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Kenyan authorities arrest three women over terror links

Nairobi: Kenyan authorities said that three women, suspected of being suicide bombers, were detained in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the three were arrested in Elwak town on the Kenya-Somalia border as they attempted to sneak into Somalia to join Al Qaeda-affiliated Somalian militants, Xinhua reported on Monday.

"They boarded a bus from Mombasa and were to travel to Somalia via Mandera. In Somalia they were to become jihadi brides and were supposed to be trained as suicide bombers," Marwa said.

Thousands participate in anti-terror march in Tunisia

Tunis : Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Tunisia's capital on Sunday to participate in an anti-terror march denouncing the deadly attack on a city museum that claimed 22 lives earlier this month, a media report said.

Chanting "Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!", the marchers reached the Bardo Museum in Tunis, where the terrorist attack took place on March 18. French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other world leaders were present at the museum to attend a ceremony, BBC reported.

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Lee was among the tallest leaders of our times: Modi

Singapore : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described Singapore's founder prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as "among the tallest leaders of our times".

Modi arrived in Singapore early Sunday to join a host of world leaders for the funeral of Lee, who died at the age of 91 on Monday after a long battle with pneumonia.

"The passing away of Lee Kuan Yew marks the end of an era.He was among the tallest leaders of our times," Modi said addressing the media.

54 Sudan government soldiers killed in clash with rebels

Khartoum : Sudanese rebels has said they killed 54 government soldiers and seized a strategic town in South Kordofan region, but the Sudanese army denied the matter.

"The forces of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) /northern sector have managed to liberate Habila town, some 30 km south-east of Al-Dalanj town in South Kordofan State," said Arno Taloudy, spokesman for the rebel fighters, in a statement on Saturday,Xinhua reported.

However, the Sudanese army denied the rebels' claims of controlling Habaila, but admitted that there were confrontations at the town.

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UN Security Council condemns hotel attack in Somalia

United Nations : The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu that resulted in the heavy deaths of civilians.

In a press statement issued on Saturday here, the Council members underlined that "neither this, nor any other senseless act of terrorism in Somalia, would dent their resolve to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia," Xinhua reported.

They also expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and government of Somalia.

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BBC exposes Tory cuts on benefits

By Anasudhin Azeez,

London : The Conservative Party of Prime Minister David Cameron is facing the wrath of vulnerable sections of British society after the BBC exposed documents revealing suggestions for scrapping several benefits affecting them.

The leaked files belong to the department for work and pensions under Iain Duncan Smith. Commissioned by Tory officials, they also suggest a regional benefits cap and taxing disability benefits as ways to help cut 12 billion pounds from the welfare budget by 2017-18, BBC reported.

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Nigeria votes to elect president

Abuja : Polling stations across Nigeria opened on Saturday amid tight security, as more than 56 million eligible voters went to cast their ballots to elect a new president, Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission said.

Registration started at 8 a.m. and voting began at 1:30 p.m., Xinhua news agency reported.

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Religious minorities vulnerable amid IS violence: UN chief

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that religious minorities remain highly vulnerable since the Islamic State (IS) affiliated groups are targeting minorities and attacking religious sites in Libya, a media report said on Saturday.

Ban made the remarks at a Security Council open debate on the victims of attacks and abuses on ethnic or religious grounds in the Middle East, saying the main parties in Libya must quickly reach agreement to end conflict to prevent the country "falling in the hands of terrorist groups", Xinhua reported.

Obama expresses support for Yemen action with Saudi King

Washington: US President Barack Obama spoke with Saudi King Salman, discussing recent developments in Yemen and emphasised the US support for the action taken by Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council members, the White House has said in a statement.

Both agreed that their goal is to achieve lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution, the statement on Friday said. Obama also underscored his commitment to Saudi Arabia's security, Xinhua reported.

'Be vigilant against threat of biological weapons'

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the whole world to continue to remain vigilant against the threat of biological weapons despite the progress made by the international community in preventing their spread, media reported on Friday.

In his message marking the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Biological Weapons Convention, the secretary-general noted that "the norm against the use and possession of biological weapons remains strong, and no country identifies itself as possessing biological weapons," reported Xinhua.

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