• Zaira Wasim apology throws up uncomfortable questions
Zaira Wasim apology throws up uncomfortable questions

She posted a detailed apology on all her social media pages even though it was removed from her Facebook page little later. One of them is Zaira Wasim , the talented 16-year-old who has become a role model for many. Some people even asked her why she went and met Mufti when she could've met the victims who have been adversely affected due to the o...

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  • Israel Bombs Gaza as Paris Peace Talks Receive Mixed Reactions
Israel Bombs Gaza as Paris Peace Talks Receive Mixed Reactions

A communique issued at Sunday's conference did not mention the embassy issue explicitly, but did call on the sides "to refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final-status issues, including, inter alia, on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees, and which they will not recognize".

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  • France summit kicks off in Mali
France summit kicks off in Mali

Francoise Hollande disclosed this at meeting of more than 30 heads of states of African countries held in Mali's capital Bamako since last week. As reported by Radio France Internationale, Mali's president thanked Hollande for ordering the Serval military operation to fight an alliance of Islamist rebels and Tuareg separatists four years ago.

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  • Syrian political opposition says it supports Astana talks
Syrian political opposition says it supports Astana talks

Mohammad Alloush, a leading figure in the Jaish al-Islam group, said on Monday he would head the rebel delegation to the meeting. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Ankara and Moscow have made a decision to invite Washington in the January 23 talks in Astana.

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  • Ex-RAB commander, 25 others sentenced to death for Naraynaganj murders
Ex-RAB commander, 25 others sentenced to death for Naraynaganj murders

Former Narayanganj councillor Nur Hossain and former Bangladesh Army Lt Col Tarek Sayeed are among the 26 persons given the death penalty for the 2014 Narayanganj multiple murders. Former councilor Nazrul Islam's wife Selina Islam Beauty said, "We want the verdict to be implemented as soon as possible and hope that the High Court will uphold it".

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  • State Media: Turkey Arrests 'Main Suspect' From Deadly New Year's Attack
State Media: Turkey Arrests 'Main Suspect' From Deadly New Year's Attack

Among the dead was a Canadian woman, 29-year-old Alaa Al Muhandis of Milton, Ont. The pro-government newspaper said the Uzbek national "was caught in his Kyrgyz friend's house in Esenyurt district of Istanbul ". The suspect is thought to be of ethnic Uighur origin, from a central Asian country. Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, Ind...

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  • Northern Ireland drifts towards snap elections
Northern Ireland drifts towards snap elections

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, announced on Monday evening that the assembly will be dissolved on January 26 and the election will be held on March 2. However, the main nationalist opposition group, Social Democratic and Labour Party, has said they would not accept British rule as they feel Theresa May's government no l...

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  • Martin Luther King's 1967 Tyneside visit marked with events
Martin Luther King's 1967 Tyneside visit marked with events

Yes, there is no mention of MLK Day or Martin Luther King Day or Martin Luther King at all. Across the country, parades, neighborhood events and community service projects were being held to honor the Baptist minister who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 for advocating non-violent activism.

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  • Kolkata: Police arrests BJP leader Jayprakash Majumder for allegedly cheating SSC candidate
Kolkata: Police arrests BJP leader Jayprakash Majumder for allegedly cheating SSC candidate

The police maintained that they had arrested the BJP leader after they found "discrepancies in his account" during interrogation on Saturday. Mr Majumdar has been booked for cheating, criminal breach of trust and intimidation under sections 420, 506 and 406.

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  • Respite from cold wave in Capital
Respite from cold wave in Capital

Officials at the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) had predicted that it would get a little warmer in the national capital owing to changing wind patterns and other weather phenomena like western disturbances. However, flight operations were not affected. Several states, including Delhi, were left freezing as a severe cold wave gripped n...

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  • Elections to be held in Northern Ireland on 2 March
Elections to be held in Northern Ireland on 2 March

Sinn Féin had until 5pm on Monday to nominate a new Deputy First Minister. James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland secretary, is expected to dissolve the devolved executive later on Monday and announce the date for the election. Foster accused Sinn Fein of triggering the election because they did not like the outcome of last May's vote. In a ...

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  • FBI reportedly arrests wife of Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen
FBI reportedly arrests wife of Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen

The gunman's wife is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday. Charges against Noor Salman filed in the Middle District of Florida include obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting Mateen's material support to ISIS, according to a law enforcement official.

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  • UK: Northern Ireland to hold snap elections in March
UK: Northern Ireland to hold snap elections in March

Brokenshire and Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan held a series of meetings with DUP and Sinn Fein leaders over the past week, but Sinn Fein insisted that elections were the only way forward. Outgoing Sinn Fein's finance minister, Maitin O Muillioir said, "People are looking for an opportunity to say they have zero tolerance when it comes to ...

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  • Conference insists on two-state solution for Israel & Palestine
Conference insists on two-state solution for Israel & Palestine

Around 70 countries attending Sunday's talks in Paris agreed a joint statement supporting an independent Palestinian state as part of a negotiated settlement with Israel. Kerry, who is critical of Trump's proposed plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, endorsed the concept of a two-state solution to end the long standing confli...

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  • Oman accepts 10 Guantanamo detainees
Oman accepts 10 Guantanamo detainees

If the final transfers go according to plan, only about 40 prisoners will remain at Guantanamo, despite Obama's pledge to close the controversial facility at the US naval base in Cuba. It was part of an effort by Obama to shrink the prison since he couldn't close it. The Republican president-elect has vowed, however, to keep the Guantanamo milita...

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  • Snap election likely as Northern Ireland's coalition government on brink of collapse
Snap election likely as Northern Ireland's coalition government on brink of collapse

If they have not done so by that time, then Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire , will call a date for fresh elections into the assembly. Mr Adams says outgoing deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has made his intentions known to him on whether he'll contest the election and an announcement will be made "soon".

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  • Atif Aslam stops mid-song to save a girl being harassed
Atif Aslam stops mid-song to save a girl being harassed

He during mid-performance realised what was going on and walked up to edge of the stage and gave the misbehaving lot a lesson to remember. He said, "Have you ever seen a girl before?" "Your mother or sister could also be in place of her". Reportedly, the incident took place even after the organisers had specifically insisted that this will be a "...

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  • Philippines President threatens martial law against drugs menace
Philippines President threatens martial law against drugs menace

The crackdown has left at least 5,700 people dead in just over six months, raising concerns of a breakdown in the rule of law with security forces and vigilantes carrying out extrajudicial killings. " If I wanted to, and it will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law ", he said. "The Philippines , as Asean ...

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  • Iran Says Nuclear Deal Will Not Be Renegotiated
Iran Says Nuclear Deal Will Not Be Renegotiated

Trump, who will take office on Friday, has threatened to either scrap the agreement or seek a better deal. "Any attempt by the Trump administration to undercut the deal in the hope of "fixing" it is likely to backfire". That raises the question of how he would react if Iran continued to test the deal's boundaries. "The agreement's collapse appe...

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  • Glasgow shooting: Man shot near primary school in 'targeted attack'
Glasgow shooting: Man shot near primary school in 'targeted attack'

Police Scotland said they received a report at about 09:05 of a fire arm being discharged in the Penilee area. A witness told STV News she heard a loud bang "like a firework" while waving goodbye to her son. "All the pupils were in school at the time, the most important thing is everybody is safe". "Additional police patrols are in the area". ...

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  • Mother pleads guilty to killing three of her children
Mother pleads guilty to killing three of her children

Another child, six-year-old Alual, was also in the auto but survived. Appearing in court on Monday, the 37-year-old Akon Guode plead guilty to two counts of murder, one count of infanticide and one count of attempted murder. A witness stated that Akon Goude once stated that she would rather die and take the lives of all her children than have the...

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  • France to host symbolic event on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
France to host symbolic event on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Permanent members of the UN Security Council, key European and Arab powers also participated in the talks. Such a step would be a historic break with USA policy, and with most of the worldwide community, over the status of Jerusalem, also claimed by the Palestinians as capital of their future state, an issue to be settled by negotiation.

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  • Peel Regional police issue Amber Alert for missing 15-year old girl
Peel Regional police issue Amber Alert for missing 15-year old girl

That same day, Langille was reported missing by her family. "Now she did come home on her own accord at that time". Alyssa Langille is described as female, white, 5 foot 2 inches tall, shoulder length blonde hair, blue eyes. Alyssa was also reported missing previous year and returned home. He was wearing a green long-sleeve shirt, grey vest and...

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  • Australia Utility Duet Accepts Takeover Offer Worth Nearly $5.5 Billion
Australia Utility Duet Accepts Takeover Offer Worth Nearly $5.5 Billion

The consortium already has significant investments in Australia, including majority stakes in electricity networks in Victoria and South Australia as well as control of the Envestra gas distribution grid in Victoria. The deal signifies Li's undiminished interest in Australian investments even after being dealt a setback past year when the governmen...

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  • Sherlock leak: BBC investigates if Russians put finale on internet
Sherlock leak: BBC investigates if Russians put finale on internet

The final episode of the current series of Sherlock has been leaked online. According to the BBC , only 5.9 million people tuned in to watch Benedict Cumberbatch's latest escapade: for comparison, the first episode of the series drew 8 million viewers while previous Sherlock finales have never dropped below 7 million viewers.

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  • Egyptian Court Rules Against Handing Islands to Saudi Arabia
Egyptian Court Rules Against Handing Islands to Saudi Arabia

Outside the court, a small number of activists chanted: "Saudi Arabia, take your money back, for tomorrow, the Egyptian people will trample on you". The government had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was illegal.

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  • Donald Trump has the highest disapproval rating in history
Donald Trump has the highest disapproval rating in history

With less than a week left before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, emotions are running high for the Obama family. "I think everybody has to acknowledge, don't underestimate the guy, because he's going to be 45th president of the United States", Obama told Kroft when asked to weigh in on Trump's Twitter usage.

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  • German Minister Lashes Out at Trump Comments on Mexican Car Imports
German Minister Lashes Out at Trump Comments on Mexican Car Imports

BMW shares fell by 1.4% in Frankfurt, VW was down 2% and Mercedes Benz owner Daimler dropped 1.8%. While investing in Mexico, German carmakers have quadrupled light vehicle production in the United States over the past seven years to 850,000 units, more than half of which are exported from there, Germany's VDA automotive industry association s...

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  • Iraqi forces retake provincial headquarters in Daesh-held Mosul
Iraqi forces retake provincial headquarters in Daesh-held Mosul

The agencies also said that the CTS had found "chemicals" that ISIS used "to try to make weapons". Iraqi forces now control the eastern sides of three of the city's five bridges that span the Tigris river connecting Mosul's east to west. The head of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, told Iraqi state TV on Monday tha...

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  • Turkish parliament passes three more constitutional reforms
Turkish parliament passes three more constitutional reforms

The debates have been fractious and last week saw some of the worst fighting in years in the parliament with punches thrown, deputies bloodied and one lawmaker even claiming to have been bitten in the leg. Debates over the constitution changes have been heated. A minimum of 330 votes out of the 550-seat parliament is needed to pass the amendments. ...

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