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Trump signs off sanctions targeting Iran’s supreme leader

Trump signs off sanctions targeting Iran’s supreme leader

World
US President Donald Trump has signed off "hard-hitting" sanctions against Iran which he says will target the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.The moves comes amid escalating tensions between the two countries after Tehran shot down an American drone last week. Speaking in the Oval Office at the White House, Mr Trump said he was signing an executive order to impose fresh financial sanctions due to Iran's "increasingly provocative actions". Image: Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran The president said Iran's supreme leader was responsible for "the hostile conduct of the regime" and the sanctions will deny him and his office "access to key financial resources and support"."Never can Iran ...
Video emerges of ‘Islamic State leader alive’

Video emerges of ‘Islamic State leader alive’

World
By Sanya Burgess, news reporter Footage has emerged appearing to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi alive and talking about this month's Sri Lanka bombings.The leader, whose death or serious injury has been reported repeatedly in the past, appears well despite recent claims about his health. A bearded man who resembles Baghdadi sits cross-legged on the floor next to a machine gun and gives an 18-minute speech in the footage, which is in the process of being verified by Sky News.If the man is Baghdadi, this is his first appearance in a IS video in five years. He appears older and heavier than in previous images. 5) There is serious danger not only to the fact that Baghdadi, #ISIS’ so-called Caliph, is still alive--but als

Myanmar leader pardons 9,500 prisoners but not 2 reporters

World
More than 9,500 prisoners are being released in Myanmar under a presidential amnesty, but they dont include two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters reporters. The Facebook page of the Office of President Win Myint says he has signed a pardon for 9,551 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, to be released nationwide on the occasion of the countrys traditional New Year. Official lists of those to be freed are usually not made public, but activists monitor releases, especially at Yangons Insein Prison, where most important detainees are held. Sympathizers waited outside the prison for the possible release of two Reuters reporters jailed for breaking the Official Secrets Act, but they were not freed. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says it knew of only two political detainees, impr...
Congo’s leader sets Ebola outbreak end date after 800 deaths

Congo’s leader sets Ebola outbreak end date after 800 deaths

Health
Congos president said Tuesday that he wants an Ebola virus outbreak that already has become the countrys second-deadliest contained in less than three months, although some health experts estimate it could take twice as long. President Felix Tshisekedi set the timeline while visiting eastern Congo, the center of an Ebola outbreak that the national Health Ministry says has caused 800 deaths out of 1,200 confirmed cases. The cases of people sickened by Ebola are from a volatile area near the border with Rwanda and Uganda, where rebel groups and bouts of community resistance complicate efforts to contain the outbreak. More than 100,000 people have received an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine, a bright spot amid the challenges. Tshisekedis visit came a few days after the World Health ...
Sudan leader steps down – a day after taking power in military coup

Sudan leader steps down – a day after taking power in military coup

World
The leader of Sudan's transitional government is stepping down just a day after the country's military seized power.Defence minister General Awad Ibn Ouf named General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as his successor as head of the transitional council. Mr Ibn Ouf said: "I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post," explaining he took the decision to preserve the unity of the armed forces.Earlier, an army spokesman said it will not extradite deposed president Omar al-Bashir to The Hague to face war crimes charges, as it would be "an ugly mark on Sudan". Image: Thousands of protesters joined a sit-in near the military headquarters on Friday In a wide-ranging news conference in the c...