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Political upheaval in Venezuela: Pentagon won’t rule out sending troops to Colombia

WASHINGTON: Acting defense secretary Pat Shanahan on Tuesday would not rule out sending US military forces to Colombia or the region in connection with the ongoing political upheaval in Venezuela. Shanahan told reporters that he hasn’t spoken to national security adviser John Bolton about sending troops to Colombia. But he said he wouldn’t comment when asked if he had other ...

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UK Parliament to vote on crucial Brexit amendments

LONDON: The UK Parliament will vote on a crucial set of amendments later on Tuesday to determine the future course of Brexit as British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to go back to the European Union (EU) to reopen negotiations on a legally-binding withdrawal agreement. The British premier opened the latest round of Brexit debates in the House of Commons ...

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Sudan police tear gas new anti-government rallies: Witnesses

KHARTOUM: Sudanese police used tear gas Tuesday on demonstrators holding new rallies against President Omar al-Bashir‘s government in the capital Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman, witnesses said. Deadly nationwide protests have rocked Sudan since December 19 when angry crowds took to the streets against a government decision to triple the price of bread. The demonstrations have grown into ...

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Islamic State still has ‘thousands’ of fighters: US intel chief

WASHINGTON: The Islamic State group maintains a force of thousands of fighters able to maintain a potent threat in the Middle East and beyond, US director of national intelligence Dan Coats said on Tuesday. “ISIS still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria, and it maintains eight branches, more than a dozen networks, and thousands of dispersed supporters around ...

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EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news

LONDON: European Union authorities warned Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections. The EU‘s executive commissioners said that while the US internet giants have made some progress, they need to pick up the pace of their work fighting disinformation and if their efforts are unsatisfactory, ...

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UN rights envoy at Saudi consulate in Istanbul for Khashoggi

ISTANBUL: A United Nations human rights expert visited the vicinity of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Tuesday as part of an investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She has yet to be allowed to enter the premises. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts said they were waiting for permission from Saudi officials to go ...

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Nearly 5,000 garment workers sacked over Bangladesh strikes

DHAKA: Nearly 5,000 low-paid Bangladeshi garment workers stitching clothes for global brands have been sacked by factory bosses for joining strikes over wages this month that turned violent, police said on Tuesday. Thousands of labourers walked out of factory floors across the country in days-long protests that disrupted the $30 billion industry – and saw police fire rubber bullets and ...

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Pakistan’s Aasia Bibi is free at last

ISLAMABAD: Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent nearly a decade on death row for a false blasphemy accusation, is free at last. The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday dismissed a review petition against its October 2018 verdict that had overturned the conviction of Aasia Bibi. The blasphemy-related offence carries mandatory death penalty under Pakistani law. A review petition ...

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