World 22.5.2018 11:34 am

Egypt ramps up home demolitions in Sinai

Egypt’s army has drastically stepped up its demolitions of homes, businesses and farms in the Sinai since launching a widespread campaign against militants in February, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

The watchdog said it documented at least 3,000 homes and commercial properties destroyed in the peninsula, where Egypt has battled a long-running jihadist insurgency, as well as 600 razed just before the latest military operation.

Egypt ramps up home demolitions in Sinai
Egypt ramps up home demolitions in Sinai

Egypt ramps up home demolitions in Sinai

Egypt’s army has drastically stepped up its demolitions of homes, businesses and farms in the Sinai since launching a widespread campaign against militants in February, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Palestinian president in hospital for third day
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Palestinian president in hospital for third day

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas remained in hospital for a third day Tuesday with pneumonia, with a hospital spokeswoman saying there was as yet no timeframe for his discharge.
Huthi rebels kill five in Yemen
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Huthi rebels kill five in Yemen

Rockets fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels killed five people and wounded 18 early Tuesday as they struck a residential area in government stronghold Marib, medical sources said. 
Penis size does count in New Zealand indecency trial
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Penis size does count in New Zealand indecency trial

A man had his penis measured in a New Zealand courthouse on Tuesday after the woman accusing him of indecent assault gave evidence about the size of his member, reports said.
Foreign media head to N. Korea to witness nuclear site destruction
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Foreign media head to N. Korea to witness nuclear site destruction

Foreign journalists headed to North Korea on Tuesday to witness the promised destruction of its nuclear test site.
Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child sex abuse
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Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child sex abuse

An Australian archbishop was on Tuesday found guilty of covering up child sex abuse in the 1970s.
Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship
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Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment on how cement forms in microgravity are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK’s unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.
Texans turn to God as school rocked by latest shooting
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Texans turn to God as school rocked by latest shooting

Grief-stricken families in southwestern Texas gathered in churches throughout Santa Fe on Sunday seeking spiritual succor following a massacre at the town’s high school, the nation’s latest mass shooting.
In breakthrough, surgeon builds windpipes from arteries
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In breakthrough, surgeon builds windpipes from arteries

Where others failed, sometimes spectacularly, French surgeon Emmanuel Martinod has helped people whose windpipes have been ravaged by cancer and other diseases to live and breathe normally again.
DA slams Ramaphosa’s cabinet for costing South Africans millions
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DA slams Ramaphosa’s cabinet for costing South Africans millions

The Democratic Alliance has lashed out at Ramaphosa’s cabinet, saying it’s ‘bloated’.
IS begins quitting last pocket of Syria’s capital
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IS begins quitting last pocket of Syria’s capital

Islamic State group fighters began evacuating their final stronghold in southern Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said, bringing Syria’s government closer than ever to flushing out the last threat to the capital.
Harry and Meghan go straight to work after lavish wedding
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Harry and Meghan go straight to work after lavish wedding

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan are delaying a honeymoon as they turn immediately to royal duties.
Maduro eyes re-election amid economic ruin in Venezuela
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Maduro eyes re-election amid economic ruin in Venezuela

Venezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, began voting Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate.
Spain’s Podemos head calls leadership vote over luxury home
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Spain’s Podemos head calls leadership vote over luxury home

The head of Spain’s far-left party Podemos has put his leadership to a grassroots vote following an outcry over his purchase of a luxury home.
Trump, Moon discuss N. Korea’s threat to scrap summit
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Trump, Moon discuss N. Korea’s threat to scrap summit

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea’s recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul’s presidential office said.
Brumby reprieve: Australia to ban wild horses cull at national park
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Brumby reprieve: Australia to ban wild horses cull at national park

Australia said Sunday the culling of wild horses in a unique national park would be banned despite fears the animals were threatening native species.
Venezuela’s Maduro eyes second term despite economic woes
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Venezuela’s Maduro eyes second term despite economic woes

Venezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, vote Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate.
US, China agree to abandon trade war: Beijing
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US, China agree to abandon trade war: Beijing

Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday.
To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan
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To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

To fast or not to fast? For the first time in years, Syrians in Raqa can choose to observe a relaxed Ramadan, without the rigid regulations imposed by the Islamic State group and their religious police.
N. Korea demands Seoul return waitress ‘defectors’
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N. Korea demands Seoul return waitress ‘defectors’

North Korea has demanded Seoul repatriate a dozen waitresses who fled to the South two years ago, just days after abruptly calling off a planned inter-Korean meeting following weeks of tentative rapprochement.
Erdogan to hold controversial election rally in Bosnia
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Erdogan to hold controversial election rally in Bosnia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an election rally in Sarajevo Sunday for expatriate Turks, an event that has stirred controversy in Bosnia.
Ledecky cruises to 800m free victory in Indianapolis
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Ledecky cruises to 800m free victory in Indianapolis

Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky capped her first meet as a professional with a dominant victory in the 800m freestyle at the Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis.
Ronaldo and Bale score in Real draw as Zinedine son makes debut
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Ronaldo and Bale score in Real draw as Zinedine son makes debut

Real Madrid’s final Champions League rehearsal was running perfectly on Saturday until Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted and Villarreal scored twice to snatch a 2-2 draw.
Justify wins Preakness, sets stage for Triple Crown bid
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Justify wins Preakness, sets stage for Triple Crown bid

Kentucky Derby winner Justify battled to a gritty victory in the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday to keep the dream of a 13th Triple Crown winner alive.
Officers ‘did what they could’ in Texas killings: chief
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Officers ‘did what they could’ in Texas killings: chief

Two officers “did what they could” when a teenager opened fire and killed 10 inside a Texas school, their chief said Saturday, tight-lipped about a probe into the latest US mass shooting.
Few calls for reform after shooting in gun-loving Texas
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Few calls for reform after shooting in gun-loving Texas

February’s school massacre in Parkland, Florida inspired students to launch a spirited gun control movement. Similar calls for reform are unlikely to resonate following a deadly shooting in Texas, where support for gun rights is paramount.