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International

Amnesty slams India for intolerance of dissent – More students held on sedition charges

NEW DELHI, Feb 24, (Agencies): Indian police said Wednesday they had arrested two students wanted in a sedition case that has sparked major protests after the pair gave themselves up following nearly two weeks on the run. Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya surrendered to police at midnight on Tuesday after …

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Third straight win has rivals looking for answers – Trump storms to victory in Nevada

LAS VEGAS, Feb 24, (Agencies): Donald Trump stormed to victory in Tuesday’s Republican caucuses in Nevada, giving the billionaire businessman his third straight win in the race for the White House. With 20 percent of the vote in, TV networks gave Trump 44 percent, with senators Marco Rubio of Florida …

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Saudis, UAE warn citizens off Lebanon

RIYADH, Feb 23, (AFP): Saudi Arabia on Tuesday urged its citizens in Lebanon to leave, after Riyadh halted a $3 billion programme funding military supplies to Beirut in response to “hostile” positions linked to Hezbollah. Saudi ally and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member the United Arab Emirates followed suit but …

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Kurds rescue Swedish teen

IRBIL, Feb 23, (Agencies): Iraqi Kurdish troops have rescued a Swedish teenager from the Islamic State group near the extremist-controlled city of Mosul, the Kurdish government said Tuesday. A statement from the regional government said the rescue operation by the Kurdish antiterrorist forces took place on Feb 17 near Mosul, …

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Bitter backlash for ‘no chocolate’ cleric

BAGHDAD, Feb 23, (AFP): Iraqis took to social media Monday to pile ridicule on a cleric who said in a sermon that people should cut down on chocolate bars to fight the economic crisis. At a Baghdad mosque on Friday, Sheikh Jalaleddin al-Saghir took aim at Iraqis’ immoderate love of …

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Indians protest over student’s death

NEW DELHI, Feb 23, (Agencies): Shouting slogans and holding placards, thousands of students and teachers marched through the heart of the Indian capital Tuesday to protest the recent death of a student who faced caste discrimination and the arrest of a student leader on sedition charges. The protesters from New …

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‘War games to boost military ties with Muslim allies’ – Northern Thunder exercises

RIYADH, Feb 22, (Agencies): The Middle East’s largest ever war games are now underway and will boost military cooperation between the 20 Muslim nations taking part, host country Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as it seeks to check the growing influence of arch rival Iran. The Northern Thunder exercises, which …

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New US-Russia plan sets Syria ‘cease-fi re’ Feb 27

WASHINGTON, Feb 22, (Agencies): The United States and Russia agreed Monday on a new cease-fi re for Syria that will take effect on Saturday, US offi cials said. They said the former Cold War foes, which are backing opposing sides in Syria’s civil war, agreed on all the terms and …

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Philippines probes Pacquiao for poll violations

MANILA, Feb 22, (Agencies): The Philippines’ election commission said Monday it would consider a complaint accusing boxing champion Manny Pacquiao of violating election regulations by promoting his upcoming fight in the thick of the campaign. It was the latest blow to Pacquiao’s bid for the Philippine Senate after he drew …

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Turkish army ‘kills’ 14 Kurdish militants during offensive in SE

ISTANBUL, Feb 22, (RTRS): Turkey’s military said on Monday it had killed 14 militants in a drive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeast as an envoy from the European parliament denounced what she said were rights abuses by Ankara. Four PKK militants were killed on Sunday …

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