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Russia moves to expel 35 US diplomats: Lavrov

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia’s foreign ministry has requested President Vladimir Putin turf out 35 American diplomats from the country in a tit-for-tat response to a similar move by Washington over hacking allegations, Moscow’s top diplomat said Friday. “Russia’s foreign ministry… has requested that the Russian president approve declaring as personae non gratae 31 employees of

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Saudi invites rival Iran for talks on hajj return

Riyadh’s pilgrims minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 countries. RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia has invited regional rival Iran to discuss a return of its nationals to next year’s hajj after Iranians were excluded from the pilgrimage following a major diplomatic row, reports said Friday. The Al-Hayat daily reported that Riyadh’s

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Kerry warns Israel settlements threaten democracy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – In a stern parting shot, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Wednesday that building settlements on Palestinian land threatens the country’s very future as a democracy. Less than four weeks before President Barack Obama leaves office, Kerry accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of allowing Israel to slide towards a

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Fate of nationwide ceasefire for Syria unclear

ISTANBUL (AFP) – The fate of a reported nationwide truce for Syria was unclear Thursday, following talks between Moscow and Ankara, despite Turkish state media saying a deal had been reached. The state-run Anadolu news agency said late Wednesday the agreed plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo to the whole

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Philippine leader says once threw man from helicopter, would do it again

PHILIPPINE (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened corrupt government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter mid-air, warning he has done it himself before and had no qualms about doing it again. The fiery-tempered former prosecutor said he once hurled a Chinese man suspected of rape and murder out

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Aleppo: the massive task of rebuilding a shattered city

ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) – Midnight means lights out in Syria’s Aleppo: as the clock strikes 12, overworked power generators shut off across the city, plunging war-ravaged neighbourhoods and heritage sites into darkness. It will take many months and millions of dollars to breathe life back into Aleppo’s devastated water, electricity, and transportation networks. Four years

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Trump should develop clearer policies to ease tension between Pakistan, India: Experts

WASHINGTON (Sarzameen News) – US President-elect Donald Trump should develop clearer US policies to ease strains between the nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India, senior analysts said at a discussion at the US Institute of Peace. The discussion in a USIP forum on Wednesday followed an escalation across the Line of Control (LoC) that has further

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31 Saudis fighting with militant groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan: ministry

RIYADH (Sarzameen News) – More than 2,000 Saudis are fighting abroad with militant groups, with over 70 percent of them in Syria, the kingdom’s interior ministry was reported as saying Monday. “The number of Saudis proven to be in conflict areas is 2, 093,” Interior Ministry Spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told daily newspaper Al-Hayat. He

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786 causalities in three years: 144 militants, 101 Indian soldiers, 126 civilians killed

SRINAGAR (Sarzameen News) – Like preceding years, the year 2016 also turned out to be a blood-drenching year for the people of Kashmir. The year witnessed the killing of 371 people including 144 militants, 63 Indian Army men, 11 CRPF, 18 policemen, 8 BSF and one SSB man. All but 126 civilians lost their lives this

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Now people can locate toilets on Google maps in Delhi

NEW DELHI (Sarzameen News) – Google has teamed up with Indian Ministry of Urban Development to solve the issue of poor sanitation in the country. It has recently launched public toilet locator on Google maps in the capital city of Delhi. According to media reports, people in Delhi have been enabled to access 5,162 toilets

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