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‘American Taliban’ fighter to be released after 17 years

Lindh received a 20-year prison sentence. He served roughly 17 years and five months, including two months when he was in military detention. John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go […]

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Eiffel Tower evacuated after intruder tries to climb up

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Monday afternoon after a person was spotted climbing up the Paris landmark, the company that operates the structure said. “A climber has been spotted. It’s the standard procedure: We have to stop the person, and in that case we evacuate the tower,” an SETE official told AFP, adding that […]

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Tajikistan blames Islamic State for prison riot, 32 killed

Tajikistan's Justice Ministry said the riot broke out late on Sunday in the prison in the city of Vakhdat, 10 km (six miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, as militants armed with knives killed three guards and five fellow prisoners. Three prison guards and 29 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that […]

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Sweden requests detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

The development sets up a possible future tug-of-war between Sweden and the United States of America. Swedish authorities on Monday issued a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain, a Swedish prosecutor said. Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Mr. Assange […]

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Starbucks opens ‘silent cafe’ in China

Fourteen of the 30 staff at the shop, located in Yuexiu district and officially opened over the weekend, are hearing impaired. The shop has a specially-designed ordering system that allows people to place orders without saying a word. Leading American coffee chain Starbucks has opened a ‘silent cafe’ in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, […]

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Turkey to arrest 249 foreign ministry personnel in post-coup probe: report

The Ankara chief prosecutor's office said it ordered the arrest of 249 members of Turkey's foreign ministry after investigations found that they had committed irregularities in the ministry's past entrance exams, NTV reported. Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 249 foreign ministry personnel over suspected links to the network of a US-based cleric accused of […]

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Rocket fired on Iraqi capital’s ‘Green Zone’, no casualties

The Katyusha multiple rocket launcher is an inexpensive type of rocket artillery that can deliver explosives to a target quicker than conventional artillery, but is less accurate. A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, on Sunday but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military […]