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Fighting between Syrian army, DAESH kills scores

BEIRUT, Jan 19, (Agencies): The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group said scores of Syrian government forces have been killed in three days of fighting with Islamic State in the east of the country, where the jihadist group has attacked government- held areas. Islamic State advanced against government forces on …

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Afghan woman’s nose cut off by her husband – ‘Domestic violence widespread’

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan 19, (Agencies): A young woman in a remote northern region of Afghanistan had her nose cut off by her husband, officials in the region said on Tuesday. Fawzia Salimi, a hospital director in Maymana, capital of Faryab province, said 22-year-old Reza Gul was brought in early Monday …

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Bomber kills ten in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Jan 19, (AFP): A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people Tuesday in a rush-hour attack on a market on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said. Another 36 were injured when the bomb exploded alongside a road jammed with traffic in the Wazir Dhand district …

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‘Learn English or face deportation’ – British PM attacks isolation of Muslim women

LONDON, Jan 18, (Agencies): Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday. He also suggested that poor English skills can leave people “more susceptible” to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS). Cameron’s comments …

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Americans seized from party flat – US, Iraq search for kidnapped 3

BAGHDAD, Jan 18, (Agencies): Search operations were underway Monday for three Americans kidnapped from a “suspicious apartment” in Baghdad, in a rare abduction of Western nationals in the Iraqi capital. Kidnappers in Iraq have recently seized groups of Qataris and Turks, but it has been years since Americans were abducted, …

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IS captures ground in Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 18, (Agencies): Opposition activists say Islamic State fighters have captured new areas near the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the militants captured areas just north of the city on Monday, including an army base and an arms depot in …

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Richest ‘62’ people now own as much as half world’s population

LONDON, Jan 18, (RTRS): The wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world’s population, some 3.5 billion people, as the super-rich have grown richer and the poor poorer, an international charity said on Monday. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen by 44 percent since …

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Iran sanctions end – Freed Americans head home

WASHINGTON/ANKARA, Jan 17, (Agencies): Three Iranian-Americans left Tehran on Sunday under a prisoner swap following the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal President Barack Obama said had cut off every path for Tehran to obtain a nuclear bomb. In a sign of sustained readiness to track …

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Qatar provides 1000 new homes for Gazans

GAZA, Jan 17, (RTRS): Qatari-funded construction projects have provided 1,000 new dwellings for Palestinians left homeless by the 2014 Gaza war with Israel, and a similar number for low-income families in the territory, officials said on Saturday. The Gulf state’s contribution is the sole significant sign of rebuilding in the …

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Graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem church – ‘Go to hell’

JERUSALEM, Jan 17, (AP): Israeli police discovered Hebrew graffiti Sunday on the walls of a famous Jerusalem church, in what appears to be the latest vandalism attack by extremist Jews. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said anti-Christian slogans were found on the outer walls of the Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery …

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