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Wounded Iraqis fill hospitals as Mosul op drags on

ARBIL (AFP) – Mohammed Abdulrazzaq was gathering water in Mosul when shrapnel tore into his legs, making him one of a growing number of wounded from the battleground Iraqi city putting huge strains on hospitals. Iraqi forces launched a massive operation on October 17 to recapture Mosul, the country s last city held by the Islamic

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India’s cruise missile Nirbhay successfully ‘failed’ in fourth test

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – The fourth test of India’s “Nirbhay” land-attack cruise missile (LACMs), engineered to carry nuclear or conventional warheads failed on Wednesday. According to Indian media, the test was an utter failure, with the missile veering to the right within two minutes of take-off. The missile’s first test in March 2013 had

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Germany hunts for attacker after IS claims truck rampage

BERLIN (Sarzameen News) – German police on Wednesday stepped up their hunt for the driver of a truck that rampaged through a Berlin Christmas market, in a deadly assault claimed by the Islamic State group. The sole suspect, a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker, was released late Tuesday for lack of evidence, prompting worries of a

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UNSC adopts resolution condemning in ‘strongest terms’ human trafficking

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – The UN Security Council has condemned in the “strongest terms” all instances of human trafficking in areas affected by armed conflict after a day-long debate on the subject. Unanimously adopting resolution 2331 (2016), the 15 member Council specifically denounced the sale of, or trade in, persons seized in Iraq and

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US dismisses claims it supported Russian envoy killing

WASHINGTON (Sarzameen News) – The U.S. has roundly dismissed claims it was in any way involved in the assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey. “It’s a ludicrous claim, absolutely false, there’s no basis of truth in it whatsoever,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the media. Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed the sentiment Tuesday

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Another Russian diplomat shot dead

MOSCOW (Sarzameen News) – A high-ranking Russian diplomat was found dead from gunshot wounds in Moscow. Petr Polshikov, 56, was found at his home with a bullet wound to his head. The shooting disclosed on Wednesday came soon after news of the assassination of Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov. The circumstances of the Moscow

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Germany releases Pakistani held over Berlin attack

BERLIN (AFP) – A Pakistani asylum-seeker suspected of ploughing a lorry into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12, was released Tuesday for lack of evidence, leaving investigators to pursue their hunt for the real perpetrator of the massacre. “The accused, detained over the attack on the Berlin Christmas market on December 19, 2016, was let

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At least 29 dead, 70 hurt in Mexico fireworks market blast

TULTEPEC (AFP) – A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market Tuesday, killing at least 29 people and injuring 70, authorities said. The conflagration, in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec, set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts and a sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital city. The market had been

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Suspect of Pakistani origin held over Berlin truck attack

BERLIN (Sarzameen News) – Germany’s police on Tuesday arrested a 23-year-old asylum seeker of Pakistani origin in connection with truck attack that killed 12 people in Berlin at a Christmas market. According to German media, the suspected truck driver, identified as Naved, has been arrested. However, no official confirmation has been provided regarding identification and

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UN slams assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council strongly have condemned Monday’s assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, in Ankara, saying there is no justification for targeting diplomatic personnel and civilians. “The Secretary-General is appalled by this senseless act of terror,” according to a statement issued

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