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ISIL suicide attack hits Baghdad’s gas plant

Baghdad Gas Plant

MNA International Desk: An ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) suicide attack hits a state-run gas plant in Baghdad’s northern outskirts on Sunday killed at least 11 people and injuring 22, including policemen, and forced two power stations to suspend electricity production. Jihadi fighters set off a suicide car bomb at the entrance of the facility in Taji, 12 miles north of the Iraqi capital, at around 6am local time, allowing another vehicle carrying at least six attackers with explosive vests to enter and clash with security forces, police sources said. The armed group said in an online ...

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President Maduro declared 60-day state emergency

MNA International Desk: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared a 60-day state of emergency citing plots from within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) country and from the US to topple his leftist government. He however, did not provide details about the move. Last year, a similar state of emergency was implemented in states near the Colombian border, suspending constitutional guarantees in those areas, except human rights. “Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela’s fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil,” Maduro said during a Friday night broadcast on state television. For years, ...

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Brazil’s Senate Votes on Impeachment of Rousseff

MNA International Desk: In accordance to a decision revolving for the last few days, Brazil’s Senate Votes on Impeachment of Dilma Vana Rousseff. The Senate in Brazil starts to vote on whether or not to launch an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff for mismanagement of funds to hide budget deficits on Wednesday. The session is supposed to last into the night and the odds sway heavily towards President Rousseff being removed from office. According to Senate officials, 68 of the 81 senators have signed up to speak at the podium before giving their vote. For security measures the Ministry ...

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One dead and three injured in Germany

MNA International Desk: One person has died and three others have been injured after a man launched a knife attack at a train station in southern Germany. After the first attack on the train, the assailant stabbed another on the platform, then left the station and slashed two more men on bicycles outside, said Bavarian police spokesman Karl-Heinz Segerer. “In the meantime local police received an emergency call, and the officers quickly arrived at the scene and were able to detain the man,” said Segerer. Police arrested a man at a local train station outside Munich early on Tuesday morning ...

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Obama make historic visit to Hiroshima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday said that U.S. President Barack Obama will make historic visit to Hiroshima during the Group of Seven summit later this month. By visiting the peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 attack, the president hopes to reinvigorate efforts worldwide to eliminate nuclear weapons. But in a sign of the extraordinary political sensitivities attached to the gesture, the White House is going out of its way to stress Obama will not come bearing an apology. The visit, which will be the first to the A-bombed city by a sitting U.S. president, is scheduled to ...

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Philippines picks next President

All roads lead to the polling centers on Monday as the country’s more than 54 million registered voters cast their ballots as Philippines picks their next President. He will be the 16th President of the Republic. Voters will also choose the rest of the other national and local leaders who will run the government for the next three to six years. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Sunday said all preparations to ensure a clean, honest, peaceful and credible election are all in place, including contingency measures for any unexpected problems that may arise. “As far as ...

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Fort McMurray wildfire is in no way under control

Fort McMurray wildfire is in no way under control rather is on its way to expand. Fort McMurray, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says officials expect the wildfire, to possibly double in size on Saturday and reach the boundary with Saskatchewan to the east, which is in no way under control. The Alberta government expects to complete moving people through Fort McMurray on Saturday to the south side of a massive and growing wildfire that is threatening the city. “In no way is this fire under control,” she told a briefing. The government says the area damaged by fire or still ...

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Sadiq Khan urged to choose hope over fear in Mayoral election

Sadiq Khan has urged London voters to choose hope over fear in the Mayoral election as he attempts to bring policy back to the forefront of an increasingly bitter mayoral campaign. Khan, the Labor Party candidate bidding to be the first Muslim mayor of London, has repeatedly had to fend off accusations of links to extremism made by the Tory campaign for Zac Goldsmith. In his last speech before Londoners go to the polls on Thursday, Khan outlined his vision for a better London. Contrasting his oft-referenced humble origins with those of the billionaire Goldsmith, he reiterated his pledge to ...

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Former CIA director Leon Panetta says, US didn’t trust Pakistan

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said that, US didn’t trust Pakistan. President Barack Obama had decided the US would go alone in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden because US didn’t trust Pakistan due to their ‘close relationship’ with various terrorist networks, as former CIA director Panetta has said. “Pakistan was difficult because they had a close relationship to various terrorist networks, and you were never quite sure just exactly where their loyalties would lie,” – Panetta, the head of the CIA operation that killed al Qaida leader bin Laden at his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan, said. “It was ...

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Syria ceasefire should be ‘revitalized’: UN Envoy

Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s Syria envoy said on Thursday that he planned to hold another attempt of peace talks next month, but called for a stuttering ceasefire to be ‘revitalized’ before setting a date, as at least 20 civilians were killed in country’s second city Aleppo. He said the United States, which supports some rebel groups, and regime ally Russia needed to act, calling on them to organize a high-level Syria meeting before negotiations resume. He highlighted that all parties at the Geneva-based talks now recognised the need for a new transitional government in Syria that should be tasked ...

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Trump scores five state wins

Donald Trump speaks,  Republican presidential candidate, scores wins in all five northeastern US states holding presidential primaries Tuesday-a clean pick up for the Republican front runner that propelled him closer to clinching the party’s nomination. Trump vanquished Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Trump’s rivals have already shifted their attention to upcoming states. Hillary Clinton, Democratic front runner, is also doing well, with US networks projecting her winner in Delaware and Maryland. Clinton tweeted by sending thanking message to Maryland almost immediately after polls closed at 8:00 pm. For the Democrats, Clinton was ...

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Additional 250 U.S. military in Syria

U.S. will send an additional 250 military troops in Syria to help the Syrian forces against Islamic State; the new expansion will bring to 300 the number of US forces in non-combat roles in Syria. Obama discussed the Syria crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover on Sunday, the German leader had just returned from a trip to Turkey to see refugee camps along the border. They highlighted on the IS issue in their meeting with world leaders in Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and Germany. In a BBC interview, Obama said only military efforts cannot remove Syria’s “heart-breaking situation ...

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Single Person hijacked Egypt Air

According to sources, a single person has hijacked Egypt Air. Egyptian officials said that, an Egyptian domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and later the flight landed in Cyprus. It was reported by Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry that, a passenger, strapped with explosive threatened the pilot to hijack the plane. The plane was an Airbus 320. There were 55 passengers on board along with a crew of seven, as it was reported by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. The hijacking took place in Cyprus’s flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca. In a statement, ...

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton flying high

US Presidency candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is flying high on the race of nomination. Trump has driven his biggest republican rival Marco Rubio out of the White House race. Trump has swept three states; Florida, Illinois and North Carolina with sweet victory. But his defeat in crucial state Ohio has brought dissatisfaction and chaos for the party which is already deeply fractured with Trump’s candidacy. When, the Republican camp is facing turmoil, Hillary Clinton’s comfortable victories in Florida, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina has proved her edge over her biggest opponent Bernie Sanders to overtake her for the ...

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G20 advise growth opportunities beyond ultra-easy policy to spark global economy

On Saturday, the top economies of the world anticipated on a declaration to recommend the world to look for options for growth opportunities other than ultra-low interest rates as well as printing money to get over from the vulnerability of global economy. Alongside, they promised future structural reforms as they believe that would intrigue activity. The G20 (Group of 20) finance ministers and central bankers have gathered in Shanghai for a two-day meeting. A draft of the statement, which is to be issued at the end of the meeting, projected huge concerns and policy frictions that was driven due to ...

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