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Brazil prison riot: ‘At least 27 dead’ in Natal violence

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENGAt least 27 people have died during a 14-hour riot in a Brazilian prison, police said. The revised death toll is three times what was initially reported, and could increase further, the sources said. On Saturday afternoon, violence erupted between members of rival gangs at Alcacuz prison, starting a riot which lasted until a dawn raid the ...

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US patients await Obamacare’s fate

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG As Republicans begin their repeal of the Affordable Care Act, patients weigh in on how the act has changed their medical care. At first, 20-year-old Duncan DeLoach figured that the persistent, squeezing feeling he had at the base of his spine was just a pulled muscle. But the pain intensified to the point where, on the ...

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Ahmed Hussen: From Somali refugee to Canada’s parliament

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Ahmed Hussen came to Canada from Somalia as a refugee. Now he’s the new minister of immigration. Along with thousands of compatriots, Ahmed Hussen fled war-ravaged Somalia for a better life in Canada. Hussen’s journey took him from Mogadishu to Toronto and then on to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where the former Somali refugee was named this ...

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CIA head John Brennan warns Trump to watch his tongue

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has warned US President-elect Donald Trump to avoid off-the-cuff remarks once he takes office. He said spontaneity was not in the interests of national security. Mr Trump is known for regularly making broad pronouncements on issues of national importance on his Twitter feed. Mr Brennan also said that Mr Trump did ...

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Kim Jong Un says North Korea close to testing ICBM

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. “Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding,” Kim said in a televised address on ...

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China tells Donald Trump to lay off Twitter

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG China has slammed US President-elect Donald Trump over his use of Twitter to conduct international diplomacy in a commentary published by the country’s official news agency Xinhua. Trump has earned a reputation for making unpredictable statements on Twitter that often depart from long-standing US policies and he’s made several controversial comments about China. “The obsession with ...

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Six die in Mexico protests over 20% petrol price hike

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG One of those killed was a serving police officer who had tried to halt robberies at a petrol station. The government announced last month that it would stop subsidising petrol and prices would gradually increase through 2017. An increase of 20% came into force on 1 January. It brought the price of a litre of petrol ...

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Indian man who hid wife’s body in fridge jailed for life

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG An Indian man who murdered his French wife and hid her severed body in the refrigerator has been jailed for life. On Wednesday, a court in Thane, a Mumbai suburb, had convicted Girish Pote, 35, for the 2013 murder. The prosecutors told the court that Pote killed his wife Madhuvanti Pathak and chopped her body into ...

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A Buddhist Monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Buddhist monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire in protest at a 2015 deal between South Korea and Japan over wartime sex slaves. The 64-year-old man suffered third-degree burns and remains unconscious in hospital, officials say. He set himself alight during a protest against President Park Geun-hye and left a note accusing her ...

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Jerusalem lorry attack: Four Israelis soldiers killed

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Four people have been killed in Jerusalem by a Palestinian man who drove a lorry into a group of soldiers, in what police called a terror attack. Three women and one man, all in their twenties, were killed and 17 others were wounded, police said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attacker, who was shot ...

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