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Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand frees refugee footballer

A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry has been freed from jail after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request. Hakeem al-Araibi, who is a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted political asylum. He was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol ...

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Russia plans to ‘unplug’ from internet

Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to Russia’s ...

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Democrat Amy Klobuchar announces presidential bid

Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced she is running for president in the 2020 election. Ms Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, said she was running for “everyone who wanted their work recognised”. She won praise for grilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and attorney general nominee William Barr during recent ...

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US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline

US congressional talks over a border security deal have stalled raising the chances of another government shutdown. Negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when the federal funding agreement runs out. Divisions remain a limit on how many undocumented immigrants ...

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I am just an ordinary artiste: Amitabh Bachchan

MUMBAI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan finds it embarrassing to be tagged as the ‘Star Of The Millennium,’ saying the title came his way due to a computer error perhaps. He insists he is just an “ordinary artiste.” It was in 1999 when the BBC honoured Bachchan with the title after an online survey but ...

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Two arrested in Denmark for trying to supply Islamic State with drones

COPENHAGEN: Two people were arrested in Copenhagen on Wednesday and charged with attempting to supply Islamic State with drones, which the organisation has used to carry out attacks, police said. The two were arrested after police and Danish security and intelligence services carried out raids in Copenhagen, the police said in ...

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Denmark makes ‘handshake’ with official mandatory for citizenship

Danish lawmakers on Thursday passed a government-backed proposal to make new citizenship applicants shake hands with the official conducting the naturalisation ceremony. The bill is being criticised for discriminating against Muslims, as it requires those applying for Danish citizenship to commit to the country’s values and show respect for its ...

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Saudi King Salman silent on Khashoggi in annual Shura address

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has addressed the kingdom’s Shura Council but failed to mention the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to the council in a televised address on Monday, the king lauded his country’s judiciary and public prosecution for “carrying out their duty in the ...

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