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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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Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

LONDON: The former Oxfam country director at the centre of a prostitution scandal admitted to paying for sex at his charity-funded residence during an internal inquiry into the allegations, a report released Monday by the British organisation said. Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of three staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young...

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Everyone feared dead in Iranian Plane Crash

A domestic Iranian flight crashed in the southern Isfahan province on Sunday, according to reports in the Iranian media. Aseman Airline’s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in southern Isfahan province after disappearing from radar and had 66 people on board, according to Iranian officials. There were six crew members and 60 passengers in total. The ATR crashed near the city of Semirom,...

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U.N. council mulls condemning Iran over Yemen’s Houthis’ getting missiles

(Reuters) - - Britain, the United States and France want the United Nations Security Council to condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group and commit to take action over the sanctions violations, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Saturday. The draft text to renew U.N. sanctions...

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India, Iran sign pact during Rouhani visit on leasing port

NEW DELHI: India and Iran on Saturday signed agreements including Tehran leasing to New Delhi operational control of part of the Iranian east coast port of Chabahar for 18 months. The $85 million project, just 90 km from the China-sponsored Gwadar port in Pakistan, creates a transit route between India, Iran and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan. India is trying to develop...

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Three suicide bombers kill 18 in Nigeria’s Maiduguri: police

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Three suicide bombers killed 18 people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, capital of the state worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, its police commissioner said on Saturday. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of the Islamist militant group, which has killed more...

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FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

PARKLAND: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting. The disclosure sparked angry disbelief from residents of the Miami suburb of Parkland...

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Strong earthquake shakes Mexico, causing panic

MEXICO CITY: A strong earthquake shook southern and central Mexico Friday, causing panic less than six months after two devastating quakes that killed hundreds of people. No buildings collapsed, according to early reports. But two towns near the epicenter, in the southern state of Oaxaca, reported damage and state authorities said they had opened emergency shelters. Both Mexico´s National Seismological...

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Haiti president says many aid organisations hid misconduct

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti’s president said on Friday that sexual misconduct by the staff of British charity Oxfam was only the tip of an “iceberg” and called for investigations into Doctors Without Borders and other aid organisations which came to the country after its 2010 earthquake. “The Oxfam case is the visible part of the iceberg,” President Jovenel Moise said in a...

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US top court mulls whether to take up ‘Dreamers’ dispute

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Friday discussed in private how to handle President Donald Trump’s appeal of a judge’s decision blocking his plan to end protections for young illegal immigrants dubbed “Dreamers,” and the nine justices could announce as early as Tuesday whether they will take up the case. Trump’s administration is appealing San Francisco-based US District Judge William...

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Mumbai Attacks: India spearheaded with U.S, Israel intelligence; claims author

  Startling revelation or perhaps known much before has now been validated by German author Elias Davidson in his book ' Betrayal of India' where the author exposed the hidden nexus between India, U.S. and Israel intelligence agencies in Mumbai attacks, 2008. The author also claimed that the attacks were carried out in Mumbai to give impressions that India was under constant...

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US Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo

WASHINGTON: The US Senate rejected a series of bills to protect “Dreamer” immigrants on Thursday, leaving in limbo the future of 1.8 million young adults brought to the United States illegally as children. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward on four separate proposals, including one backed by President Donald Trump and a bipartisan bill...

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Former student confesses to Florida school shooting

A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him. As Americans reeled from the country's worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook six years ago, President Donald Trump...

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US court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the US Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday in another legal setback for the policy. The Richmond-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 9-4 vote, became the second federal appeals court to rule against the ban,...

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Saudi cleric endorses Valentine’s Day as ‘positive event’, not linked to religion

RIYADH: A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine´s Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a "positive social event" that was not linked to religion. The comment from Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi, former chief of the religious police in the holy city of Mecca, comes as 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues a far-reaching liberalisation drive that...

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17 killed in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

PARKLAND: A former student at a Florida high school opened fire in the institute on Wednesday, causing “numerous fatalities” and wounding at least 50 before he was arrested by police, authorities said. At least 17 people were reported dead, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — about 72 kilometres (45 miles)...

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Israelis believe police over Netanyahu: polls

JERUSALEM: Almost half of Israel’s electorate believe the country’s police, who say they have gathered evidence against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for him to be charged with bribery, a poll showed on Wednesday. A police statement on Tuesday said enough evidence had been found for the 68-year-old premier to be charged in two separate cases, one of the...

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