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UN Security Council pays tribute to outgoing Ban Ki-moon

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – In its farewell to the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council has acknowledged his contribution to international peace, security and development, in particular his exceptional efforts to solve international problems in economic, social, environmental and cultural fields. Adopting a resolution by acclamation on Wednesday, the 15-member Council also

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Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

ALEPPO (AFP) – Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured on Wednesday, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city s streets. However a source close to Syria s government denied the development, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said hostilities were ongoing after an earlier

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Lull in LoC exchanges raises hope for falling tension between Pakistan, India

BEIJING (Sarzameen news) – A lull in cross Line of Control (LoC) exchanges between Pakistan and India has raised hopes for calm along the LoC in Kashmir and working boundary after weeks of exchanges of fire that caused casualties on both sides, Chinese media has reported. The escalation started after a group of suspected militants

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12 arrested in India for refusing to stand at national anthem

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – The astonishing incident took place in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state where the police arrested twelve people for allegedly disrespecting the national anthem in cinema on Monday. The arrests were made as these people were not standing as a gesture of esteem while the national anthem was being played

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Civilians ‘killed on spot’ as Aleppo battle nears end

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syrian pro-government forces have reportedly executed dozens of civilians in Aleppo including women and children, the UN said Tuesday as the crucial battle for the city neared its end. UN rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had in some cases entered homes and killed those inside,

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Rebels say deal reached to evacuate Aleppo ‘within hours’

BEIRUT (AFP) – Civilians and opposition fighters will start evacuating east Aleppo “within hours” under a deal with Syria s regime, a rebel official said Tuesday, as global outrage mounted over reports of atrocities including summary executions. Yasser al-Youssef from the political office of the key Nurredin al-Zinki group told AFP the deal with President Bashar

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Iran eyes nuclear-powered ships after US sanctions move

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ordered the country s scientists to start work on nuclear-powered ships in response to the expected renewal of sanctions by the United States. In letters read out on state television, Rouhani criticised the US move as a breach of last year s nuclear accord and told Iran s Atomic

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Trump picks ExxonMobil chief as secretary of state: reports

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President-elect Donald Trump has tapped ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, US media reported late Monday, setting up what will likely be contentious confirmation hearings over the oilman’s ties to Russia. “I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning,” Trump said Monday evening

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Pakistan elected as president of CCW’s 5th review conference

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – Pakistan’s permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Tehmina Janjua has been elected to preside over the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, “The unanimous decision was taken at the start of the five-day

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Cyclone kills 10 in south India’s tech hub

CHENNAI, India (AFP) – At least 10 people were killed when Cyclone Vardah slammed into the southern Indian tech hub of Chennai, bringing down houses and cutting off the electricity supply, authorities said Tuesday. Most were crushed by trees uprooted in winds of up to 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour, which also cut power

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