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Daily Archives: May 25, 2016

Depp, Australian minister renew war of words

SYDNEY (AFP) – A war of words between Johnny Depp and an Australian minister reignited Wednesday with Barnaby Joyce claiming he was the Hollywood star s Hannibal Lecter after being told he looked as if he was “inbred with a tomato”. The pair have been at loggerheads since Depp s wife Amber ...

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Tennis: Djokovic, Serena cruise as Kerber, Azarenka exit

PARIS (AFP) – Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his bid for a first French Open title with a routine victory while Serena Williams began the defence of her crown, but Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber crashed out on Tuesday. Djokovic, a three-time Roland Garros finalist, faced little resistance from Taiwan s ...

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US seeks death penalty for Charleston church shooter

The US Justice Department is seeking the death penalty for a white man accused of fatally shooting nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina last year. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they would seek capital punishment due to the “nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm.” “Following the ...

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Trump inches closer to GOP nomination with Washington win

US presidential candidate Donald Trump is projected to win the Washington state primary as he continues to march closer to the Republican nomination. The billionaire businessman will almost certainly win all 44 of the state’s delegates, according to media reports. Trump entered Tuesday’s contest with 1,169 delegates, just 68 shy ...

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Anti-Trump protest turns violent in New Mexico

Protests outside a Donald Trump’s rally in New Mexico have turned violent as the presumptive Republican nominee is projected to clinch another victory at the Washington state primary. The protesters on Tuesday night lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside Albuquerque’s convention center with police ushering the demonstrators ...

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Sanders requests total voting review in Kentucky

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has requested a review of the votes in the US state of Kentucky, following a razor-thin margin against his rival, Hillary Clinton, in the state’s presidential primary on May 17. “I hereby request a full and complete check and re-canvass of every one of ...

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Amnesty urges EU to halt Egypt arms sales to stop killings, torture

Leading human rights group Amnesty International has criticized a dozen European countries for complicity in Egypt’s crackdown on dissent through their arms exports to the African country. In a statement on Wednesday, the rights group said twelve members of the European Union (EU) – including France, Germany, Italy and the UK – “have ...

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Lebanon arrests senior Daesh commander in Arsal

Lebanon has arrested a senior commander of the Daesh Takfiri group in the country’s northeastern region near the border with Syria, local media report. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the army detained Sameh al-Breidy in an operation in the strategic town of Arsal on Tuesday. Lebanese soldiers also raided several ...

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Daesh uses civilians in Raqqa as human shield: Activist

A Syrian activist says the Daesh Takfiris  are using civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa as human shields during their fight against an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters – began an operation on Tuesday to take control of ...

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