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EU puts Saudi Arabia on draft terrorism financing list, sources say

The European Commission has added Saudi Arabia to an EU draft list of countries that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, two sources told Reuters on Friday. The move comes amid heightened international pressure on Saudi Arabia after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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3 militia members face sentencing in Kansas bomb plot

Three militia members face the possibility of life in prison for a foiled plot to massacre Muslims in southwest Kansas by blowing up a mosque and apartments housing Somali immigrants. At separate sentencing hearings for the men on Friday, the government plans to play video clips of the intended victims talking about the impact the

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Two charged with stripping Kenyan woman naked, taking videos

Ukrainian national Wectabe Shestavetskyi (left) and German Zerbin Sascha Marius Waldermar appear before a Shanzu court on January 25, 2019. They have been accused of forcefully undressing a Kenyan woman and taking nude photos and videos. Two foreigners have been charged with stripping a Kenyan woman naked and taking nude photos and videos against her

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Gunman surrenders after killing 5 in US bank

Photo (AP) A former prison guard trainee who recently moved to Florida from Indiana killed five people during a standoff at a small town bank before surrendering to a SWAT team that stormed the building, police said. Investigators said Zephen Xaver, 21, called police from inside the SunTrust Bank branch Wednesday to report that he

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China sees low birth rates despite 1-child policy lift

China faced a significant drop in births last year despite the lifting of its one-child policy in 2016, official data showed Monday. The National Bureau of Statistics published the population growth rate for 2018. Data showed that population growth, birth rate and labour participation rate slowed as the elderly population rose. According to Bureau’s data,

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Venezuela’s Guaido declares himself president amid protests

Photo (AP) Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in a defiant speech Wednesday before masses of anti-government demonstrators who took to the streets to demand President Nicolas Maduro’s removal. The bold challenge to Maduro’s rule immediately drew recognition from the Trump administration, which called on Maduro to resign and said it would

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Russia takes wraps off new missile to try to save U.S. nuclear pact

Components of SSC-8/9M729 cruise missile system are on display during a news briefing, organized by Russian defence and foreign ministries, at Patriot Expocentre near Moscow, Russia January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Russia showed foreign military attaches on Wednesday a new cruise missile that the United States says breaches a landmark arms control pact, billing it

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Wetang’ula renews call for Kenyan troops to leave Somalia

Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula has reiterated his call for Kenyan Defence Forces troops to be recalled from Somalia. Addressing the press in his office on Tuesday, Wetang’ula said Kenya’s mission was stabilising Somalia through the creation of Juba land buffer zone, which was contested by both state and non-state actors. The Bungoma Senator was

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Uhuru orders all Kenyans given Huduma IDs

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses senior security officers at State House, Mombasa on January 22, 2019. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday ordered all Kenyans to be registered digitally and given Huduma identification numbers. Speaking at State House, Mombasa during a meeting with police commanders, regional coordinators and county commissioners, President Kenyatta said the database will also

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Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100

Photo (Reuters) A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan on Monday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months. Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of

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