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Australia and US agree refugee resettlement deal

Australia has refused to resettle any refugee that has arrived by boat since the tough policy, widely criticised by rights groups, was announced in July 2013. It instead pays Nauru and Papua New Guinea to keep them in prisons and has been searching for countries that will resettle them.

Few …

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Gov. Cuomo: New York a ‘refuge’ for minorities, immigrants

Amid reports of harassment and threats directed at minorities and immigrants in the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a Facebook post on Saturday that his state is a refuge for those who feel they are under attack.

“Whether you are gay …

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Iraqi army: Nimrud captured from ISIL

Iraqi soldiers have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) two years ago, a military statement said on Sunday.

The soldiers also captured the village of Numaniya, on the edge of the city that was once the …

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Syrian government texts east Aleppo residents to leave

The Syrian government has sent text messages to residents and rebels in eastern Aleppo telling them to leave the area within 24 hours.

Russian and Syrian government forces say rebels are to blame for the inability of humanitarian groups to deliver food and aid, particularly during a ceasefire that was …

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Three Rohingya villages burned in Myanmar: HRW

Satellite images show that several Rohingya village in Myanmar's Rakhine State have been burned to the ground in recent weeks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Saturday.

The New York-based rights group urged authorities to invite United Nations investigators to look into the destruction of a total of 430 buildings …

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Tsunami warning issued after quake strikes New Zealand

A powerful magnitude 7.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand, prompting a tsunami warning and knocking out power and phone services in many parts of the country.

The US Geological Survey said the shallow temblor hit 90km from the South Island city of Christchurch, which was devastated five years ago …

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Anger intensifies over India's demonetisation move

Anger has intensified in India as banks struggle to dispense cash following the government's snap decision to withdraw large denomination notes in what it said was an attempt to uncover billions of dollars in undeclared wealth.

Tempers frayed on Saturday as hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours outside …

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Attack on Shah Noorani shrine in Pakistan kills dozens

Dozens of people have been killed and more than 100 injured in southwestern Pakistan after a bomb explosion claimed by the armed group ISIL ripped through a shrine packed with worshippers.

Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told AFP news agency on Saturday that at least 52 people have been killed …

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Man in a bulletproof BMW saves 70 people from ISIS snipers

When Ako Abdulrahman came under attack from ISIS militants advancing around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, he realized he needed protection. The Kurdish Peshmerga fighter decided to invest in an armored car, but he had little clue the vehicle would end up saving the lives of dozens of people.

After …

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Michael Moore to Trump: ‘You lost. Step aside.’

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore met with protesters Saturday afternoon at Trump Tower in Manhattan, saying he wanted to talk with President-elect Donald Trump and making it all the way to the fourth floor before Secret Service agents turned him away.

In the Facebook Live stream, Moore described the lobby and …

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Rocker Sting reopens Bataclan year after Paris attacks

British singer Sting reopened the Bataclan - the revered Paris concert hall - with a charity concert marking the first anniversary of the bloody attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

The Bataclan said all 1,000 Sting tickets sold out in less than 30 minutes for the concert hall that has …

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Street battles rage in Mosul as ISIL counterattacks

The International Organisation for Migration said on Saturday more than 49,000 people had been displaced since the operation began. In recent days the advance has slowed as they fight their way into densely populated neighbourhoods, with the urban landscape making defence easier for ISIL.

In a rare audio message …

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Syrian forces reverse rebel advance in Aleppo

Syrian government forces recaptured territory in the contested city of Aleppo, reversing all gains rebels made two weeks into their counterattack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor with sources on the ground, said on Saturday the army and allies made several advances on the divided city's …

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Taliban bomber kills 4 Americans at key NATO base

"For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple: 'we will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future,'" US defence chief Ashton Carter said in a statement.

Bagram Airfield, close to Kabul, has frequently come under attack by …

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Vietnam burns tonnes of rhino and elephant ivory

Vietnam has destroyed a huge stockpile of ivory and rhino horn ahead of an international conference the country is hosting on illegal wildlife trafficking. More than two tonnes of elephant ivory and 70kg of rhino horn were crushed and burned on the outskirts of the capital Hanoi on Saturday, in …

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