Archive for March, 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 4:51pm

Remembering the anti-apartheid giant Ahmed Kathrada

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Johannesburg, South Africa – Flags were lowered to half-mast and mourners lined the streets outside Westpark Cemetery on Wednesday morning. Many embraced tearfully as the white hearse, escorted by a fleet of police motorcycles and bearing the coffin draped in the ruling African National Congress flag of green, yellow and black, made its way towards Heroes’ […]

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 4:51pm

Journalists allege threat of drone execution by US

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Washington DC – Two journalists who say they have been targeted by the United States have filed a complaint against the American government, accusing it of putting them on a “kill list” and demanding to be taken off it. The complaint was filed in the US District Court of the District of Columbia on Thursday […]

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 4:51pm

India state to give life sentences for cow slaughter

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Friday increased the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment as Hindu hardliners push for tougher protections for the holy animal.     Under the stiffened penalties passed by Gujarat’s state assembly, anyone caught transporting cows for slaughter could also face up […]

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 4:38am

Nicolas Maduro accused of ‘coup’ over Congress powers

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led Congress’ legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship. The court, which has consistently sided with President Nicolas Maduro’s administration, said late on Wednesday that as long as the Congress remains in “contempt” of past […]

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 4:38am

Nikki Haley: Assad’s overthrow no longer a priority

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The United States has said that it is no longer focused on ousting President Bashar al-Assad as it seeks a new strategy to end Syria’s civil war. American officials have been shifting away from their former insistence that he must go for some time, but now they have made it explicit. In New York on […]

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 4:38am

Michael Flynn offers to testify in Trump-Russia probe

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Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has offered to testify before congressional committees probing potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia but wants protection against “unfair prosecution,” his lawyer has said. Flynn was forced to resign as Trump’s national security adviser in February over contacts with Russian officials. “General Flynn certainly has […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:37pm

North Korea-Malaysia deal ends diplomatic spat

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The body of Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korea’s leader, has been released to the communist country, ending a drawn-out diplomatic drama over his murder with VX nerve agent at a Malaysian airport.   Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement on Thursday the coroner approved the move “following the completion of […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:37pm

Fighters blow themselves up with grenade in Bangladesh

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As many as eight fighters blew themselves up with a grenade in Bangladesh rather than surrender, police said on Thursday, the latest clash in the South Asian country that has seen a rise in violence. Police urged the group, holed up in their hideout in Nasirpur, northeast of the capital Dhaka, to give themselves up […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:37pm

The US-Mexico border wall: What’s at stake?

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Throughout his 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump called for the construction of a bigger, more impenetrable border wall along the US border with Mexico. He also announced plans to stop illegal immigration and make Mexico pay for this proposed wall. “A nation without borders is not a nation. Starting today, the US gets back control of its […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:32am

US Senate committee to question 20 in Russia probe

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has requested 20 individuals to be interviewed for the panel’s probe of alleged Russian interference in last year’s US election.  Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the committee, declined to identify any of them, except for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Burr and the top Democrat on the panel, Senator Mark Warner, said on […]

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