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Four Oil Tanks on Fire at Libyan Ports After Clashes

BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 6 – Fires caused by clashes between Daesh militants and guards near Libya’s biggest oil ports have spread to four oil storage tanks that were still burning on Wednesday, a guards spokesman said. Ali al-Hassi said the Petroleum Facilities Guards were in control of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf ports, but that skirmishes

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Bangladesh Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence for Islamist Leader

DHAKA, Jan 6 – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist party leader on Wednesday for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan more than four decades ago, a government lawyer said. Four opposition politicians, including three leaders of the Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted by

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Daesh Threatens to Destroy Saudi Prisons After Executions

RIYADH, Jan 6 – Daesh threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding jihadists after Riyadh’s execution of 47 people including 43 convicted al Qaeda militants. The militant group, which has claimed responsibility for attacks in the kingdom and stepped up operations in neighbouring Yemen, singled out the al-Ha’ir and Tarfiya prisons where many al Qaeda and Daesh

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Hong Kong on Health Alert After China Bird Flu Death

HONG KONG, Jan 6 – A woman in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after being infected with the highly contagious H5N6 bird flu virus, days after she was admitted to hospital, Hong Kong’s Health Department said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old woman’s death last week comes ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday

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Court Accepts China’s First Same-Sex Marriage Case

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Jan 6 – A court has accepted China’s first same-sex marriage case, lodged by a gay man against a civil affairs bureau for denying him the right to marry, in a decision hailed as a step forward for gay rights. While homosexuality is not illegal in China, and large cities have

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Je Suis Charlie: One Year On, A Divided France Struggles

By Ingrid Melander PARIS, Jan – One year on, an anxious, fragmented France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine, with old divisions made worse by what President Francois Hollande has called “a terrible year”. After the Islamist attacks that killed 17 on January 7-9 last year at the

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As Cold War With Saudi Sharpens, Iran’s Guards Deliver Warning

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT/DUBAI, Jan 6 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was quick to condemn the execution of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, stating: “Without a doubt, the hated Saudi regime will pay a price for this shameful act.” For an organization deeply involved in wars in Syria and Iraq

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North Korea “Successfully Conducts” Nuclear Test

By Ju-min Park and Meeyoung Cho SEOUL, Jan 6 – North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, marking a significant advance in the isolated state’s strike capabilities and raising alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. The test, the fourth time North Korea has

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North Korea ‘Likely’ To Have Conducted Nuclear Test

SEOUL, Jan 6  – North Korea is “likely” to have conducted a nuclear test that caused an earthquake near a known testing site in the isolated country, South Korea’s meteorological agency said on Wednesday. The United States Geological Survey reported a 5.1 magnitude quake that South Korea said was 49 km (30 miles) from the

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