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Trump tweet sparks emergency government meeting in Pakistan

Trump tweet sparks pakistang Sec. Council meetingPresident Tump's New Year's Day tweet blasting Pakistan prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, according to CNN.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by Pakistan's Foreign, Interior, and Defense ministers, as well as the chiefs of staff of the Pakistan airforce, army, and navy.


Death toll rises to at least 12 amid ongoing turmoil in Iran

Death toll rises to at least 12 in Iran protestsAt least a dozen people have died in four days of protests in Iran -- including 10 on Sunday night, state TV reported Monday.

In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the protests are bringing attention to economic problems in the nation and that leaders should "should listen to this voice and turn it into an opportunity."


China ban on domestic ivory sales comes into force

Ivory sales banned by China

A ban on all sales of ivory products in China comes into force on Sunday, a move hailed by conservationists as an important step in the fight to protect endangered species such as African elephants.

China, one of the world's biggest markets for African ivory, announced last year that it would outlaw all domestic trade and processing by the end of 2017.

The move came after pressure that its vast demand for ivory - seen as a status symbol by some in the country - fuels elephant poaching in countries such as Kenya and Tanzania.


Metro New York family among victims in deadly Costa Rica plane crash

NY family dies in Costa Rica plane crash

A family of five from Scarsdale was wiped out Sunday in a fiery small plane crash in Costa Rica that killed at least 10 American tourists and two pilots, according to reports from the Central American country.

No one survived when the single-engine Cessna smashed into a mountainous region in the province of Guancaste while en route to the beachside resort town of Punta Islita on the Pacific coast, officials said.


Rouhani acknowledges Iranian discontent as protests continue

Iran protests continue for third day

Iranian authorities have threatened a crackdown against protesters and scrambled to block social media apps allegedly used to incite unrest as the biggest demonstrations in nearly a decade continued for a fourth day.

People across Iran took to the streets again on Sunday evening in defiance of a heavy presence of riot police and state warnings to stay away.


Morsi gets 3 years in jail for 'insulting judiciary'

Morsi gets 3 years in jail

An Egyptian court has sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi and 19 others to three years in prison on charges of insulting the judiciary.

Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was deposed following mass protests and a military coup in July 2013.

He served just one year of a four-year term, while the organisation to which he belonged, the Muslim Brotherhood, has since been outlawed.

A government crackdown on the movement, as well as other groups, has since resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and mass trials.


Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted in deadly attacks

Coptic Christians targeted in Egypt attacks

At least nine people have been killed after an armed man opened fire on a Coptic Christian church and a bookshop near the nation's capital, Cairo, according to Egypt's health ministry.

An attacker tried to enter Mar Mina Church in Helwan city, south of Cairo, on Friday. The man also attacked a Coptic shop, killing two.

Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the assailant had been killed, but the interior ministry later said he had been arrested.


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