Monday , October 23 2017

International

UAE claims right to enrich uranium

WASHINGTON, Oct 16, (Agencies): Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top US lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal. The landmark Iran …

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Syrian army, Russian jets target towns north of Homs

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Oct 15, (Agencies): Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs on Thursday, targeting a long-held and strategic enclave of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The offensive that began before dawn builds on over a week of ground attacks …

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Israelis ‘arm’ themselves after deadly knife attacks – Israel accuses Abbas of incitement

JERUSALEM, Oct 15, (Agencies): Israeli security forces deployed massively in Jerusalem Thursday as Jews armed themselves with everything from guns to broomsticks, rattled by a wave of Palestinian attacks that have shaken the country. Some 300 soldiers were reinforcing police, stretched thin by a two-week upsurge in violence that has …

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Obama to keep military in Afghanistan beyond 2016 – Nigeria welcomes US troops for Cameroon over Boko Haram

WASHINGTON, Oct 15, (Agencies): President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally …

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Hajj toll 1,621

DUBAI, UAE, Oct 14, (AP): The toll in the deadliest tragedy to ever strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage rose Wednesday to at least 1,621 people killed, a new tally showed, as hundreds still reportedly remain missing. The Associated Press count is more than double Saudi Arabia’s official tally of 769 …

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Iran deploys troops to Syria – Deployment under cover of Russian air campaign

BEIRUT, Oct 14, (Agencies): Iran has sent hundreds of troops into northern and central Syria in the first such open deployment in the country’s civil war, joining fighters from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in an offensive against rebels and taking advantage of cover from Russia’s air campaign, a regional official …

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IS urges jihad on Russia, US as Syrian strikes intensify

BEIRUT, Oct 14, (AFP): The Islamic State group called on Muslims Tuesday to wage jihad on Russia and the United States, as Moscow announced it had intensified its air campaign against Islamic militants in Syria. The call came as Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for refusing to cooperate with …

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Religious freedom facing increased threats: report – IS, Boko Haram atrocities cited

WASHINGTON, Oct 14, (AP): The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In …

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Foreigners, Filipino kidnapped in Philippines – Muslim militants demand govt to stop attacks

MANILA, Oct 14, (AP): Suspected Muslim militants have posted a video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino who were abducted from a southern Philippine resort last month and demanded that government forces stop their artillery attacks. Army Brig Gen Alan Arrojado said Wednesday …

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PM Modi calls beef killing ‘unwelcome’ – Intolerance concerns grow

NEW DELHI, Oct 14, (RTRS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the murder of a Muslim man over rumours he ate beef, in his first response to an incident that has sparked concern about growing religious intolerance. Many among India’s majority Hindu community regard cows as holy, but beef …

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