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At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India: police

NEW DELHI (AFP) – At least 19 people died Saturday after a boat carrying some 40 revellers returning from a kite festival capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police said. “We can confirm that 19 people have died. Rescue operations are on to find those still missing,” Manu Maharaj, senior police superintendent, told

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Iraqi forces make gains in recapture push in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (Sarzameen News) – Iraqi government forces on Saturday retook control on the southern part of the eastern side of Mosul after intense fighting with Islamic State (IS) group, the Iraqi military said. The federal police and army soldiers made fast advance in the morning and freed Yaremja neighborhood and the remaining parts of nearby

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Afghan security forces arrest Al-Qaeda financier in eastern province

JALALABAD (Sarzameen News) – Afghan security forces arrested the person who was in charge of financial affairs of al-Qaeda group in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, said a provincial government statement. “Our special forces arrested Hazratullah, the local financier of Al-Qaida terrorist group along with 4 other suspected militants in Shinvar district of Nangarhar province on Thursday’s

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UK supports peace and development process in Balochistan, GB: Thomas

ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News) – British High Commissioner (BHC) Thomas Drew has said his country has a positive view about the Pakistani politics. Addressing the concluding ceremony of great debate competition among students of different universities under the aegis of British High Commission in Islamabad on Saturday, he said his country supports peace and development in Balochistan

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Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that he may lift sanctions on Russia and won’t stand by the “One China” policy unless Beijing improves its currency and trade practices. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday that he would keep intact “at least for a period of time” sanctions

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Bangladesh arrests another plotter behind cafe siege

DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladeshi police Saturday said they have arrested an extremist accused of being one of the “masterminds” of last year’s deadly siege at a Dhaka cafe where 22 hostages were killed. A police spokesman said Jahangir Alam was detained Friday night by counter-terrorism forces in Elenga, a town some 120 kilometres (63 miles)

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World’s jobless to rise amid economic uncertainty, growing inequality: UN

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) Friday released its 2017 World Employment and Social Outlook report, which finds economic growth trends lagging behind employment needs and predicts both rising unemployment and worsening social inequality throughout 2017. “We are facing the twin challenge of repairing the damage caused by the

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Indian army chief threatens Pakistan with surgical strikes

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – India’s new army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday threatened Pakistan with surgical strikes. According to Hindustan Times, the army chief maintained that the strikes can be repeated if the “situation warrants”. “We will do it again if needed,” said Rawat at a press conference in Delhi. Earlier, India falsely

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Trump rejects allegation of dealings with Russia

NEW YORK (AFP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied “phony” explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behavior on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency. Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been rocked by unsubstantiated claims

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Five UAE officials among 56 killed in Afghanistan bombings

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – Five UAE officials were among 56 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghan cities, authorities said Wednesday, as Taliban militants step up a deadly winter campaign of violence. The Emiratis were among 13 people killed when explosives hidden in a sofa detonated inside the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar on

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