Wednesday , September 26 2018


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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‘Felony child abuse’ in family hijab anger

 COLUMBIA, Missouri, Nov 30, (AP): A University of Missouri graduate teaching assistant is accused of grabbing a teenage family member by the hair and pulling her out of school because she wasn’t wearing a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 53-year-old Youssif Omar was …

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Worldwide rallies demand action – Fossil fuel divestment drive gathers momentum

Sydney, Nov 29, (AFP): Tens of thousands marched across Australia Sunday on a third day of worldwide rallies as pressure mounts on global leaders to strike a pact on cutting greenhouse gases at crucial talks in still-shaken Paris. Some 150 leaders including US President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping, India’s …

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Russian airstrikes kill 18 civilians: Syria opposition – ‘Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels’

BEIRUT, Nov 29, (Agencies): Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes struck the town …

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3 IS-tied militants killed in Dagestan

MOSCOW, Nov 29, (AP): Russia’s counter-terrorism agency says security forces in Dagestan have killed three militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group, including one who had returned from Syria this year. Police say nearly a third of the estimated 3,000 Russians who have gone to fight alongside …

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Did Paris attacks voice have bigger role? – Clain jailed in past for recruiting militants

PARIS/ALENCON, France, Nov 29, (RTRS): The voice that claimed Islamic State was responsible for the deadly Paris attacks is known to many in the small French provincial town of Alencon. To family, Fabien Clain was a “big teddy bear”, to neighbours he was polite and at the local mosque he …

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