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Amid Growing Unrest, South Sudan Kicks Out Aid Workers

Cil unrest in S SudanOver the last week, South Sudanese authorities expelled two top officials from the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the largest international aid groups working in the country.

"It's hugely concerning ... in part because we truly don't know why," says Joel Charny, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council's U.S. office. "For no reason whatsoever, our country director is detained for nearly 24 hours and then asked to leave. Now an area manager is asked to leave. It's puzzling because we don't know what we've done wrong."


U.N. chief urges Israeli lawmakers to reconsider settlement bill

Ban Ki-moonOutgoing United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Israeli lawmakers to reconsider a bill to legalize Israeli settlement homes on private Palestinian land as Arab states mull putting forward a Security Council resolution on settlements.

The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war. Most countries and the United Nations view Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace.


Defense official: Chinese ship captures U.S. underwater drone from sea

Navy underwater drom captured by ChineseA U.S. Navy underwater drone operating in international waters was captured by a Chinese warship in the South China Sea, a defense official said Friday.

The drone is not armed and is used for gathering weather and temperature data, said the official, who asked not to be named since he is not authorized to discuss the issue publicly. The incident occurred Thursday.


Duterte's drug war: Death toll goes past 6,000

Duterte's drug war"Ma, tulong," Jason Babierra, 32, cried out for his mother's help as he dragged his bullet-ridden body on the concrete pavement in the Bernabe neighbourhood of Paranaque, a Manila suburb.

Those were Jason's last words before he died, according to a witness.

This was two days before the Day of the Dead last November. Jason, a street seller, was cycling outside the house where he lived with his parents and siblings. Suddenly, shots rang out. People ducked for cover.


New Aleppo ceasefire allows Syrian civilians to evacuate, rebels say

AleppoA new deal to evacuate civilians from east Aleppo has been reached, rebel officials said late on Wednesday, after a day of intense shuttle diplomacy and violent bombardment in the opposition enclave.

Under the terms of the deal, confirmed by two rebel officials, a ceasefire was expected to go into effect half an hour before midnight Aleppo time.
Civilians and the wounded in east Aleppo were expected to begin evacuating from the city at 6am on Thursday morning.


Syria government renews shelling on east Aleppo

Syria truce failsSyrian government forces renewed shelling on the last holdouts of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, raising fears that a deal to evacuate civilians and fighters from the devastated city may not be honoured.

"There is artillery [being fired] now ... as I speak," Zouhir Al Shimale, a journalist in east Aleppo, told Al Jazeera in a WhatsApp message on Wednesday.

"There aren't any clashes," he said, explaining rebel groups were not fighting at the moment. "There are injuries, but we don't know how many. We can't go outside because the shelling is indiscriminate."


Canada task force makes recommendations for legal weed

Canada considers legalizing weedA federal task force tasked with coming up with recommendations for the legalization of marijuana in Canada says Canadians over 18 years old should be able to carry up to 30 grams for recreational purposes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has promised to legalize recreational pot use and sales. New laws could be introduced in the spring of 2017.


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