14December2017

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US: The US Supreme Court said Monday that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries pending appeal, backing President Donald Trump in the year-long battle over the controversial measure. The court stayed October rulings from two lower courts that had blocked implementation of the ban on visitors from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen while legal challenges to it continued. The third version of Trump’s travel ban, unveiled in September, drew immediate challenges in federal appeals courts in Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, California. Plaintiffs argued that the measure targets Muslims…

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CHINA: Former US President Barack Obama has met President Xi Jinping, with the former US president hoping to improve ties between their two countries, China's state media said, as relations between Beijing and Washington are tested over North Korea. Obama met Xi on Wednesday in Beijng at Diaoyutai Guest House, a sprawling complex frequently used to house visiting leaders. Obama was in China as part of a world speaking tour. Obama told Xi he was willing to continue to play a positive role in enhancing mutual understanding and cooperative exchange between the US and China, according to state broadcaster China…

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AUSTRALIA: An Islamic State sympathiser planned to buy a gun and kill as many revellers as possible on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, police alleged Tuesday after foiling the plot. Ali Ali, born in Australia to Somali parents, was arrested in a raid on a house in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee on Monday. He appeared in court Tuesday charged with preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terror attack. No bail was applied for. Police claim the 20-year-old accessed a guide book online produced by Al-Qaeda on how to carry out terror acts and…

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ඉරාකයේ හා සිරියාවේ ඉස්ලාමීය රාජ්‍ය පිහිටුවීම සඳහා සටන් කළ ISIS ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් පරාජය කර විජයග්‍රහනය ලබා ගත් බව ඉරාන ජනාධිපති හසාන් රූහානි විසින් අද ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළ බව විදෙස් මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා කළේය.සිරියානු ජනාධිපති බෂාර් අල් අසාද්ට ISIS පරාජය කිරීම සඳහා ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් සහ දුන් ප්‍රධාන අනුග්‍රහයකයා වන ඉරානය සිරියාවේ හා ඉරාකයේ සටන් වැද සිටිය IS ත්‍රස්තයන්ට එරෙහිව සටන් වැදීමට දහස් ගණනින් ස්වේච්ඡා හමුදා හා යුද උපදේශන ද ලබා දුන්නේය.රූපවාහිනී නාලිකාවක් ඔස්සේ  ISIS පරාජය ගැන ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළ  රුහානි "ඉස්ලාමයේ සියලු සටන්කරුවන්" ට, ඉරානයේ ආධ්‍යාත්මික  නායකයා අයතුල්ලා අල් කමේනිට සහ ඉරාකයේ හා සිරියාවේ සන්නද්ධ බලකායන්ට ස්තුති කරමින් ප්‍රකාශ කළේ  මේ විනාශ කළ කණ්ඩායම නරක, විනාශ,…

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ETHIOPIA: The African Union (AU) has welcomed Robert Mugabe’s decision to step down as President of Zimbabwe, saying the people had expressed their will for a “peaceful transfer of power.” AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said he “welcomes the decision by President Robert Mugabe to step down from his position as Head of State following a lifetime of service to the Zimbabwean nation.” “President Mugabe will be remembered as a fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter, and the father of the independent Zimbabwean nation,” he said in astatement released late Tuesday. After dominating nearly every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for…

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BANGLADESH: China has offered to help defuse the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh said Saturday, following meetings with Beijing’s top diplomat that Dhaka hopes will apply pressure on Myanmar take back hundreds of thousands of refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August. The UN says the scorched-earth operation, which has left hundreds of villages burned to ash in northern Rakhine state, amounts to ethnic cleansing. Bangladesh, which already hosted some 250,000 Rohingya before the current exodus, wants the latest arrivals to return swiftly and is keen to…

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ZIMBABWE: Zimbabweans were weighing an uncertain future without President Robert Mugabe Thursday after the army took power and placed the 93-year-old veteran, once seen as a liberation hero, under house arrest. Most people in the country have not known a time without Mugabe, who has been at the epicentre of public life since coming to power in 1980 on the country’s independence from Britain. The nation was left stunned after the ailing leader was confined to his residence late Tuesday as soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior officers commandeered state television. The Southern African Development Community…

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SOUTH KOREA: A rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit South Korea’s southeast Wednesday afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record, in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, which was felt across much of the country including in the capital Seoul, struck at the shallow depth of nine kilometres (six miles) near the southeastern industrial city of Pohang at around 2:30 pm (0530 GMT), the Korea Meteorological Administration said. The Korean peninsula rarely has to worry about significant quakes. But seismic activity is closely monitored because a spike in activity is often the first indication that North Korea has…

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IRAN: Thousands of homeless Iranians sought shelter from bitter cold on Tuesday as President Hassan Rouhani promised swift help after a major earthquake that killed more than 400 people. The country marked a day of mourning for those killed in the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck a mountainous region spanning the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday. Thousands of homes were destroyed in the quake, which rocked a region spanning Iran’s western province of Kermanshah and neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan. On Tuesday, residents who had fled their homes awoke from a second night in the cold outdoors as authorities struggled to get aid into…

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VIETNAM: US President Donald Trump told his Vietnamese counterpart Sunday he is ready to help resolve the dispute in the resource-rich South China Sea, which Beijing claims most of. “If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know... I am a very good mediator,” the dealmaking American leader told Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during an official state visit Sunday. Vietnam has long courted support from Washington in its dispute with China over the precious waterway, where Beijing has built military installations and artificial islands. Beijing’s sweeping claims also overlap with those of the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and…

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