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Obama says goodbye to world stage after eight years

LIMA (AFP) US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the world stage Sunday, pondering his legacy, offering advice to his successor and discussing his post-presidential life at the end of his final foreign tour. His historic presidency and charisma have made Obama a rock star on the international scene, even at times when the daily

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Clashes as Yemen ceasefire nears end

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni government forces and rebels were engaged in fierce fighting as a 48-hour ceasefire declared by the pro-government Arab coalition approached its end Monday, military officials said. Fifteen rebels and nine loyalist troops were killed in clashes overnight in and around the flashpoint southwestern city of Taez, military and medical sources said.

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U.S. asks Congress to stop buying Russian helicopters for Afghan forces

KABUL (Sarzameen News) – Reports suggest that U.S defense department officials asked Congress to stop buying Russian MI117 helicopters for Afghan forces and instead to buy American helicopters. In addition, a number of senators also reportedly asked why the U.S should use American taxpayers’ money to pay Russia for the hardware when it was backing

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Deadly India train accident kills 62

LUCKNOW, India (AFP) – A passenger train derailed in northern India Sunday, killing at least 63 travellers most of whom were sleeping when the fatal accident occurred, police said. Rescue workers rushed to the scene near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state where the Patna-Indore express train derailed in the early hours of the morning. “As

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Arab coalition declares 48-hour Yemen truce from Saturday

RIYADH (AFP) – A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Iran-backed rebels declared a 48-hour ceasefire to begin in Yemen Saturday, it said in a statement on the kingdom’s SPA news agency website. “It has been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen’s timing (0900 GMT) on Saturday,” the coalition statement

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Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25 mn

NEW YORK (AFP) – US President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement in class action lawsuits accusing the now-defunct Trump University of fraud — a deal that will spare him the embarrassment of further legal wrangling as he prepares to enter the White House. “Today s $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning

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12 killed in suicide car bomb in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AFP) – At least 12 people were killed and 35 injured when a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives at a wedding in a town of Ameriyat, Falluja, on Thursday. According to media reports, the attack appeared to have targeted the officials opposed to Daesh (IS) who were attending the wedding. Daesh

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73 killed in fuel truck explosion in Mozambique

MAPUTO (AFP) –  At least 73 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in siphon fuel truck explosion near the border with Malawi. According to an official, the truck was transporting fuel to Malawi from the city of Beira. The tragic incident took place when residents tried to take petrol from the truck

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US in close communication with Pakistan, India to ease tensions at LoC

WASHINTON (Monitoring Desk) –  The US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby has said his country is in close communication with Pakistan and India to ease tensions at the borders. Addressing a daily press briefing in Washington, he said the United States (US) has urged them both to work bilaterally to try to reduce tensions.

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Muslim lawmaker raises Azan in Israeli parliament

JERUSALEM (AFP) – An Arab-Muslim lawmaker raised ‘Azan’ in Israeli parliament to protest against a controversial bill limiting the number of calls to prayer from mosques. Ahmad Tibi, a member of Israeli parliament, raised the Azan during his speech and said the proposed bill calling to limit Azan demonstrated the Israeli government’s ‘Islamophobia’. Another Israeli-Arab

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