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Key French jihadist Peter Cherif set to return behind bars

Cherif was close to the brothers who massacred the staff of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015 One of France’s most wanted jihadists, considered a potential source of valuable information by Western intelligence agencies, is set to return to prison Thursday following seven years on the run. Peter Cherif, 36, was close to the brothers who massacred the staff ...

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Thousands Join Tax Protest in Taiwan, With a Nod to French ‘Yellow Vests’

(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — Thousands of Taiwanese, taking a page from France’s yellow vest movement, protested Thursday for the third time in a week to demand lower taxes and the fair handling of tax disputes. Wearing yellow vests, they shouted slogans and blared air horns outside the Ministry of Finance in Taipei, the capital city, and waved banners calling Taiwan’s tax ...

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Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian jailed for life over graft

BEIJING: Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian was jailed for life over corruption, a court in northeastern China announced Thursday. “Ma Jian’s behaviour constituted the crime of accepting bribes, forcing others to trade and insider trading,” the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in Liaoning province announced in a statement. Ma pleaded guilty and has decided not to appeal, the court said, adding that ...

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Frenchman sets out to cross Atlantic in a barrel

BORDEAUX: A 71-year-old Frenchman set off across the Atlantic on Wednesday in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, hoping to reach the Caribbean within three months thanks to ocean currents alone. “The weather is great- I’ve got a swell of one metre and I’m moving at two or three kilometres an hour,” Jean-Jacques Savin told AFP by telephone after setting off…

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Coast Guard Is Only Branch Of U.S. Military Working Without Pay During Shutdown

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the U.S. military whose members will go without pay during the government shutdown unless Congress and President Donald Trump can find a resolution by Friday, NBC News reports. Approximately 42,000 active-duty military members of the Coast Guard remain on duty during the partial government shutdown that began Saturday, but they will work ...

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Trump Lawyers, Citing Shutdown, Seek Delay In Emoluments Case

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are invoking the government shutdown to seek a delay in a court case over claims that Trump is illegally profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries, Politico reports. Justice Department attorneys representing Trump asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to postpone indefinitely all further filings in an appeal related to a ...

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Sudan soccer fans clash with police, call on Bashir to leave

CAIRO (AP) – Fans at a soccer match in Sudan’s capital chanted slogans demanding President Omar Bashir step down and later clashed with police in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman, according to activists and video clips posted online. The clips show the fans in the stadium chanting “The people want to bring down the regime,” one of the main slogans ...

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