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India says 39 workers abducted in Iraq in 2015 dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s foreign minister says the bodies have been found of 39 Indian workers who were abducted by militants in Iraq three years ago. The abducted workers, mostly from northern India, had been employed by a construction company near Mosul when militants overran the Iraqi city and …

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British woman killed in fighting alongside Kurds

BEIRUT, March 19, (AFP): A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the Syrian region of Afrin was killed in the Turkish-led offensive on the area, a spokeswoman for the forces said Monday. Anna Campbell was killed last week in the Afrin enclave, said Nisrin Abdallah, a spokeswoman for the …

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Top court cancels bail for Bangladesh opposition chief Khaleda Zia

Dhaka, March 19, 2018 (AFP) -Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Monday halted the release of opposition leader Khaleda Zia on bail, deepening a political crisis ahead of a national election due in December. The top justices suspended a lower court’s decision to grant Zia bail until May, prompting a sharp reaction …

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Putin claims crushing victory in Russian presidential vote

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia’s president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that “we are bound for success.” There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; …

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EUROPEANS MULL NEW SANCTIONS TO SAVE IRAN ACCORD – Trump seen likely to pull out of N-deal

WASHINGTON, March 18, (Agencies): Republican US Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May. “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and right now it doesn’t feel …

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Turkey, rebels take Afrin – Kurds pull out for guerrilla war

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, March 18, (Agencies): Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their fl ags in the town centre and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. A spokesman for the rebel fighters said …

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7 Bangladeshi Islamist militants to hang for Sufi murder

Dhaka, March 18, 2018 (AFP) -Seven Islamist militants were sentenced to death Sunday in Bangladesh for the murder of a Sufi shrine caretaker in 2015, at the height of a wave of attacks which swept the South Asian country. The defendants were convicted by a special court in the northern …

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Turkey’s president says allied Syrian forces have taken control of town center of Afrin, driving out Kurdish militia

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish news agency and Syrian activists say Turkey-backed forces have reached the center of the Syrian town of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old Turkish offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia. Turkey views the Kurdish forces in the Afrin enclave along the border as terrorists …

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Philippines’ Duterte urges other nations to quit ICC – Calls ICC a part of “White idiots in the EU”

Manila , Philippines, March 18, 2018 (AFP) -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged other nations to follow his move to quit the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. Duterte lashed out at the war crimes tribunal days after his government notified the United Nations of …

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Four killed, 19 trapped in Philippine hotel fire

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fire that hit a hotel and casino complex in the Philippine capital on Sunday killed at least four employees, trapped two others and forced the evacuation of more than 300 guests, some by helicopter. Police said it remains unclear if the fire at the Manila …

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