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Trump: Attack in Berlin is “an attack against humanity”

FLORIDA (Web Desk) – President-elect Donald Trump condemned the attack at a Christmas market in Berlin as “an attack against humanity” on Wednesday. “What´s happening is disgraceful,” Trump said, adding that he has not talked to President Barack Obama since the Berlin attack or the assassination of a Russian ambassador in Turkey, both on Monday.

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UN votes to set up panel to prepare Syria war crimes cases

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The UN General Assembly on Wednesday agreed to set up a panel to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria, taking a first step toward prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in the nearly six-year war. A resolution on establishing the investigative mechanism was adopted in the 193-nation assembly by a vote

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Aleppo evacuations resume after delays

ALEPPO (AFP) – Evacuations from the last rebel-held pocket of Aleppo resumed on Wednesday despite heavy snowfall, clearing a path for Syria s army to take full control of the devastated city. The evacuations — which have seen thousands withdraw from the one-time opposition stronghold of east Aleppo — faced delays earlier on Wednesday, leaving hundreds

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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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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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