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Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state

Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads.

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Tamil Nadu government still undecided on the Chief Ministership

The wait for Chief Ministership in Tamil Nadu prolonged with Governor Vidyasagar Rao still undecided on the issue as the feud in the ruling AIADMK escalated yesterday with V K Sasikala sacking party presidium chairman E Madusudanan.

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Court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban.

A US appeals court has rejected a bid to reinstate President Donald Trump's 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 brought the president's executive order to a halt. Mr Trump made the order because he said national security was at risk. But in its ruling, the court said there was insufficient evidence of a terror threat from these countries.

Flamanville reactor blast: No nuclear risk, say officials

An explosion and fire have occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant on France's northern coast but there was no nuclear risk. Five people reported feeling unwell but none were seriously injured. Flamanville has two nuclear reactors. A third one under construction is the model for a new reactor in the UK. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

Kenyan closure of Dadaab refugee camp blocked by high court

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was issued last year. The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high court judge ruled the decision was tantamount to an act of group persecution. The government had argued it was an issue of security.

Supreme Court pick says Trump attack on judges 'demoralizing'

Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has described the president's attacks on the judiciary as "demoralizing" and "disheartening". Neil Gorsuch's comments were made to a Democratic senator and confirmed by his spokesman.

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The US Ambassador says Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Economic Giant.

Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ambassador Bruce Wharton says the United States will continue to stand with Sri Lanka as a friend and partner.

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Court questions whether US travel ban is anti-Muslim.

An appeals court has questioned whether President Donald Trump's travel ban discriminates against Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry for all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries, until it was halted last week. Judge Richard Clifton asked whether it could be discriminatory if it affected only 15 percent of the world's Muslims. He is one of three judges on the appeals court in San Francisco, which will make its ruling later this week.

Dakota Access Pipeline to win US Army permit for completion

The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal territory. The notice comes a month after Donald Trump formally backed the project in one of his first acts as US president. Thousands of predominantly Native American protesters have boycotted the 3.8 billion US dollar pipeline's construction in the state of North Dakota. (BBC)

Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul's Supreme Court.

At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan's Supreme Court in Kabul. Another 45 people were injured. The number of casualties is expected to rise.
The bomber targeted the car park of the court compound, reports say. The injured are being ferried to hospitals.
There was no immediate claim for the attack, which follows a number of deadly bombings by the Taliban and other militants in recent months.

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