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Montpellier arrests: France police avert ‘imminent’ attack

KALAHAN DENG An “imminent” terror attack on French soil has been averted with the arrest of four suspects in Montpellier, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said. Three men and a girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police in a raid on a flat in the southern city. Home-made explosives similar to those used in the Paris ...

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Australian biker killer sentenced to death in Thailand

KALAHAN DENG An Australian man has been sentenced to death in Thailand for his role in the murder of a biker. Antonio Bagnato, 28, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing Australian former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider. Schneider, one of New South Wales’ 10-most-wanted fugitives in 2006, was abducted by masked men from his home in the Thai beachside ...

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Donald Trump considers issuing new travel ban

KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts. Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a “brand new order” could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday. It comes after an appeals court in San ...

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Trump agrees to honour ‘One China’ policy despite threats

KALAHAN DENG US President Donald Trump has climbed down on past threats and agreed to honour the so-called “One China” policy. He backed the long-standing agreement during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said. The One China policy states that there is only one Chinese government. Mr Trump broke with diplomatic norms in December, by accepting ...

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Nigeria’s Arik Air and aviation industry in disarray

KALAHAN DENG The Nigerian government has announced a takeover of the country’s biggest airline – Arik Air – to prevent it going bust. But this is just the latest example of problems in Nigeria’s aviation industry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from Lagos. The government agency (Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria) now responsible for supervising the airline said the decision ...

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Syria conflict: What is at stake in the battle of al-Bab?

KALAHAN DENG The Syrian town of al-Bab was rather insignificant until it emerged as a strategic stake between the Syrian president and his allies (Russia and Iran), Turkey, the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) and the so-called Islamic State group. Situated just north-east of Aleppo, this small administrative centre of the larger al-Bab district has about 100,000 inhabitants, in addition ...

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Baghdad’s Green Zone hit by rockets after deadly clashes

KALAHAN DENG Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad. Earlier on Saturday, thousands of protesters, demanding electoral reform, tried to storm the area. ...

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Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president ordered to stand trial

KALAHAN DENG A French judge has ordered ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18m euros (£15m; $20m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy denies he was aware of the overspending, and will appeal against the order to stand trial. He ...

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Former Mexico president Vicente Fox: “Go to hell Trump”

KALAHAN DENG Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox, speaking on BBC HARDtalk, tells US President Donald Trump to “go to hell”. The surprise announcement by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he will fly to Mexico on Wednesday has led to a flood of tweets from Mexicans, most of them expressing their anger at the visit. Mr Trump, of ...

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Do ‘longest flight’ records matter?

KALAHAN DENG Qatar Airways has launched what it says is the longest current non-stop commercial route, after completing a journey from Doha to Auckland. Flight QR920 landed on Monday after 16 hours and 23 minutes, slightly quicker than expected. The Boeing 777-200LR jet was showered with water cannons on arrival – a tradition for airlines on new routes. Carriers like ...

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