Wednesday , March 21 2018


Pakistan rejects role of ‘scapegoat for US failures’ – US officials warn aid cut

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 23, (Agencies): Pakistan has rejected US criticism of its efforts to fight terrorism, saying it should not be made a scapegoat for the failure of the US military to win the war in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump unveiled his policy for Afghanistan on Monday, stepping up …

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Spain police find belt with real explosives

2 held in Morocco over suspected links to Barcelona attackers MADRID, Aug 23, (Agencies): Police in northeastern Spain said Wednesday they found a belt charged with real explosives in a house where a fatal explosion last week derailed the initial plans by an extremist cell to strike with bombs in …

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Muslim rebel group sounds IS alarm – MILF seeking to prevent militants from gaining foothold

DATU SALIBO, Philippines, Aug 23, (AFP): The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group said Wednesday it had lost 10 fighters in battles to stop a “growing force” of radical militants who support the Islamic State group. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent the militants from gaining a foothold …

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Trump talks tough on Pakistan – US commits to open-ended Afghan war

WASHINGTON/KABUL, Aug 22, (RTRS): President Donald Trump committed US troops to an open-ended war in Afghanistan, a decision the Afghan government welcomed on Tuesday but which Taleban insurgents warned would make the country a “graveyard for the American empire”. Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but promised …

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US, Qatar stage exercise – Row over Hajj

DOHA, Aug 22, (Agencies): Qatari and US paratroopers held a joint training exercise in crisis-hit Doha on Tuesday which American officials said reinforced “the enduring military-tomilitary” partnership between the two countries. The “Friendship Jump” comes at a time of high political tension in the Gulf, where a boycott of Qatar …

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‘Triple talaq unconstitutional’ – Instant divorce banned

NEW DELHI, Aug 22, (Agencies): India’s top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, ending a long tradition that many Muslim women had fiercely opposed. The Supreme Court ruled that the practice of “triple talaq”, whereby Muslim men can divorce their …

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US says some remains of sailors found

Search and rescue ops continue after warship, oil tanker collision SINGAPORE, Aug 22, (AP): Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the US Pacific Fleet commander …

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Barcelona attack fugitive shot dead – Suspect left van attack site on foot

FIFTEENTH VICTIM MURDERED IN CAR-JACKING ESCAPE SUBIRATS, Spain, Aug 21, (Agencies): A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car. The fugitive was wearing …

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Finland seeks detention of 5 – Suspect in stabbing asylum seeker

HELSINKI, Aug 21, (RTRS): Finnish police have requested that all five people arrested after a man went on stabbing rampage last week, killing two people and wounding eight, should be held in pre-trial detention. The main suspect, 18-yearold Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Mechkah, is being investigated for two cases of …

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