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New Canadian to renounce oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth

A soon-to-be Canadian has served notice that he plans to recant the mandatory Oath of Allegiance to the Queen immediately after he becomes a citizen. In a letter sent to the citizenship court judge earlier this month, Dror Bar-Natan states his opposition to the oath, which he calls “repulsive,” and …

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Paris attacks: Warrant issued for new suspect Mohamed Abrini

    A Belgian judge has issued a European and international arrest warrant for a man named as Mohamed Abrini, 30, in connection with the Paris attacks. Prosecutors say two days before the attacks, Abrini was seen driving a car with suspect Salah Abdeslam at a petrol station on the …

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Media Advisory #2: Logistics for Pope visit to UN HQ – Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 24, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the UN Office at Nairobi Venue: UN headquarters (UNON ) – Gigiri Date: Thursday, 26 November 2015 Time :17.15 (media entry cutoff 1500) His Holiness Pope Francis will visit on Thursday, 26 November …

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Kenya declares public holiday for Pope visit

  The Kenyan government has announced a public holiday on Thursday to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit. He arrives in Kenya tomorrow on the first leg of his African tour, where he will also travel to Uganda and the Central African Republic. Reuters Workers have been painting, cleaning and generally …

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Vladimir Putin slams Turkey for shooting down Russian warplane near Syrian border

  Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane Tuesday — a long-feared crisis in Syria’s civil war and apparently the first time a NATO member has downed a Russian plane in a half-century. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s action a “stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices” and …

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GhostSec Hacker Group Spying On Terrorists, Rather Than Shutting Them Down

  Hacker organisation Ghost Security Group – also known as GhostSec – claims to be working with authorities to stop terrorist attacks rather than merely shutting down websites, as Anonymous does. Hacker collective Anonymous threatened the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group with ‘major cyber attacks’ following the recent atrocities in …

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Belgian police arrest 16 people in 22 raids, Paris attack fugitive still not found

BRUSSELS — Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among them. Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said that “no fire arms or explosives were discovered,” in the raids — 19 in Brussels and the …

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UN Secretary-General’s message on World Toilet Day

NEW YORK, United States of America, November 19, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Sanitation is central to human and environmental health as well as to individual opportunity, development and dignity. Yet today, worldwide, one in every three people lacks improved sanitation, and one in every eight practices open defecation. The …

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Paris attacks: What we know about the attackers and suspected accomplices

  While police continue their hunt for suspects involved in the attack in Paris that killed at least 129 people, officials have identified five of the attackers along with some of their suspected accomplices. Seven suicide attackers in total were killed when their explosive vests detonated at three of the targeted sites: the Bataclan concert hall; the Stade de France; …

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These are the most powerful passports in the world

  The most powerful passports in the world have been revealed as those issued by the United Kingdom and the United States – which both give holders access to 147 countries. Collated by the Passport Index and presented by Statista, the rankings are based on how many countries bearers of each passport can visit without …

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Migratory waterbird populations in decline globally, but latest status review shows that concentrated conservation actions can turn the tide

  NEW YORK, United States of America, November 9, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Waterbird populations across the African-Eurasian flyway are on a downward trend, with declining populations outstripping growing ones by almost 50 per cent, shows the latest conservation status report compiled for the Agreement on the Conservation of …

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