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a Miniskirt video of woman creates debate in Muslim country
Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge, BBC report. She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in "indecent" clothing sparked a heated debate in the Muslim country. Some demanded she be punished for breaking the strict Saudi dress code. But the public prosecutor has now closed the case,..
_95977843_0a72456d-21d4-4953-85bb-256e701df0ec Australian Senator Waters resigns over dual citizenship row
Australian Senator Larissa Waters has announced she will resign after learning she holds dual citizenship, BBC report. Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, was born in Canada. Under Australia's constitution, a person cannot run for federal office if they hold dual or plural citizenship. Ms Waters is the second senator since Friday to resign for having dual citizenship, following..
_96855774_mediaitem96855773 Clashes as protesters mark militant’s death in Kashmir
Clashes have broken out in Indian-administered Kashmir on the anniversary of the killing of a militant leader, BBC report. The security forces are reported to have used tear gas against stone-throwing protesters. They also surrounded the hometown of Burhan Wani, 22, who was killed fighting Indian troops last year. Separately seven people are reported to have been killed in shelling across..
a China warns US over South China Sea
Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea "a serious political and military provocation", according to BBC. The USS Stethem sailed close to Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands archipelago, claimed by China and others. China responded by sending military vessels and fighter jets to the area. It happened hours before US President..
a Donald Trump casts doubt on Russia investigator Mueller
President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in last year's US election, BBC report. Mr Trump said Mr Mueller's friendship with James Comey, who had been heading the inquiry until sacked from his role as FBI chief, was "bothersome". Asked on Fox News whether Mr Mueller should step down, Mr Trump said: "We're going to have to..
a Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by US led Nato jet
A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say, according to BBC. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato later said it had tracked Russian planes but they did not identify themselves. The..
a North Korea fires missile into Japanese waters
North Korea has test-fired a missile into Japanese waters, the latest in a series of launches that have ratcheted up tensions over its nuclear weapons programme, according to Al Jazeera. It was North Korea's third ballistic missile test in as many weeks and the 12th this year - carried out in defiance of UN sanctions warnings and US threats of possible military action. US military monitors..
a Egypt launches strikes in Libya
Egyptian air force planes have carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya, where armed men responsible for a deadly attack on Christians are believed to have trained, Egyptian military sources say, according to Al Jazeera. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced on Friday that he had directed strikes against what he called "terrorist camps", declaring in a..
a Abuse claims rejected by Myanmar army
Myanmar's military has rejected allegations by the United Nations that it committed atrocities during its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims last year, BBC report. Some 65,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh as the military searched for those behind attacks on police border posts. Many of those who fled described rapes, killings and other abuses by the army. But the military said its own..
a Donald Trump warns Comey over leaks to media
US President Donald Trump has warned fired FBI chief James Comey against leaking material to the media, BBC report. In a tweet on Friday, he said Mr Comey had "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations". Mr Comey, who had been leading an inquiry into possible collusion between Trump election campaign officials and Russia, was fired on Tuesday. Mr Trump has since insisted..
a Trump contradicts earlier claims on FBI director sacking
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he always intended to fire FBI Director James Comey, contradicting earlier White House statements that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials, according to Al Jazeera. "I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations," Trump told NBC in an interview, after days in which the White House has struggled to convince Congress members..
a Hamas says it has arrested killer of senior commander Faqha
Hamas says it has arrested the killer of senior commander Mazen Faqha, who was shot dead in March, and said the suspect had carried out the assassination on Israel's orders, Al Jazeera report. Faqha, 38, was shot dead in the head and the chest at the entrance of his Gaza City home on March 24. "All the evidence we have ... indicates the perpetrator committed this crime based on orders from..
a Venezuela crisis: Agitators block the roads
Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have set up roadblocks and staged demonstrations demanding elections as the country's political and economic crisis deepens, BBC report. They responded with defiance to his call for a new constitution to end unrest that has killed 28 people. Mr Maduro said his move was necessary to fend off a foreign-backed plot against him. The US said it..
a Japan warship escorts US supply vessel
Japan has dispatched its biggest warship, in the first such operation since it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military, according to BBC. The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters. The US ship is heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region, including the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group. North Korea has threatened to sink..
a North Korea warns of ‘terrible consequences’
South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered the threat of nuclear war from North Korea, Al Jazeera report. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula and began exercises with the South Korean navy late on Saturday. The South Korean..
a We will stop funding Gaza electricity : Palestinian Authority
The Palestinian Authority has notified Israel that it will no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, as the World Bank warned of power outages deepening a humanitarian crisis, Al Jazeera report. The move could lead to a complete power shutdown in Hamas-ruled Gaza, and cut off medical services and water supplies for its two million residents. COGAT, a branch of the Israeli..
a White House blocks former National Security Adviser Flynn document request
The White House has told a US congressional committee it will not comply with a request to release files related to a controversial former aide, BBC report. The House Oversight Committee is looking into payments to fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Lawmakers suspect he failed to disclose money he received in December 2015 to attend a Moscow gala, where he sat next to President..
a US submarine arrives in South Korea, amid worries of North Korean missile test
A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test, according to BBC. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army's 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with a large-scale firing drill, South Korea said. Tensions..
a Xi-Trump telephone talk : China’s president urges for ‘restraint’ amid North Korea threat
China's president has called for "restraint" from all parties in a call with US President Donald Trump, a day after Pyongyang said it was "ready" to sink a US aircraft carrier, BBC report. The telephone conversation is the second between the two leaders since they met in Florida earlier this month. It highlights Chinese fears that tensions between the US and North Korea could erupt into..
a North Korea threatens to sink US aircraft carrier
North Korea threatened on Sunday to sink a US aircraft carrier cruising towards the tense Korean peninsula, and said it would strike Australia with nuclear weapons if it "blindly" followed its American ally, Al Jazeera report. The latest warnings from Pyongyang came as two Japanese navy ships joined the American supercarrier strike group for exercises in the western Pacific. US President..