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US ‘worse than all terrorists’ Iran’s supreme leader says

Iran’s supreme leader has said the United States is”worse than all terrorists”, and accused the country of scaring banks away from working with the country. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking to hundreds of workers in Tehran, on 27 April, when he slammed the US over financial sanctions. “I have said …

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Auschwitz price-fixing claims: Israel police arrest nine

Nine executives at Israeli travel agencies have been arrested on suspicion of fixing the price of high school students’ trips to former Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz. Police say they are investigating allegations of a secret price-fixing arrangement by companies who organise the trips for students. Investigators have raided the …

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Global refugees and displaced to hit record, UN says

  The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide will “far surpass” a record 60 million this year, the UN says. The report by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said “one in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes”. The figure includes 20.2 …

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Female Afghan governor removed from post after threats, reappointed to Kabul province

KABUL — After months of threats and pressure, one of the Afghanistan’s few women in public office was removed from her post as the governor of a remote province and given the job of deputy provincial governor of Kabul, an Afghan official said Thursday. President Ashraf Ghani, who took power …

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300 million child-friendly antimalarial treatments supplied without profit by Novartis

BASEL, Switzerland, December 9, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Coartem® Dispersible*, the first WHO prequalified(1) pediatric antimalarial treatment, has become the standard of care in over 30 malaria-endemic countries Since 2009, Novartis has supplied 300 million Coartem® Dispersible treatments without profit, mostly to the public sector, to treat children suffering from …

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Afghan Taliban leader Mansour ‘wounded in gunfight’

Taliban conflict Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been seriously wounded in shooting at a meeting of militants in Pakistan, Taliban sources say. Four Taliban gunmen were killed in the gunfight after an argument on the outskirts of Quetta, a source said. Another report said Mullah Mansour died but …

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Islamic State conflict: US to deploy special force to Iraq

The US is to deploy a specialised force to Iraq to build pressure on Islamic State militants, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said. “In full co-ordination with the government of Iraq, we’re deploying a specialised expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces,” Mr Carter said. The …

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Marium Mukhtiar, Pakistani female fighter pilot, dies in crash

  A female Pakistani fighter pilot has died after her aircraft crashed in Punjab province. Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine training mission when her plane met an “in-flight emergency” over Mianwali district, the air force said. She and her co-pilot ejected. She later died from her injuries in hospital. …

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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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‘Jihadi John,’ targeted in US drone strike, both horrified world and emboldened extremists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Islamic State group militant known as “Jihadi John,” who was targeted in a U.S. drone strike, horrified the world with his brutal beheadings of hostages. But his videos, with sneering taunts of the West, served as a recruiting tool for those drawn to the …

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