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  • Zimbabwe crackdown tightens over protests, three dead

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    Zimbabwe crackdown tightens over protests, three dead

    HARARE, Jan 15 — Three people have been shot dead and many injured, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party said today, as security forces crack down on protests triggered by a...

  • Turkey to set up Syria ‘security zone’ after Trump call

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    Turkey to set up Syria ‘security zone’ after Trump call

    ISTANBUL, Jan 15 — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today that Ankara would set up a “security zone” in northern Syria suggested by US President Donald Trump....

  • Huawei founder denies spying for China in rare interview

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    Huawei founder denies spying for China in rare interview

    BEIJING, Jan 15 — Huawei’s reclusive founder Ren Zhengfei stepped out of the shadows today to give a rare media interview, forcefully denying accusations that his firm engaged...

  • Blast, gunfire in attack at Nairobi hotel, office complex

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    Blast, gunfire in attack at Nairobi hotel, office complex

    NAIROBI, Jan 15 — A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked an upmarket hotel and office complex in Nairobi today, causing casualties, in an attack claimed by the...

  • Afghan-German man held over possible Iran espionage

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    Afghan-German man held over possible Iran espionage

    BERLIN, Jan 15 — A 50-year old Afghan-German dual national who worked for the German military was detained today on suspicion of passing data to an Iranian intelligence agency,...

  • Singapore vows to cane Briton despite protest

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    Singapore vows to cane Briton despite protest

    SINGAPORE, Jan 15 — Singapore insisted today it would still cane a British man convicted of drug smuggling despite a plea from London not to proceed with the punishment. Yuen Ye...

  • Bird sparks a flap on Singapore to London flight

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    Bird sparks a flap on Singapore to London flight

    SINGAPORE, Jan 15 — A bird caused a flap on a Singapore to London flight after it suddenly appeared in the plane’s business class section 12 hours into the journey, an airline...

  • Holy smoke: Croatian bishop accidentally shoots hunter

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    Holy smoke: Croatian bishop accidentally shoots hunter

    ZAGREB, Jan 15 — A Croatian bishop accidentally shot and badly wounded a man while hunting wild boar, reports and officials said today, igniting criticism on social media in the...

  • Ex-Ivorian leader Gbagbo acquitted of war crimes, to be freed

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    Ex-Ivorian leader Gbagbo acquitted of war crimes, to be freed

    THE HAGUE, Jan 15 — International Criminal Court judges today acquitted former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo of all war crimes charges and ordered his immediate release in a...

  • Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers in landmark case

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    Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers in landmark case

    BANGKOK, Jan 15 — Thailand’s highest court today ordered compensation be paid to 14 migrant workers from Myanmar whose accusations against a chicken farm of abuses sparked a...

  • Spanish police raid Barcelona cell suspected of plotting attack

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    Spanish police raid Barcelona cell suspected of plotting attack

    BARCELONA, Jan 15 — Spanish police launched a counter-terrorism operation in Barcelona and a nearby city today against a cell suspected of plotting an attack, a police spokesman...

  • Singapore urged to fix rules on hiring domestic workers to stop forced labour

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    Singapore urged to fix rules on hiring domestic workers to stop forced labour

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Singapore must overhaul its rules and systems for the hiring of foreign domestic workers to put a stop to forced labour in the wealthy city-state,...

  • Jordan agrees to host a UN-sponsored Yemen meeting on prisoner swap

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    Jordan agrees to host a UN-sponsored Yemen meeting on prisoner swap

    AMMAN, Jan 15 — Jordan agreed today to a UN request to host a meeting between the Yemeni government and the Houthi group to discuss a prisoner swap deal that would allow...

  • Los Angeles mayor backs striking teachers as stoppage enters second day

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    Los Angeles mayor backs striking teachers as stoppage enters second day

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 15 — The mayor of Los Angeles expressed support for the city’s striking teachers late yesterday, as 30,000 staff readied for a second day of a stoppage called...

  • China slams Trudeau’s ‘irresponsible remarks’ on Canadian’s death sentence

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    China slams Trudeau’s ‘irresponsible remarks’ on Canadian’s death sentence

    BEIJING, Jan 15 — Beijing today slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for making “irresponsible remarks” after he criticised a Chinese court’s death sentence...

  • Singapore imposes S$740,000 fines over major cyber attack

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    Singapore imposes S$740,000 fines over major cyber attack

    SINGAPORE, Jan 15 — Singapore’s privacy watchdog today imposed fines of S$1 million (RM3.03 million) on a healthcare provider and an IT agency over a cyber attack that saw...

  • Reports: China warns state firms to avoid travel to US

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    Reports: China warns state firms to avoid travel to US

    BEIJING, Jan 15 — China has asked some of the state-run companies to avoid business trips to the United States and its allies, and to take extra care to protect their devices if...

  • Britain’s May faces defeat in parliament over Brexit plan

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    Britain’s May faces defeat in parliament over Brexit plan

    LONDON, Jan 15 — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of defeat in a historic vote in parliament on her Brexit deal today, leaving the country in limbo about...

  • Boko Haram attacks military base in Nigeria

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    Boko Haram attacks military base in Nigeria

    KANO, Jan 15 — Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in remote northeast Nigeria, setting fire to shelters for those made homeless by the conflict, military and...

  • The insurgents plunging Myanmar’s Rakhine back into chaos

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    The insurgents plunging Myanmar’s Rakhine back into chaos

    YANGON, Jan 15 — Myanmar’s government says it has ordered the military to “crush” rebels in the western state of Rakhine, following raids by insurgents that killed 13...

  • Turkey orders arrest of nearly 200 over suspected Gulen ties, ‘Hurriyet’ says

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    Turkey orders arrest of nearly 200 over suspected Gulen ties, ‘Hurriyet’ says

    ISTANBUL, Jan 15 — Turkey ordered the arrest of 192 people over suspected links to the network of the US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016,...

  • Report: North Korean official heads for talks in Sweden

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    Report: North Korean official heads for talks in Sweden

    SEOUL, Jan 15 — A top North Korean diplomat was travelling to Sweden today, she told reporters, as speculation mounts over the next summit between the isolated state’s leader...

  • Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

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    Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

    PATTAYA, Jan 15 — A Belarusian model who sensationally claimed she had proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office appeared in court today for the expected start of...

  • Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit, says state media

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    Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit, says state media

    TEHRAN, Jan 15 — Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States today but it failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying....

  • Detained Chinese lawyer wins Franco-German human rights award

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    Detained Chinese lawyer wins Franco-German human rights award

    BEIJING, Jan 15 — The French and German ambassadors to Beijing have granted a human rights award to a detained Chinese lawyer, with his wife picking up the prize on his behalf....

  • China approves large new upstream dam project on the Yangtze river

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    China approves large new upstream dam project on the Yangtze river

    SHANGHAI, Jan 15 — China has approved construction of one of its tallest dams, a 239m hydroelectric structure on the upstream section of its longest river, the Yangtze, the...

  • War crimes court to rule on release of Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo

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    War crimes court to rule on release of Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo

    THE HAGUE, Jan 15 — Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will hear from the International Criminal Court today if he will be freed after seven years behind bars on...

  • Brussels museum gunman linked to other jihadists

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    Brussels museum gunman linked to other jihadists

    BRUSSELS, Jan 15 — The Frenchman accused of murdering four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium had links with other jihadists, including those behind the Brussels and Paris...

  • Confederate monument’s pedestal ordered removed at US university

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    Confederate monument’s pedestal ordered removed at US university

    CHAPEL HILL, Jan 15 — The pedestal for a Confederate monument called Silent Sam that has been a flashpoint for demonstrations at a North Carolina university will be removed, the...

  • US House Republicans censure colleague for racist remarks

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    US House Republicans censure colleague for racist remarks

    WASHINGTON, Jan 15 — US House Republican leaders delivered an extraordinary rebuke yesterday to an Iowa congressman from their party over his recent remarks deemed as racist,...