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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 ...

How Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions roared again

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Cameroon won their fifth Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Gabon on Sunday and it was arguably their greatest triumph. World Cup star Roger Milla was the lynchpin of the victorious 1984 and 1988 sides, while the back-to-back title winners of 2000 and 2002 were led by Samuel Eto’o, a four-time winner of the African footballer ...

Benjamin Netanyahu to press Theresa May for tougher line on Iran

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will push his UK counterpart, Theresa May, to back his call for a tougher international stance on Iran when the pair meet in Downing Street. Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday he would raise the issue of Iran as a diplomatic priority, as it has become clear that he sees the arrival of the ...

Egypt’s top Islamic authority clashes with president over ‘I divorce you’ law

CAIRO — Egypt’s top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. It marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years. The Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar — ...

France elections: Socialists choose candidate in final vote

KALAHAN DENG France’s governing Socialist party is set to choose its candidate for the presidential election in April. Manuel Valls, a former prime minister, and left-wing Benoit Hamon are both contesting the run-off vote on Sunday. But sitting President Francois Hollande, who also comes from the Socialist party, is deeply unpopular and likely to affect their chances. Conservative Francois Fillon, ...