Tuesday , February 20 2018

International

IS captures ground in Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 18, (Agencies): Opposition activists say Islamic State fighters have captured new areas near the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the militants captured areas just north of the city on Monday, including an army base and an arms depot in …

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Richest ‘62’ people now own as much as half world’s population

LONDON, Jan 18, (RTRS): The wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world’s population, some 3.5 billion people, as the super-rich have grown richer and the poor poorer, an international charity said on Monday. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen by 44 percent since …

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Iran sanctions end – Freed Americans head home

WASHINGTON/ANKARA, Jan 17, (Agencies): Three Iranian-Americans left Tehran on Sunday under a prisoner swap following the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal President Barack Obama said had cut off every path for Tehran to obtain a nuclear bomb. In a sign of sustained readiness to track …

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Qatar provides 1000 new homes for Gazans

GAZA, Jan 17, (RTRS): Qatari-funded construction projects have provided 1,000 new dwellings for Palestinians left homeless by the 2014 Gaza war with Israel, and a similar number for low-income families in the territory, officials said on Saturday. The Gulf state’s contribution is the sole significant sign of rebuilding in the …

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Graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem church – ‘Go to hell’

JERUSALEM, Jan 17, (AP): Israeli police discovered Hebrew graffiti Sunday on the walls of a famous Jerusalem church, in what appears to be the latest vandalism attack by extremist Jews. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said anti-Christian slogans were found on the outer walls of the Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery …

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Jakarta attack shows jostle to lead IS – Death toll in Indonesia rises to 8

JAKARTA, Jan 17, (RTRS): Last week’s attack on Jakarta showed for the first time that Islamic State violence has arrived in Indonesia, but security experts believe the radical group’s footprint is still light here because militants are jostling to be its regional leader. Police have identified Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian …

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Extremists slay 23 – Burkina Faso mourns

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Jan 16, (AP): The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital by al-Qaeda-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation’s president said. At least 23 other people …

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V. K. Singh to look after Gulf Indians as ministries merge

NEW DELHI, Jan 16: Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will now on look after all issues related to expatriate Indians in the Gulf, reports the New Indian Express. “All matters relating to Indian nationals in Gulf countries will now be looked after by my colleague Gen V.K. …

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US and Tehran swap ‘detainees’ ahead of N-implementation day

VIENNA/DUBAI, Jan 16, (RTRS): Iran freed five Americans including a Washington Post reporter on Saturday as the two countries staged a series of goodwill gestures ahead of the expected announcement of the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran under a nuclear deal. US President Barack Obama pardoned three Iranian-Americans charged …

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IS attack on Deir Ezzor kills 75 Syrian soldiers – 600 British jihadists stopped from entering Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 16, (Agencies): At least 75 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed Saturday in a multi-front attack by the Islamic State group on the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. The fi ghting came as regime forces battled IS in the northern province of Aleppo, repelling …

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