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War kills more than 100,000 babies a year, says Save the Children

MUNICH: At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday. In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017. They succumbed to war and its effects, among them hunger, damage...

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Venezuela’s Juan Guaido calls for new anti-Maduro protests

Venezuela´s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido called Sunday for two new protests, in an effort to push the military to turn against leader Nicolas Maduro and back a European ultimatum demanding free elections within the week. In a video posted on Twitter, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly said the first of the nationwide strikes, on Wednesday from noon to...

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Brazil dam disaster leaves 34 dead, hundreds missing

BRUMADINHO: Thirty-four people were confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing Saturday, with hopes fading of them being found alive, after a dam collapsed at a mine in southeast Brazil. The disaster struck Friday at the Vale mine near the city of Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais state, spewing millions of tons of muddy sludge across the facility and down towards...

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Round of U.S.-Taliban talks ends with progress on draft peace deal: Taliban officials

Taliban negotiators and United States officials meeting in Qatar on Saturday finalised clauses to be included in a draft agreement to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, according to Taliban sources. Details provided by the sources to Reuters include apparent concessions from both sides, with foreign forces to be withdrawn from the country in 18 months from the future signing of...

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Indian Republic Day: Kashmiris observing black day

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Indian Republic Day, on Saturday, as Black Day in protest against India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The Joint Resistance Leadership has asked the Kashmiri people to observe complete shutdown on Indian Republic Day, the 26th January, to mark the day as Black...

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Donald Trump climbs down in wall row, Congress passes bill ending shutdown

President Donald Trump on Friday brought a temporary end to the longest government shutdown in US history, while dropping his previous insistence on immediate funding for wall construction along the Mexican border. The announcement in the White House Rose Garden on the bipartisan deal marked a retreat by Trump, suspending a political row that has paralyzed Washington, disrupted air travel...

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Mullah Baradar appointed new head of Taliban office in Doha

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have appointed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the movement as the new head of their political office in Doha, where talks have been held since Monday with US officials seeking to end 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan. "The esteemed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been appointed ... chief of the political office," Taliban spokesman...

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UN expert to lead international inquiry into Khashoggi murder

GENEVA: The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions told Reuters on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry” into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents...

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Taliban spokesman says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

KABUL: Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, according to the insurgents, as the two sides pursue a potential deal to bring an end to Afghanistan´s 17-year conflict. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to AFP that "discussions are still ongoing". "We will talk in detail later when we reach agreement," the spokesman...

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Kim Jong Un expresses ‘great satisfaction’ over Trump letter: KCNA

SEOUL: North Korea's Kim Jong Un has expressed "great satisfaction" after receiving a letter from US President Donald Trump, KCNA news agency said Thursday, ahead of a planned summit between the two leaders. "He spoke highly of President Trump for expressing his unusual determination and will... with a great interest in the second DPRK-US summit," KCNA said, using the initials...

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Momentum gathers behind British MPs’ bid to stop no-deal Brexit

LONDON: An attempt by British lawmakers to prevent a no-deal Brexit was gaining momentum on Wednesday after the opposition Labour Party said it was highly likely to throw its parliamentary weight behind the bid. The United Kingdom, in the deepest political crisis since World War Two, is due according to law to leave the European Union at 2300 GMT on...

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FBI says ‘can’t pay informants’ during government shutdown

WASHINGTON: FBI agents complained Monday that the month-old US government shutdown is preventing them from paying informants, buying drugs undercover in narcotics busts, and even renewing their own security clearances. Investigations and prosecutions are suffering from the lack of money to travel to interview witnesses or funds to pay translators, agents are saying, according to Tom O'Connor, president of the...

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Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off Indonesia’s Sumbawa

SINGAPORE: An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck south of the Indonesian town of Raba, off the central island of Sumbawa, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the second quake to hit the area on Tuesday. There was no immediate tsunami warning or reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 36 km (22 miles), at...

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Turkey planning international investigation into Jamal Khashoggi case

ANKARA: Turkey is planning to launch an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will take further steps in the coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by state-owned media. Khashoggi, a royal insider who became a critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and began writing for the Washington Post...

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Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100

KABUL: A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan on Monday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months. Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of the National Directorate for Security in...

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Total lunar eclipse leaves skywatchers in awe

Thousands of skywatchers across Europe, Africa and the Americas battled sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of an unusual set of circumstances resulting in a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon. The full Moon appears bigger than normal because it is closer to the Earth — about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away — which earns it the...

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Mexico illegal fuel pipeline blast kills 73

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico - At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast. Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred...

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