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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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Photographer gets praise for showing courage during shooting

ANKARA (Sarzameen News) – Associated Press (AP) photographer Burhan Ozbilici was praised on Twitter for showing courage as he was not afraid to do his job when Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot on Monday. Andrey Karlov was talking to media when a Turkish police officer gunned him down and started shouting. The assailant was

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US closes diplomatic mission in Turkey

ANKARA, (Sarzameen News) – The United States on Tuesday closed its missions to Turkey for the day after a shooting incident overnight outside the American embassy in Ankara that followed the assassination of the Russian ambassador in the Turkish capital. “An individual approached the US Embassy Ankara main gate and discharged a firearm,” the embassy

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Drivers of recent upsurge in violence lie within Afghanistan, not outside: envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Sarzameen News) – Reaffirming Islamabad’s commitment to eliminating all terrorist networks, a senior Pakistani diplomat has rejected an afghan allegation that the Taliban reorganize in Pakistan during the winter period, saying their sanctuaries had, in fact, shifted to Afghanistan. “The drivers of the recent upsurge in violence lie within Afghanistan and not outside,”

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Ambassador’s murder aimed at derailing Syria peace process, says Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (Sarzameen News) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the killing of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was a despicable provocation aimed at derailing process for the solution of Syria crisis. Shortly after the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, Putin reacted strongly and termed the attack, a bid to spoiling Russia-Turkey

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12 killed, 48 injured as lorry ploughs into crowd at Berlin Christmas market

BERLIN (Sarzameen News) –  As many as 12 people were killed while 48 others were left injured as a lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin on Monday. The truck jumped the sidewalk about 8 p.m. near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Ambulances and heavily armed police rushed to the site soon after the

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Russian ambassador to Turkey killed in gun attack

MOSCOW (AFP) – The Russian ambassador to Ankara was wounded Monday in a gun attack in the Turkish capital, the foreign ministry in Moscow confirmed, with the Kremlin saying President Vladimir Putin had been informed. “Today during a public event in Ankara an unknown attacker started firing chaotically, as a result of which the Turkish

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350 people leave rebel-held Aleppo despite halted evacuations

ALEPPO (AFP) – Some 350 people were able to leave a rebel-held pocket of east Aleppo on Sunday, a medical official said, despite the official postponement of evacuations of civilians and fighters from the devastated Syrian city. Dozens of buses had entered Aleppo earlier in the day to resume evacuations, but plans were called off

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