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Iraqi Kurds' destruction of Arab villages could be war crime: HRW


ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in northern Iraq unlawfully destroyed Arab homes in scores of towns and villages in what may amount to a war crime, U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi armed forces have faced a common enemy in Islamic State since the militants took over ...

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No Country For The Commoner?


There are over 200 trains going from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. The first one leaves just after midnight and the last one leaves just before. So there are trains going through the day to cover the 524 km distance. There is an airport in Ahmedabad from where there are about 10 daily flights to Mumbai. Ahmedabad and Mumbai are part of ...

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Sarkozy courts 'silent majority' in French presidential race


By Richard Lough PARIS (Reuters) – Hours after Donald Trump’s U.S. election victory, a close political ally of French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the moment as “a beautiful day”. While the result aroused anxiety among much of Europe’s political mainstream, French legislator Philippe Meunier drew cheers as he warmed up a crowd of conservative faithful before Sarkozy arrived for ...

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Pro-Russia candidate favorite in Moldova presidential runoff


CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovans are voting in a presidential election Sunday in which the favorite has promised to restore ties with Russia that cooled after the former Soviet republic signed a trade deal with the European Union. Igor Dodon, a pro-Moscow figure, has tapped into popular anger with corruption under the pro-European government that came to power in 2009, ...

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Trump and his aides plan next moves as protests spread


New York (AFP) – President-elect Donald Trump was expected to huddle with advisers at his Manhattan residence Sunday, plotting next moves after thousands of protesters besieged Trump Tower and marched in other US cities for a fourth day. The demonstrations have become daily affairs following Trump’s upset defeat of rival Hillary Clinton, who blamed FBI director James Comey for her ...

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Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz dies aged 70


Cairo (AFP) – Iconic Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, who starred in more than 90 feature films and worked under some of Egypt’s most celebrated directors, has died aged 70. Abdel Aziz died on Saturday evening “in hospital in Cairo, at the end of his fight against illness,” Sameh al-Sirity, from the Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate, told AFP. His funeral will ...

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EU foreign ministers to gather to grapple with Trump impact


BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers will gather Sunday to discuss the impact of Donald Trump’s election on trans-Atlantic ties and whether it will complicate relations with an increasingly belligerent Russia. At informal dinner talks in Brussels, well away from the media, the ministers will debate how many of Trump’s campaign announcements — like isolationist positions on security, his ...

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Report: South Korea prosecutors likely to question president


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are likely to question President Park Geun-hye this week over suspicion that she let a shadowy longtime confidante manipulate power from behind the scenes, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Sunday. If would be the first time that a sitting president has been questioned by prosecutors. The explosive scandal is the most ...

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Moldovans face 'East-West' choice in presidential runoff


Chisinau (AFP) – Moldova went to the polls on Sunday to choose between pro-Moscow and pro-European candidates in a runoff vote for the next president of the impoverished ex-Soviet country. It marks the first time in 16 years that Moldova — wracked by corruption scandals in recent years — is electing its leader by national vote instead of having parliament ...

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Buying peace? Chinese money brings Tibet growth, apathy


Lhasa (AFP) – Traditional teahouses and fashion boutiques have sprung up in Bayi, one of the liveliest districts of Lhasa, and are owned and patronised by both Tibetans and Han Chinese. But some say increasing prosperity is just Beijing buying peace. Tibet was China’s fastest-growing region last year with expansion of 11.0 percent — albeit from a low base — ...

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