Thursday , November 23 2017

International

Pressure mounts on US as MSF demands ‘probe’ into Kunduz; Afghan forces regain most of besieged city: residents

KABUL, Oct 5, (Agencies): Pressure mounted on Washington Monday to come clean over the apparent US airstrike on an Afghan hospital that killed 22, an incident the Pentagon chief said was “confused and complicated” but which medical charity MSF branded a war crime. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Sunday it …

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Russia hits 10 IS targets in Syria

MOSCOW, Oct 4, (Agencies): Russian planes have flown 20 sorties in Syria and struck 10 Islamic State targets in the past 24 hours, the country’s defence ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Russia has said it would step up its air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which …

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No end in sight to migrant wave – EU, Turkey strike plan to stem flow of refugees

ZAGREB, Croatia, Oct 4, (Agencies): One month after the body of 3-yearold Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach – and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders – the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home. But …

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Seeds of Islamic radicalism sown early – Mosque raided after ‘terrorism-linked’ shooting

SYDNEY, Oct 4, (Agencies): The Australian government’s focus on national security and the war on terror to tackle Islamic extremism, rather than social cohesion and inclusion, has helped create an environment for radicalised Muslim youth to emerge in disproportionate numbers, experts say. Authorities in Australia are grappling with a rise …

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Won’t allow even a shadow of DAESH: Pak – Bomb kills pro-govt tribal elder in Pakistan

LONDON, Oct 4, (AFP): Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said that his country wold not allow “even a shadow” of Islamic State and termed the group a greater threat than al-Qaeda. “As far as DAESH (Islamic State) is concerned, in Pakistan, even a shadow of DAESH would not …

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Hasina rejects IS link to foreigners’ murder – Security tightened for foreign envoys, foreigners

DHAKA, Oct 4, (Agencies): Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday dismissed the Islamic State group’s claim to have killed two foreigners, saying police still had no evidence to confirm the jihadist group was behind the murders. Her remarks came a day after 66- year-old Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio was shot …

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Russia steps up Syria attacks; Obama says Putin wrong on Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct 3, (Agencies): Russian warplanes have attacked the Islamic State group and other insurgents in central and northern Syria with a wave of new airstrikes, Syrian and Russian military officials said Saturday as an activist group said Russia’s air raids have killed 39 civilians over the three past …

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Pakistani pilots’ strike grounds some 51 flights

ISLAMABAD, Oct 3, (AFP): Some 51 flights scheduled by the Pakistani flag carrier have been cancelled in three days after pilots refused to work following a dispute over conditions, an airline spokesman said Saturday. “Due to pressure from PALPA (Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association) so far 51 flights have been cancelled …

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Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Oct 3, (AFP): AJapanese citizen was shot dead by gunmen in a northern Bangladesh town on Saturday, police said, days after an Italian aid worker was murdered in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Police said the victim, whom they named as Hoshi Kunio, aged 66, was …

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Suicide bombings in Nigeria kill 18; Buhari, US condemn attacks; 41 wounded in blasts

ABUJA, Oct 3, (Agencies): Two suicide explosions that ripped through the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja have left at least 18 people dead and 41 wounded, the National Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Both the Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari and US embassy condemned the attacks. “The death toll is …

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