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Trump picks Dan Coats for intelligence director

WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday formally announced former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as his pick for US director of national intelligence. A mild-mannered former ambassador to Germany who also served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Coats was widely tipped for the job coordinating 16 intelligence and security agencies — ...

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Turkey parliament to debate expanding President Erdogan powers

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s parliament will next week start a fortnight of debates on a controversial new constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said on Saturday. The new constitution, which will replace the basic law drawn up in the wake of Turkey’s 1980 ...

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Bus crashes kill 19 in Morocco, Algeria

RABAT: Two major bus crashes in Morocco and Algeria killed a total of 19 people early Saturday and injured almost three dozen more, media reported. The worst accident took place in southern Morocco when a truck collided with a passenger bus on a highway near the city of Agadir, the ...

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US intel report: Putin directed cyber campaign to help Trump

WASHINGTON DC: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, US intelligence agencies said in an assessment on Friday. Russia’s objectives were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate former secretary ...

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Hindu nationalist MP booked for blaming ‘people with four wives’ for India’s population boom

The controversial Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sakshi Maharaj was booked on Saturday for “a veiled attack on the Muslim community”, blaming it for the “population explosion” in India, The Indian Express reported. He was addressing sant sammelan, a religious gathering of Hindus clerics, held at Augharnath Temple ...

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17 dead as Yemen loyalists attack rebels on Red Sea coast

Yemeni government forces attacked rebel positions on the Red Sea coast on Saturday, sparking clashes in which six soldiers and 11 rebels were killed, a loyalist commander said. The assault on the coastal district of Dhubab, just 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the Bab al-Madab strait where the busy ...

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US veteran arrested in airport shooting; family says ‘lost his mind’ after Iraq tour

A US army veteran who complained that the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival at the Fort Lauderdale airport and opened fire in the baggage claim area Friday, killing five people and wounding eight, authorities said. He was taken into custody after ...

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At least 43 killed in car bomb in Syrian town

At least 43 people were killed Saturday when a car bomb went off in a busy market in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, activists and rescue workers said. The explosion ripped through the central market in the town of Azaz in the northern province of Aleppo, damaging ...

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US built tactical operations centre in Pakistan: Kerry

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Pakistan was among the key countries where the United States has constructed state-of-the-art tactical security operations centres. In a 21-page exit memo, the outgoing top US diplomat also named Afghanistan and Iraq among the countries where the Obama administration has ...

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At least five dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting in Florida

A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at the baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Five people died and eight more were wounded in the incident, the local sheriff’s office said. ...

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