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Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants

Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militantsThe move represents Pakistan’s biggest move against banned organizations in years and appears to be targeting Islamic welfare organizations that the United States says are a front for militant activities. Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the Feb. 14 attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police. Pakistani officials say the crackdown is part of a long-planned drive and not a response to Indian anger over what New Delhi calls Islamabad’s failure to rein in militant groups operating on Pakistani soil.



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Rotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-un

Rotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-unThe Dutch port of Rotterdam has seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka allegedly destined for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his top generals. Customs officers nabbed the 3,000 cases of vodka on Friday in a vessel belonging to the Chinese company Cosco Shipping on a tip from the Russian foreign ministry. They believe the intended recipient was Kim and military commanders.  The confiscation was followed by findings that a Russian tanker secretly transferred fuel to a North Korean ship at sea at least four times in 2017 and 2018, which would violate international sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear missile programme. Two crew members told Reuters that the ship left Vladivostok ostensibly for China, but instead met up with the North Korean tanker Chon Moyng-1 at night while it was not transmitting its position.  The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June, which has produced few concrete results Credit: Evan Vucci/AP News of these attempts to skirt the sanctions came ahead of a summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Wednesday between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president. The Russian foreign minister said during his own visit to Hanoi on Monday that the US had asked Russia's advice on how to approach the summit. Moscow has recommended Washington offer security guarantees to Pyongyang in exchange for disarmament steps.  The United Nations has capped petroleum exports to North Korea and banned luxury good exports entirely, but Kim  frequently tries to circumvent these measures.  Last year, the UN listed the Chon Moyng-1 as having disobeyed sanctions with ship-to-ship fuel transfers. Previous seizures have included champagne, cheese and televisions bound for North Korea. The vodka cases found on Friday were hidden under an aircraft fuselage. Kim Jong-un visits the North Korean embassy in Vietnam before his expected meeting with Donald Trump this week Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty The UN estimates that 11 million North Koreans, nearly half the country's population, are affected by chronic food insecurity and access to basic life-saving services such as health care, water and sanitation. Around a fifth of all children in North Korea are malnourished, according to the UN. The meeting with Kim in Hanoi is intended to discuss US-Korean relations but is not expected to produce any breakthroughs in convincing Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons programme. There are hopes that North Korea will renew its pledge to suspend nuclear tests and missile firings. The summit follows a historic meeting between Mr Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore in June last year. While the event was hailed as a triumph for Mr Trump's foreign policy it produced few meaningful concessions from Kim while allowing the dictator to burnish his international standing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join the summit.



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With eye on 2020, Trump seizes on abortion issue

With eye on 2020, Trump seizes on abortion issuePresident Donald Trump is proposing a congressional ban on late-term abortions as he seeks to expand his conservative support ahead of the 2020 election. In a State of the Union speech that had been billed as promoting unity, Trump seized upon one of the most sensitive and divisive issues in the country. “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” Trump said.



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Russia fires on and seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea

Russia fires on and seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed CrimeaRussia’s FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported. The FSB said it had been forced to act because the ships – two small Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat – had illegally entered its territorial waters, attempted illegal actions, and ignored warnings to stop while maneuvering dangerously. “Weapons were used with the aim of forcibly stopping the Ukrainian warships,” the FSB said in a statement circulated to Russian state media.



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U.K. Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents: Guardian

U.K. Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents: Guardian“We’ve failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest.”The documents are alleged to contain important information about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The newspaper said they they include confidential emails between senior executives and correspondence with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Six4Three obtained the documents in a legal action against Facebook, and they are subject to a California court order that forbids them from being shared or made public.Facebook said the materials obtained by the parliamentary committee are subject to the court order, and it has asked the committee “to refrain from reviewing them and to return them to counsel or to Facebook,” the Guardian reported.



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Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worse

Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worseJerry Adler examines the issues with Trump's tweets about the death toll from Hurricane Maria.



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DoJ seizes records of NY Times reporter in leak probe: NYT

DoJ seizes records of NY Times reporter in leak probe: NYTRachel Maddow shares breaking news from The New York Times that the Justice Deparment seized the records of and surveilled a national security reporter who currently works for The New York Times, in an investigation of leaks of classified material.



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Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: Maduro

Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: MaduroVenezuela’s government seized control Tuesday of the South American country’s Kellogg subsidiary after it halted operations, President Nicolas Maduro announced. Maduro said the company had been “handed over to the workers” to continue production after the US-based cereals manufacturer said it was ceasing operations. In a statement, the US multinational cited Venezuela’s crippling economic crisis as the reason it was ending its operations in the country.



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Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: Maduro

Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: MaduroVenezuela’s government seized control Tuesday of the South American country’s Kellogg subsidiary after it halted operations, President Nicolas Maduro announced. Maduro said the company had been “handed over to the workers” to continue production after the US-based cereals manufacturer said it was ceasing operations. In a statement, the US multinational cited Venezuela’s crippling economic crisis as the reason it was ending its operations in the country.



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'Very Angry Badger' Seizes Part Of 500-Year-Old Scottish Castle

'Very Angry Badger' Seizes Part Of 500-Year-Old Scottish CastleIt's like something from a Monty Python sketch: Portions of a 16th-century



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