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Anti-Kremlin journalist back from the dead as Ukraine admits set-up

Anti-Kremlin Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko apologised to his wife. Photo: AFP “Murdered” anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko appeared alive and well at a press conference in Kiev on Wednesday as Ukraine admitted it had faked his death to expose an alleged Russian plot to kill him. Onlookers gasped and applauded as ...

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1.2bn children threatened by war, poverty, discrimination: study

Niger is the country in which children face the biggest threats from conflict, poverty and discrmination, Save the Children says. Photo: AFP More than half of the world’s children are threatened by conflict, poverty or sexual discrimination, Save the Children said in a report published on Wednesday. Entitled “Many Faces ...

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Blast, gunfire heard near interior ministry in Kabul

Gunfire and an explosion were heard near the interior ministry building in Kabul Wednesday, police and the ministry’s spokesman said, days after the Taliban vowed to target government and military centres in the Afghan capital. “We can confirm an explosion and gunfire at the first checkpoint of the interior ministry ...

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Attack on interior ministry in Kabul over, militants killed

A gun and bomb attack on the interior ministy in Kabul is over with all the attackers killed, the Afghan capital’s police chief said, more than an hour after the militants launched their assault. “The fighting is over, the attackers have all been killed by security forces between the first ...

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Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of 300,000 riyals for sexual harassment, weeks before the decades-long ban on women driving is lifted. Photo: AFP Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw ...

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UN Security Council to meet on Gaza rocket firings on Israel

The UN Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss Palestinian rocket strikes on Israel, at the request of the United States which wants the top UN body to strongly condemn the attacks. The rocket and mortar firings from the Gaza Strip were claimed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, prompting Israel ...

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Lebanon PM in second trip to Saudi since surprise resignation

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri headed to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the second time since his shock resignation in the kingdom last year. On November 4, Hariri announced he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking rumours he was being detained against his will. After French ...

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