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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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Iraq’s parliament approves new government

Iraq’s parliament has officially named Haider al-Abbadi as the country’s new prime minister and approved most of his proposed Cabinet, as the country battles to take back territory lost to the Islamic State group. Legislators on Monday approved all of the candidates proposed for Iraq’s new government, with the exception of two posts, namely the defence and interior ministers. Al-Abbadi...

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Indian PM to visit White House on Sept 29-30

WASHINGTON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for years barred from visiting the United States, will meet President Barack Obama in two days of eagerly awaited White House talks at the end of the month. The meetings, on September 29 and 30, will take place on Modi´s first visit to Washington since he led his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)...

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Egypt ex-President Morsi charged over Qatar files leak

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being charged with handing over national security documents to Qatar, the state prosecutor says. Relations between Egypt and Qatar have been strained since the military ousted Mr Morsi in July 2013 after protests against his one-year rule. Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group to which he belongs. He faces several trials for...

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Five civilians killed in Iraq airstrike miss

Mosul: Five civilians were killed and eight injured when warplanes missed their target on Friday in an attempted strike on the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul used as headquarters by Islamic State (IS) militants, local sources said. Iraqi warplanes carried out the attack on the consulate headquarters but the bombs or missiles missed and hit nearby...

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Australia to sign uranium export deal with India

NEW DELHI: Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with his Indian counterpart Friday on a two-day state visit during which they are expected to sign a deal to allow the export of Australian uranium to India for use in power generation. The agreement is expected to be signed Friday evening. Australia, which has almost a third of the world’s known...

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Obama sends 350 more troops to Baghdad

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to safeguard American diplomats in the Iraqi capital, increasing the US military presence to more than 1,000 forces. The move comes after a request last month from the State Department for additional US troops to bolster security for the US embassy and other facilities in Iraq,...

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Majority of Brits oppose UK bombing ISIL: Poll

A poll has revealed that a majority of people in Britain are opposed to bombing ISIL, while Prime Minister David Cameron says he is ready to “act immediately.” The ComRess poll published by The Independent on Tuesday showed 50 percent of Britons are against Britain joining US airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. This is while 35 percent support...

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Fast food workers will protest in 150 US cities on Thursday

American fast food workers are planning to stage nationwide demonstrations across the United States to protest against their low wages. Organizers said thousands of workers will participate in the rallies in 150 cities on Thursday. “They’re going to use nonviolent civil disobedience as a way to call attention to what they’re facing,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service...

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No breakthrough in talks over Afghan unity govt formation

The representatives of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai met on Friday to discuss ways for the formation of the national unity government. According to reports, the meeting on Friday ended without any breakthrough to reach an agreement. A senior member of Dr. Abdullah’s camp confirmed that negotiations still continue between the two presidential candidates to reach an...

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Ukraine rebels to open path for trapped army

Ukraine’s pro-Moscow separatists have agreed to let encircled Ukrainian government forces leave the rebel-held eastern town of Novoazovsk a day after capturing following intervention from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We are ready to give a humanitarian corridor,” Alexander Zakharchenko, a rebel leader, told Rossiya 24 TV on Friday, adding that troops would have to leave their heavy armoured vehicles and...

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Obama admits ‘no strategy’ on IS in Syria

Barack Obama has said the US has “no strategy” against the Islamic State in Syria but said officials had been asked to prepare a range of military options for confronting the group. The US president’s comments on Thursday cautioned against speculation that he was close to a decision to expand his air campaign against the Islamic State beyond Iraq. “I...

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US moves prisoners from Afghan prison to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has moved additional prisoners out of a small military prison in Afghanistan, bringing the number of people remaining at the US detention center near the Afghan capital to under 30, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. “Nine prisoners were sent to Pakistan last week from the Parwan detention center, located on a military base near Kabul,” said...

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Jammu & Kashmir assembly passes resolution asking India to resume Pak talks

The Jammu and Kashmir state legislative assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution saying the state government shall urge the Center to resume Indo-Pak dialogue process. The resolution which was brought in by the chairman of the council, also calls upon the center to ensure the prevention of firing which has caused loss of human life and property, and also ensure...

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IMF’s Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Lawyer Yves Repiquet told Reuters that Lagarde, who this week was questioned by magistrates in Paris for a fourth time under her existing status as...

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Islamic State demands $6.6mn and Aafia for female American hostage

Islamic State militants are holding a third American hostage, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker kidnapped last year in Syria. The jihadist group is demanding a ransom of $6.6 million and the release of a Muslim woman from a US prison. The kidnapped woman, whose family asked not to be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be...

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UN chief asks Pak-India to resolve issues through dialogue

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked Pakistan and India to resolve their issues peacefully and through dialogue, against the backdrop of cancellation of foreign-secretary level talks between the two nations and continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan along border posts. “The Secretary-General calls on both sides to solve the issues peacefully and through dialogue,” according to a statement given from the...

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