Trump wall – all you need to know about US border in seven charts

Trump wall – all you need to know about US border in seven charts

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A standoff over funding for President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall has resulted in the longest-ever shutdown of the US government. Mr Trump argues $5.7bn (£4.5bn) is needed to address a “humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border and has warned the shutdown will continue until he gets the cash. Democrats say the wall
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New bridge named after Nantyglo World War One hero

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A World War One soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross has had a bridge near his hometown named after him. Company Sgt Maj John Henry Williams – known as Jack – was born in Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent, in 1886. He served in the 10th Battalion, South Wales Borderers and was awarded the VC after
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The struggling farmer who planned his own funeral

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When Mallappa, a farmer in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, left his home in August last year, he told his family he was going to “buy groceries”. They never dreamed he had decided to take his own life and was actually buying all the things they would need for his funeral. BBC Telugu’s Hrudaya
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IAS Topper Shah Faesal Resigns, Says “Kashmiri Lives Matter” In Tweet

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Shah Faesal, a Kashmiri IAS officer who topped the 2010 exam, has quit the civil services and is likely to join politics. Announcing his decision in a Facebook post, he said he was quitting to protest against “unabated killings” in Kashmir and the “marginalization of Indian Muslims”. Many reports suggest he will join the National
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“Taliban Will Have Role In Afghanistan, But Not Dominant One”, Says Iran

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As concerns grow in India about a resurgent Taliban and the possibility of the terror group coming to power in Afghanistan, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif has told NDTV that it’s impossible to have a future Afghan government without a role for the Taliban, though it should not have a dominant role. Iran started formal
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Game-Changing Chinese Missile To Pak Could Dent Navy’s BrahMos Advantage

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A game-changing Chinese anti-ship missile, capable of flying at three times the speed of sound, could erode a key missile advantage the Indian Navy has enjoyed over the Pakistani Navy since 2005. An export variant of the YJ-12 missile, the CM-302, is likely to be the primary weapon on board four new Chinese frigates being
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Quota Bill Faces Rajya Sabha Test, Exposes Rift In Opposition: 10 Points

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A bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward people among the general category, is facing the test today in Rajya Sabha, where the opposition has majority. But it has a fair chance of getting passed in the upper house, with the key opposition parties, including the Congress, backing it. Last evening,
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