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Afghan district falls to Taliban: Officials
Kabul, aug 21: The Taliban on Saturday captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, near the provincial capital where militants scored their biggest victory in 14 years last September. The militants, waging a bloody insurgency to topple the Western-backed Kabul government, have intensified their attacks nationwide and tightened their grip on the besieged capital of Helmand province southwest of Kunduz in recent weeks. Khan Abad district, which is around 30 kilometres east of Kunduz city, fell to the Taliban after they launched a pre-dawn attack on the district centre, according to local officials. "After several hour... More
John Kerry heading to Africa for talks on counterterrorism
Johannesburg. aug 21: Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Africa on Monday for talks in Kenya and Nigeria on countering terrorism. Kerry first meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on regional issues including the upheaval in South Sudan and security in violence-plagued Somalia. Kerry then visits Nigeria's cities of Sokoto and Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the oil-rich country's worsening economy and its efforts to fight corruption. Kerry also will meet with leaders from the country's largely Muslim north. He then heads to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Thursday for discussion... More
12 trapped as fire erupts at Dhaka mall
Dhaka, Aug 21: At least 12 persons were trapped when a fire broke out at the Bashundhara City shopping mall here on Sunday, authorities said. They were stranded on the rooftop of the building and the fire fighters were trying to rescue them, Xinhua news agency reported. Earlier, the fire fighters rescued at least 15-20 persons, an official said. As many as 18 fire fighting units were trying to douse the blaze which erupted around 11.23 a.m. (local time), officials said. Shoppers and staff of the mall were evacuated after the flames originated on the fifth floor of the mall, bdnews24.com reported. The cause of the fire could not be confir... More
Joe Biden to visit Turkey; exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen on top of agenda
Washington, aug 21: Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of planning an attempted military coup in July, will be on the top agenda when US Vice President Joe Biden visits Turkey on August 24. According to CNN, Erdogan has demanded that the U.S. immediately extradite the 75-year-old imam from his home in Pennsylvania to Turkey. At a news conference in Istanbul on Saturday, the Turkish President said that the group Gulen leads will be "the number one item on the agenda" during Biden's visit. Erdogan added that relations between Turkey and the US "so-so" following the attempted coup in w... More
Pakistan shuts border after Afghans burn its national flag during protests
Islamabad, aug 21: Pakistan has closed its border with Afghanistan indefinitely after a group of Afghan demonstrators attacked the Bab-e-Dosti gate at Chaman and set the Pakistani flag on fire. The incident that took place on Thursday evening has resulted in suspension in the movement of trucks involved in trade shipments between the two countries and carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, Dawn online reported on Saturday. According to sources, a large number of Afghan nationals, celebrating the 97th anniversary of their country`s independence, gathered near the Friendship Gate after marching through the streets of Spin Boldak t... More
Over 300 civilians dead in recent Aleppo violence: Monitor
Aleppo, aug 21: More than 300 civilians have been killed in a three-week surge of fighting and bombardment in Syria's devastated Aleppo city, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The battle for Syria's second city has killed 333 civilians since July 31, when rebels launched a major push to break a government siege of districts under their control. The toll includes 165 civilians - among them 49 children - killed in opposition fire on the city's government-held western districts.Another 168 civilians died in Russian and regime air strikes and shelling on its rebel-controlled eastern neighbourhoods, the Observatory said. Russia has been car... More
Professor, two others arrested over links to Dhaka terror attack
new delhi, july 17: Acting deputy vice chancellor of a private university and two of his relatives have been arrested in Bangladesh for sheltering Islamists who carried out the country's worst terror attack at a cafe here in which 22 people were killed by suspected Islamic State militants. Professor Uddin Ahsan of North South University (NSU) was arrested yesterday for renting out a flat to the Holey Artisan Bakery attackers. "Our Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit arrested him (professor)...He had rented out his apartment to the perpetrators of the attack," a police spokesman told newsmen. He said despite police direct... More
Pakistani model Qandeel’s brother arrested, confesses to killing her
lahore, july 17: The brother of Pakistan's social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been arrested in Punjab province for strangulating to death the 26-year-old model for "dishonouring" the family' reputation, the latest case of honour killings that plague the country. Qandeel's younger brother Waseem was arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan late last night and later in a press conference he confessed that he drugged and strangled his sister. He said that he killed her as she brought "dishonour to the Baloch name" due to risque videos and statements that she posted on social media, the Dawn reported. "There were other issues as well...Like the Maul... More
Case against Sikh dismissed as police fail to return turban
canada, july 17: A Canadian court has dismissed a drunk driving charge against a Sikh man because police officers did not return his turban for over three hours after it accidentally fell off while he was being arrested. Charges of impaired operation and excess blood alcohol against Sardul Singh were dismissed because Peel Regional Police officers did not return his turban after it fell while he was being placed in a cruiser in Southern Ontario. Ontario Court Justice Jill Copeland, in a decision released last month, wrote that the failure to return Singh's turban while he was in custody constituted a Charter breach. Copeland ruled that th... More
Children are watching: Clinton targets Trump in New Ad
washington, july 17: Donald Trump is at the centre of attack in a new advertisement by the rival Hillary Clinton campaign that invites adults to imagine what a child might be learning from the Republican presumptive nominee's provocative rhetoric. Soft, inviting piano tones are set against a pink sunset and a neighbourhood at dusk, before the 70-year-old real estate tycoon's voice interrupts the tranquil scene. "I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks," Trump is heard telling a crowd. More of his acidic comments are played, while ... More
No US role in failed Turkish military coup: Kerry
washington, july 17: The US has rejected accusations that it was behind the failed military coup attempt in Turkey and said such public insinuations are harmful to our bilateral relations. Secretary of State John Kerry called his Turkish counterpart yesterday to offer US support in the wake of a failed coup and protest claims that US had backed it. "Kerry made clear that the United States would be willing to provide assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation, but that public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations," S... More
Nice: Tunisian kills 84 in truck attack
A Tunisian-born man zigzagged a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing at least 84 and injuring dozens of children, an attack that plunged the country again into grief and anger. Prime Minister Manuel Valls today called the man who rammed his truck into the crowd in Nice a 'terrorist' with probable links to radical Islam. At least 10 children and teenagers were among the dead, mown down as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel ploughed his lorry through the festive crowd of thousands watching fireworks for France's national day last night. Anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said the Tunisian attacker ... More
US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, apr 14: The United States on Thursday revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region. At the same time, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced at a joint news conference with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmi that the United States will be keeping nearly 300 troops, including Air Force commandos armed with combat aircraft and helicopters, in the Philippines through the end of the month. It's part of a military build-up sure to inflame tensions with Beijing in ... More
New UNICEF report: Canadian children at back of the pack among rich nations
TORONTO, Apr 14: A new report released today by UNICEF highlights the inequalities in child well-being in the world's most affluent nations, including Canada. While progress in reducing child well-being gaps has been modest overall, Canada's children are at the back of the pack, ranking in the bottom third when measured against other rich nations. Report Card 13: Fairness for Children reveals that Canada ranks 26th of 35 nations when compared across four key domains of child well-being: income, education, health and life satisfaction. The report measures bottom-end inequality of children compared to their peers in the middle. When inequality... More
Britain's William and Kate meet Bhutan's royal couple
Thimphu, apr 14: Britain's Prince William and wife Kate met Bhutan's king and queen today, with colourful dancers and musicians performing a welcome ceremony at the start of a two-day visit to the tiny Himalayan nation. A row of monks bowed to the couple as they arrived at the Tashichho Dzong fortress in the capital Thimphu for a private audience with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew into the picturesque mountain kingdom on Thursday morning from India, where they played cricket, hung out with top Bollywood actors and laid a wreath at a memorial to India's war dead. They w... More
Madhesi leaders term Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli's talk's as eyewash
Kathmandu, apr 14: Criticizing Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's for failing to understand the cause of Madhesi's agitation, leaders associated with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) termed the former's offer of talks an eyewash. Oli on his televised message on Tuesday had invited the agitating forces to the negotiating table to seek a settlement on constitutional issues. Spokesperson for the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Sarvendranath Shukla said that PM's offer of talks was aimed at giving a false impression to the international community that his government was trying to settle the Tarai problems. He asserted that Oli had mad... More
Mass burial after army-Shi`ite clash in northern Nigeria: Public official
Kano, apr 12: Nearly 350 dead bodies were buried in a mass grave in northern Nigeria after clashes between the Army and supporters of a Shi`ite cleric, a public official has told an inquiry into the unrest. The testimony of Muhammad Namadi Musa, the director-general of the Kaduna State Interfaith Bureau, lends weight to claims that at least 300 people were killed in the violence in December last year. The clashes came after the Army said supporters of the cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky, who heads the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) group, tried to kill the chief of army staff. Zakzaky has not been seen since his home and the IMN mosque in Zaria, K... More
China deploys drones to monitor sources of pollution
BEIJING, APR 12: Three unmanned aerial vehicles have been deployed by China at its environment monitoring station in Hebei to identify possible polluting activities and help cut down pollution in the province. The UAVs, two with fixed-wings and one with multi-rotors, will take aerial photographs of suspect factories and workshops to provide evidence of polluting activities. Hebei, regarded as one of the highly industrialised province is located in the close proximity to Beijing and identified as one of the prime polluting sources for the capital with 22 million people who bore the brunt of polluted smog round the year. Cao Yaming, an engi... More
Suicide attack targets police station in South RussiaTV GRAB
RUSSIAN, APR 12: Three suicide bombers blew themselves up today as they tried to storm a rural police station in a usually peaceful region of southern Russia, causing no other casualties, police said. After the attack in the village of Novoselitskoye in the southern Stavropol region, regional authorities ordered the tightening of security measures in kindergartens, schools and hospitals. Russia's North Caucasus -- including Chechnya where the Kremlin has fought two wars against separatists over the past 20 years -- has been gripped by nearly daily violence for years due to a simmering Islamist insurgency there. Attacks in the Stavropol regi... More
Belgium charges two new Brussels attacks suspects: Prosecutors
Belgium, Apr 12: Belgium has charged two new suspects with terrorist offences in connection with last month's deadly Brussels airport and metro attacks, the federal prosecutor's office said today. A statement said Smail F. And Ibrahim F. Were "charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to commit terrorist murders." The prosecutor said there were "indications" the two men could be linked at an address in the Avenue des Casernes in the Etterbeek district of Brussels which was raided last week. At the time, police said they found nothing at the address but reports later suggested that two ... More
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