Police official Romil Baniya told Reuters the replica was stolen from the south Delhi home of the children’s rights activist in an early morning burglary. “We have launched an investigation to nab the …

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Australia Authorities make largest cocaine bust worth $239 million

Australia has made its largest cocaine haul ever after seizing a yacht carrying 1.4 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$312 million (US$239 million). The boat was stopped off the New South Wales coast on February 2 and six men were arrested, police said Monday, following a two-and-a-half year joint investigation between Australia and New Zealand. …

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Mike Pence: US VP warns Iran against testing Trump’s resolve

US Vice President Mike Pence in an interview airing Sunday warned Iran “not to test the resolve” of the Donald Trump administration, days after Washington slapped new sanctions on Tehran following a ballistic missile test launch. Relations between the two sides have deteriorated sharply since Trump took office last month promising a tough line on what he sees as Iranian …

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ISIS: Turkey detains 450 suspects in nationwide sweep

Turkish police on Sunday detained almost 450 suspected Islamic State group members in nationwide raids just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the jihadists. Security forces rounded up 448 suspects, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, in Turkey’s biggest police operation against IS since the New Year attack on the Reina nightclub that killed …

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