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Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case

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A court in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in a corruption case. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 on Thursday sentenced the two-time former prime minister to rigorous ...

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US House Minority Leader sets record with 8-hour marathon speech

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US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has staged a record-breaking, eight-hour speech, taking in Pope Francis and the Bible in a bid to try and force a vote on the Dreamers program. Ms Pelosi’s marathon filibuster eclipsed the previous record, ...

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Maldives’ ex-president Nasheed urges India to intervene to resolve crisis

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Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday called for India to send an envoy backed by its military to free Supreme Court judges and other detainees held by the government following the imposition of a state of emergency in the Indian ...

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Maldives: Supreme Court judges arrested amid political crisis

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Maldives police have arrested the country’s chief justice of the Supreme Court as a political crisis worsens. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the government declared a state of emergency. No details were ...

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US decision on Ismail Haniya ‘will not deter us’ – Hamas

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2018 Hamas' leader Ismail Haniya delivers a speech in Gaza City on January 23, 2018.
The United States on January 31, 2018 put the head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya, on its terror blacklist and slapped sanctions on him -- a move sure to raise tensions, after Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital."Haniya has close links with Hamas' military wing and has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians," the State Department said in a statement. 
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Hamas has rejected a United States decision to place the group’s political chief, Ismail Haniya, on its global “terror list”, calling the move a “dangerous development”. In a statement released on Wednesday, Hamas said the US State Department’s decision is ...

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Hamas leader added to US ‘terror list’

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya added to US 'terror list'

The United States has designated Ismail Haniya, the senior political leader of Hamas, as a “global terrorist”. The US State Department issued a press release on Wednesday saying that Haniya “has close links with Hamas’ military wing” and “has been ...

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Eleven die in fire at a welfare home in Japan

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Eleven people have been killed after a fire at a Japanese residential facility for people in financial difficulty. TV footage on the country’s public broadcaster NHK showed the house engulfed in flames late on Wednesday night. Of the 16 people ...

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May to hold talks with Chinese president

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The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet President Xi Jinping for talks later on the second day of her visit to China. The agenda is expected to cover trade and security issues, including North Korea’s nuclear programme. The ...

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Grenfell Tower fire

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A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with eyewitnesses claiming people are trapped in their homes. The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate was reported at 01:16 BST and about 200 ...

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DR Congo jailbreak frees 900 inmates

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Eleven people were killed when militants attacked a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo and freed more than 900 inmates, officials say. The governor of North Kivu province said the attackers had used heavy weapons in the raid on ...

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