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Algeria Deports Hundreds of West African Migrants to Niger

DAKAR, Dec 9 – Algerian authorities have deported hundreds of West African migrants to Niger this week, trucking them thousands of miles across the desert in one of the biggest roundups seen this year, according to officials and human rights groups. Algeria has often sent migrants back to Niger since 2014 as the number of

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No Respite for Libya After Daesh Driven from Coastal City

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Dec 9 – As Daesh’s last defences crumbled this week in their Libyan bastion Sirte, dozens of women and children used as human shields stumbled dazed and dust-caked from the rubble. Fighters from the armed groups that defeated the jihadists feted the end of a punishing six-month battle by flying Libyan

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Six Police Officers Killed by Cairo Bomb Blast

CAIRO, Dec 9 – Six policemen were killed and three injured on Friday when a bomb exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo, security sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Al Haram street leading to the Pyramids, in which four civilians were also hurt. The policemen were either

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Russia Says Over 8,000 Have Fled Rebel-Held Aleppo in Last 24 Hours

MOSCOW, Dec 9- The Russian military said on Friday it had helped more than 8,000 Syrian citizens flee parts of eastern Aleppo still controlled by rebels in the last 24 hours, including almost 3,000 children. The Russian military said in a statement that 14 rebels had also surrendered to Syrian government forces, laying down their

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Figures Show Trump Spent $66 Million of His Own Cash on Election Campaign

By Ginger Gibson and Grant Smith WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Dec 9 – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pumped a total of $66 million of his own money into his campaign – far from the $100 million he frequently boasted he was going to spend, according to campaign finance disclosures filed on Thursday night. Trump-related business industries –

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Civil Rights Activist to be First Canadian Woman on Banknote

OTTAWA, Dec 8  – Viola Desmond, a black businesswoman who challenged racial segregation in Canada in 1946, will be the new face of the C$10 bill, the government said on Thursday, making her the first Canadian woman to be featured on a bank note. Desmond refused to leave a whites-only Nova Scotia movie theater in

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U.N. calls for Aleppo Evacuation Plan; Politician Warns of Extermination

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 8  – The United States and Russia must broker an evacuation from east Aleppo, U.N. Syria humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday, as a local politician warned that 150,000 people there faced “extermination”. Five months of negotiations over aid plans have produced “nothing”, Egeland said, and

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Syrian Army’s Aleppo Advance Slows but Victory In Sight

By Laila Bassam and John Davison ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 8 – The Syrian army’s advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation’s second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favour. Lightning gains in recent

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“Syrian-Iranian Grip” on Lebanon Will Tighten after Aleppo – Jumblatt

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Dec 8 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s imminent victory in Aleppo will increase Syrian and Iranian influence in Lebanon, the leading Lebanese Druze politician said on Thursday, as Assad said Lebanon could not remain unscathed by regional conflicts. The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against anti-Assad rebels’

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