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ISPR announces high-level appointments in Pakistan Army

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday announced major high-level appointments. According to the official statement issued today, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was appointed as Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) while Lieutenant General Amir Abbasi was appointed Quarter Master General of the Grand Headquarters, Rawalpindi. The Lieutenant General Moazzam Ijaz was appointed as Engineer...

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Assad assures Putin of ‘readiness’ to respect Syria ceasefire: Kremlin

MOSCOW: Syrian President Bashar Assad has assured Russian strongman Vladimir Putin of his government's readiness to respect a ceasefire deal brokered by Moscow and Washington, the Kremlin said Wednesday. "A phone call took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar Assad," the Kremlin said in a statement. "In particular, (Assad) confirmed the readiness...

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Obama presents plan to close Guantanamo prison

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday presented a long-awaited roadmap to close the controversial US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying it was time to shutter a facility that betrayed US interests and values. With less than a year left in office, Obama unveiled a plan that says the United States should continue to transfer low-risk detainees to other countries...

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One dead, several injured after Dutch passenger train derails

AMSTERDAM: A Dutch passenger train derailed on Tuesday after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reported. Photos of the crash in Dalfsen, 120 km (75 miles) east of Amsterdam, showed four passenger cars on their side after colliding with the crane. Mayor Han Noten told Dutch radio broadcaster NOS that...

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Singapore says deports 4 Indonesians for links to IS

SINGAPORE: Singapore said Tuesday that it had deported four Indonesians it says were on their way to Syria to join the Islamic State group. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the four "were deported to Indonesia after investigations revealed that they had plans to make their way to Syria to fight for ISIS." ISIS is another acronym for the Islamic...

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Death toll from India caste riots rises to 19: official

SONIPAT, India: The death toll from caste riots in northern India has risen to 19, a state government official told AFP on Monday, adding that the protests had eased overnight. Authorities said some districts had now lifted a curfew imposed after the outbreak Friday of deadly riots in Haryana state by members of the Jat rural caste. "Nineteen people have...

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Shooting in Michigan leaves seven dead: Police

CHICAGO/KALAMAZOO: Seven people have been shot and killed in Kalamazoo County, in the northern American state of Michigan, local media reported late Saturday citing police. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said that six people had been shot and killed on Saturday on spot evening in parking lots at three locations ─ a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a Ford dealership and an apartment...

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Two Indian soldiers killed, 10 wounded in attack in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: Gunmen attacked a paramilitary convoy in restive Indian-held Kashmir on Saturday, killing two army men before entering a government-run training institute with 100 people inside, police said, with firing still ongoing. The militants, believed to be rebels opposed to Indian rule, assaulted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy before paramilitaries engaged them in a firefight in the...

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Afghan troops pull out of strategic Helmand district

LASHKAR GAH: Afghan forces have pulled out of bases in Musa Qala, a strategic district of the southern province of Helmand, after months of heavy fighting with Taliban insurgents, officials said on Saturday. Helmand, a traditional heartland of the Taliban and one of the world's biggest centers of opium production, has been threatened for months and the United States recently...

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At least 19 dead in suicide attack in north Cameroon

YAOUNDE: Two suicide bombers killed at least 19 people and injured 50 others in a market in Meme, northern Cameroon, on Friday, military sources told Reuters. Two men walked into the market and blew themselves up, one of the officials based in northern Cameroon said, adding that the number of dead and injured is subject to change. There has so...

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Turkey arrests three more over Ankara attack, case almost solved

ANKARA: Turkey has detained three more suspects over the attack on a convoy of military buses in Ankara that killed 28 people, prosecutors said Friday, adding that the case was almost solved. The government has blamed a Syrian Kurdish group classified as a terror organisation by Ankara as well as homegrown Kurdish militants for the car bombing on Wednesday in...

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Mumbai train runs over four Indian labourers

MUMBAI: A Mumbai commuter train hit and killed four labourers who were walking between the tracks Friday, an official said, the latest deadly incident on the city’s notoriously dangerous rail network. The victims, aged between 18 and 27, were run over around 6:20 am (0050 GMT) between the Kurla and Vidyavihar stations in the north of India’s teeming financial capital....

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At least 38 killed in US-led strikes in Syria’s Hasaka over 48 hours: Monitor

BEIRUT: At least 38 people were killed in air strikes carried out by a U.S.-led coalition in Hasaka province in northeast Syria in the past two days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Thursday. The toll included at least 15 people who were killed when strikes hit a bakery in the city of al-Shadadi near the...

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University of Texas allows guns in classrooms

CHICAGO: The University of Texas at Austin begrudgingly agreed Wednesday to allow students to carry guns into classrooms, months after state lawmakers passed a bill outlawing gun bans at public universities. "I do not believe handguns belong on a university campus, so this decision has been the greatest challenge of my presidency to date," university president Gregory Fenves said in...

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Aid reaches residents of besieged Syrian towns: U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered five besieged areas of Syria scheduled for deliveries on Wednesday in a U.N.-backed deal to deliver help to thousands of trapped residents, the United Nations said. The Syrian government approved access to seven besieged areas after crisis talks in Damascus on Tuesday, a week ahead of a planned resumption of peace negotiations...

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Saudi executes two Yemeni drug traffickers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed two Yemenis convicted of trying to smuggle hashish, bringing to 62 the number of people it has put to death this year. The interior ministry said Ahmed Mubarak and Abdul Salam al-Jamali were executed in the southwestern city of Jazan, near their homeland. Most people sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded by...

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United States wants NATO to step up fight against Islamic State

BRUSSELS: The United States is pressing NATO to play a bigger role against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, putting Washington at odds with Germany and France which fear the strategy would risk confrontation with the alliance's old Cold War foe Russia. All 28 NATO allies are already part of a 66-nation anti-Islamic State coalition, so the United States is...

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