• Muslim girls must attend mixed swimming lessons: Eruopean Court of Human Rights
Muslim girls must attend mixed swimming lessons: Eruopean Court of Human Rights

The court added schools have a "special role" in the integration of young children into Swiss society - particularly those from foreign backgrounds. ECHR acknowledged the mandatory swimming requirement interfered with religious freedom without violating it, saying it "protects foreign students from any form of social exclusion".

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  • United Nations condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan
United Nations condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

The US embassy said they believed Afghanistan deserved peace and security - not deliberate and murderous attacks that victimized innocent Afghans serving their fellow citizens. Terrorist carried out bomb blast in the southern city of Kandahar when meeting was going on between senior official and diplomats from UAE. Mr Raziq blamed Pakistan's powe...

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  • North Korea has 50 kg of weapons-grade plutonium, says Seoul
North Korea has 50 kg of weapons-grade plutonium, says Seoul

The white paper said Pyongyang also has a considerable ability to produce weapons based on highly-enriched uranium. Pyongyang said it could test-launch a missile capable of striking the U.S. The reclusive East Asian country threatened Sunday it was going to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korean leader Kim Jong-u...

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  • British journalist who broke news of World War II dies at 105
British journalist who broke news of World War II dies at 105

Hollingworth in an undated photo. The Daily Telegraph's "scoop of the century", which ran without a byline, was headlined "1,000 tanks massed on Polish border". Hollingworth was close to danger for decades. She scored another scoop when the Nazis launched their invasion three days later on September 1. Over her career she wrote for many Bri...

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  • American charged with attempted murder of USA diplomat in Mexico
American charged with attempted murder of USA diplomat in Mexico

Prosecutors in Mexico said Sunday they caught a gunman who shot an official of the US consulate in the western city of Guadalajara. Local media identified him as Christopher Ashcraft, whose profile on social networking sites listed him as a consular officer in Guadalajara since 2016.

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  • LAPD Chases 'Erratic' Armed Driver On The 405
LAPD Chases 'Erratic' Armed Driver On The 405

A freaky, slow-moving chase down the 405 Freeway ended early Tuesday with Los Angeles police cruisers pinning a sedan and later arresting the driver, an attempted murder suspect. Video footage of the chase shows the suspect constantly slowing his vehicle and then speeding it up as approximately 13 police cars followed him from behind.

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  • Tamil Nadu declares all districts drought-hit
Tamil Nadu declares all districts drought-hit

With Tamil Nadu government asking Centre to issue an ordinance to allow bull taming sport Jallikattu during Pongal, the Centre Tuesday said that it will wait for the Supreme Court order before issuing any order on it. In January, the SC had asked Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu on a daily basis till final order in the water...

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  • Kim Kardashian West robbery suspects picked up by French police
Kim Kardashian West robbery suspects picked up by French police

The French newsweekly L'Express said according to police the suspects range in age from 23 to 72 and are mostly French nationals along with some Algerians. During the October 3 robbery, gunmen forced their way into the private Paris residence where Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with her jewe...

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  • Dion, McCallum out in Trudeau cabinet shuffle
Dion, McCallum out in Trudeau cabinet shuffle

There will be new faces at foreign affairs, global trade, labour, democratic reform and immigration where an MP who arrived in Canada from Somalia as a refugee will take over. Trump, whose inauguration takes place January 20, has vowed to adopt an unapologetically protectionist, America-first policy on trade, including re-opening or even tearing up...

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  • Pieces of missing plane's fuselage believed to be recovered from Lake Erie
Pieces of missing plane's fuselage believed to be recovered from Lake Erie

At the forefront of Monday's search was a large piece of debris that divers came across late last week, the city says. Crews also recovered seats that appear to be from the plane that disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from a lakefront airport on December 29, city officials said.

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  • Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigns
Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigns

Foster previously said she favored elections over meeting Sinn Féin's demand that she stand aside as first minister, telling a local paper: "I take my directions from the electorate and certainly not from Sinn Féin". "His actions have meant that, at precisely the time we need our Government to be active, we will have no government and no way ...

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  • Kim Jong-un birthday: North Korean leader celebrates big day after threat
Kim Jong-un birthday: North Korean leader celebrates big day after threat

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has called the North's programme a "serious threat". The North has not explicitly said it will conduct an ICBM test in the immediate future. The increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea over a possible intercontinental ballistic missile test are not provoking strong reactions in East Asia.

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  • Trump Reaffirms Relationship with Putin After Acknowledging Russian Hacking
Trump Reaffirms Relationship with Putin After Acknowledging Russian Hacking

The two also said they're unsure if they will support Trump's pick for Secretary of State, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has been scrutinized for his ties to Putin. Priebus' wording did not appear to foreshadow the dramatic reversal of Trump's apparent Russian Federation policy that experts say would be required to deter further cyb...

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  • Bulgaria's Dimitrov Scoops Title at Brisbane International
Bulgaria's Dimitrov Scoops Title at Brisbane International

Grigor Dimitrov claimed his first title in over two years as he beat Kei Nishikori 6-2 2-6 6-3 to win the Brisbane International. There were huge danger signs in the second set as he fell away badly but Dimitrov found his rhythm again in the third to close it out.

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  • Alex Salmond calls for Israeli diplomat to be deported
Alex Salmond calls for Israeli diplomat to be deported

In a secretly-recorded conversation Mr Masot said Sir Alan was causing "a lot of problems". The Al-Jazeera reporter went undercover as a pro-Israel activist from June 2016 to November 2016 and recorded conversations of pro-Israel activists, British politicians and Israeli embassy staff.

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  • Iraqi Military: Headquarters of Chechen Daesh Terrorists Seized in Mosul
Iraqi Military: Headquarters of Chechen Daesh Terrorists Seized in Mosul

Iraqi rapid response forces take cover from snipers during battle with Islamic State militants in the Mithaq district of eastern Mosul , Iraq, January 4, 2017. The city is the last major center in Iraq still controlled by "IS". "During the advance, Daesh [ISIS] tried to confront us from the historic hill", he said, apparently referring to a hill...

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  • Hashemi Rafsanjani, Former Iranian President, Dies at Age 82
Hashemi Rafsanjani, Former Iranian President, Dies at Age 82

In later years, he was head of the Expediency Council, an advisory body that mediates disputes between the parliament and the Guardian Council, a watchdog group controlled by hard-line clerics. Until Imam Khomeini's death, he had an vast power in Iran. Official reports indicate that Rafsanjani's brother Mohammad Hashemi said that Rafsanjani was i...

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  • Government not muddled over Brexit: UK PM May
Government not muddled over Brexit: UK PM May

In her first broadcast interview of the new year, May said: "Often people talk in terms as if somehow we are leaving the European Union but we still want to kind of keep bits of membership of the EU". "We also as part of that Brexit deal will be working to get the best possible deal in the trading relationship with the European Union". She signal...

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  • Turkish forces 'neutralize' 32 Daesh terrorists
Turkish forces 'neutralize' 32 Daesh terrorists

Fighting in the area intensified after the terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul, which was claimed by IS. While Turkey was quick to recapture less well-defended towns such as Jarablus and Dabiq, Daesh has been resisting the Turkish military and the FSA's attempts to breach their defences, and have managed to inflict the heaviest losses Ank...

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  • Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny 'spreads to Abidjan'
Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny 'spreads to Abidjan'

Residents and soldiers reported shooting in Man, Toulepleu, Bondoukou and Abidjan, a city of almost 5 million residents where the president, administration and parliament are based. However, years of conflict and a failure to reform its army, thrown together from a patchwork of former rebel fighters and government soldiers, have left it with an unr...

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