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Trump Outlaws Asylum For Migrants Coming To US

Illegal migrants entering through the southern United States border will no longer be eligible for asylum under a new rule, the Trump administration has said. The new measures would stop asylum for those who breach any presidential restriction on entry. President Trump can stop migration in the “national interest”, a statement said. Rights groups have called the move “illegal.” Immigration was a major focus in Mr Trump’s mid-term election campaign. Frequently attacking a caravan of thousands of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico, Trump ordered troops to the…

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US Midterm Polls: Democrats Win House Of Reps, Republicans Retain Senate

The United States Democratic Party has taken control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump. Taking control of the lower chamber of Congress for the first time in eight years will enable Democrats to thwart the president’s agenda. But Mr Trump’s Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate. Tuesday’s vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. Female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle…

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Cameroon School Kidnap: More Than 70 Students, Principal  Abducted

Dozens of people, mostly school pupils, have been kidnapped from a school in the West of Cameroon. At least 78 students and three others, including the school principal, were abducted on Monday morning in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region, a government official has told the BBC. Regional governor Adolphe Lele L’Afrique blamed separatist militias. Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions have been hit by a secessionist rebellion in recent years. Militias, who have been demanding the independence of the two English-speaking regions, have called for a school boycott. But…

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Iran Warns Of War Over Re-imposed Sanctions

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “break” swingeing sanctions re-imposed by the United States targeting core parts of the economy. The Trump administration is restoring all sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal in a bid to pressure Iran. They will hit oil exports, shipping and banks, and make it difficult to do business with the oil-rich nation. But Mr Rouhani struck a defiant tone, saying that Iran would “continue selling oil”. “We will proudly break the sanctions,” he said at a meeting of economic officials. European countries which…

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Jakarta Plane Crash: Baby Shoes Among Debris Found, No Hope For Survivors

Drones and sonar technology have been deployed in Indonesia to search for a Lion Air passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Monday. Flight JT 610 went down after taking off from Jakarta with 189 passengers and crew on board. There has been no sign of survivors but debris and personal belongings have been collected from the water. There is no indication yet of what caused the plane to go down 13 minutes after taking off. Officials say the pilot of the Boeing 737 had asked to return to…

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Fear Grips Tunis As Woman Blows Herself Up, Scores Injured

At least nine people were injured when a 30-year-old woman blew herself up in the centre of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, the interior ministry says. Describing the blast as a “terrorist explosion”, the ministry said the woman had had no previous known militant background. Eight of those hurt in the explosion on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which runs through the middle of the city, were police officers. No deaths have been reported and no group has said it is behind the attack. The attack comes at a time when the country’s vital tourism…

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Gunman Targeting Jews Kills 11 In Pittsburgh Synagogue

A gunman yelling, “All Jews must die,” stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday services, killing 11 worshippers and wounding six other people including four police officers, before he was arrested. Robert Bowers, 46, of Pittsburgh, was taken into custody after a shootout with a SWAT team. Federal prosecutors charged him with 29 criminal counts including violence and firearms offenses, and violating United States civil rights laws. “The actions of Robert Bowers represent the worst of humanity. We are dedicating the entire resources of my office to this federal hate crime…

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US Mail Bombs: Man Charged After Campaign Against Trump Critics

A 56-year-old man has been arrested in Florida in connection with a mail-bombing campaign aimed at critics of United States President Donald Trump. US officials named the man as Cesar Sayoc. He faces five charges including mailing explosives and threatening ex-presidents. Trump said the acts were “despicable and have no place in our country”. Fourteen items have been sent in recent days to figures including ex-President Barack Obama and actor Robert de Niro. Two were found in Florida and New York City on Friday morning. Later, two more were discovered…

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Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen Dies Of Cancer At 65

Paul G Allen who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. His death was announced by his company, Vulcan. Earlier this month Allen announced that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he was treated for in 2009 had returned and he planned to fight it aggressively. “While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” said his sister, Jody Allen,…

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Trump Forces Turkey To Release American Pastor, Meets Him At Oval Office

From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad’: Trump meets freed Christian Pastor Andrew Brunson in the Oval Office, as President insists there was ‘NO DEAL’ made for his release Andrew Brunson, 50, met with Trump on Saturday afternoon at the White House Laid hands on Trump and prayed for him in moving Oval Office meeting The pastor faced jail in Turkey if convicted of terror charges and espionage The President earlier tweeted that ‘no deal’ was struck for Brunson’s release Originally from North Carolina,…

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