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Sweden, Denmark introduce border checks to stem migrant flow

Denmark and Sweden tightened their borders on Monday in efforts to stem the flow of migrants entering Scandinavia from Germany. Just hours after Swedish rules went into effect requiring train passengers traveling from Denmark to show ID, the Danish government announced it had beefed up border controls with Germany as of noon Monday (1100 GMT, 6 a.m. EST). We are introducing temporary border ...


Mexico shooting: Mayor Gisela Mota killed in Temixco

A newly-elected Mexican mayor has been shot dead on her second day in office. Gisela Mota was killed at her home in the city of Temixco, 85km (52 miles) south of the capital Mexico City, hours after taking her oath of office on Friday, police said. Reports said she was attacked by four gunmen. Police shot two of the attackers dead and arrested the others. A motive for the killing is unclear...


US warns Saudi execution of Shia cleric Nimr could fuel tensions

The United States has expressed concern that Saudi Arabias execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr could further exacerbate sectarian rivalry in the Middle East. The US State Department urged leaders throughout the region to redouble efforts to lower tensions. Iranian protesters angry over the execution stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran, setting fire to the building. Sheikh...


Somali extremists use Donald Trump clip to recruit followers
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Somali extremists use Donald Trump clip to recruit followers

Al-Qaidas East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. The 51-minute video by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group presents the US as a country of institutionalised racism against blacks that also persecutes Muslims....


France quarrels over revoking citizenship of terrorists

The push by Frances Socialist government to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists with dual nationality after the Paris attacks has turned into a harsh political dispute, with the far right applauding the move while some on the left express indignation at what they call a divisive measure. French President Francois Hollande submitted the proposal three days after the November 13 attack...


Chicago officer pleads not guilty to teen murder

The Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager last year pleaded not guilty to murder on Tuesday, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut short a vacation to return to the city to deal with the fallout from two more fatal police shootings over the weekend. Meanwhile, protesters demonstrated outside the Cuyahoga County prosecutors office in Cleveland, a day after a grand jury decided not to charge two ...


Twitter clarifies why it deletes accounts and bans content
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Twitter clarifies why it deletes accounts and bans content

Twitter Inc has clarified its definition of abusive behavior that will prompt it to delete accounts, banning hateful conduct that promotes violence against specific groups. The social media company disclosed the changes on Tuesday in a blog post, following rising criticism it was not doing enough to thwart Islamic States use of the site for propaganda and recruitment. As always, we embrace a...


China-Taiwan first telephone hotline services begin

China and Taiwan began operating the first telephone hotline between the two nations on Wednesday, set up as a confidence building and tension reducing measure, with senior officials exchanging New Years greetings. The step was agreed during a historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore last month. Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for Chinas Ta...


Report: 69 journalists died on the job in 2015
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Report: 69 journalists died on the job in 2015

Sixty-nine journalists were killed around the world on the job in 2015. Twenty-eight of them were slain by Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization says Syria again was the deadliest place for journalists, though the number of deaths there in 2015 13 was lower than in previous ye...


Mountain Pakistan walls off glacial lake flash floods

Nestled at the foot of five snow-capped mountain peaks in Pakistans northern Gilgit-Baltistan province, the villages of the Bagrot valley face fearsome flooding risks. As glaciers retreat, they leave behind lakes supported by ice dams or accumulations of rock and soil. Inherently unstable, these dams often burst, sending huge volumes of water rushing into the villages below them. But a proje...


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