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Tony Blair banned from staying in British embassies for free

Tony Blair has been banned from staying in British embassies abroad for free when he is on private business. The former prime minister – who has amassed a £60million fortune – stayed rent-free in British embassies in France and the US at the taxpayers’ expense on several occasions. He was put up at the British ambassador’s official residence in Manila, ...

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Al-Qaeda terrorist who shot BBC Journalist executed in Saudi Arabia

The convicted al-Qaeda terrorist behind the attempted murder of the BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner was executed by Saudi Arabia last Saturday alongside 46 other men including a high-profile Shia cleric. Adel al-Dhubaiti, a Saudi national, opened fire on the BBC reporter whilst he was filming for a report in Saudi Arabia with his cameraman Simon Cumbers. Frank Gardner was ...

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Iranian diplomats given 48 hours to leave Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has given Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country, amid a row over the Saudi execution of a top Shia Muslim cleric. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday the country had broken off diplomatic ties with Iran. Iran said this would not distract from Riyadh’s “big mistake” in executing the cleric, the IRNA agency reported. ...

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I was happier when I was not a billionaire – China’s richest man

Jack Ma, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba, became the richest man in China after Alibaba IPO’d for a record $25 billion last September. But Ma was just as happy — perhaps even happier — when he was barely making any money right out of college. After graduating in 1988, Ma worked as an English teacher at a local ...

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Newly elected Mexican mayor shot dead on 2nd day in office

A newly-elected Mexican mayor has been shot dead on her second day in office. Gisela Mota was killed at her home in the city of Temixco, 85km (52 miles) south of the capital Mexico City, hours after taking her oath of office on Friday, police said. Reports said she was attacked by four gunmen. Police shot two of the attackers ...

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About 150 Muslims factory workers fired following prayer dispute

About 150 Muslims were fired from their jobs at a beef processing plant in Colorado for failing to show up for work over a prayer dispute. Last month, a group of 11 workers at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan wanted to go pray at the same time in a room in the plant that is set aside for prayer ...

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Russia names United States among threats in new security strategy

A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia’s national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years. The document, “About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation”, was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year’s Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed ...

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Saudi execution of Shia cleric sparks outrage in Middle East

The Iranian government and religious leaders across the Middle East have condemned Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric and warned of repercussions that could bring down the country’s royal family. In a serious escalation of religious and diplomatic tensions in the region, councils and clerics in Iran, Yemen and Lebanon said the killing of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr would ...

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Obama to bypass US Congress to end ‘epidemic of gun violence’

President Barack Obama will meet on Monday with attorney general Loretta Lynch to discuss executive actions he could take to make it harder for “a dangerous few” to get their hands on guns. Obama said on his weekly radio address that he gets so many letters from parents, teachers and children about the “epidemic of gun violence” that he can’t ...

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Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric

Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said. He was among 47 put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement. Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, where a Shia majority have long complained of marginalisation. ...

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