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Singapore’s prime minister has pledged to prosecute individuals involved with an overnight riot in the city-state, which left at least 18 people injured.
Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday that authorities would “spare no effort to identify the culprits and deal with them with the full force of the law,” after what was described as Singapore’s worst rioting in more than 40 years.
Anyone who is found to be armed in a riot or using objects as weapons that can cause death could face up to 10 years in jail, with the possibility of caning.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree dissolving state-run news agency RIA Novosti and state-owned Voice of Russia radio, and appointed ultraconservative television anchor Dmitry Kiselyov to head a newly-formed media conglomerate.
The decree, effective immediately, transfers all RIA Novosti property to a new conglomerate called “Rossiya Segodonya,” which means “Russia Today.” Russia Segodonya will provide “coverage of Russian state policy and public life in the federation,” the decree said.
The name of the new conglomerate has caused confusion as there is no indication the new Russia Today will be affiliated with RT, the Kremlin-funded English-language television network formerly know by same name. RT head Margarita Simonyan told Russian news site Lenta.ru on Monday that she was not informed of the changes before the Kremlin issued its decree.
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday as Washington sought to defuse tensions over the controversial U.S. drone program and Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan, a week after the United States halted ground shipments across NATO supply routes.
In the first visit by a U.S. defense secretary in nearly four years, Hagel flew from Kabul to Islamabad to meet the premier and the country’s new army chief, General Raheel Sharif.
U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt as well as security along the Afghan border have strained ties between Washington and Islamabad. Protests by anti-drone activists prompted the U.S. to suspend ground shipments of NATO cargo leaving Afghanistan via Pakistan last week.
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French troops in Central African Republic manned checkpoints in the capital, on Monday and searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.
Shooting erupted near the Bangui airport after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons. France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks.
The plan to seize weaponry comes after the president of CAR, Michel Djotodia, told Al Jazeera that he was not in complete control of his country.
Djotodia said he could not stop armed groups responsible for a wave of killings. Conflict between rival Christian and Muslim factions has left hundreds dead in just a few days.
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A Los Angeles-based porn industry trade association told Al Jazeera Sunday it had imposed a third moratorium on production after an unnamed porn actor reportedly contracted HIV.
Free Speech Coalition spokeswoman Joanne Cachapero did not specify whether the porn actor had contracted the disease on the set.
“It’s important to think of a moratorium as an early warning system that helps prevent the virus from being transmitted on an adult film set,” Cachapero said.
During a moratorium, porn actors who have worked with the infected actor are tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
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