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Blasts, gunfire rock Afghan capital

  1st March, 2017 06:12:00   Explosions and gunfire echoed through Kabul in two separate Taliban assaults on security buildings Wednesday, officials said, as the insurgents ramp up attacks before the start of their annual spring offensive. A suicide car bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a gun battle ensued, the interior ministry said, in what appeared to be a complex ...

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Obama-era human rights envoy says U.N. must investigate Myanmar

27th February, 2017   The U.N. Human Rights Council must set up a commission of inquiry into Myanmar’s human rights record, as it has done for North Korea and Eritrea, and not spare its leader because of her iconic status, a former U.S. human rights envoy said on Monday.  Keith Harper, who served as U.S. President Barack Obama’s ambassador to ...

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Trump’s choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

   27th February, 2017   President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests, AP reports.  Bilden’s withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump’s nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier ...

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32 killed in twin attacks on Syrian security buildings

  26th February, 2017     Twin attacks on two Syrian security offices in the central city of Homs Saturday killed at least 32 people, including a senior security official who heads the feared Military Intelligence services, state media and officials reported.   An Al Qaeda-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee claimed responsibility for the attacks, which ...

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Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia airport terminal declared safe

26th February, 2017   Malaysian police have completed a sweep of Kuala Lumpur’s airport terminal where the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s leader was attacked and say they found no trace of the nerve agent that was suspected to have been used to kill him.   Security teams in protective suits had earlier swept the area.   The sweep involved ...

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Attacks against Syrian security kill at least 42

  The situation in Syria is still strained, the series of attacks and suicide bombings resulted in the death of over 40 people. The bombing attacks against Syrian security offices in two districts of Homs have caused many casualties as well, Euronews informed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights informs on the attacks, at least 42 people have been killed, ...

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Trump list shows 746 travelers ‘detained

 24th February, 2017   Nearly 750 people were “detained or processed” during the 26-hour period after a Brooklyn judge issued an order blocking part of Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, according to an attorney representing plaintiffs.   The government said “this list includes legal permanent residents.”   A different federal judge in New York Tuesday ordered Trump’s administration to produce ...

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Islamic State-claimed bomb kills 70 at Pakistani shrine

17th February, 2017   KARACHI: At least 70 people died Thursday when a bomb ripped through a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan, police said, in the deadliest attack to hit the militancy-plagued country so far in 2017. The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement carried by the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Sunni Muslim jihadist group. ...

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Taliban attack kills 5 in northern Afghan village

Taliban insurgents attacked a village in northern Faryab province on Wednesday, killing five members of the local police force, an Afghan security official said. Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said After a surprise early morning attack, the Taliban gained control of the village, located in the Shirin Tagab district, he added. Five insurgents were also killed and ...

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