Thursday , October 18 2018


Duterte tells army to destroy militants

MANILA, Aug 11, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered the army to destroy the small but violent Abu Sayyaf militant group saying if not, the Philippines risked being “contaminated” by Islamic State. The mostly Christian Philippines has for decades battled rebels from the Muslim minority but while progress …

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Crash survivor hits $1m jackpot

DUBAI, Aug 11, (AFP): It’s been an eventful few days for Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar, an Indian living in Dubai. In the space of a week, he survived a crash landing at Dubai airport then won $1 million in a lottery organised by the airport’s duty free operator, Gulf News …

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Bomb leaves vacuum among lawyers – ‘We have lost the whole leadership’

QUETTA, Pakistan, Aug 10, (AFP): In Pakistan’s most dangerous province, lawyers are a crucial force for justice. So when a bomb decimated Balochistan’s legal class this week, it left a vacuum that some say will never be filled. The mineral-rich province is plagued by roiling insurgencies, hit by regular militant …

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300 Islamic State fighters killed in Afghanistan operation, says US

NEW DELHI, Aug 10, (Agencies): Afghan forces, backed by the United States, have killed an estimated 300 Islamic State fighters in an operation mounted two weeks ago, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan said on Wednesday, calling it a severe blow to the group. General John Nicholson said …

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12 newborns dead in hospital blaze

BAGHDAD, Aug 10, (Agencies): A fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said Wednesday, a deadly blaze that was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring. By morning, grief-stricken fathers searched for their missing newborns in vain while angry relatives gathered …

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Al Habtoor holds talks with Indonesian ambassador to UAE

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group held one-on-one talks with His Excellency Husin Bagis, Indonesian Ambassador at the Al Habtoor Group head office on Wednesday, Aug 10. It was the first meeting between the Al Habtoor Group Chairman and the Ambassador. The Indonesian delegation included Agus …

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‘Clinton emails tied to Iranian execution’

NEW YORK, Aug 9, (Agencies): Republican Donald Trump is suggesting that rival Hillary Clinton’s emails may be responsible for the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed for spying for the United States. Hours after an unusually disciplined speech on his economic plan for the country, Trump, using …

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16-year-old girl planning attack – ‘Highly radicalised’

PARIS, Aug 9, (Agencies): A French court on Monday remanded in custody a 16-year-old girl accused of planning a jihadist attack in a country on edge following a series of brutal terror assaults, a judicial source said. The teenager was charged with “criminal conspiracy with terrorists” and “provocation to committing …

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Bangladeshi boy with ‘old man’ illness baffles doctors

DHAKA, Aug 9, (AFP): A four-year-old Bangladeshi boy suffering from a mysterious illness that makes him look like an old man has been admitted to hospital for tests, doctors and his family said. Doctors at a top hospital in Dhaka have agreed to try to diagnose and treat Bayezid Shikdar, …

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Pakistan ‘hospital’ bomb kills up to 70

QUETTA, Pakistan, Aug 8, (Agencies): A Taleban suicide bomb packed with ball bearings tore through a Pakistani hospital Monday and killed at least 70 people, as witnesses described tearful staff rushing towards the smoking blast site to help the wounded. The bomber struck a crowd of some 200 people gathered …

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