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President backs protest-hit Romanian government to stay

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s president on Tuesday tore into the Social Democrat-led government over a corruption decree that has sparked the biggest protests since the 1989 fall of communism but backed it to stay in power, in a potential reprieve for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The government on Sunday rescinded the decree, which critics said

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Appeals court presses Trump administration on travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning U.S. entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries came under intense scrutiny on Tuesday from a federal appeals court that questioned whether the ban unfairly targeted people over their religion. During a more than hour-long oral argument, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit

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Israel stealing land of Palestinians: Arab League

CAIRO (AFP) – The Arab League has said that Israel is stealing the land of Palestinians. The statement came after Israeli move to legalize thousands of settler homes on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. “The law in question is only a cover for stealing the land and appropriating the property of Palestinians,” AFP

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Amnesty says Syria executes, tortures thousands at prison; government denies

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – The Syrian government executed up to 13,000 prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The Syrian Justice Ministry denied the Amnesty report, calling it completely “devoid of truth”, Syrian state news agency SANA reported late on Tuesday.

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Dozens of Indian trainee commandos go missing

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – Dozens of Indian trainee commandos have gone missing from a train at the Mughalsarai station hours before they were to be deployed in the left Wing Extremism-hit theatre of Bihar. The 59 commandoes belong to India’s elite jungle warfare unit and counter-Maoist squad Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). While

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Indian soldier lashes out at retired General

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – An Indian soldier lambasted out at a retired General on Friday over using the word mutiny for them in a TV program. While pouring his anger on the General, the soldier has said in the video that Indian soldiers are not traitors and will not conduct any coup. “It is

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China test-fires intercontinental missile with 10 nuclear warheads

BEIJING (Sarzameen News) – China has reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, which can bring a major shift in its nuclear capability. The flight test of the Dongfeng-5C missile was carried out last month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, the Washington

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Russia to start deliveries of helicopters to India in 2018

(Reuters) – Russia will start initial deliveries of military helicopters to India in 2018, with assembly and manufacturing to follow in Asia’s fastest growing economy, the chief executive of state-owned manufacturer Russian Helicopters said on Monday. India and Russia signed an agreement in October to jointly manufacture 200 of the KA-226T helicopters for the Indian

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World must implement pledges on women’s empowerment: UN official

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – A senior United Nations official has called for sustained commitment and leadership to ensure a successful outcome of the upcoming session of Commission on the Status of Women, a body exclusively dedicated to promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. “We are at an important [juncture] in the achievement of

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21 Muslims kept off US-bound flight in France after Trump ban

FRANCE (Sarzameen News) – At least 21 passengers from Muslim countries were barred from boarding an Air France flight to New York on Saturday after President Donald Trump halted the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. A statement issued by the airline says that Air France was informed Saturday by the US government of

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