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International

Iraq summons Saudi envoy over comments

BAGHDAD, Jan 24, (Agencies): The Iraqi foreign ministry said on Sunday it had summoned the Saudi ambassador over comments he made to the media a day earlier regarding Iranianbacked Shi’ite Muslim militias in Iraq. “This constitutes … a breach of diplomatic protocol and is based on inaccurate information,” the ministry …

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Taleban vows to target schools – ‘Armed teachers’ in Pak classrooms

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 24, (AFP): Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun. “This is an M20 pistol,” he said. “It’s made in …

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Obama urges ‘serious’ action against Pak extremists – University attack suspects held

ISLAMABAD, Jan 24, (Agencies): Pakistani security agencies have arrested five men accused of helping organise Wednesday’s attack on a university in the country’s troubled northwest that killed 21 people, the military announced on Saturday. The assault on Bacha Khan university campus in Charsadda by four armed assailants was later claimed …

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‘Snowzilla’ blizzard pummels eastern US

WASHINGTON, Jan 23, (AFP): A deadly blizzard walloped the eastern United States on Saturday, paralyzing Washington and other cities under a heavy blanket of snow as officials warned millions of people to remain indoors until the storm eases up. At least eight people were killed in three states in road …

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Iran, China agree $600bn trade deal after sanctions

DUBAI, Jan 23, (Agencies): Iran and China agreed to expand bilateral ties and increase trade to $600 billion in the next 10 years, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday during a visit to Tehran by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi is the second leader of a UN Security Council member …

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Thousands return to Nigerian town after Boko Haram militants ‘ouster’

KANO, Nigeria, Jan 23, (Agencies): Thousands of Nigerian refugees, who fled to neighbouring Cameroon in 2014 to escape Boko Harm militants, have returned to the liberated northeastern town of Gamboru only to find their homes and their livelihoods destroyed, residents and officials told AFP Friday. Over the past three days …

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Pakistan lifts ban on hunting of rare bird

ISLAMABAD, Jan 23, (RTRS): Pakistan’s Supreme Court lifted a ban on hunting a rare bird on Friday, after the government argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species with falcons. The court ruling overturns a ban introduced last year …

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Over 20 killed in attack on Somali beachfront – Al-Shabab claim responsibility

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan 22, (Agencies): Somalia’s security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday. The security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, speaking from …

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US stiffens ‘visa rules’

WASHINGTON, Jan 22, (AP): The Obama administration tightened restrictions on European and other travelers who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years, even as it said the new rules may not apply to those in certain occupations who have traveled for business. The move quickly …

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Kenyans honour Muslim man who shielded Christians – ‘He was a true hero’: police chief

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 22, (AP): Kenyans are donating to the family of a Muslim man who was fatally wounded by Islamic extremists while shielding Christians during an attack on a bus. On Twitter the hashtag HeroSalah has been trending as some Kenyans fundraise for the family of Salah Farah, who …

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