Thursday , February 22 2018

International

Saudis crosshair ‘ISIS’ if Syria op – ‘Death’ for 40 in DAESH

RIYADH, Feb 18, (Agencies): Any participation by Saudi forces in a US-led ground operation in Syria would focus on fi ghting the Islamic State group not President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told AFP on Thursday. “Saudi Arabia has expressed its readiness to send special forces to Syria as …

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‘Strikes hit hundreds millions in IS cash’ – Islamic State finds ‘diminishing returns’ on Twitter

WASHINGTON, Feb 18, (Agencies): A series of US airstrikes in recent months have destroyed “hundreds of millions” of dollars in Islamic State cash as part of a broader campaign aimed at squeezing the extremist group’s financial power, a US military spokesman said Wednesday. Col Steve Warren, speaking for the coalition …

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Women risk all for their ‘rights’

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 18, (Agencies): Kainat Soomro was 13 years old and on her way to buy a toy for her newborn niece when three men kidnapped her, held her for several days and repeatedly raped her. Eight years later, she is still battling for justice. She sits on a …

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Egypt orders to close down human rights organisation – ‘Part of crackdown on NGOs’

CAIRO, Feb 18, (Agencies): Egypt has issued an order to close a prominent human rights organisation that documents complaints of torture in custody, the group said on Wednesday. The Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, whose headquarters are in central Cairo, documents allegations of torture, death and …

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‘Dozens’ of Afghan soldiers, policemen killed in Helmand – Children being recruited to fight in war: UN

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb 17, (Agencies): Dozens of Afghan soldiers and policemen have been killed in the southern province of Helmand since Sunday as the Taleban presses an offensive in one of its heartlandss, officials said. Three local officials, who all spoke on condition of anonymity because they have been …

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Turkey’s Erdogan vows not to allow Kurdish stronghold in northern Syria

ANKARA, Feb 17, (Agencies): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not allow the creation of a Kurdish stronghold in northern Syria, saying there was no question of Turkish forces stopping their bombardment of Syrian Kurdish fighters. “We will not allow a new Qandil on our southern border” …

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Russia charges 7 with terrorism

MOSCOW, Feb 17, (AP): Russia’s state security service says it has charged seven people with terrorism in the country’s Ural mountain region. The local security services said on Wednesday that the suspects, who were originally detained on Feb 8, have been officially charged with terrorism. Authorities believed the group was …

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Indian firm to launch cheapest smartphone

NEW DELHI, Feb 17, (AFP): A little-known Indian company will on Wednesday launch a smartphone believed to be the cheapest in the world, targeting a market already dominated by low-cost handsets. Set to be priced at under 500 rupees ($7.30), domestic handset maker Ringing Bells’ Freedom 251 smartphone is about …

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DAESH faces budget crunch; killing perks, slashing salaries

BEIRUT, Feb 16, (AP): Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars, and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person. The extremists who …

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Turkey seeks allied ground operation – Russia charges Turks supply IS in Azaz

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Feb 16, (Agencies): Turkey is asking allies including the United States to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, as a Moscow-backed government advance nears its borders, raising the possibility of direct confrontation between the NATO member and Russia. A large-scale joint ground operation is still unlikely: …

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