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Donald Trump terms White house discussion on Afghan peace deal ‘very good’

The White House signaled progress on Friday in preparations for a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying that discussions between President Donald Trump and top advisers went “very well”. Trump met at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course with national security advisers including Defence Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the Chairman of the Joint...

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Obama cites progress in U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON: The United States and Iran have narrowed their differences in nuclear weapons negotiations, President Barack Obama said in the face of a renewed Republican warning on Sunday that any deal will face a tough congressional review. "We have made progress in narrowing the gaps, but those gaps still exist," Obama said in an interview'. He nonetheless repeated he was...

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Israeli defense candidates refrain from going on offensive over Gaza

JERUSALEM: The good news is that, 10 days before the election, they are finally talking about last summer’s Gaza war and the 73 casualties on the Israeli side. (No representative of any party right of Meretz will mention the more than 2,200 Palestinians killed, more than half of whom were civilians.) In a public event in Be’er Sheva on Saturday,...

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Gunmen kill more than 12 ISIS militants in eastern Syria

BEIRUT: Unidentified gunmen attacked Islamic State militants in the eastern Syrian town of al-Mayadin overnight, killing more than 12, the latest in a series of guerrilla attacks on the ultra-hardline group in areas it controls near the Iraqi border. The attacks in Deir al-Zor province were carried out by two separate groups of gunmen, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...

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Escalating air war on IS not the answer: US general

ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE: The US military’s top officer Sunday defended the pace of the air war against Islamic State jihadists, warning that escalating bombing raids or sending in more American troops would be a mistake. During a visit to a French aircraft carrier in the Gulf taking part in the air campaign, General Martin Dempsey appealed for "strategic...

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22 people arrested in India after mob lynches rape suspect

GUWAHATI: Indian police arrested 22 people on Sunday over last week's storming of a high security prison in the northeast of the country and subsequent lynching of a rape suspect, an act of mob violence that sparked protests in a region divided on religious and ethnic lines. Several thousand people in restive Nagaland state attacked the prison to drag out...

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Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after IS pledge of allegiance

NIAMEY: Niger and Chad on Sunday launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq. The attacks, which follow a sustained build-up of troops in southern Niger, opens up a new front in regional efforts to wipe out the Islamist group, whose...

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Two charged with Nemtsov killing include former Chechen policeman

MOSCOW: Russian authorities said on Sunday they had charged two men over the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and said one of them was a former senior policeman from the mainly Muslim region of Chechnya who had confessed to involvement in the crime. The two were among five men, all ethnic Chechens, frogmarched into a Moscow courtroom on Sunday,...

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Justice system against terrorism is better for everyone: Obama

ALABAMA: It has been 50 years of police torture on marchers for citizen rights in United States, while addressing the ceremony on this occasion, President Obama said that US is seeking positive changes in the world and the justice system against terrorism is in favor of everyone. 50 years ago a campaign was carried out to provide voting rights to...

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Boko Haram declares allegiance to Islamic State

Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, according to a video posted online. The pledge came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence...

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Iran’s role worries anti-IS coalition: US general

ABOARD AIRCRAFT: The US military's top officer said Friday Iran was bolstering the firepower of Shia militias in Iraq but it remained unclear if Tehran was a help or a hindrance to the fight against Islamic State group jihadists. General Martin Dempsey, speaking to reporters aboard his plane en route to a visit to Bahrain and Iraq, said he would...

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Major CIA overhaul ramps up focus on cyber operations

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations, CIA director John Brennan said. Brennan said he is creating new units within the CIA, called “mission centers,” intended to concentrate the agency’s focus on specific challenges or geographic...

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Indian fishermen will be shot if they cross border: Sri Lankan PM

COLOMBO: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the island nation, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe on Friday made a contentious comment saying it was their right to shoot Indian fishermen crossing Sri Lankan borders. "If someone tries to break into my house, I can shoot. If he gets killed, law allows me to do that," he said...

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UN condemns destruction of Nimrud heritage site in northern Iraq

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday strongly condemned the Islamic State group’s bulldozing of the ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud, describing it as a war crime. Ban urged political and religious leaders in the region to speak out in condemnation of “these unacceptable attacks.” “The deliberate destruction of our common cultural heritage constitutes a war crime and represents...

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Muslim man shot dead in Dallas while taking pictures of snow

DALLAS: Another Muslim man has been shot dead in the United States while he was taking pictures of the snow with his family in. Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, who came to the US from Iraq about one month ago, was killed in a shooting incident. The victim died from his injuries after he was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas...

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46000 Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State: Study

Washington: At least 46,000 Twitter accounts have been linked to supporters of the Islamic State (IS) in late 2014, a research report released in Washington showed. The study released Thursday by the Brookings Institution found that even though many accounts were suspended by the messaging platform, the numbers remained high. 'From September through December 2014, the authors estimate that at...

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Boko Haram readies for battle in NE Nigeria: Residents

MAIDUGURI: Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said. A woman trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that Islamic extremists are urging civilians to leave town to avoid being killed in crossfire in an...

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