U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Islamabad on Monday to ask Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership to do more to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan. More than 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his South Asia strategy, however, U.S. officials […]

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MOSCOW – The Kremlin said on Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin had taken a decision to hold off responding to new U.S. sanctions last year independently and had not been influenced by former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and […]

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At least 62 people were killed as security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recruited former rebel fighters to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila last year, a rights group claims. In a report on Monday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said more than 200 former M23 fighters were mobilised, during country-wide protests that […]

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Sandra knew there was always a chance that her clients would kill her. For three years, she was forced to work as a prostitute on the streets of Moscow, repaying a $45,000 debt to the trafficker who brought her from Nigeria. “There were five of them,” she recalls of one occasion. “They were brutal, they […]

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VALLETTA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Maltese police have arrested 10 suspects in the murder of anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, the country’s prime minister said on Monday, almost two months after she was killed when her car was blown up. All of the suspects are Maltese nationals and most have a criminal record, Prime Minister […]

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The incumbent in the presidential poll in Honduras has retained a lead of 1.59 percentage points over his closest rival after a partial recount of votes, electoral authorities have announced. With 99.96% of votes counted, President Juan Orlando Hernández had won 42.98% against Salvador Nasralla’s 41.39%. The electoral tribunal has yet to declare an outright […]

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The death toll from violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest monthly level in five years following the Islamic State group’s military collapse, the United Nations said Monday. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said new lows were recorded in October and November. In November, a total of 117 civilians and police were […]

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The attorney for Donald Trump who sought to take the blame for a tweet that could signal the president took part in the obstruction of justice has offered a new defence of Trump’s actions: the president cannot obstruct justice. “The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the constitution’s […]

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New York’s Metropolitan Opera suspended its famed longtime conductor James Levine on Sunday while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement, the opera’s general manager, Peter Gelb, said Levine wouldn’t be in involved in performances or other activities while it investigates. “While we await the results of the investigation, based on these new […]

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