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School massacre convicts hanged – ‘They deserved no forgiveness’

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 2, (Agencies): Pakistan Wednesday hanged four men linked to the Taleban’s massacre of more than 130 schoolchildren, with parents of victims saying they deserved “no forgiveness” as the attack anniversary approached. The executions, which officials said were carried out Wednesday morning at a prison in the northwestern …

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Cameroon troops ‘kill’ 100 Boko Haram fighters, free 900 hostages

YAOUNDÉ, Dec 2, (AFP): Cameroon troops killed around 100 Boko Haram Islamist fighters from Nigeria, freed almost 900 hostages and seized Islamic State (IS) flags last week, the defence ministry said Wednesday. “A special clean-up operation from Nov 26 to 28” against Boko Haram fighters in the border area with …

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‘IS struggling to expand in Libya’

UNITED NATIONS, US, Dec 2, (AFP): The Islamic State group has no more than 2,000 to 3,000 fighters in Libya and is struggling to expand its foothold in the north African country, a UN report said Tuesday. The jihadist group, which controls large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, …

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UAE celebrates 44th National Day ’Versary today – ‘Well-respected by the whole world’

ABU DHABI, Dec 1, (KUNA): UAE celebrates on Wednesday the 44th anniversary of its independence and announcement of the union of its six Arab emirates, as they were followed by Ras Al-Khaimah on February 10 of year 1972. The seven emirates’ governmental and private sector institutions and buildings are beautified …

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Qaeda Syria wing frees Lebanese captives

BEIRUT, Dec 1, (RTRS): Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen on Tuesday in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese 16 months ago during an attack on the Lebanese border …

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Pakistan denies ‘crimes’ during Bangladesh conflict in 1971

Pakistan has denied committing war crimes during Bangladesh’s independence conflict in 1971, in what analysts said Tuesday was an unusually strong statement signalling worsening ties. The move follows the executions in Bangladesh last week of senior opposition leaders convicted of war crimes during the conflict. Pakistan has engaged in a …

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15 lost sight in botched India cataract surgery

NEW DELHI, Dec 1, (AFP): At least 15 people in northern India have lost the sight in one eye after having “botched” cataract surgery, local officials told AFP Tuesday. The surgeries were performed last week at a mass surgery organised by a charity in Haryana state’s Ambala district, but the …

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UAE set for IS groundfight – ‘Field marshals’ McCain, Graham call for 100,000 troops

ABU DHABI, Nov 30, (Agencies): The United Arab Emirates has said it is ready to commit ground troops against jihadists in Syria and described Russian air strikes in the country as attacks on a “common enemy”. Quoted by the official WAM news agency on Monday, Emirati State Minister for Foreign …

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Pope meets with Muslims in

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Nov 30, (AP): Pope Francis ventured into a volatile Muslim neighborhood of Central African Republic’s capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city’s main mosque, insisting that Christians and Muslims have long lived peacefully together here and that religion can never justify …

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Suspected jihadists attack truck

 Suspected jihadist fighters attacked an armoured van transporting money from a gold mine in Burkina Faso, the country’s security minister said Sunday, the latest sign of Islamist violence spreading from neighbouring Mali. A group of heavily armed men with rocket launchers and automatic rifles attacked the truck in the country’s …

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