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Egypt: who’s afraid of January 25?

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists Ali al-Khouly and Mohamed Ali had just sat down at a Cairo coffeeshop when plainclothes officers grabbed them and hauled them off to a police station. What they most wanted to know was: what are your plans next Monday?

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Khamenei praises arrest of U.S. sailors, condemns Saudi embassy attack

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday thanked the Revolutionary Guards for briefly detaining U.S. sailors last week, but condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran as an action that damaged the country.

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Red doors mark out asylum seekers’ houses in English town: report

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

LONDON (Reuters) – Asylum seekers in the northern English town of Middlesbrough are suffering abuse because they have been housed in properties that almost all have red front doors, making them easy targets for racists, the Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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Draft constitution for army-run Thailand ‘strong medicine’

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A draft constitution for army-run Thailand to be unveiled this month will be “strong medicine”, the constitution panel head said on Wednesday, adding that there was no guarantee it would pass a referendum, meaning a further extension of military rule.

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Singapore says arrests 27 Bangladeshi Islamists, deports 26

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore, a wealthy multi-ethnic city state, arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers who supported Islamist groups including al Qaeda and Islamic State and deported 26 of them, the government said on Wednesday.

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Syria’s opposition says cannot attend talks if third party joins

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Syrian opposition council formed in Riyadh last month said on Wednesday it will not attend peace negotiations if a third party joins the talks, a reference to a Russian bid to include other groups in the process that was due to be launched next week.

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UK’s Fallon says disturbed by Russian air strikes in Syria

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

PARIS (Reuters) – Britain is “increasingly disturbed” by Russian air strikes on moderate opposition forces and civilians in Syria, its defense secretary said on Wednesday, adding that it was time for U.S.-led coalition forces to capitalize on recent Islamic State setbacks.

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Dutch arrest 10 men suspected of using Bitcoin to launder money

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Ten men suspected of using the digital currency Bitcoin to launder up to 20 million euros ($22 million) of criminal money made from online drug deals have been arrested in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Lebanon speaker says Christian tie-up not enough to secure presidency: paper

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The influential speaker of Lebanon’s parliament has cast doubt on whether the reconciliation of the country’s rival Christian leaders will help the country install a new president after nearly two years with the post empty.

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Myanmar arrests leader of Saffron Revolution on immigration charges: media

/  20.01.2016  /  World 

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar has arrested a former monk and leader of a 2007 uprising on grounds of illegally crossing the border, media said on Wednesday, spotlighting the issue of political prisoners that faces Aung San Suu Kyi’s incoming government.

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