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Saudi Arabia bans selfies, photos & videos at Islam’s two holiest mosques – reports

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 18:39 Edited time: 25 Nov, 2017 18:43 The Hajj just became a bit less hip: Saudi Arabia has banned pilgrims from taking selfies at Islam’s two holiest mosques, effective immediately, according to Indonesian media. Read more According to the Jakarta Post, visitors to Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram, known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, and Medina’s ...

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Merkel, out of step with most Germans, opposes calling new election

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 17:52 Germany’s Angela Merkel says she opposes new elections after her proposed coalition dissolved last weekend. However, according to surveys, a majority of Germans favor returning to the polls, illustrating the growing disconnect between the chancellor and the electorate. “The people voted. And I absolutely do not favor, if we can’t do anything with the ...

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Doctors in Russia restore vision to 121yo man, who’s happy ‘to read Koran again’

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 16:17 One of the oldest people on the planet, 121-year-old Appaz Iliyev from the Russian republic of Ingushetia, has got his sight back thanks to a successful surgery. Born in 1896, the man still works daily in his garden in the North Caucasus mountains. The surgery on one of the oldest people alive was performed ...

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Germany to axe ancient forest as Poland fined by EU for chopping down infected trees

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 15:22 A German company has received the green light to raze an ancient forest in order to make room for a massive coal mine. The court decision comes days after the EU threatened Poland with exorbitant fines if it logs an insect-infested forest. Read more Cologne’s administrative court ruled Friday that Germany’s biggest electricity provider, ...

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Man vs wild: Bear steals Siberian hunter’s 2 guns from his cabin

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 12:01 A hunter in a remote area of Siberia was left bare handed after a wild bear broke into a cabin and stole two of his guns. The 57-year-old man decided to rest in the cabin while hunting deep in a forest in the Irkutsk region of eastern Siberia. He briefly left the cabin to ...

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It flies, and it snoops: Norway’s pricey F-35s caught sending ‘sensitive data’ to US

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 11:49 Norway’s new F-35 fighter jets boast an impressive array of high-tech gadgetry, but Norwegian defense officials were surprised to learn of one unadvertised feature: the pricey plane relays sensitive data back to its US manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. The Royal Norwegian Air Force recently received the first three of the 40 F-35 fighter jets it ...

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Gunmen in Egypt mosque attack carried ISIS flag, were between 25-30 in number – Public Prosecutor

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 10:47 Edited time: 25 Nov, 2017 10:58 The Sinai mosque attackers were carrying the flags of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) group, Ahram news agency reports citing the public prosecutor’s office. There were around 25-30 militants, the statement said, adding that the death toll has risen to 305. DETAILS TO FOLLOW Let’s block ads! (Why?) ...

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French policeman lands in jail for slapping handcuffed migrant near Calais

A French police officer received a six-month sentence for slapping a handcuffed migrant near Calais, the site of the infamous ‘Jungle’ camp. The defense maintained the officer did not intend to hit an “agitated” detainee and was merely protecting himself. The 40-year-old law enforcement officer, who was a member of France’s border police (PAF), slapped the migrant in the face ...

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‘US betrayal of Kurds an attempt to fix troubled relations with Turkey & failed Syria policy’

Syrian Kurdish militias will feel betrayed and will likely align closer with Damascus, if Donald Trump indeed delivers on his promise to Recep Tayyip Erdogan and “adjusts” US military support for the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, experts have told RT. In a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Friday, Trump briefed Erdogan on “pending adjustments for [US] military support provided ...

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