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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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UN demands Syria ceasefire as air strikes pound rebel areas

BEIRUT: The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. Separately, UN war crimes experts said they were investigating several reports of bombs allegedly containing chlorine gas being used against civilians...

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Afghan army officers fired over Kabul military base attack

KABUL: Seven Afghan army officers, including two generals, have been sacked over a deadly attack on a Kabul military base, President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday, as the Afghan capital braces for further assaults. At least five attackers — gunmen and suicide bombers — launched the pre-dawn raid claimed by Daesh on January 29, killing 11 soldiers and wounding 16. "Seven...

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US could lift aid suspension if Pakistan takes steps: State Department

WASHINGTON: The United States could consider ending a suspension of security assistance to Pakistan if Islamabad takes “decisive and sustained” actions against militant groups in the country, the State Department’s No. 2 official said on Tuesday. “We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns, including targeting all terrorist groups operating within its...

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China urges Pakistan to solve Chinese citizen’s killing

BEIJING, CHINA: China on Tuesday urged Pakistan to rapidly bring perpetrators to justice after unidentified gunmen shot at two Chinese nationals in the southern city of Karachi, killing one of them. The two Chinese were in their car in an upmarket area on Monday when the attackers in another car opened fire on their vehicle, according to police, describing it...

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Maldives chief justice arrested as crisis deepens

Maldives Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge were arrested at dawn Tuesday, hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency, police said. Justices Saeed and Ali Hameed were arrested along with the court´s top administrator Hassan Saeed after security forces stormed the court complex in Male, with police citing complaints of corruption against them in...

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Women show no sign of ‘shutting up’ about rights, says Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON: Although worldwide human rights are at risk with the United States ceding its leadership role, the momentum behind women’s rights has “never been stronger”, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday. Women’s rights advocates have become more vocal and show no signs of quieting down, said Clinton, who lost a bid in 2016 to become the...

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100 years on, real women’s equality remains elusive

LONDON: A century after women won the right to vote in Britain, the ideals of equality are resonating again in the global wave of sexual harassment allegations seen in recent months, a leading academic told AFP. "In both cases, it’s a discussion of equality," Myriam Boussahba-Bravard — a professor of women’s history and gender studies at Paris Diderot University —...

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Trump accuses House intel panel’s top Democrat of leaking information

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday accused US Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, of leaking “confidential” information. The panel is conducting one of several federal investigations into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly maintained there was no collusion between him and his campaign and Russia. “Adam (Schiff) leaves...

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Solidarity with Kashmiris in Brussels, condemn genocide at hands of India

BRUSSELS: A candlelight vigil was organized on Sunday in the capital of Belgium on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day. The event was organized by Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) in order to express solidarity with people of Kashmir suffering from crimes committed by Indian occupation forces for the last seven decades. A large number of people from all walks of...

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Myanmar denies report of mass graves in Rakhine

Myanmar on Saturday denied that there were five mass graves of Rohingya Muslims in a village in crisis-hit Rakhine state, saying that 19 "terrorists" had been killed and buried in the area. The denial was response to an Associated Press report that used testimony from dozens of Rohingya refugees and time-stamped cell phone videos to describe a massacre by soldiers...

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Trump ‘disappointed’ as McFarland withdraws nomination as envoy to Singapore

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Friday he was "disappointed" after K.T. McFarland — picked by him as his nominee to be the US ambassador to Singapore — asked to withdraw her stalled nomination, according to a statement released by the Office of the Press Secretary. McFarland was on Trump’s presidential transition team and later appointed as the deputy national...

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Rapes of Pakistan’s Zainab, Indian baby girl ‘heartbreaking’: UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has expressed intense sorrow over the recent sexual assaults on a seven-year-old girl in Pakistan and an eight-month-old baby girl in neighbouring India, saying the scourge of violence against females affected all countries. Responding to a question at the regular noon briefing at United Nations’ headquarters in New York, a spokesperson for Antonio Guterres —...

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France steps up rape inquiry of Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan

PARIS: Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan — a professor of Islamic studies — was ordered to remain in custody in France on Friday and notified that he was the target of a full investigation into rape accusations, a source with the prosecutor’s office said. Ramadan — who denies the allegations — took temporary leave in November from his post at Britain’s...

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With an eye on Russia, US to increase nuclear capabilities

WASHINGTON: Concerned about Russia’s growing tactical nuclear weapons, the United States will expand its nuclear capabilities, a policy document released on Friday said, a move some critics say could increase the risk of miscalculation between the two countries. It represents the latest sign of hardening resolve by President Donald Trump’s administration to address challenges from Russia, at the same time...

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US immigration deal by deadline ‘could very well not happen’: Trump

STERLING/WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS: The US Congress made no notable progress this week toward a deal on the status of 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants, with President Donald Trump saying on Friday that one “could very well not happen” by a deadline next month. Whether the lack of progress signalled the possibility of another federal government shutdown next week was unclear, but it...

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London mosque terror attacker jailed for 43 years

LONDON: A Briton who deliberately drove a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque, killing one man, was on Friday sentenced to life in prison with a minimum 43-year term. Darren Osborne, 48, from the Welsh capital Cardiff, was found guilty of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area of...

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