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UN appeals for record $22.2 bn in global aid

GENEVA (AFP) – The United Nations appealed Monday for a record $22.2 billion (20.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2017 to surging numbers of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the world. The work of humanitarians “is more necessary and courageous than ever,” UN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O’Brien said in Monday’s report.

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Sikhs protest against Indian occupation of Punjab

AMRITSAR (Sarzameen News) – The Sikhs in India have protested against the Indian occupation of Punjab. The protestors demanded independence for Punjab, Kashmir, Nagaland and other occupied areas. The Sikhs living in New York also declared India a terrorist state as Sikhs exposed the true face of that country. Sikhs also protested in Amritsar against

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Raids kill dozens in Syria’s Idlib, army advances in Aleppo

ALEPPO (AFP) – Suspected Russian air strikes killed at least 46 people in opposition-held parts of Syria Sunday, a monitor said, as government forces advanced in fierce clashes with rebels in east Aleppo. Syria s government is waging an offensive to recapture all of second city Aleppo, and it has so far captured more than 60

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Kerry accuses Israeli right of sabotaging peace process

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians. In unusually stark terms, Washington s top diplomat warned that Israeli settlement building was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side-by-side. At the Saban

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Putin says ‘clever’ Trump will soon grasp weighty role

MOSCOW (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly. “Since he managed to achieve success in business, that shows he is a clever person,” the Russian strongman said in an interview with NTV

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Afghan Taliban hang university student in public: officials

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) – Taliban militants publicly hanged a university student after accusing him of killing a senior intelligence officer, Afghan officials said Saturday. The militants took Faizul Rehman, a fourth-year student at Kabul Polytechnic university, from his car as he was travelling home to visit his family in the Chak district of Maidan Wardak

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Up to 40 feared dead in California warehouse fire

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) – Fire crews in California worked into the night Saturday sifting through the remains of a warehouse gutted by a blaze during a rave party, with officials saying they fear the death toll could reach 40. Relatives of dozens of people missing in the Friday night blaze in Oakland near San

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Iran offers mediation between Pakistan, India over Kashmir issue

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Saturday offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. Zarif who was on a visit to New Delhi for the Heart of Asia ministerial conference said this during a media conference. “Tehran has excellent relationship with both India and Pakistan. We are

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Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer crash victims

(Reuters) – The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its buildings draped in the green colors of its devastated soccer club, prepared on Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air disaster in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team. The crash on Monday night shocked soccer fans the world over and

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Half of rebel Aleppo falls to Syrian forces

ALEPPO (AFP) – Syrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said Friday, in an offensive that has left bodies in the streets and sparked global outrage. Rebels put up fierce resistance in the southeastern outskirts of the battered city, but government forces closed in on opposition territory

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