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Trump fires top government lawyer for defiance on immigration order

By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Dan Levine | WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO U.S. President Donald Trump fired the federal government’s top lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and saying the Justice Department would not defend his new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. The White House said on Twitter that Dana ...

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Pakistan orders house arrest for alleged brain of 2008 Mumbai attacks

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Mubashar Bukhari | ISLAMABAD/LAHORE Pakistan on Monday ordered Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people, to be placed under house arrest. The move came after years of pressure and could ease recently escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Saeed’s ...

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You’re welcome in Canada: PM Trudeau to refugees

ORONTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by Donald Trump: Canada will welcome you. He said that he also intended to talk to Trump about the success of Canada’s refugee policy. Trudeau reacted to Trump’s visa ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries by tweeting on Saturday, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will ...

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Global backlash grows against Trump’s immigration order

By Maher Chmaytelli and Lin Noueihed | BAGHDAD/CAIRO A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered strength on Sunday as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump’s order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the ...

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Trump moves ahead with wall, puts stamp on U.S. immigration, security policy

By Julia Edwards Ainsley | WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall and punishment for cities shielding illegal immigrants while mulling restoring a CIA secret detention program as he launched broad but divisive plans to reshape U.S. immigration and national security policy. A draft executive order seen by Reuters that Trump is expected to ...

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Eastern Libyan jet makes deadly strike on rival military’s plane

By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli | TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, LIBYA Forces allied to Libya’s eastern government carried out an air strike against a military transport aircraft in the central district of Jufra on Tuesday, wounding the head of the military council from the rival city of Misrata, officials said. The strike, and clashes that preceded it on Monday, raised fears of ...

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Sri Lanka central bank sees higher growth in 2017 despite risks

Sri Lanka’s central bank expects the economy to expand between 5.5 and 6.0 percent in 2017, higher than last year’s estimated pace of at least 4.5 percent but lower than earlier forecast due to potential global headwinds, the governor said on Tuesday. Growth in 2016 was lower than the originally projected minimum of 5 percent, and below 2015’s rate of ...

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North Korea cannot ‘tip’ missile with nuclear warhead – U.S. State Dept

North Korea continues to pursue nuclear and ballistic missile technologies but the United States does not believe it is in a position to “tip” one of them with a nuclear warhead, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said on Sunday his nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), ...

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Burundi Minister Shot Dead In Latest Violence

NAIROBI, KENYA: Burundi’s environment minister was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura early Sunday, police said, the first killing of its kind since the country was plunged into political turmoil two years ago. Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, the country’s water, environment and planning minister, was killed shortly after midnight, according to a tweet sent by police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye. The murder, ...

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