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A member of the Council of Senior Scholars, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutlaq, argued that the abayas women now wear are unnecessary to preserve modesty. "More than 90% of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas". The kingdom has seen an expansion in women's rights recently, including the lifting of a ban on women driving. Last month, women were allowed to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a game.
  • Donald Trump: Lives are being 'destroyed' by allegations

    Donald Trump: Lives are being 'destroyed' by allegations

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    Democratic women in Congress took President Trump to task Saturday for defending those accused of abuse, but not mentioning the victims who have endured violence. But we certainly wish him well. But in my home, the abuse was insidious. "She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more".
  • MQM's coordination committee sidelines Farooq Sattar as party convener

    MQM's coordination committee sidelines Farooq Sattar as party convener

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    Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar has claimed that an ongoing rift within the party ranks was over MQM-P's leadership. The letter to the ECP escalated the conflict, forcing the coordination committee to retract the letter on Saturday. He said he has not been deploying the "stick" which the MQM founder previously used for the leadership. On this occasion, Farooq Sattar announced that he would address a public meeting sometime later at the KMC Stadium in PIB Colony and he directed all the ...
  • Man in US illegally responsible of killing 2 California deputies

    Man in US illegally responsible of killing 2 California deputies

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    Public defenders Jeffrey Barbour and Norm Dawson, who declined to comment following the verdict, argued Bracamontes was mentally ill and high on methamphetamine when the deadly spree unfolded. Sacramento County's sheriff says a newly convicted cop-killer is a "despicable human being" regardless of his immigration status. They also contended that Pres.
  • Nine Turkish soldiers killed in action in Syria's Afrin in one day

    Nine Turkish soldiers killed in action in Syria's Afrin in one day

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    Turkey , which regards the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin as a threat on its southern border, launched an assault on the region last month. Ankara says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey and is blacklisted by Washington and the European Union.
  • Hong Kong: Double-decker bus overturns, 19 dead

    Hong Kong: Double-decker bus overturns, 19 dead

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    Dead bodies covered by blankets being lined up by first responders at the scene of a bus crash on Tai Po Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong , yesterday. "He is still being detained for further enquiries", police said in a statement early today. Some of the injured told Apple Daily that the driver had been 10 minutes late and began driving faster after passengers complained. Lai said the company's treatment of workers had led to labour shortages, adding that many drivers work under pressure and ...
  • Trump Blocks Release of Democrat Memo on Russia, US Elections

    Trump Blocks Release of Democrat Memo on Russia, US Elections

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    Earlier this week, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Democratic memo. But, late last night, President Trump announced that he would not release the Democratic memo until changes were made, citing national security issues with the document.
  • Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish YPG Militia Targets in Syria: Army

    Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish YPG Militia Targets in Syria: Army

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    More than a hundred pro-regime fighters were killed. The president, however, did not specify who was responsible for the attack. The Syrian government and Russian military have repeatedly, despite. The deadliest strikes targeted a market in the town of Arbeen, leaving at least 22 civilians dead, the Britain-based watchdog said. Sweden and Kuwait presented the measure that would also demand an immediate end to sieges, including in Eastern Ghouta.
  • Saratov Airlines plane crashes near Moscow with 71 on board

    Saratov Airlines plane crashes near Moscow with 71 on board

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    A Russian plane carrying 71 passengers reportedly crashed during takeoff this afternoon, Interfax reported. Another source, from the emergency services, told Interfax that the airplane was manufactured less than eight years ago. Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov flew to the site of the alleged crash near Argunovo village in the Moscow region, officials confirmed. When does Lent 2018 start, why do we have it and when does it end? It was not immediately clear what caused the ...
  • Kim invites S Korea's Moon to meet in Pyongyang

    Kim invites S Korea's Moon to meet in Pyongyang

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    Moon was all smiles Saturday as he greeted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, for lunch at the presidential residence. They then posed for a team photo with the players sitting or kneeling on the ice and the dignitaries behind them on the bench. " The president said it was not appropriate for the prime minister to directly mention the issue ".
  • Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea invites South president to Pyongyang

    Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea invites South president to Pyongyang

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    The reconciliatory mood that comes on the heels of the North's nuclear and missile crisis is the outcome of Mr Moon's efforts to seize on the thaw in inter-Korean relations to bring Pyongyang to the negotiation table with Seoul and Washington, and the North's propaganda tactic to tide over the harsh global sanctions and promote a peace message.
  • A hot Winter Olympics

    A hot Winter Olympics

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    Insook Chang, an 85-year-old grandmother who lives in South Korea , traveled to Overland Park this week to see her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. And he warned that the United States "has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path".
  • United States flu levels now rival 2009 swine flu — CDC

    United States flu levels now rival 2009 swine flu — CDC

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    Health department personnel were joined by nursing students from Three Rivers Community College and volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps program. "We usually don't see flu cases rolling into New London County until January", she said. This week, public health saw the first drop in cases since the beginning of December.
  • More than 220 civilians killed as Syria continues air strikes

    More than 220 civilians killed as Syria continues air strikes

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    Among the dead were two soldiers killed on Saturday when a helicopter went down. According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
  • Former Sri Lankan president takes lead at local gov't polls

    Former Sri Lankan president takes lead at local gov't polls

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    According to unofficial results from various districts where polls were held on Saturday, Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) is expected to win a majority of the 340 councils. Former President Rajapakse was defeated by Sirisena in a Presidential election in January 2015. Colombo papers reported today that Mr Wickremesinghe is also under pressure to resign as UNP leader, after polls predict a weak second place.
  • White House Was Aware Early About Rob Porter's Personal Problems

    White House Was Aware Early About Rob Porter's Personal Problems

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    White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a press briefing Thursday that Porter was "terminated", but he later used the word " resigned ". Trump, however, hasn't been critical of Porter. He also said he would never recommend for Trump to fire Mueller, but "that presumes the president needs that advice".
  • It's a privilege to cook for Narendra Modi: Sanjeev Kapoor

    It's a privilege to cook for Narendra Modi: Sanjeev Kapoor

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    This visit is being touted as "historic" because Modi is the first Indian PM to visit the state of Palestine. India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at worldwide forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel.
  • 3 dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

    3 dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

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    Hualapai Police Chief Francis Bradley said the helicopter, likely used for a tour, was from Las Vegas, Nevada. An after-hours phone call and email to Papillion were not immediately returned Saturday. He said the company has made big improvements since that crash. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer told The Associated Press that the circumstances of the crash of the Eurocopter EC130 are unknown.
  • United Kingdom: charities to cooperate over safeguard issues or lose funds

    United Kingdom: charities to cooperate over safeguard issues or lose funds

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    Oxfam said it was "dismayed by what happened" and would fully cooperate with authorities. It is facing mounting criticism over its handling of the allegations of sexual misconduct. Responding to reports that staff who left Oxfam in Haiti later joined other aid agencies, without their knowledge of the incidents, Christian Aid: "We are committed to living out our values of respect and dignity for all, and we will investigate any claims about any individuals involved in the Haiti incident to ...
  • What You Need To Know About Memo Mania: Waiting On Democrats' Countermemo

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    Democrats on the House panel drafted their memo to counter claims in a document released last week by Republicans, led by committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California. "We haven't heard that sentiment yet about our memo, but again we don't want to be as reckless as they are and that's why ours was very, very carefully written".
  • Who is Asma Jahangir ?

    Who is Asma Jahangir ?

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    There is still awful violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded labourers, but Jahangir told AFP during an interview in 2014 that human rights causes have made greater strides in Pakistan than it may appear.
  • Kim Jong-Un Invites South Korea's President To Summit Meeting

    Kim Jong-Un Invites South Korea's President To Summit Meeting

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    In January 1968, Kim Yo Jong's grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully to kill then-president Park Chung-hee. The president has repeatedly threatened to bomb North Korea and derisively refers to Kim as "Little Rocket Man". "The vice president is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", press ...
  • Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive

    Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive

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    According to Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists . Siraj Mahmoud of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, said 58 people were killed in the shelling and airstrikes. At least 60 people were killed on Monday.
  • Odisha CM's secretary residence ransacked: Four BJP workers sent to jail

    Odisha CM's secretary residence ransacked: Four BJP workers sent to jail

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    At least five BJP workers have been arrested by the Commissionerate Police in this connection. Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the Bijepur by-poll scheduled to be held on February 24, a delegation of BJP today met Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar and sought dismissal of four bureaucrats of the State alleging they are working for the ruling BJD .
  • YPG spokesperson says Turkey bogged down in Afrin

    YPG spokesperson says Turkey bogged down in Afrin

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    Aside from the Turkish offensive in Afrin, the Syrian government has escalated its attacks on two of the largest and most important remaining opposition-held areas, in Idlib province in northwestern Syria and on eastern Ghouta, a region near the capital Damascus.
  • Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down In Syria

    Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down In Syria

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    Turkey has lost 30 soldiers in the operation in Afrin, according to data compiled from the military statements. Turkish forces claim that hundreds of Kurdish militia fighters have been "neutralized" in a series of military sorties, while militias such as the the YPG had before Saturday claimed more than a dozen Turkish casualties.
  • Turkish military helicopter shot down near Syria: President Erdogan

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    All planes returned safely, the statement added. In a statement, Turkish General Staff said an ATAK combat helicopter crashed around local time 1 p.m. The incident marks an escalation in Turkey's operation in Afrin , which aims to defeat the pro-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and their political wing the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
  • North Korean Media Print Pictures Of South's Moon

    North Korean Media Print Pictures Of South's Moon

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    The two leaders however, did not discuss North Korea's invitation to Moon to visit Pyongyang , according to a senior administration official. Regardless that the Koreas' joint hockey team, formed only two weeks back, lost to Switzerland 8-0, the coordination and energy of the cheer squad were considered to be the highlight of the match.
  • North Korea invites South Korean president to visit

    North Korea invites South Korean president to visit

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    Every Olympics has its share of geopolitical back stories. Some 100 North Korean cheerleaders were on hand, decked in red track suits, leading chants for the spectators and singing North Korean pop songs. The country's participation was agreed upon in the talks between Pyongyang and Seoul in January. You can see some images of Kim at the meeting with Moon below.
  • Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

    Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

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    The United States had until now backed the Kurdish militias with military intelligence, air-strike assistance, weapons, and training in their fight against the jihadist group. Turkey resumed on Friday airstrikes in northern Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said.
  • Syria condemns USA air strike as massacre

    Syria condemns USA air strike as massacre

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    The coalition's move was in retaliation for the pro-Syrian government forces' targeting of the USA -backed forces in the area, the SDF noted. The coalition described its action as an act of "self-defense". "The military goal is to defeat ISIS in Syria ", White said. Russian contract soldiers were killed in the attack. The coalition said in an email the pro-government forces had initiated hostilities with artillery fire, tank manoeuvres and mortar fire after a steady buildup of forces over ...
  • S. Korean president meets with visiting Japanese PM for Winter Olympics

    S. Korean president meets with visiting Japanese PM for Winter Olympics

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    On Wednesday, the North announced that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un , would attend the games, joining the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam . She then verbally stated that her brother would like to meet Moon "in the near future and would like to ask President Moon to visit North Korea at his earliest convenience", the spokesman said, according to a transcript provided by the Blue House.
  • Rahul sounds hypocritical when making claims about Andhra Pradesh: BJP

    Rahul sounds hypocritical when making claims about Andhra Pradesh: BJP

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    Is Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu looking at joining the Congress party-led UPA? "The state must harness the talent, entrepreneurial genius and technological prowess of its citizens to 'Make Andhra Great Again!' This is the vision people expect from its leadership".
  • Pyeongchang Olympics: Trump, Kim impersonators thankful for kind welcome

    Pyeongchang Olympics: Trump, Kim impersonators thankful for kind welcome

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    Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang for inter-Korean talks. "I request you visit North Korea at your earliest convenience". Interested in Olympics? Add Olympics as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Olympics news, video , and analysis from ABC News. Later on Saturday, Moon dismissed a call from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resume massive military exercises between Seoul and the US.