Thursday , December 14 2017

International

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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KURDS OFFER IRAQ TALKS OVER AIRPORT, BANKS BAN

PM denies attack plan … tensions rise – Peshmerga note force deployment ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 12, (Agencies): Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday denied an attack on the Kurds was imminent, in a bid to defuse tensions that had prompted Kurdish peshmerga fighters to temporarily seal off road links with the …

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Pope to visit Myanmar to push for peace

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya. Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has been torn apart by communal bloodshed, …

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US-Canadian family freed – Positive moment: Trump

WASHINGTON, Oct 12, (AFP): President Donald Trump announced Thursday that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taleban captivity. The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, kidnapped during a backpacking trip …

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Aussie ‘F-35’ fighter data stolen – Defence subcontractor hacked

SYDNEY, Oct 12, (AFP): Sensitive data about Australia’s F-35 stealth fighter and P-8 surveillance aircraft programmes were stolen when a defence subcontractor was hacked using a tool widely used by Chinese cyber criminals, officials said Thursday. The 50-person aerospace engineering firm was compromised in July last year but the national …

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