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Trump loses appeal court bid to reinstate travel ban

A US appeals court has rejected president Donald Trump's attempt to reinstate his ban on visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a lower-court ruling that halted the order. Trump responded with an angry tweet saying national security was at risk and there would be a legal challenge. travel_banBut the 3-0 unanimous ruling said the government had not proved the terror threat justified reviving the ban. The ruling means that people from Iran, Iraq, ...

Jakarta to help Myanmar-Bangladesh bridge building

Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno Marsudi has said, her country is carrying out intensive diplomacy to help in the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, while keeping in mind that the issue is very sensitive in Myanmar. Ms Retno also said on Sunday that Indonesia is trying to help with bridge building between Myanmar and Bangladesh as their bilateral ties have been affected by the Rohingya issue. “I’m carrying out our diplomacy carefully so it will not cause a tumult, because Rohingya ROHINGYAconflicts are very sensi...

Guterres takes over as UN secretary general

Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming US administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body’s 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. In his first message on his first day as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres appeals to the world for one shared new year resolution - to “put peace first” in the year 2017. The former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief told reporters after being sworn-in un-s...
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Syria-bound Russian military jet crashes

A Russian military plane crashed Sunday in the Black Sea as it made its way to Syria with 91 people onboard, including musicians heading to celebrate the New Year with troops. Local news agencies, citing the defence ministry, said the Tu-154 plane had crashed shortly after taking off from the southern city of Adler, south of the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, at 5:40 am local time (0240 GMT), reports AFP. It was conducting a routine flight to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase outside the coastal Syrian city plane-450x253

Indonesian FM to visit Dhaka over Rohingya issue

Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno LP Marsudi will embark on a two-day mission to Bangladesh and Myanmar in search of a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis, reports Jakarta Post. She reportedly said she would visit Dhaka after completing her tour of Myanmar o Monday. indofmThe Indonesian foreign minister is set to meet her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Tuesday, the newspaper said in a report published on Saturday. "On 19 Decembe...

The US presidential election: a how-to guide

The American presidential election falls this year on November 8. The quadrennial exercise always takes place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, as spelled out in the US Constitution. Here is a primer on the US election system: How the voting system works The vote, by universal suffrage, is conducted in a single round in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (the city of Washington, which is not part of any state). trump-hillaryVoters choose among the candidates for president and...