Monday , December 18 2017


Pakistan attacks kill 85 – US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan quits

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 24, (Agencies): The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said. Shahid Khan, a government official in …

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15 dead, over 100 missing in China landslide

BEIJING, June 24, (AFP): Rescuers pulled 15 bodies from an avalanche of rocks that buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as an increasingly bleak search for some 100 people carried into the night. Only three survivors — a couple and their one-month-old baby — have been found …

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‘Probable Baghdadi killed in May’ – DAESH destroys Al-Nuri mosque

MOSCOW, June 22, (Agencies): A senior Russian diplomat says the head of the Islamic State group has most likely been killed in a Russian airstrike. Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Thursday that “according to the Defense Ministry’s information, there is a high probability …

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Qatar sovereign fund moves stakes to govt

India to run extra Eid flights to Qatar due to embargo DOHA, June 22, (Agencies): Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has transferred over $30 billion worth of its domestic equity holdings to the finance ministry and may sell other assets as part of a restructuring drive, people familiar with the matter …

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‘Fighters’ in Marawi trapped, says army – Joint fight against militants

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 22, (Agencies): Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said on Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on. Despite signs that the insurgents are now on the back foot, …

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4 held in raids tied to Brussels attack – France ‘anti-terror’ law set

PARIS, June 22, (Agencies): French President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Thursday set out a tough new anti-terrorism law that has already faced protests from civil rights groups. The proposals presented to the first meeting of the reshuffl ed cabinet are designed to allow the lifting of the state of emergency …

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King Salman names son crown prince – Nephew replaces Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as Interior Minister

AMIR CONGRATULATES SAUDI KING ON APPOINTMENT DUBAI, June 21, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy and faces mounting tensions with regional rival Iran. Although Mohammed …

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US says frustrated over Qatar embargo – UN chief backs Kuwait mediation

WASHINGTON, June 21, (Agencies): The United States declared itself “mystified” on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have failed to justify their embargo on Qatar, and urged both sides to resolve the dangerous dispute. Signaling Washington’s mounting frustration at Riyadh’s role in the crisis, State Department spokeswoman Heather …

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Qatar rift risks raising cost for Gulf debt issuers

DUBAI/RIYADH June 21, (RTRS): Qatar’s rift with its Arab neighbours is threatening to puncture investor appetite for the Gulf region as a whole, translating into potentially higher debt costs for governments and possibly slowing the pace of Saudi Arabia’s economic reforms. Saudi, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke relations …

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