Monday , December 18 2017

International

Five injured in Canada ‘act of terrorism’ – Suspect arrested

MONTREAL, Oct 1, (AFP): Canadian police arrested a man early Sunday suspected of stabbing an officer and injuring four pedestrians in a series of violent incidents being investigated as an “act of terrorism.” The crime spree began Saturday evening outside a football stadium in the western city of Edmonton and …

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Hundreds injured as defiant Catalans vote – Police seize ballot boxes

BARCELONA, Oct 1, (Agencies): Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. Police broke down doors to force entry into …

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Iran, Iraq pressure Kurds – Oil embargo … border posts

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 30, (AFP): International pressure mounted on Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday after its controversial independence “yes” vote, with neighbouring Iran announcing joint border drills with Iraq and banning fuel trade with the autonomous region. A day after a cut in foreign air links with the region, Iran’s state broadcaster …

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Syria strikes kill 28 civilians – Surge in raids leads to hospital closures

BEIRUT, Sept 30, (AFP): At least 28 civilians were killed in air strikes on northwestern Syria where a planned safe zone has been overshadowed by a bombing campaign against jihadists, a monitor said Saturday. Four children were among the dead in the overnight strikes on the town of Armanaz, in …

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Futuristic skyline: Dubai dreams of ‘flying taxis’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept 30, (Agencies): With a whirling buzz from 18 rotors, the pilotless helicopter gently lifted off the ground and soared up into the afternoon sky, the spire of the world’s tallest building visible behind it. The recent unmanned flight by the German-made electric Volocopter represents the …

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Immigrants line up to renew work permits as program ends

The line stretches down the block before the sun rises in Los Angeles, made up of immigrants seeking help to renew their work permits under a program that has shielded them from deportation but is now nearing its end. Ivan Vizueta, a 25-year-old from Long Beach, California, brought a folding …

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Contradictory crackdown on mosque ‘extremism’

ISLAMABAD, Sept 28, (Agencies): Despite public humiliation and periods of house arrest, the former leader of Pakistan’s notorious Red Mosque is inspiring a new generation of extremists with his old rhetoric — highlighting Islamabad’s ambivalent attempts to bring religious hardliners to heel. Ten years after the military raid on his …

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Rakhine magnet for Chinese cash – Myanmar to verify returnees

YANGON, Sept 28, (AFP): Myanmar is poised to begin “verifying” how many of the near half a million Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh it will take back, the Ministry of Information said Thursday, naming land and sea points in restive Rakhine state for their return. Some 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled …

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Flight ban on Kurds … threat to oil – Nine to one for secession

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 28, (Agencies): Hundreds of passengers waited to board flights out of the Kurdish region at Erbil International Airport on Thursday after Baghdad threatened to ban flights following an independence referendum held by Iraq’s Kurds earlier this week. Most international carriers who fly to and from airports in …

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