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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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Gunman kills 39 in Istanbul nightclub, manhunt under way

By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall | ISTANBUL A gunman opened fire on New Year revellers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene. Some people jumped into the Bosphorus to save themselves after the attacker began shooting at random in the Reina ...

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Pakistan Threatens Nuclear Attack On Israel

Concern about the effects of fake news racheted up a notch Sunday with a tweet from Pakistan’s defense minister threatening nuclear war with Israel on the mistaken belief Israel’s defense minister had threatened Pakistan if it sent troops to Syria. Fake news has been credited with contributing to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Now ...

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Pakistani girl is taken as payment for a family debt

Women and young girls are treated as property, taken as payment for a debt, to settle disputes, or as revenge if a landowner wants to punish his worker MIRPUR KHAS: The mother rummages through a large metal trunk, searching for a picture of her young daughter taken away in the night to be the bride of a man who says ...

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Girl, 10, dies after falling ill on transatlantic flight from Toronto to London

 A 10-year-old girl died Saturday after falling ill aboard a transatlantic Air Canada flight. The airline says Toronto-to-London flight AC868 diverted to Shannon, Ireland, after the child suffered a medical problem. Air Canada says a doctor and a nurse were on board the plane and helped the flight crew to assist the child. Emergency crews met the aircraft when it landed in Ireland, but Air ...

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