Libya: Haftar’s forces mobilise mercenaries for Sirte battle

Libya: Haftar’s forces mobilise mercenaries for Sirte battle

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Eastern-based forces allied with renegade Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar have sent thousands of foreign mercenaries to fight in a looming battle for the strategic city of Sirte. Local sources from the city of Kufra, in southeastern Libya, told Al Jazeera that numerous convoys of foreign fighters on Sunday passed through the city Ajdabiya, which is located between…
Gunmen attack Pakistan stock exchange building in Karachi

Gunmen attack Pakistan stock exchange building in Karachi

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A plainclothes police officer surveys the site of attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange entrance in Karachi [Akhtar Soomro/Reuters] At least seven people have been killed in an attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in the country's financial hub of Karachi, officials said. The dead included a policeman, two guards and the four attackers, rescue service…
Hong Kong security law could mean life sentence for guilty: Media

Hong Kong security law could mean life sentence for guilty: Media

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People found guilty under China's new national security legislation for Hong Kong could face a life sentence, local media reported on Monday as the police confirmed at least 53 people were arrested during a largely peaceful protest in the territory against the planned law. "I believe the punishment may not be three years or 10…
Mississippi votes to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

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Mississippi has voted to change the state flag, which includes a Confederate battle emblem that has been widely condemned as racist. Mississippi became the last state in the US with a flag displaying the confederate image - a red field topped by a blue "X" with 13 white stars - after Georgia voted to remove…
US ambassador appears on Lebanese TV, denounces court media ban

US ambassador appears on Lebanese TV, denounces court media ban

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Beirut, Lebanon - A number of Lebanese media outlets broadcast interviews with US Ambassador Dorothy Shea on Sunday, ignoring a ruling by a judge which banned local and foreign media from featuring her statements after she criticised Iran-backed Hezbollah in an interview last week. Urgent Matters Judge Mohammad Mazeh - who is based in the southern…
Russian metal giant admits pollution in Arctic tundra

Russian metal giant admits pollution in Arctic tundra

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A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra. Norilsk Nickel cited a "flagrant violation of operating rules" in a statement on Sunday, announcing it had suspended employees responsible for dumping wastewater from a…
Pakistani capital to get its first temple complex with gov’t aid

Pakistani capital to get its first temple complex with gov’t aid

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Construction of the first Hindu temple in the Pakistani capital Islamabad began on Tuesday, as a long-standing demand of the minority community was fulfilled by the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The site of the Shri Krishna Mandir (temple) complex, will also include a crematorium, accommodation for visitors, a community hall and a parking space spread…
Trump ‘white power’ retweet condemned by Black Republican senator

Trump ‘white power’ retweet condemned by Black Republican senator

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US President Donald Trump has drawn criticism from the lone Black Republican in the United States Senate after retweeting a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting "white power" at people protesting against his administration. The video, retweeted by the president on Sunday, shows Trump protesters and supporters shouting profanities at each other…
China sent martial artists to LAC before deadly clash: Report

China sent martial artists to LAC before deadly clash: Report

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China reinforced its troops near the Indian border with mountain climbers and martial arts fighters shortly before a deadly clash this month, state media reported. Tensions in the mountainous border terrain are common between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, but this month's fighting was their deadliest encounter in nearly 50 years. Five new militia divisions, including former members…
After historic election, what next for Malawi?

After historic election, what next for Malawi?

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Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as the country's new president after beating the incumbent Peter Mutharika in an historic rerun vote. "With your help, we will restore the nation's faith in the possibility of a government that serves. Not a government that rules. A government that inspires, not a government that infuriates.…