Monday , November 20 2017

International

Trump declares ‘Obamacare’ dead and gone

WASHINGTON, Oct 17, (RTRS): US President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare “dead” and “gone,” but urged Republicans and Democrats in Congress to craft a short-term fix of healthcare markets under the 7-year-old law that critics say he has effectively sabotaged. “It’s dead. It’s gone. It’s no longer — you …

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Iraq gains ground in Kirkuk – Kurd toll 10

KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct 16, (AFP): Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor’s office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions over an independence referendum. The rapid advance, involving troops, tanks and armoured vehicles, aims to recapture oil and military …

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Malaysia rolls out red carpet for Qatar’s Amir

Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar’s Amir, who is on his first trip to Southeast Asia four months after a diplomatic crisis erupted between his nation and four Arab countries. Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur late Sunday, was given …

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Somali bomb claims 231 – Government blames Al-Shebab

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct 15, (AP): The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 231 with more than 275 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in this Horn of Africa nation, said a senator. Abshir Abdi Ahmed said the toll comes from …

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Kurds, Iraq in crisis talks – US urges calm

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Oct 15, (Agencies): The presidents of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan held talks Sunday to defuse an escalating crisis, after a deadline for Kurdish forces to withdraw from disputed positions was extended by 24 hours. Thousands of Iraqi troops are locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters …

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Civilians flee Raqqa

AIN ISSA, Syria, Oct 15, (Agencies): US-backed forces announced Sunday the “final phase” of the battle to retake Syria’s Raqqa, after the city was evacuated except for foreign Islamic State group fighters and their families. More than 3,000 civilians fled Raqqa on Saturday night under an evacuation deal that left …

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Philippines, Australia hold drill – ‘Battle for Marawi to end soon’

SUBIC BAY, Philippines, Oct 15, (Agencies): Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts. Lt Col Daniel Turner of the Australian Defence …

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Trump strikes blow at Iran deal in policy shift – Iran angry

WASHINGTON, Oct 14, (Agencies): President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Friday, defying both US allies and adversaries by refusing to formally certify that Tehran is complying with the accord even though international inspectors say it is. Warning that he might ultimately terminate the …

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‘Child killed, wife raped’ – Freed family reaches Canada

TORONTO, Oct 14, (AP): Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the five years they were held in captivity. Boyle gave the statement shortly after landing in Canada late Friday with his wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three …

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ISIS Fighters surrender – Raqqa fall nears

AIN ISSA, SYRIA/BEIRUT, Oct 14, (RTRS): Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Raqqa, once its de facto Syrian capital, and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters. A local official said tribal elders were …

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