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Arab coalition declares 48-hour Yemen truce from Saturday

RIYADH (AFP) – A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Iran-backed rebels declared a 48-hour ceasefire to begin in Yemen Saturday, it said in a statement on the kingdom’s SPA news agency website. “It has been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen’s timing (0900 GMT) on Saturday,” the coalition statement

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Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25 mn

NEW YORK (AFP) – US President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement in class action lawsuits accusing the now-defunct Trump University of fraud — a deal that will spare him the embarrassment of further legal wrangling as he prepares to enter the White House. “Today s $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning

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12 killed in suicide car bomb in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AFP) – At least 12 people were killed and 35 injured when a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives at a wedding in a town of Ameriyat, Falluja, on Thursday. According to media reports, the attack appeared to have targeted the officials opposed to Daesh (IS) who were attending the wedding. Daesh

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73 killed in fuel truck explosion in Mozambique

MAPUTO (AFP) –  At least 73 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in siphon fuel truck explosion near the border with Malawi. According to an official, the truck was transporting fuel to Malawi from the city of Beira. The tragic incident took place when residents tried to take petrol from the truck

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US in close communication with Pakistan, India to ease tensions at LoC

WASHINTON (Monitoring Desk) –  The US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby has said his country is in close communication with Pakistan and India to ease tensions at the borders. Addressing a daily press briefing in Washington, he said the United States (US) has urged them both to work bilaterally to try to reduce tensions.

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Muslim lawmaker raises Azan in Israeli parliament

JERUSALEM (AFP) – An Arab-Muslim lawmaker raised ‘Azan’ in Israeli parliament to protest against a controversial bill limiting the number of calls to prayer from mosques. Ahmad Tibi, a member of Israeli parliament, raised the Azan during his speech and said the proposed bill calling to limit Azan demonstrated the Israeli government’s ‘Islamophobia’. Another Israeli-Arab

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Syria regime bombs rebels as Aleppo food aid runs out

ALEPPO (AFP) – Syrian government and Russian warplanes pounded rebel-held parts of northern Syria Wednesday, including battered second city Aleppo, where food aid rations were near-depleted after months of regime siege. The renewed bombardment killed at least 35 people in Aleppo city in 24 hours, and sparked anger from Washington and the United Nations. It came

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UN assisting Afghan returnees with emergency food and cash: Report

UNITED NATIONS (Monitoring Desk) –  The World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations agency, has launched a nine-month operation to assist Afghanistan in dealing with the growing numbers of returnees from Pakistan, as well as internally displaced people, by providing emergency food and funds. Thousands of refugees are now crossing the border every day at

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John Kerry congratulates Ambassador Olson on his retirement

Washington, DC (Web Desk) –  Secretary of State, John Kerry on Wednesday said that, “On behalf of the entire State Department, I congratulate Ambassador Rick Olson on his retirement after three decades of dedicated service to the country.” In a statement, Kerry stated that, “Rick is quite simply one of our most distinguished diplomats, a

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Trump, Putin speak by phone, discuss steps to improve US-Russia ties

NEW YORK (Sarzameen News) –  US President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, of whom he spoke fondly during the presidential campaign. “During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship

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