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UN Chief Urges To Address Root Causes Of Crisis In Central Asia

Antonio Guterres.

UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday urged parties concerned to address the root causes of the crisis in Central Asia and build peaceful societies resilient to terrorism and violent extremism, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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White House Says It Prepares For Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON -- White House is preparing for a government shutdown, as the chances of a short-term government funding bill passed by the Senate are dimmed, said a White House official on Friday.

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Egypt's Sisi To Run For President In 2018 Elections

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced on Friday that he will run for re-election in the presidential elections scheduled in March, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Dying North Koreans A Sign US Diplomatic Strategy Works, Tillerson Says

Signs of starvation and death in North Korea indicate that US diplomatic strategy works fine, says the secretary of state. The objective now is not to let Pyongyang evoke sympathy around the world for its sanctions-induced woes.

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1.3 Million Children Displaced By Iraq's War With Islamic State: UNICEF

GENEVA - About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

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Somali Authorities Say Troops Rescue 32 Children From 'Terrorist School'

MOGADISHU - Somali authorities said troops stormed a school run by al Shabaab on Thursday night and rescued 32 children who had been taken as recruits by the Islamist militant group.

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Cairo Declaration Calls On UN To Put A Brake On US Plans For Jerusalem

KUALA LUMPUR – The international conference held at the Al Azhar Centre in Cairo, Egypt concluded on Thursday with the participants agreeing to adopt the Cairo Declaration, which called for an immediate halt to plans to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel by US President Donald Trump.

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3 Women Arrested For Being Naked At Cuppage Plaza, 5 Others Arrested For Drug Offences In Joint Operation

Photo : Stomp.SG

Eight women were arrested for offences including appearing nude in a public place, drug-related offences, and employment and immigration-related offences.

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Man Rapes 13-Year-Old Girl Four Times, Forces Her To Take Nude Photos And Uploads Them

Koh Rong Guang. Photo : Stomp.SG

A 25-year-old man went on trial for raping a 13-year-old girl four different times as well as forcing her to take nude photos of herself and asking a friend to post them on his Facebook page.

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Ex-Gang Member Says He Feels Helpless By Not Protecting Girl From Being Raped 4 Times By Gang Leader

A former gang member, 20-year-old Fu Yiming, told the High Court on Jan 17 that he felt helpless at being unable to stop his leader from repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl who was his friend.

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