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37 killed as Turkish plane crashes on Kyrgyzstan houses

A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport Monday, killing 37 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said. “According to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to a pilot error,” deputy prime minister Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev said at a briefing broadcast on state television. The majority of the dead were ...

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UN envoy denied access to Rohingya village in Myanmar

UN special rapporteur on human rights Yanghee Lee has been denied access to some areas in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, with the government citing “security concerns” for its decision, reports Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera also learned on Sunday that Lee was only allowed to speak to individuals who were pre-approved by the government while she visited Muslim Rohingya villages in ...

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Term ‘Rohingya’ missing from Suu Kyi’s letter to Hasina

In a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has conveyed that Naypyidaw wants to address the Rohingya issue and other concerns in a spirit of good neighbourliness, trust and mutual understanding. However, the letter did not use the term ‘Rohingya’. The letter was handed over to the Prime Minister on Wednesday by Myanmar’s ...

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Trump ‘willing to work with Russia and China’

US president-elect Donald Trump says he is willing to work with Russia and China, providing they cooperate. Trump told the Wall Street Journal that newly-imposed sanctions on Russia would remain ‘at least for a period of time’ but could then be lifted. He also said the One China policy, in which the US no longer acknowledges Taiwan, was up for ...

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World Bank praises PM Narendra Modi’s demonetisation, proves Manmohan Singh’s ‘worst is yet to come’ claim hollow

On a day when Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh predicted the “worse is yet to come” for Indian economy after demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maverick move received a thumbs-up from the World Bank. Speaking at ‘Jan Vedana’ conclave on demonetisation organised by Congress party in New Delhi on Wednesday, Singh dubbed demonetisation as a “disaster” and predicted things were going ...

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Ivanka Trump shifting gears, heading to Washington

Ivanka Trump plans to step aside from her executive roles at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand, but says she is confident both businesses will continue to “thrive.” In a post on her Facebook page Wednesday, Ivanka Trump said she would take a “formal leave of absence” from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand ...

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Three killed in terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir

Heavily-armed terrorists on Monday attacked a General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district killing three personnel. The attack took place around 7:00am. Gun shots were heard and the area was cordoned off by security forces. according to an ANI report. GREF and the Border Roads Engineering Service form the parent cadre of the Border Roads ...

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Obama tearfully thanks his wife in farewell address

President Barack Obama momentarily batted back tears as he thanked his wife, Michelle, during the emotional tail-end of his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday. “Michelle Lavaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side — for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife, the mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” Obama said. “You took ...

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These reports allege Trump has deep ties to Russia

A secret bundle of files containing uncorroborated allegations about how the Russian government possesses blackmail-worthy information about the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is now public, thanks to BuzzFeed News. The documents, which have been circulating among reporters for weeks, have not been released by any other news outlets because they are wholly unverified, allegedly the work of a former British ...

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Eight Philippine fishermen shot dead at sea

Eight local fishermen have been found shot dead in their boat off the piracy-plagued southern Philippines, the military said Tuesday. The outrigger boat was attacked in the Moro Gulf off the Zamboanga peninsula on Mindanao island on Monday night, it said, citing an account by one of seven survivors. A photograph released by the military showed the wooden fishing boat, ...

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