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Inquiry Sought Into ISIL Escape Under Khalifa Haftar

Armed groups in Libya's east are demanding the disclosure of investigations into the escape of ISIL fighters from Derna and Benghazi through areas controlled by Khalifa Haftar, the retired Libyan army general and self-proclaimed commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

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Sri Lanka: Buddhist Leader Stokes Anti-Muslim Tension

A manhunt is on in Sri Lanka for a hard-line Buddhist leader after a series of attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses that authorities accuse him of encouraging.

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UN Envoy Blasts Electricity Cuts In Gaza

The UN's Mideast envoy warned Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will face a "humanitarian crisis" if their already meager electricity supply is cut further as a result of political infighting.

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CAR: Tension High Among Civilians As Violence Surges

The fighting in Bria is the culmination of a spasm of violence that killed about 300 people in two weeks around the Cental African Republic. It has sent shockwaves through an already traumatised population and ripples of fear throughout CAR that the country is descending back into chaos.

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Jared Kushner Sought Secret Line To Russia: Report

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian envoy to set up a secret and bug-proof communications line with Moscow, according to a Washington Post report.

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Egypt Massacre: Gunmen Kill 23 Coptic Christians, Hurt 25 Others

CAIRO: Gunmen killed 23 Coptic Christians and wounded 25 others on Friday as they were driving to a monastery in Minya province, south of Cairo, the provincial governor, Essam al-Bedaiwy, said.

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Kindergartens Must Report Parents For Refusing Vaccine Advice Under New Law

BERLIN: Germany will pass a law next week obliging kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they have received advice from their doctor on vaccinating their children, the health ministry said on Friday.

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Government Denies Claims It Had Appointed US Lobbyist

KUALA LUMPUR: The government today denied allegations that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) or the Malaysian government had engaged the services of a former aide to United States president Donald Trump.

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Female-Only "Wonder Woman" Screenings Set Off Online Complaints

NEW YORK: Plans by a Texas theater to host women-only screenings of the action movie “Wonder Woman” unleashed an outpouring of complaints on social media of discrimination and sexism on Friday.

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Zambian Court Allows Opposition Leader To Challenge Prosecution Over Treason Charges

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A Zambian court on Friday allowed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema to challenge the prosecution from moving his treason case to the high court for trail, in a case that has stoked political tension months after contested elections.

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