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Guterres sworn in as UN chief, pledges change

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations, saying the world body must change to better confront global crises such as the war in Syria. During a solemn ceremony at the General Assembly, the former prime minister of Portugal placed a hand on the UN charter

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Turkish police detain over 100 pro-Kurdish party officials: state media

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish police detained more than 100 pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials on Monday over alleged links to Kurdish militants in a country-wide operation, state media reported. Some 118 HDP officials, including from cities like Istanbul and Ankara, were taken into custody on suspicion of belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party

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‘All children’ in Syria’s Aleppo suffering trauma: UNICEF

ALEPPO (Monitoring Desk) – All children in Syria s battered Aleppo are suffering from trauma after enduring some of the worst violence in their country s war, the UN children s agency said on Sunday. “All children in Aleppo are suffering. All are traumatised,” Radoslaw Rzehak, UNICEF s field office head in Aleppo, told AFP inside the devastated city.

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Turkey defiant as Kurdish militants claim Istanbul carnage

ISTANBUL (AFP) – A defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to fight terror “to the end” as a Kurdish militant group claimed twin attacks that ripped through Istanbul, killing 38 people, mostly police. The bloodshed, which took place late on Saturday, saw a car bomb exploding outside the home stadium of football giants

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Indian Home Minister warns to divide Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh has warned Pakistan in a direct statement of dividing the country. While making a false claim, he said that Pakistan was making attempts to destabilize India. “Pakistan was divided in two parts, if it doesn’t realize soon, it will be divided among ten parts”, Rajnath

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UN chief slams deadly terrorist attacks in Istanbul

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned deadly terrorist attacks in Istanbul, with the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice. “The secretary-general condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul, reportedly targeting Turkish police personnel, in which dozens of people were killed and injured,” a statement issued here by the

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Chief of oil & gas expected to be next US Secretary of State: Report

WASHINGTON (Sarzameen News) – Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, is expected to be picked up as next US Secretary of State by President-elect Donald Trump, a Washington Post report said. Tillerson is said to be have been worked extensively around the globe and built relationship by leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, the

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Afghan ambassador to Norway calls for no mass deportations of refugees

OSLO (Sarzameen News) – Afghanistan’s ambassador to Norway Shukria Barakzai has asked the Nordic country to stop mass deportations of Afghan refugees, newspaper Aftenposten reported. Barakzai’s remarks came after Norwegian Minister of Migration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug talked of deportations of Afghan asylum seekers from Norway on social media, the newspaper said. Barakzai warned about the

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Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 29, wounds 166

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart, killing 29 people and wounding 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, in a co-ordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams. First a car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul’s Besiktas

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Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina

SARAJEVO (Sarzameen News) – The inaugural session of Pakistan-Bosnia and Herzegovina Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) was held in Sarajevo. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Saturday, the Pakistan delegation was led by Ambassador Zaheer A. Janjua, Additional Secretary (Europe), while the Bosnian side was led by Amer Kapetanovic, Assistant Minister for

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