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Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul’s Supreme Court

KALAHAN DENG At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, officials say. The government said 41 people were injured, 10 of them critically. All of the casualties are civilians. The bomber targeted the car park of the court compound as employees were leaving to go home, reports say. There was no ...

Martellus Bennett skipping White House visit: ‘I’m not going to go’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Martellus Bennett told reporters following the New England Patriots’ historic Super Bowl win Sunday that he will not accompany his teammates to the White House, where they are set to be honored by President Donald Trump later this year. “I haven’t thought about it. I am not going to go,” the New England Patriots tight end ...

US police threaten to punish drink drivers with Justin Bieber

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Minnesota police force has threatened to punish drink drivers with Justin Bieber’s dance moves if they get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Police in Wyoming, Minnesota, tweeted on Sunday that drink drivers would be forced to watch Bieber’s Super Bowl advert “the entire way to jail”. The pop star is seen performing celebratory end zone ...

The village aiming to create a white utopia

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A village in Hungary has banned the wearing of Muslim dress and the call to prayer. By leading what it calls “the war against Muslim culture”, it hopes to attract other Christian Europeans who object to multiculturalism in their own countries. “We primarily welcome people from western Europe – people who wouldn’t like to live in ...

US Justice Department defends ‘lawful’ Trump travel ban

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The US Department of Justice has defended President Donald Trump’s travel ban and urged an appeals court to reinstate it in the interests of national security. A 15-page brief argued it was a “lawful exercise of the president’s authority” and not a ban on Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry from all refugees and visitors ...

Afghan civilian casualties: Why have they hit a new high?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have hit a new high, including a ten-fold increase in casualties from attacks linked to Islamic State (IS) militants. In its annual report, the UN said 3,498 civilians were killed and 7,920 wounded in 2016, a 3% rise on 2015. The number of children killed or injured jumped by a quarter to ...

Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG As many as 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, have been executed in secret at a prison in Syria, Amnesty International says. A new report by the human rights group alleges that mass hangings took place every week at Saydnaya prison between September 2011 and December 2015. Amnesty says the alleged executions were authorised ...

Kremlin angry over Fox News ‘Putin’s a killer’ question

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Kremlin has demanded an apology from Fox News over “unacceptable and offensive” comments about Vladimir Putin made by presenter Bill O’Reilly. In an interview with President Donald Trump Mr O’Reilly described President Putin as “a killer”. Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that an apology from the “respected television company” should be sent. Mr Trump ...

Andrea Giesbrecht guilty of hiding six dead infants in locker

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Winnipeg woman has been found guilty of disposing of the remains of six infants in a U-Haul storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht had been charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child. Each charge carries a sentence of up to two years in jail. Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson read out his ...

Mali attack: Why the country is an insurgent hotspot

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG While most global attention has been focused on Nigeria, Mali has been West Africa’s other insurgent hotspot in recent years. It is threatened by various armed groups – from Ansar Dine, which is linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), to Touareg separatist rebel groups. The lawlessness in Libya after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was toppled ...

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