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UNSC delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council on Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war. A draft resolution aimed at ending the carnage in the eastern Ghouta district and elsewhere in...

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UNSC delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council on Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war. A draft resolution aimed at ending the carnage in the eastern Ghouta district and elsewhere in...

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Florida governor proposes new gun sale limits after school shooting

PARKLAND: Florida Governor Rick Scott, a loyal ally of the U.S. gun lobby under mounting pressure to act in the aftermath of last week’s deadly mass shooting, urged state lawmakers on Friday to tighten access to firearms for young people and the mentally disturbed. Scott said he would work with the Republican-controlled legislature over the next two weeks to raise...

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Ecuador admits failure of Assange efforts: FM

QUITO: Ecuador’s efforts to negotiate the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy have failed, the South American country’s foreign minister admitted Friday. "On the issue of mediation, I have to say very honestly that it has not been successful because two parties are needed to mediate. Ecuador is willing, by not necessarily the other party," said...

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In wake of #MeToo, anti-rape clothing aim to ease assault fears

LONDON: It was noon when marathon runner Sandra Seilz was assaulted by three men as she finished her training at a park in Germany. Pinned down, she managed to escape when a passerby came to her aid as the drunk men tried to pull down her pants. The assault prompted Seilz to create a line of ‘anti-rape’ shorts that use...

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Pentagon makes recommendations to White House on transgender individuals

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made his recommendations to the White House on transgender individuals serving in the military, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump’s call last year for a ban on such service. Major David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said the recommendations had been made earlier on Friday and the White House would make...

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Suicide bomber in Kabul kills one, injures six

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least one person, officials said. "This morning a suicide bomber blew up his explosives in Shash Darak area of Kabul, killing one and wounding six others," interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. A security source, who requested not to be...

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Trump to hit North Korea with ‘largest-ever’ sanctions

US President Donald Trump will on Friday announce sanctions against 56 North Korea-linked shipping and trade entities, hailing the "largest-ever" package of sanctions on the Pyongyang regime. Trump will use a speech to conservatives just outside Washington to step up his campaign of "maximum pressure," according to excerpts. "Today I am announcing that we are launching the LARGEST-EVER set of...

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Ahead of ground assaults 5-day airstrikes on Syria enclave kills more than 400 civilians

Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400. Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria's seven-year conflict failed to stop 46 more people being killed by air strikes and rocket fire. Regime backer Russia said...

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Donald Trump, gun lobby chief supports armed citizens as solution to shootings

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump and America’s powerful gun lobby on Thursday cast citizens with weapons as a solution to shootings, as it emerged an armed deputy was on campus during a deadly Florida rampage but failed to act. National Rifle Association (NRA) chief Wayne LaPierre hit back at what he called “the shameful politicisation of tragedy” and repeated the organisation’s...

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls for immediate free elections

TEHRAN: Iran´s hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the immediate holding of free presidential and parliamentary elections in a letter to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published on Thursday. The call, from a man whose name is synonymous with the bloody repression of mass protests against his controversial 2009 re-election, marked a new act of defiance against a political...

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Explosive device thrown into US embassy compound in Montenegro

A suicide attacker blew themself up after throwing an explosive device into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. Authorities in Podgorica have not released any theories as to the motive for the attack in the country which recently joined NATO despite opposition from some of the population and from where a number of jihadists have...

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Fresh rocket fire on Syria enclave kills 13: monitor

Rockets fired by Syrian regime forces killed at least 13 civilians in the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Thursday, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 people were killed in Douma, the main town in Eastern Ghouta, three of them children. "It was raining on the area so there are...

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Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group. Trump made the comment during an emotional hour-long White House meeting with students who survived the Florida shooting and a parent...

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Israeli intelligence helped Australia stop airliner attack: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his country's intelligence services had prevented the downing of an “Australian airliner” as part of wide-ranging international intelligence-sharing but gave no details. His comments, during a speech in Jerusalem to US Jewish leaders, followed a statement from the Israeli army that a branch of military intelligence known as “Unit 8200” had foiled...

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India police arrest pair over rape of mentally-ill woman

KOLKATA: Indian police said Wednesday they have arrested two men over the gang-rape of a mentally-ill woman in West Bengal state who required surgery after enduring the violent assault. The 27-year-old woman remains in a critical condition after being abducted Saturday evening from a carnival and taken to a field where she was assaulted with an iron bar. She was...

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Trudeau ‘assures’ India Canada won’t support Sikh separatists

NEW DELHI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to the holiest site of Sikhism in northern India on Wednesday where government leaders said he assured them his country won’t support anyone trying to revive a separatist movement in India. Canada is home to an influential Sikh community and Indian leaders say there are some fringe groups there that are still...

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