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Bus, oil tanker collision kills 9 on a Pakistani highway

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a passenger bus has collided head on with an oil tanker on an inter-city highway, killing nine people and injuring 30. A police officer says the accident took place near the garrison city of Rawalpindi. Abdus Shakoor says the bus was on its way …

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In Syria’s Ghouta, shelters are tombs for the living

BEIRUT (AP) — There have been many goodbyes in eastern Ghouta — more than 600 in the past two weeks. That is the estimated number of civilians killed in the Syrian military’s offensive to recapture the region adjacent to the capital, Damascus, under opposition control for nearly six years. There …

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‘Iraqis grateful for help from Kuwait’ – Speaker meets Al-Jabouri

KUWAIT CITY, March 4, (KUNA): Iraq’s top lawmaker Dr Salim Al-Jabouri on Sunday said he was thankful for the support Kuwait has given his war-torn country, with aid running the gamut from humanitarian to relief assistance. Iraq “wants to turn a new page in its relationship with its Arab neighbors, …

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France warns of sanctions – Iran denies link to Bahrain cell

PARIS, March 4, (Agencies): France’s foreign minister told Iran ahead of a visit to Tehran on Monday that the country needed to address concerns over its ballistic missile programme or risked new sanctions. “There are ballistic programmes of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometres which are not compatible with …

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Assad retakes quarter of enclave

DAMASCUS, March 4, (Agencies): Syria’s regime has seized control of over a quarter of rebel-held eastern Ghouta on the edge of Damascus after two weeks of devastating bombardment, sending hundreds of civilians into flight, a monitor said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime forces had advanced to …

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Bahrain arrests 116 in alleged Iran-linked cell

‘Armed network set up by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ DUBAI, March 3, (Agencies): Bahrain said on Saturday that it had arrested 116 people accused of belonging to a “terror” cell allegedly linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. An official statement on state news agency BNA said that security services had in the …

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Syria bloodshed must end – KUWAIT CALLS FOR PERMANENT SOLUTION

UN points to likely war crimes in Syria GENEVA, March 3, (Agencies): Kuwait warned Friday that the ongoing humanitarian fallouts in Syria are threatening the overall international political situation. The international community must stop the bloodshed in Syria and find comprehensive and permanent solution for the crisis, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative …

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Turkish airstrikes kill 36 in Afrin

BEIRUT, March 3, (Agencies): Turkish air strikes killed at least 36 pro-regime fighters backing Kurdish militia in Syria’s northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democractic Forces alliance said the Turkish raids targeted pro-regime positions, but gave no death toll. The Britain-based Syrian …

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Indian women sail into Cape Town during circumnavigation

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An Indian navy sailboat with an all-female crew has reached South Africa as it nears the end of a circumnavigation of the globe. The INSV Tarini on Friday sailed into Cape Town, its last port of call before returning to the Indian port of Goa. The 56-foot …

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More than 100 killed since Philippine police returned to Duterte’s drug war

Manila, March 3, 2018 (AFP) -More than 100 drug suspects have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police to rejoin his “war on drugs”, an official said Saturday. Duterte was elected in 2016 on a promise to eradicate drugs, and launched an unprecedented campaign in which — …

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