Wednesday , 4 May 2016

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Brazil bans WhatsApp, 100 million users affected

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A Brazilian judge has ordered mobile-phone carriers to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout the country, the second such move against the messaging application in five months. Monday’s decision affects WhatsApp’s 100 million-plus users in the country. The reason for the order is not known due to legal secrecy …

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Muslim men held on blasphemy charge in Pakistan

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Five people have appeared in a Pakistani court accused of blasphemy after a Sikh man complained they had desecrated his turban during a scuffle over a delayed bus. The men, all Muslims, appeared for the first hearing on Tuesday in Chichawatni in northern Punjab province, police said. Mahindar Pal Singh, 29, said …

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Israeli given life sentence for Palestinian’s murder

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An Israeli court has handed down a life sentence to the ringleader of a Jewish gang who kidnapped, attacked and burned alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014. Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, was handed a life sentence for killing 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir and was  given a separate 20-year sentence for other …

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Syria’s civil war: Aleppo bleeds amid truce efforts

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At least three people have been killed in a rebel rocket attack on a hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The attack was part of a shelling that left at least 19 people dead in government-controlled areas of the city on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), …

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Donald Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee

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Donald Trump has gone from long-shot contender to the Republican party’s presumptive nominee for president with a crushing win in Indiana that forced his main rival Ted Cruz out of the race. Addressing jubilant supporters at Trump Tower in New York after romping to his seventh straight state-wide victory, the real …

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Refugee sets herself on fire at Australia’s Nauru camp

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A refugee has set herself on fire at an Australian-run detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act in protest against his treatment. Australian officials said a Somali woman was in a critical condition after she set herself alight on …

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Construction firm Saudi Binladin Lays off 77,000 Foreign workers

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Saudi Binladin Group, a Saudi-owned construction company, has laid off about 77,000 foreign workers and plans to cut thousands of jobs held by Saudi nationals, according to a local newspaper report. Binladin has issued 77,000 final exit visas to foreign workers so that they can leave Saudi Arabia, and is expected to …

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Hama prison in Syria besieged as inmates riot

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Government forces have encircled a prison in the central Syrian city of Hama as prisoners reportedly took captive the warden and several guards during heavy clashes.  The prison uprising broke out in response to the government’s plans to forcibly transfer several detainees to Sednaya, an infamous prison near Damascus, sources …

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Nairobi building collapse: Child rescued after four days

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A one-and-a-half-year-old child has been rescued from the debris of a building that collapsed four days ago in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The six-storey residence came down in heavy rain on Friday, killing at least 22 people. Dozens of others are still thought to be buried under the rubble, but hopes of …

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Refugees revive fading Italian villages

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As the continuous influx of refugees is seen as a cause for concern for many European nations, which are employing strict border controls to stop the unprecedented flow of people, one community in the southern Italian region of Calabria has taken a different perspective of the matter.  The village of …

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Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

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Members of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) have backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the constitution. Delegates at the party’s conference on Sunday also supported a call to ban minarets on mosques and the burqa. Set up three years ago, the AfD has been …

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Venezuela raises minimum wage as high inflation bites

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Thousands of workers in Venezuela will receive a pay rise of 30 percent as the country’s socialist government works towards improving its deteriorating economy. Sunday’s introduction of the minimum wage is aimed at calming tensions caused by runaway inflation and food shortages. Nicolas Maduro’s government has been rocked by protests in …

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Cocoa farms spring back to life in Sierra Leone

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As Mary Sia Kombo walks through the trees and shrubs of her family’s cocoa farm, images of her father flood her memory. “He used to carry me to the farm with him,” recalls 23-year-old Kombo. “It was a special time spent with my father. I learned a lot.” Though her father …

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CIA mocked for ‘live tweeting’ Bin Laden killing

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US spy agency the CIA has “live tweeted” the military raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan five years ago, drawing derision and satire from many people on Twitter.  Bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seal commandos on May 2, 2011, when they raided his compound in …

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Egypt arrests journalists in raid on press syndicate

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Egyptian police have stormed the press syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists critical of the government, a syndicate official and reporters said in what the union called an unprecedented crackdown. The interior ministry denied officers stormed the press labour union building, a traditional spot in downtown Cairo to stage protests, but …

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Somalia mosque collapses, kills 15 in Mogadishu

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A mosque under refurbishment has collapsed in Somalia, killing at least 15 people and injuring 40. It happened during Friday prayers as the building, in the capital Mogadishu, was packed with worshippers. Hundreds of people are reported to have been inside the building when it collapsed and some are still believed to …

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Hindu tailor hacked to death in Bangladesh

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At least two unknown assailants have hacked a Hindu tailor to death in central Bangladesh, police say, amid a rise in attacks on religious minorities in the South Asian nation. Police officials said they were investigating whether Saturday’s killing in Tangail was linked to religious groups suspected of a series of …

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South Africa’s Julius Malema vows to seize white-owned land

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The leader of South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has launched his party’s campaign for the upcoming local elections, promising to rescue citizens from poverty, unemployment and corrupt government.  Around 40,000 people turned up at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday displaying massive support for fiery EFF leader …

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Iraq crisis deepens with storming of parliament

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A state of high alert has been declared in the Iraqi capital Baghdad after protesters broke into the fortified Green Zone and stormed the parliament building, shortly after politicians again failed to approve new ministers. Saturday’s development was the climax of weeks of political turmoil in Iraq that has seen MPs …

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Syria’s civil war: Qatar seeks end to Aleppo onslaught

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Qatar has called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League and urged the international community to “assume its responsibilities” as the Syrian government keeps up its air offensive on the northern city of Aleppo. Government warplanes and helicopter gunships launched new air strikes on Saturday on Aleppo’s rebel-held neighbourhoods, killing …

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