Wednesday , January 17 2018

International

Syrians gain on IS

BEIRUT, Sept 10, (Agencies): Syrian government forces and US-backed militias converged on Islamic State in separate offensives against the militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Sunday. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of mostly Kurdish and Arab militias (SDF) said it had reached Deir al-Zor’s industrial …

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Cyprus rescues 305 Syrian refugees in two boats

Cypriot authorities brought ashore more than 300 Syrian refugees early on Sunday after spotting two boats in open water off the northwest coast of the Mediterranean island, police said. It was one of the largest waves of migrants to be received by Cypriot authorities in a single day since civil …

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Rebels call one-month Myanmar ceasefire as exodus grows

Rohingya violence may help recruit extremists DHAKA, Sept 10, (Agencies): Bangladeshi security forces were on alert for attempts by homegrown Islamist militants to use the violence against Rohingya Muslims in neighbouring Myanmar to recruit new fighters, a top official said Saturday. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state …

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Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Trump speaks to governors & senators, approves disaster areas MIAMI, Sept 10, (AFP): Hurricane Irma’s eyewall slammed into the Florida Keys Sunday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts as it bears down on the state’s west coast where a mass exodus has turned cities into ghost towns. Irma, …

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Qatar giving $30 mln to help Harvey victims in Texas

Floridians hustle to flee Irma MIAMI, Sept 9, (AP): With the window closing fast for anyone wanting to escape, Irma hurtled toward Florida with 130 mph winds Saturday on a shifting course that threatened the first direct hit on the Tampa area from a major hurricane in nearly a century. …

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Rohingya exodus nears 300K – Little US pressure amid ethnic cleansing

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sept 9, (AFP): Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted and the United Nations is braced for a further surge, officials said Saturday. The exodus figure has jumped about 20,000 in a day and from …

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Around-the-globe mission

A team of six naval officers are starting a historic and gruelling around-the-world mission on Sunday — the first circumnavigation of the globe by an Indian all-female crew. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, who is leading the voyage which will begin in the western state of Goa, told AFP the project …

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China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to “block extremism” and tackle what it sees as internal threats. The updated rules, released by China’s cabinet the State Council on Thursday, come as the country ratchets …

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Equifax hack hits 143mn – Breach sows chaos

NEW YORK, Sept 9, (AP): A day after credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that “criminals” had stolen vital data of about 143 million Americans, it had somehow managed to leave much of the public in the dark about their exposure, how they should protect themselves and what Equifax planned to do …

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Al-Roudhan to lure Chinese investments on Beijing visit

Both countries keen to boost bilateral relations KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for talks focused on attracting Chinese investments in Kuwait. Al-Roudhan, who doubles as State Youth Minister, is expected to meet CEOs of China’s biggest state-owned …

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