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UNSC backs Russia-Turkey efforts to end Syrian violence, jumpstart political process

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – The United Nations Security Council Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming and supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jumpstart a political process for the war-torn Middle Eastern country. Also in the resolution, which was submitted by Russia, the Council takes note of the documents

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29 Indian Armed men commit suicide in 2016: Hizb

SRINAGAR (Sarzameen News) – The Hizbul Mujhadeen Saturday said that during the year 2016 militants operating in Kashmir Valley managed to kill 181 Indian Armed Forces personnel while 220 were wounded in different militant attacks. Hizb Media Centre Incharge Salim Hashmi said that 160 militants attained martyrdom while fighting with Indian troopers. “Among the martyrs was

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Indian troops martyr over 300 innocent Kashmiris in 2016

SRINAGAR (Sarzameen News) – In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred over three hundred innocent Kashmiris during the year 2016. According to Kashmir Media Service, 39 of those martyred were killed in custody. The killings by the troops rendered 25 women widowed and 58 children orphaned. Indian paramilitary and

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39 killed in terror attack at Istanbul nightclub

ISTANBUL (Sarzameen News) – An armed attack killed at least 39 people and injured 69 at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on early Sunday, the Turkish media reported. Turkish Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu told reporters that 21 victims have been identified. “Sixteen of the victims are foreigners while the other five are Turkish citizens,” the

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New UN chief Guterres pledges to make 2017 ‘a year for peace’

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – As he took up his functions as the ninth head of the United Nations, Secretary-General Antnio Guterres pledged to make 2017 a year for peace. “On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said goodbye to the United Nations on Friday, the global organization he served for 10 years, hoping that its staff and delegations would keep working towards accomplishing peace and security in the world. Ban, visibly moved by the emotional send-off at UN Headquarters in New York, said

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Trump praises ‘very smart’ Putin for holding off on reprisals against US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not quickly hitting back at Washington for the punitive measures imposed over alleged interference in the November election. “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Trump tweeted. Russia’s embassy in Washington quickly

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Putin refuses to expel US diplomats, looks to Trump

MOSCOW (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin on Friday ruled out any tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans after Washington turfed out dozens of Russian diplomats over alleged interference in the US presidential election. The Kremlin strongman s decision came despite the foreign ministry asking him to send home 35 US diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of the

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Iraq forces fight muddy street battle against IS in Mosul

MOSUL (AFP) – Iraqi forces are fighting a muddy street battle against jihadists in southeastern Mosul, facing suicide bombers on the ground and a drone that can drop explosive charges from above. Baghdad s forces have overwhelming firepower and numbers in Mosul, but the Islamic State group has a vast city in which to launch ambushes,

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Syria truce begins under deal backed by Russia, Turkey

DAMASCUS (AFP) – A nationwide ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey took effect at midnight (2200 GMT), in a potentially major breakthrough in the conflict of more than five years. The deal, which does not include designated “terrorists” like the Islamic State group, was announced hours earlier by Russian President Vladimir Putin and

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