Pakistan brands Donald Trump 'ignorant'


CARMEL, IN – MAY 02: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts on May 2, 2016 in Carmel, Indiana. Trump continues to campaign leading up to the Indiana primary on May 3. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP Pakistan’s interior …

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Dollar slips as US data lower rate hike expectations


PHOTO:AFP The dollar extended its losses against the yen and euro Tuesday as fresh data indicating a slowdown in the US manufacturing sector lowered expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates any time soon. The greenback was already under pressure against the yen after the Bank of Japan on …

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Refugee sets herself on fire at Australia’s Nauru camp


A refugee has set herself on fire at an Australian-run detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act in protest against his treatment. Australian officials said a Somali woman was in a critical condition after she set herself alight on …

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Hama prison in Syria besieged as inmates riot


Government forces have encircled a prison in the central Syrian city of Hama as prisoners reportedly took captive the warden and several guards during heavy clashes.  The prison uprising broke out in response to the government’s plans to forcibly transfer several detainees to Sednaya, an infamous prison near Damascus, sources …

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Brussels airport reopens after ISIL attacks


Brussels airport departure hall reopens The departure hall at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has partially reopened, 40 days after multiple suicide attacks hit the airport and a metro train, killing 32 people and wounding at least 270 others. Two attackers detonated suitcase bombs in the departure hall at the airport on March …

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Kerry in Geneva to bolster Syria ceasefire


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gives a press conference following his meeting with Jordanian Foreign minister on Syria in Geneva, on May 1, 2016. DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL / AFP United States (U.S.) Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrived in Geneva on Sunday in an urgent bid to revive …

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Autumn storms wreak havoc on Australia


Trees and power lines were brought down in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania as the severe weather swept across the region. Heavy rain and damaging winds battered parts of southeast Australia at the weekend. Trees and power lines were brought down in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania as the severe …

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Greenpeace leak shows risks of EU-U.S. deal


European Union (EU) standards on the environment and public health risk being undermined by compromises with the United States (U.S.), Greenpeace has warned, citing leaked documents. The environmental group obtained 248 pages of classified documents from the TTIP trade talks, aimed at clinching a far-reaching EU-U.S. free trade deal. Secrecy …

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First U.S. cruise ship arrives in Cuba


The U.S. cruise ships could pump tens of millions of dollars into Cuban state coffers PHOTO: EPA The first United States (U.S.) cruise ship in nearly 40 years to set sail for Cuba has docked in Havana harbour with more than 700 passengers on board. The arrival of the Adonia …

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Tens of thousands join May Day rally in S. Korea


A girl shouts slogans as she joins a May Day rally in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, PHOTO: AFP Tens of thousands of South Koreans on Sunday joined May Day protests against labour reforms pushed by the government and called for a higher minimum wage. Labour activists say a bill …

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