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Putin tells Israel’s Netanyahu new spiral of violence in Syria should be avoided

Putin tells Israel’s Netanyahu new spiral of violence in Syria should be avoided

MOSCOW – In a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the air strikes conducted by Israel’s Air Force against targets in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday, reports BSS. “The Russian side called for any steps, which might trigger a new spiral of dangerous for all confrontation in […]

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UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

UNITED NATIONS, United States: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for an immediate de- escalation in Syria after Israel carried out raids inside the war-torn country. Guterres is “following closely the alarming military escalation throughout Syria and the dangerous spillover across its borders,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. Israel targeted what […]

Residents in the hope of catching a signal from cell towers make their calls from a bridge, one of the few places available for mobile connection provided by Vodafone Ukraine (former MTS) in Donetsk on February 2, 2018.
Every day dozens of people in the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk gather on a windswept railroad overpass not far from the frontline despite the risk of coming under fire. They come to the bridge at a half-abandoned railway station on the outskirts of the city in the hope of catching a signal from cell towers on the other side of the frontline to be able to call their family and friends in government-controlled territories.

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East Ukraine blackout spurs hunt for cell phone signals

DONETSK, Ukraine: Every day dozens of people in the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk gather on a windswept railroad overpass not far from the frontline, taking the risk of coming under fire, reports BSS. They go to the bridge at a half-abandoned railway station on the outskirts of the city in the hope of catching […]

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Egypt army announces major operation in Sinai, Nile Delta

CAIRO: The Egyptian army announced the launch on Friday of a major operation in the Nile Delta and the northern Sinai Peninsula, heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency, reports BSS. Police and troops have been put on “maximum alert” for the duration of Operation Sinai 2018, the army said in a statement. The goal […]

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Hero labrador sniffs out survivor in Taiwan quake wreckage

HUALIEN, Taiwan:- A rookie golden labrador on his first ever mission has won praise for helping Taiwanese search and rescue workers find two people trapped in a severely damaged building following a deadly earthquake, reports BSS. Four-year-old Tie Hsiung, whose name translates to “Iron Hero”, braved dangerous aftershocks on his first field test to search […]

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: A TV shows U.S. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) giving a lengthy immigration speech on the House floor during the opening press conference for the 2018 House Democratic Issues Conference February 7, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Pelosi exercised her power as minority leader and launched a filibuster-like floor speech on Dreamers and urged Republicans to take action to solve their status before the March 5th deadline President Trump has set for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.   Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Pelosi gives longest US House speech in more than a century

WASHINGTON: Top US House Democrat Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday by delivering the longest address to the chamber in at least 108 years, speaking for more than eight hours about protecting young undocumented migrants from deportation. The veteran California Democrat, who turns 78 next month, took the floor at 10:04 am (1504 GMT) and began […]

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US-led coalition launches defensive strike in Syria

WASHINGTON: The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group announced Wednesday it had carried out defensive strikes in the eastern Deir Ezzor region against Syrian pro-regime forces. “Syrian pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters” on February 7, CENTCOM said in a statement. “Coalition service members in an advise, assist, […]

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Al-Qaeda still going strong as IS crumbles: UN report

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Al-Qaeda’s global network remains “remarkably resilient,” posing more of a threat in some regions than the Islamic State group, UN sanctions monitors said in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The report sent to the Security Council said that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen, served as […]

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Lawmakers near budget deal, Trump urges shutdown for immigration

WASHINGTON: US congressional leaders said Tuesday they were close to clinching an elusive budget deal that would keep government open — despite President Donald Trump calling for a shutdown if he does not get his way on immigration, reports BSS. The Senate’s top Republican and Democrat signaled a deal was imminent that would raise both […]

A picture taken on February 4, 2018 shows detained African migrants standing outside the Holot detention centre, located in Israel's southern Negev desert near the Egyptian border. 
Israel is working toward expelling some 20,000 Eritrean and Sudanese men who entered the Jewish state illegally over the years, setting them an ultimatum of leaving the Jewish state by April 1 -- or being imprisoned indefinitely. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA

African migrants in Israel opt for jail over deportation

HOLOT DETENTION CENTRE, Israel: At a detention centre in Israel’s Negev desert, African migrants facing deportation say they would rather be imprisoned than sent to a country they know nothing about, reports BSS. “I won’t go there,” Abda Ishmael, a 28-year-old Eritrean, said in excellent Hebrew outside Holot, an open facility housing some 1,200 migrants […]

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Rescuers scour toppled buildings after Taiwan quake kills five

HUALIEN, Taiwan: Rescue workers pulled survivors and bodies from buildings tilting precariously in the Taiwanese city of Hualien Wednesday, after an overnight earthquake killed at least five, injured more than 200 and left dozens missing, reports BSS. Emergency responders were focusing on a 12-storey apartment block and a nearby hotel, both of which were leaning […]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for coalition talks at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters in Berlin, Germany, February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Germany’s top parties ‘reach deal’ on Merkel coalition

BERLIN: – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats sealed a deal Wednesday on a new coalition, officials close to the talks said, potentially ending four months of political standstill in Europe’s top economy, reports BSS. The sources told AFP the parties had ironed out their final differences and were ready to sign an […]

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Aid groups warn against forced refugee returns

BEIRUT: – International aid groups on Monday warned countries hosting Syrian refugees in the Middle East and the West against forcing them to return or discussing measures to that effect, reports BSS. A report by several leading humanitarian organisations — including the Norwegian Refugee Council and CARE International — spoke of an alarming trend advocating […]

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Japan army helicopter crashes in residential area: local official

TOKYO: A Japanese military helicopter crashed Monday in a residential area in the southwest of the country, setting at least one home on fire, local officials said, reports BSS. “A Self-Defence Force helicopter crash-landed on a residential area. A house has caught fire,” local government official Katsuhide Tanaka told AFP. There was no immediate confirmation of any […]

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Third time lucky for another Samsung leader

SEOUL: – Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong on Monday became the third generation of his family to benefit from merciful legal treatment, when most of his bribery convictions were set aside and his jail sentence was replaced with a suspended term, reports BSS. Lee, 49, is vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker and […]

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Maldives opposition urges global community to help end crisis

MALE, Maldives: – Opposition leaders in the Maldives urged the international community Monday to pressure President Abdulla Yameen into obeying a court order to free political prisoners and “restore democracy” to the troubled honeymoon islands, reports BSS. Yameen’s regime has so far refused to release nine jailed dissidents and reinstate opposition lawmakers as ordered by […]

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US says Russia ‘developing’ undersea nuclear-armed torpedo

Just as the White House is caught in a political minefield over the Russia investigation, the Pentagon is taking its toughest line yet against Russia’s resurgent nuclear forces, reports CNN. In its newly released Nuclear Posture Review, the Defense Department has focused much of its multibillion nuclear effort on an updated nuclear deterrence focused on […]

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North Korea made $200m flouting sanctions : UN

North Korea earned nearly $200m (£141m) last year by exporting banned commodities in breach of international sanctions, a UN report says, reports BBC. The confidential report by a panel of experts said several countries including China, Russia and Malaysia had failed to stop the illegal exports. It said there was evidence of military co-operation with […]

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Saudi, UAE intended to invade us: Qatar Defence minister

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had intentions to invade Qatar at the beginning of a diplomatic crisis that erupted in June, according to Qatar’s defence minister, reports Al Jazeera. In an interview with the Washington Post on Friday, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said his Gulf neighbours have “tried everything” to destabilise the […]

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Maldives opposition fears government scuttling prisoner release

COLOMBO: – The Maldivian opposition Saturday accused President Abdulla Yameen of resisting local and international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order to free nine political prisoners, reports BSS. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said Yameen was yet to release any in line with Thursday’s shock decision of the apex court to quash […]

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LA school shooting an accident, say police

LOS ANGELES: – A middle school shooting that left two students injured in Los Angeles was the result of a semi-automatic handgun going off by accident in a 12-year-old girl’s bag, police said Friday, reports BSS. A 15-year-old boy sustained a head wound, described as a “graze,” while a girl of the same age was […]

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Sri Lanka probes corruption at national carrier

COLOMBO: – Sri Lanka has ordered a corruption investigation at its national carrier, including the controversial termination of a management deal with Emirates airline, the government said Saturday, reports BSS. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a five-member panel to investigate the financial transactions of Sri Lankan airlines from 2006 to 2008, when the deal with […]

Afghan security members inspect at the site of suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Gunfire was heard in Kabul early Tuesday, with security forces searching for attackers hidden in a building a day after twin bombings near the Afghan Defense Ministry killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Battles kill 9 militant, wound 18 in eastern Afghanistan

GHAZNI, Afghanistan: At least nine insurgents have been killed and 18 others including nine Afghan security personnel injured in the eastern Ghazni province during government forces’ operations against Taliban, a provincial government spokesman said Saturday, reports BSS. According to Aref Nuri, the operations have inflicted huge casualties to the militants and nine insurgents have been […]

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