Thursday , November 23 2017

International

UN backs Syria peace plan – OPPOSITION REACTS COOLLY TO INITIATIVE

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19, (Agencies): The UN Security Council’s unanimous support of a peace process for Syria that is set to begin next month with government-opposition talks and a ceasefire represents its strongest gesture yet in support of a solution to the civil war. The council’s adoption of a resolution …

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Pakistan Taleban reject IS leader’s ‘caliph’ claim – US embassy warns of possible terror attac

ISLAMABAD, Dec 19, (Agencies): The US Embassy in Islamabad said it has received information on possible terrorist attacks in the Pakistani capital in late December, warning Americans to avoid busy public places during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. “Possible targets include places of worship and shopping centers,” the …

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Iraq probes coalition strike that killed 10 Iraqi soldiers – Iraq’s defence min predicts Ramadi victory by year-end

BAGHDAD, Dec 19, (AFP): Iraq has opened an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of 10 Iraqi soldiers in a coalition air strike west of Baghdad, the defence minister said Saturday. “We lost 10 of our soldiers,” Khaled al-Obeidi said in Baghdad, adding that “an investigation into …

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Delhi gang-rape attacker to walk free on Sunday

NEW DELHI: An attacker in the deadly gang-rape of a student in New Delhi will be freed this weekend, a court said Friday, days after India marked the third anniversary of the assault that sparked global outrage. Jyoti Singh, who was 23, died after being brutally assaulted on a moving …

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Saudi-led anti-IS coalition is ‘suspicious,’ says Hezbollah – Lebanon’s participation slammed

BEIRUT, Dec 18, (RTRS): The Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah said on Thursday that a Saudi-led 34-nation anti- Islamic State coalition announced this week had been formed “in a suspicious way” and it questioned Saudi Arabia’s competence to lead it. Hezbollah, which has repeatedly criticised Sunni heavyweight Saudi Arabia over …

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Foreign firms accused of exploiting Qatar’s ‘World Cup 2022’ workers

BRUSSELS, Dec 18, (AFP): Foreign companies working on construction projects for football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar are exploiting underpaid workers used as “modernday slaves”, the International Trade Union Confederation alleged Friday. The ITUC said in a report that it estimates “$15 billion profit will be made by companies working …

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‘War on terror’ fails in extremism fight – ‘We keep on getting cancer’

ISLAMABAD, Dec 18, (AFP): Worshippers at the infamous Red Mosque in the Pakistani capital Islamabad still gather in their hundreds for Friday prayers, but the fiery sermons calling for Sharia law led by hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz are now a thing of the past. The preacher, who once led …

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Mosque in Germany shut for backing IS

BERLIN, Dec 18, (Agencies): German authorities Thursday raided, shuttered and banned a Muslim association and mosque they accused of supporting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and Iraq. Police in the southwestern city of Stuttgart searched the site and delivered a notice that the centre had been disbanded and …

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Confusion clouds Riyadh’s anti-Islamic State coalition – Indonesian, Pakistani officials unaware of military alliance

RIYADH, Dec 17, (RTRS): Some key members of the 34-nation anti-Islamic State coalition announced by Saudi Arabia have a fundamental question: just what is it? Indonesia did not know it was going to be a military alliance, which it does not want to join. A senior Pakistani lawmaker only learned …

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Nine escape kidnappers in Iraq, cross into Kuwait

DOHA, Dec 17, (RTRS): At least nine people who were part of a hunting group kidnapped in southern Iraq managed to escape and have now crossed into Kuwait, police and media said on Thursday. A large group of unidentified armed men abducted at least 26 Qataris from their desert hunting …

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