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Obama makes final Thanksgiving turkey pardon

President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha.The light-hearted ceremony in the Rose Garden also featured Iowa-raised turkeys Tater and Tot, with the latter receiving the formal reprieve.Obama said he has used the ... Read More »

Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar amid deadly attacks

At least 86 people have been killed and 30,000 displaced as violence continues unabated in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighbouring Bangladesh this week with some feared drowned after a boat sank in a river during a bid to flee escalating violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced about 30,000. Read More »

Trump changes his tune on climate change, jailing Hillary

Dhaka (AP/UNB) -President-elect Donald Trump changed his tune on several topics — among them climate change and prosecuting Hillary Clinton — in statements Tuesday to The New York Times and on Twitter. What he’s said in the past and what he’s saying now: CLIMATE CHANGE Then: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order ... Read More »

Myanmar’s War on the Rohingya

Myanmar has long persecuted the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, denying it basic rights to citizenship, to marry, to worship and to an education. After violence unleashed in 2012 by Buddhist extremists drove tens of thousands of Rohingya out of their homes, many risked their lives to escape in smugglers’ boats; more than 100,000 others are living in squalid internment camps. ... Read More »

White nationalists celebrate after Donald Trump’s victory

For years, they have lurked in the web’s dark corners, masking themselves with cartoon images and writing screeds about the demise of white culture under ominous pseudonyms. But on Saturday, in the wake of Donald J. Trump’s surprising election victory, hundreds of his extremist supporters converged on the capital to herald a moment of political ascendance that many had thought ... Read More »

US blames attacks, torture on 13 Syrian commanders

United Nations (AP/UNB) – The United States on Monday accused 13 Syrian commanders and prison officials of responsibility for attacks on cities, residential areas and civilian infrastructure as well as acts of torture. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power read out the names of Maj. Gen. Adib Salameh, Brig. Gen. Adnan Aboud Hilweh, Maj. Gen. Jawdat Salbi Mawas, Col. Suhail Hassan, and ... Read More »

Afghanistan Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people at a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul.Many more were wounded in the blast at an annual Shia ceremony at the Baqir ul Olum mosque in the west of the city.The attacker arrived on foot and blew himself up among worshippers inside.So-called Islamic State (IS) said that it was ... Read More »

Rescuers finish search of Indian train wreck, 127 dead

Pukhrayan — (AP/UNB) Rescuers finished searching the last of 14 mangled train carriages that derailed in northern India, killing at least 127 people and leaving about 150 more injured, police said early Monday. The passenger train was about midway through a 27-hour journey between the cities of Indore and Patna when it slid off the tracks at 3:10 a.m. Sunday, ... Read More »

Merkel wants to run for fourth term as German chancellor

Angela Merkel told top members of her party on Sunday that she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year’s election, senior party sources told Reuters, after months of speculation about one of the world’s most powerful women.Despite a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, the conservative is seen as a stabilizing force in ... Read More »

119 dead as train derails in north India; some still trapped

Pukhrayan – At least 119 people were killed when an overnight passenger train rolled off the track in northern India early Sunday, with rescuers working into the night to pull people out of the mangled coaches, police said. The death toll was expected to rise further because rescue workers had yet to gain access to one of the worst-damaged of ... Read More »

Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir, killing 3

Islamabad – Pakistani officials on Saturday accused Indian troops of “unprovoked” cross-border firing in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, triggering an intense exchange of fire in which three civilians were killed and three others wounded. AP/UNB news agency reported Read More »

Anti-immigration Senator Jeff Sessions tipped as Attorney Gen

By Keegan Hamilton President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, according to multiple reports citing sources close to Trump’s White House transition team. A conservative Republican and an early supporter of Trump’s bid for the presidency, 69-year-old Sessions vehemently opposed immigration reform and efforts to end mandatory-minimum prison sentences for federal offenders during ... Read More »

Flynn is in as Donald Trump’s national security advisor

By Jason Leopold President-elect Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the position of White House national security adviser, according to a report by the Associated Press citing a senior official. An executive at Flynn Intel Group, a private intelligence firm founded by Flynn, confirmed to VICE News that the position was offered to him, but it was ... Read More »

100 most influential images of all Time

New York (AP/UNB)— A single drop of milk. A newborn baby. The ravages of war and terrorism. The defiance of those who protest and the fear of those entrapped. All are included in a multimedia project featuring Time magazine’s most influential images of all time , released Thursday through a new book, videos and a website. Read More »

Major U.S. corporations urge Trump to keep Paris deal in place

If President-elect Donald Trump wants to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal, he’ll face an unlikely foe: corporate America. More than 300 companies and major investors signed a letter urging Trump to roll back his campaign promises and leave low-emissions policies in place.In the joint letter sent from Marrakesh, Morocco, where the fine points of implementing the ... Read More »

Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry

WASHINGTON: An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a US-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also ... Read More »

COP22 Call to fulfil $100 billion a year promise for climate actions

Marrakech (Hilary Chiew and Zhenyan Zhu) – Developed country Parties’ fulfilment of the provision of USD 100 billion annually by 2020 was stressed by all the guests of honour at the opening of the traditional high-level segment of the two-week United Nations climate talks. Officiating the 3-day segment on 15 Nov at the on-going 22nd session of the Conference of ... Read More »

Mayor in West Virginia resigns after racist Obama post

Clay – A West Virginia mayor resigned Tuesday following a backlash after she posted a response to a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook. The Clay Town Council accepted Mayor Beverly Whaling’s resignation in a meeting late Tuesday afternoon and said it would act quickly to name a replacement for the remaining three years of her term. Read More »

A nonviolent strategy to liberate Syria

Robert J. Burrowes In early 2011, as the Arab Spring was moving across North Africa and the Middle East, small groups of nonviolent activists in Syria, which has been under martial law since 1963, started protesting against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad and demanding democratic reforms, the release of political prisoners, an increase in freedoms, abolition of the emergency ... Read More »

Morsi death sentence overturned

An Egyptian court has struck down a death sentence passed by a lower tribunal against an ousted Islamist president for his part in a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising.The Court of Cassation’s Tuesday ruling means that Mohammed Morsi would be given a new trial, alongside five other leaders of his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group, whose death sentences in ... Read More »

US envoy says climate deal is bigger than any one head of state

By Matt McGrath, BBC Environment correspondent, Marrakech The Paris climate agreement will survive a Trump presidency says the US special envoy on climate change Dr Jonathan Pershing. He was speaking before the arrival of ministers and some heads of state in Marrakech on Tuesday. They are coming to try to take the next steps to tackle global climate change. Read More »