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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said. The gunmen wearing explosives-filled vests stormed the church in Quetta city when Sunday services had just opened, exploding a suicide vest and shooting at the Christian wors...


Anita Hill to chair Hollywood harassment commission

A special commission to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industries will be chaired by lawyer and academic Anita Hill. The first meeting of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace was attended by a wide range of industry giants. Spearheaded by female executives, including Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy, it will reconvene in 2018...


U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn
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U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israels capital. The one-page Egyptian-drafted text, which was circulated to the 15-member council on Saturday and seen by Reuters, does not specifically mention the U...


US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say
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US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

A New York woman has been accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money to help the so-called Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering and is being held without bail. Ms Shahnaz was born in Pakistan and worked as a lab technician in the US. Prosecutors say she took out fraudul...


In-flight sexual assaults often unreported; airlines need to step up

When a 17-year-old Bollywood actress took to social media this week alleging she was sexually assaulted on an airplane, she appeared to catch the airline industry off-guard. Her allegations - denied by the man accused of the assault on a domestic Vistara flight in India - triggered online outrage and prompted a rare police investigation. The incident, coming shortly after Facebook founder Ma...


FCC votes to repeal US net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United States. The decision was taken during a much-anticipated meeting in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Net neutrality requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data equally, without blocking, throttling or censoring services or websites. The vote - t...


While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup

While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday. Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Para...


UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have ‘courage’ to push Assad

The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to have the courage to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution. In an unusual public appeal directly to a key powerbroker in the region, Staffan de Mistura told a TV interviewer the Russian leader should convince the (Syrian) government that there is no time to lose in efforts to reach peace in...


Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillersons offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. Given North Koreas most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time, a White House official told Reuters. Tillerson said on Tues...


Palestinian president says no role for US in peace process
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Palestinian president says no role for US in peace process

The Palestinian president said Wednesday his people will not accept any role for the United States in the Mideast peace process from now on, following President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a gathering of heads of state and top officials from Islamic nations at a summit in Turkey that is expected to forge a unified Muslim worlds stance ...


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