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Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments

Kremlin wants apology from FOX newsThe Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Putin as "a killer" in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O'Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed.

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Israel not paying to de-mine Christian holy site

Christian holy site in IsraelNearly half a million tourists annually walk past two fenced-in minefields to visit Qasr al-Yahud, meaning Castle of the Jews in Arabic - the site where Jesus was believed to have been baptised in the River Jordan.

A $4m project launched last year by the de-mining charity Halo Trust is hoping to make the site safer, after the group struck an agreement with Israeli authorities, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and local churches that own plots in Qasr al-Yahud. The deal allows Halo Trust to work on de-mining the site, located several kilometres from Jericho.

But Israel, whose army peppered the site with mines after the 1967 war, is not paying for these de-mining efforts, observers note.

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Iran allows U.S. wrestling team to compete in tournament

Iranian wrestling championIran has decided to allow the United States to compete in a wrestling tournament inside its borders, reversing a decision to deny entry visas, according to the foreign minister.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made the decision Sunday after a U.S. federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's immigration executive order Friday. The International Wrestling Federation and the Iranian Wrestling Federation appealed the initial denial on behalf of the American wrestlers.

Zarif tweeted: "Following the court ruling suspending #MuslimBan & the requests from Iranian Wrestling Federation & FILA, US Wrestlers' visa will be granted."

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Mobile app helps China recover hundreds of missing children

China's missing childrenA mobile app helped Chinese authorities recover hundreds of missing children last year, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, in a country where child trafficking is rampant.

The Ministry of Public Security said 611 missing children were found last year, Xinhua said.

The "Tuanyuan", or "reunion" in Chinese, app developed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd was launched in May and has allowed police officers to share information and work together.

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Mattis: Iran missile tests do not require increased U.S. forces

mad dog MattisU.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran "the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world" as the Iranian leaders vowed to continue ballistic missile tests.

Speaking in Tokyo on Saturday, Mattis defended the decision to call out Iran's "misconduct and misbehavior," according to CNN. But despite the tension surrounding the Iranian missile test fires earlier this week, Mattis said there was no need to increase U.S. forces in the Middle East.

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Trump administration announces new sanctions against Iran

Iran sandctionsThe Treasury Department on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions against Iran, taking formal action against the Islamic Republic just two days after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said the U.S. was “officially putting Iran on notice.”

The sanctions come in response to a recent missile test conducted by Iran as well as an attack by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen against a Saudi naval vessel. All together, the sanctions target 25 individuals or entities.

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Louvre attack: Soldier shoots knifeman in Paris

Louvre attackA soldier on Friday shot and wounded a man armed with a machete who was trying to enter the Louvre museum in central Paris, police said.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the incident was "terrorist in nature".  Police said that the man had been trying to get into the museum's underground shop with a suitcase. His bag contained no explosives.

"We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident," Michel Cadot, the head of the French capital's police force, said, adding the man had shouted, "Allahu Akbar".

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