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San Bernardino shooting: Friend of gunman is charged

A friend of one of the San Bernardino attackers has been charged in connection with the mass shooting that killed 14. Enrique Marquez, 24, is the first person arrested in the deadliest terrorist attack in the US since 9/11. Mr Marquez is charged with plotting with gunman Syed Farook to attack a university in 2011 and 2012. He is also accused of illegally purchasing the two rifles that wer...


US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison

New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the militarys Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how often they can visit the already highly restricted site. Journalists will be allowed to visit the center on tours that will be organized once per quarter, las...


Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'
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Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'

In Vladimir Putins view, Donald Trump is bright and talented. But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances. The most unequivocally favorable part of the comments the Russian leader made Thursday to a scrum of reporters after his annual year-end news conference was about the Republican presidential aspirants claims that he wants to improve relations with Ru...


Beijing issues second ever pollution "red alert"
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Beijing issues second ever pollution "red alert"

Beijing authorities have issued a second pollution red alert, little more than a week after its first ever such warning. The Chinese capital will endure dense smog from Saturday until Tuesday, the Beijing Meteorological Service said. The National Meteorological Centre said a wide area from Xian in central China to Harbin in the north-east would also be affected. The alert triggers restric...


23 Kurdish rebels killed in clashes in Turkey

Turkeys state-run news agency says the number of Kurdish rebels killed in two days of operations launched by the security forces in southeast Turkey has reached 23. The government has imposed curfews in the mainly Kurdish towns of Cizre and Silopi to allow the security forces to battle militants to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, who have moved their fight for Kurdish autonomy to some tow...


Indian man dies after being sucked into aircraft engine

NEW DELHI: Airport and airline authorities in India have begun investigating the death of a technician who was sucked into an aircraft engine at an airport in Mumbai. Air India chief Ashwani Lohani said the accident happened when the plane was being moved from an airport gate. A pilot misinterpreted a signal and switched on the planes engine. The maintenance crew member standing nearby was s...


U.S. sells $1.83 billion of weapons to Taiwan despite Chinese objections

Despite strong opposition from China, the Obama administration authorized a $1.83 billion weapons sale to Taiwan Wednesday, marking the first U.S. arms shipment to the island in four years. Consisting almost exclusively of defensive weapons, the military package includes two U.S. Navy guided Oliver Hazard Perry class missile frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and anti-aircraft and anti-ship...


Republican candidates clash over how to counter IS

Republican presidential candidates sparred over national security issues and how best to counter the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the first debate since attacks in California and Paris. A major fault line has formed between those favouring more surveillance and those concerned about civil liberties. Front runner Donald Trump has been on the defensive, with Jeb Bush calling him a chaos can...


Malala condemns Donald Trump call for Muslim ban in US

Malala Yousafzai has condemned a call by US presidential hopeful Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the US. The Nobel Prize winner said his comments were full of hatred and blaming Muslims for terrorism would only radicalise more terrorists. She was speaking at an event to mark one year since a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan left more than 140 dead, mostly children. ...


Australian cartoon makes fun of India

A cartoon published in a leading Australian daily today depicted Indians as starving and eating solar panels, drawing rebuke with many condemning it as racist. The cartoon appeared in the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Australian in response to the Paris climate conference. The cartoon shows an emaciated Indian family breaking up solar panels and one person trying to eat them with mango chutney. The ...


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