Trump prepared to shut government for years – BBC News

The US president says he wants the government to reopen quickly but is prepared to keep it closed for months or even a year as he seeks a border wall. What does the partial shutdown mean? – About 25% of the US federal government has no funding – Nine departments have been affected, including Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury – Native American tribes who receive substantial federal funding are struggling – National Parks have become hazardous without staff Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog This came after…

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Sabarimala: Women who defied temple mobs ‘have no fear’ – BBC News

Two women who defied protesters to enter one of Hinduism’s holiest temples say they have no fear of mobs enraged by their actions. Kanaka Durga, 39, and Bindu Ammini, 40, made history by entering Sabarimala shrine in India’s Kerala state on Wednesday, sparking protests. The women told the BBC they felt it necessary to uphold women’s rights. In September the Indian Supreme Court said the temple’s ban against women of menstruating age was discriminatory. Hinduism regards menstruating women as unclean and bars them from participating in religious rituals – but…

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Thailand Pabuk: Tourist islands hit by storm – BBC News

Tropical storm Pabuk has lashed southern Thailand with wind and rain, in what is expected to be the worst storm to hit the region in 30 years. The storm made landfall at 12:45 local time (05:45 GMT), sending trees crashing down into houses in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is moving across southern Thailand, affecting popular tourist spots. Thousands of people have left Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands but many are riding out the storm. At least two nearby airports on the mainland have been…

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Syria air strikes kill at least 14 civilians in rebel areas

A new wave of barrel bomb attacks and air strikes has killed at least 14 civilians in northwest Syria. Syrian government and Russian forces launched the attacks on Wednesday. The UN says more than 300,000 people have been displaced in the past month. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #SyriaAirStrikes #UnitedNations

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Saudi accused of targeting UK-based critic with Israeli spyware

Saudi Arabia is being accused of targeting a prominent critic in Britain using Israeli spyware. Ghanem al-Dosari is a popular satirist who regularly criticises the Saudi royal family. Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #SaudiArabiaCritic #IsraeliSpyware

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Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson face off in first opioid crisis trial

The first trial in the US against pharmaceutical companies blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is under way in the state of Oklahoma. It is a test case to see if individual states can hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for widespread addiction. Millions of Americans are hooked to painkillers doctors prescribed which resemble other opiates such as morphine and heroin. But some companies are choosing to settle out of court. Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Norman, Oklahoma. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish…

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Corporate havens spur breakdown of global tax system, says report

A British financial watchdog says the United Kingdom is the world’s greatest enabler of corporate tax avoidance. The Tax Justice Network says the UK and its overseas territories facilitate multinationals to pay little or no tax at all. Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports from London. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #TaxHavens #TaxJusticeNetwork #AljazeeraEnglish

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Sudanese protesters strike over civilian rule, challenging army

The Sudanese Professionals Association has organised a two-day walkout, bringing the country’s capital Khartoum to a near halt, shutting major transportation hubs. The body is now saying the military government which has replaced former President Omar al-Bashir, is not negotiating in good faith. Protesters hope it will force military leaders into a new round of negotiations to hand power to a civilian-run administration. Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports from Khartoum. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check…

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