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Malaysia says it will end death penalty for all crimes

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s new government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance. More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including ...

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Singapore Airlines to resume the world’s longest commercial flight as it expands presence in the US

Singapore Airlines is poised for a major boost to its US footprint from Thursday evening as it resumes, after five years, the world’s longest commercial flight – a near-19 hour nonstop from Singapore to New York. The route, combined with the airline’s plans to restart non-stop services to Los Angeles and add more non-stop flights to San Francisco next month, ...

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Cruz Senate Bill On ‘Human Shields’ Draws Bipartisan Support

A Senate bill seeking to put an end to the barbaric use of human shields by terrorist groups and their enablers should pass soon, according to one of its sponsors, Fox News reports. The bipartisan legislation is sponsored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and has nearly 50 co-sponsors, with 14 Democrats among them, including lead Democratic sponsor Joe Donnelly ...

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Tsunami threat cancelled after 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY: A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea´s New Britain island on Thursday, briefly triggering a tsunami alert before authorities gave the all clear. The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit about 125 kilometres (80 miles) east of Kimbe at a depth of around 40km. There were a string of smaller tremors measuring up to 6.2 immediately ...

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UN Calls For Investigation Into Mysterious Death of Venezuelan Opposition Leader

Some Venezuelans are suspecting foul play after government authorities said a jailed opposition leader committed suicide on their watch Monday, and a United Nations official has called for an investigation into the incident, ABC News reported. Fernando Alban, an opposition councilman, was detained last Friday after returning to Caracas from New York City. Alban was accused by Venezuelan authorities of ...

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Britain’s Highest Court Rules Bakery Didn’t Discriminate In ‘Gay Cake’ Case

Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that a bakery owned by a Christian family didn’t discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake bearing a slogan supporting same-sex marriage, NBC News reported. Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the “Sesame Street” ...

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