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Police family gunned down in Pakistan

Quetta, Pakistan Nov 16: A senior police officer and three of his family members including his wife and son were gunned down by unknown assailants in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta Wednesday, police said. The attack, which police say was targeted, comes a week after another senior officer was killed …

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Leaders fail to condemn attack on Rohingyas

MANILA, Nov 16, (Agencies): Southeast Asian leaders kept silent over accusations of ethnic cleansing carried out by Myanmar’s army in a statement Thursday, instead expressing support for the country’s efforts to bring peace and harmony to northern Rakhine state. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled mainly Buddhist Myanmar since …

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Russian planes hit DAESH

MOSCOW, Nov 15, (RTRS): Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province on Wednesday, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement. The TU-22M3 bombers took off from bases in Russia and overflew Iran and Iraq before launching the …

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Aid slow to reach Iranians – Quake survivors plead for help

KOUIK, Iran, Nov 15, (Agencies): Iranian survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people pleaded Wednesday for water, tents and other emergency supplies as aid trickled into remote villages near the Iraqi border. The government ordered rescuers to keep searching for people trapped under the rubble following …

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Mugabe power slips as military ‘steps in’ – ‘No takeover of govt’

HARARE, Nov 15, (AFP): Zimbabwe’s military appeared to be in control of the country Wednesday as generals denied staging a coup but used state television to vow to target “criminals” allied to President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power was dramatically weakened as military vehicles blocked roads outside the …

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Sovereign fund up amid turmoil – ‘Due process’

DUBAI, Nov 14, (RTRS): As Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge sends the shares of some if its companies into a tailspin, the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund has gained in value. Last week the market value of the Public Investment Fund’s portfolio of Saudi equities jumped by almost $3 billion, Reuters calculations …

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Kirkuk oil bound for Iran – Guards oversee Iraq investment

BAGHDAD/LONDON, Nov 14, (RTRS): After helping Iraq stifle a Kurdish push for independence, Iran is now positioning itself to take control of oil exports from the region’s giant Kirkuk field, with the first deliveries expected within days, officials and trading sources said. In the weeks since September’s failed Kurdish independence …

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Qatar set for long boycott

DOHA, Nov 14, (Agencies): Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday that Arab states that had imposed sanctions on his country in June over allegations of supporting terrorism were not interested in a solution to the crisis. Speaking to members of the Gulf Arab state’s Shoura Council, …

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AMIR CONDOLES IRAN, IRAQ … NO DAMAGE HERE

Quake trail of death claims over 400 – Desperate search for survivors TEHRAN, Iran, Nov 13, (Agencies): A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, …

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Aoun welcomes ‘home soon’ – Free in Saudi, says Hariri

BEIRUT, Nov 13, (Agencies): Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday he was happy to hear resigned prime minister Saad Hariri would be returning to Beirut from Saudi Arabia “soon”. Hariri stepped down from his post during a televised address more than a week ago from Riyadh and has remained …

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