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Trans Mountain pipeline gets energy regulator support

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A sign protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline project is pictured in front of its terminal in British Columbia Canada's national energy regulator has recommended the Trans Mountain pipeline project receive federal approval. The National Energy Board (NEB) says the project is in the public interest despite posing "significant" harm to the local killer whale population. It said the oil project is justified based
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Hoda Muthana: Father of IS bride sues US to allow her return

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP The father of an Alabama college student who left the US to join the Islamic State (IS) group is suing the government over her right to return.Ahmed Ali Muthana filed the lawsuit Thursday, accusing the Trump administration of an "unlawful attempt" to revoke Hoda Muthana's citizenship.Ms Muthana has said she is willing to face federal charges upon her return.But President Donald Trump has ordered officials to
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US spy suspect Paul Whelan speaks to BBC in Moscow court

[ad_1] A former US marine accused of spying in Russia has told the BBC's Sarah Rainsford he is "holding up well" after two months in custody but said he couldn’t comment publicly on the charge against him for fear of making his situation worse. Paul Whelan, who also has British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, spoke while in a Moscow courtroom, where he was appearing for a hearing on extending his
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India Catholic Church defends Cardinal Gracias over ‘failed abuse victims’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India is home to about 19 million Catholics The Indian Catholic Church has defended itself over how it handled allegations of sexual abuse reported by the BBC. On Thursday, a senior cardinal admitted he could have better handled the allegations that were brought to him.The BBC reported two cases where Cardinal Oswald Gracias was claimed to have failed to respond quickly or offer
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Nigerian elections: Voters taken through danger zone

[ad_1] Image caption This is one of the overcrowded camps people had fled to Displaced people in north-east Nigeria have told the BBC they were transported through a dangerous conflict zone ahead of the country's elections in an operation agreed by the main political parties.The BBC has been told that the unescorted convoys were organised with the agreement of the ruling All People's Congress (APC), the main opposition People's Democratic
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Syria war: US to leave 200 troops for peacekeeping after withdrawal

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption A US-backed alliance is waiting to evacuate civilians before launching its final assault on IS militants in Syria The US military will keep 200 troops in Syria to serve as a peacekeeping force after it pulls out most of its soldiers, the White House says. President Donald Trump has come under fierce criticism for his decision last December to withdraw 2,000 troops.He said the
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Pulwama attack: India government must protect Kashmiris – top court

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protests have been held in Indian-administered Kashmir over attacks on Kashmiris in other parts of India India's top court has ordered the government to protect Kashmiri people from attacks in apparent retaliation for last week's deadly bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir.There have been several reports of Kashmiri students and businessmen being harassed or beaten up in recent days.The Supreme Court has also sought a
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Is Africa going backwards on democracy?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The recent election in DR Congo was widely condemned More and more elections are being held in Africa however analysts dismiss many as being "lawful but illegitimate". Although studies show that a majority of Africans still want to live in democracies, an increasing number are looking to alternative, autocratic models, reports the BBC's Dickens Olewe.In the last three years African countries have registered an
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Australia seeks clarification on China coal import ‘block’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One of China's biggest ports is reported to have halted Australian coal imports The Australian government says it is seeking an "urgent" clarification from Beijing over reports that a major Chinese port has halted imports of Australian coal.Australia is a top supplier of coal to China, its biggest export market.Beijing has not confirmed the reported halt in the port of Dalian, but called
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Melbourne car rampage: James Gargasoulas jailed for six murders

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption James Gargasoulas drove his car into pedestrians in Melbourne in 2017 An Australian man has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering six people and injuring 27 more in a vehicle attack in Melbourne.James Gargasoulas, 29, deliberately ploughed a stolen car into pedestrians in the city centre in January 2017.He later told a court in a confusing speech that he had carried out