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Boko Haram leader killed spokesman over ‘leadership plot’

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Kano

The leader of Boko Haram’s main faction, Abubakar Shekau, has admitted killing the group’s purported spokesman over an apparent plot to oust him, he said in an audio recording. In the 50-minute tape of a meeting with the inner circle of his militant Islamist group, Shekau said he killed “Tasiu” —also...

VX nerve agent found on Kim Jong-Nam face: Malaysia Police

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Kuala Lumpur

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare, Malaysian police said on Friday. Releasing a preliminary toxicology report on Kim Jong Nam’s murder at a Kuala Lumpur airport, police said the poison used by the assassins was the odourless, tasteless and...

US promises no mass deportations in bid to calm Mexico

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Mexico City

US officials promised Mexico no “mass deportations” or use of military force to expel immigrants, moving to calm tensions over President Donald Trump’s vow to crack down on “bad dudes” illegally residing in his country. US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Mexican Ministers...

China: US must work together on solution to N Korea

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Beijing

China called on the US to shoulder more responsibility in tackling North Korea’s rogue nuclear programme on Friday, slapping down claims by President Donald Trump that Beijing could bring the isolated State to heel. North Korea defied the world last week with a missile test and is suspected of orchestrating the...

Suicide bomber kills 51 near Syria town taken from ISIS

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Beirut

A suicide bomber attacked Turkish-backed rebels just outside the Syrian town of Al-Bab on Friday, killing 51 people in a major blow just hours after they hailed its capture from the Islamic State group. The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives outside a rebel command centre in the...

Stop lying or face expulsion: Malaysia to N Korea envoy

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia warned North Korea’s outspoken ambassador on Friday he would be thrown out of the country if he continues to “spew lies” over the investigation into the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam. Malaysia Foreign Minister Anifah Aman lashed out at Kang Chol, the envoy of the Stalinist State, who has said “we...

Will hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source: Pence

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | PTI | Washington

The US will hunt down and destroy the Islamic State terror group at its source so that it can no longer threaten the country and Americans, Vice President Mike Pence has said. “We will hunt down and destroy the ISIS at its source so it can no longer threaten our nation...

Trump reverses Obama ban on private prisons

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Washington

President Donald Trump’s administration has reinstated the use of private prisons for federal inmates, saying commercial prison operators are needed for the correctional system’s “future needs.” Trump’s new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, officially rescinded the Barack Obama administration’s move last August to phase out the management of prisons by private companies,...

Trump ‘maniacally focused’ on implementing poll promises: Steve Bannon

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | PTI | Washington

Donald Trump is “maniacally focused” on implementing the promises he made to the American people during the election campaign, the US President’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has said. “All he’s doing right now is, he’s laid out an agenda with those speeches for the promises he made. And our job...

ISIS attack kills 15 Iraq border guards near Jordan: Officials

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AFP | Habbaniyah

The Islamic State group carried out an attack on an Iraqi border guard position near Jordan on Friday, killing 15 guards, officials said. “Daesh launched an attack with a suicide car bomb and gunmen on the 2nd border guard regiment near Trebil,” an officer in the border guard told AFP, using...

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Trump's card for India

26 Feb 2017 | Gopalan Balachandran

There is no hurry to form a judgement on Trump right away. Both President Trump and PM Modi share some traits — not all are complimentary...

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STATE EDITIONS

High time Block Grant replaced with GIA

27 Feb 2017 | SRIKANTA K TRIPATHY | Bhubaneswar

The Block Grant teachers have threatened to take to streets once again in March and are planning to intensify their agitation by various means, including boycott of evaluation of answer scripts. The Block Grant teachers in the high schools had boycotted the PRI election over the Government’s apathy towards their demand for suitable salary...

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SOUNDBITE

She (Mayawati) can enter into an understanding with the BJP anytime. Actually she is helping the BJP. One must be careful.

Uttar Pradesh CM | Akhilesh Yadav

Look at the vast range of roles portrayed by Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep or Halley Berry. Their works are my inspiration.

Bengali actor | Rituparna Sengupta

You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what happened in Sweden. They took in large numbers (immigrants).

US President | Donald Trump
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