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Iraqi forces battle jihadists deep inside Mosul

BARTALLA (AFP) – Iraqi forces battled jihadists deep inside Mosul Wednesday, edging closer to the River Tigris that divides the city and looking for a breakthrough in the seven-week-old offensive. The fighting to retake the Islamic State (IS) group s last major stronghold in Iraq has prompted a steady trickle of people to leave their homes,

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EU regional seminar to facilitate safer migration in S Asia

KATHMANDU (Sarzameen News) – In light of the many challenges faced in the South Asian region in regards to migrant workers, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Nepal hosted a regional seminar on “Making Labour Migration Easy and Safe in South Asia” in Kathmandu with the support of DAI Europe and Centre for South Asian

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Pak-China friendship based on trust, mutual support: Chinese president

BEIJING (Sarzameen News) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that friendship between the two is based on trust and mutual support, and we have been devoted friends through good and hard times. In an official message on the occasion of launching of web site for the China -Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Wednesday, he

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80,000 have fled east Aleppo since army operation began: monitor

BEIRUT (AFP) – At least 80,000 people have fled east Aleppo since the Syrian army began an operation in mid-November to recapture the rebel-held sector of the second city, a monitor said Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the figure included residents who have sought refuge in the government-held west of the city

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At least 25 killed, dozens trapped under rubble after Indonesian earthquake

MEUREUDU (AFP) – At least 25 people died and hundreds were injured after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, local officials said. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district at dawn, as some in the predominantly Muslim region prepared for morning prayers. Mosques and shops were flattened

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Amid defiance on roads, shutdown continues in Kashmir

SRINAGAR (Sarzameen News) – Amid heavy flow of transport on almost all routes of the Valley including in summer capital here, shutdown in continuity of present uprising continued in Kashmir on the call of joint resistance leadership during which petrol bombs were hurled on (Indian occupied) government forces in Noorbagh area of Srinagar. Despite shutdown call,

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Syria rebels reject Aleppo exit as army advances

ALEPPO (AFP) – Russia said Monday it would hold talks with Washington on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria s Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions rejected any evacuation. President Bashar al-Assad s forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo since they began an operation to recapture

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IS loses Libya bastion in major blow to jihadists

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Forces loyal to Libya s UN-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of Sirte from the Islamic State group, in a major blow to the jihadists who fought for months to retain their bastion. The battle for the coastal city, which was the last significant territory held by IS in Libya,

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Trump can use his ‘deal-making skill’ to resolve Kashmir issue: Pence

WASHINGTON (Sarzameen News) – US vice-president-elect Mike Pence in an interview with US media said that president-elect Donald Trump can use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to resolve the Kashmir issue. Pence also said the new US administration intends to be “fully engaged” in South Asia and with India and Pakistan on issues such as Kashmir

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Yasin Malik arrested ahead of march in IHK

SRINAGAR (Sarzameen News) – The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested on Monday to prevent him from leading a pro-freedom march in Srinagar. Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested outside the shrine of Dastgeer Sahab (RA) in Sara-e-Bala locality of Srinagar after he tried to march towards Lal Chowk. The

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