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US lawmakers urge Trump not to revive torture, repopulate Guantanamo

WASHINGTON: The ranking members of five key committees of the US Senate have sent a letter to Secretary of Defence James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo expressing alarm at reports that the Trump administration was set to revoke the bans on CIA “black site” detention facilities and excessive interrogation ...

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US judge temporarily blocks Trump’s travel ban nationwide

A US judge on Friday imposed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, siding with two states that had challenged the executive order that has launched legal battles across the country. US District Judge James Robart in Seattle ruled that ...

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Indian govt plays down video protests by soldiers

NEW DELHI: A string of videos posted on the internet by disgruntled Indian soldiers were acts by individuals and did not represent a wider malaise, the government told the Lok Sabha on Friday. A number of videos were uploaded online recently by members of the army, air force and central ...

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Apple to build iPhone in India this year: official

Apple is to start making iPhones in India this year, a local government official said Friday, as the firm looks to tap a booming middle class as sales in China slow. The American giant has not confirmed the move, but Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, said this week that the ...

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Erdogan rebukes Merkel over ‘Islamist terror’ comment

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for using the expression “Islamist terrorism”, saying the phrase was not correct and saddened Muslims. Speaking after a critical bilateral meeting with Erdogan, Merkel spoke of the need for Turkey and Germany to cooperate even further to ...

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Trump threatens to cut off Berkeley varsity funds over Breitbart protests

LOS ANGELES: US President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withdraw federal funds from UC Berkeley after violent overnight protests against a planned appearance by a controversial editor of conservative news website Breitbart. Hundreds of students and other protesters chanting “shut him down” smashed windows at the University of California ...

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Ukraine appeals for help against Russia as fighting flares up

AVDIIVKA: Ukraine’s president appealed for more global pressure against Russia on Thursday as Moscow-backed rebels and government forces clashed around a frontline town for a fifth day in a surge of fighting that has reportedly claimed 21 lives. The sworn foes have been exchanging mortar and rocket fire around the ...

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Britain lays out Brexit blueprint

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May’s government published its blueprint for Brexit on Thursday after winning a first parliamentary vote on a bill that would empower her to start pulling Britain out of the EU. London is aiming for a “new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union ...

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Pakistan needs political will to try Hafiz Saeed: India

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday dismissed Pakistan’s demand for concrete evidence against Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, saying Islamabad has everything needed to prosecute the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai carnage. Foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup was quoted as saying that India would not go by the claims ...

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Medical group urges protection for doctors, patients after US travel ban

The largest US physician group urged President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday to protect international doctors and seriously ill patients from an executive order that suspends travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the American Medical Association warned that the order created ...

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