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Friday , November 16 2018


Amir condoles death in Qatar

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences Sunday to Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al- Thani who passed away earlier, at the age of 84. In his cable, His …

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Gunmen kill intel officer in Pakistan – IS claims responsibility

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 24, (AFP): Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead an intelligence officer in northwest Pakistan on Monday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Akbar Ali, an intelligence sub-inspector, was on his way to work and waiting at a bus stop near his …

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France clears Calais ‘Jungle’ – Camp symbol of failed migration policies

CALAIS, France, Oct 24, (RTRS): France began clearing the sprawling “Jungle” migrant camp on Monday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching Britain, a tantalisingly short sea crossing away. Following sporadic outbreaks of unrest overnight, the migrants chose instead with calm resignation to be relocated in France while …

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Kurds gain on Mosul

ERBIL, Oct 23, (RTRS): Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq. Masoud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdish region, told US Defense Secretary Ash Carter that the …

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US ‘warns’ on Istanbul risks

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct 23, (AFP): The United States has warned its citizens of the potential risk of terror attack or attempted kidnapping of foreigners in Istanbul, which has been rocked by several bombings this year. The consulate in Istanbul said in a message late Saturday that extremist groups continued their …

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Somalia’s Shebab seize third town after peacekeepers leave

MOGADISHU, Oct 23, (Agencies): Islamist militant group al Shebab on Sunday seized control of yet another town in central Somalia after it was abandoned by African Union peacekeepers, a militant spokesman and a local official said, the third to fall to insurgents this month. On Sunday, an Ethiopian contingent abandoned …

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Kuwait, US on path to deepen ties – Roadmap okayed

WASHINGTON, Oct 22, (KUNA): Kuwait and the United States have agreed, at the conclusion of the first Kuwait-US Strategic Dialogue, on a roadmap for deepening bilateral relations and partnerships in various domains. “The two sides recognize that today’s meeting was a comprehensive exchange that established a roadmap for deepening the …

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Kirkuk raid offers glimpse of post-‘caliphate’ IS

BAGHDAD, Oct 22, (AFP): The jihadist assault on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk is typical of the kind of attacks the Islamic State group is likely to carry out after its “caliphate” falls apart, analysts said. Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces backed by a 60-nation US-led coalition and other …

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Taleban ‘members’ brief Pakistan about recent talks held with Kabul – ‘Afghan ambassador to Pak refused to offer details’

ISLAMABAD, Oct 22, (AP): Three senior Taleban members traveled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Taleban and Kabul, a senior Taleban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani …

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US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’

WASHINGTON, Oct 21, (Agencies): The United States will seek an explanation from the Philippines for President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of a “separation” from Washington, the State Department said on Thursday, calling the remarks baffling and at odds with the two countries’ close relationship. Duterte said during a visit to China …

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