Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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Europe builds new ‘Berlin walls’ against migrants

BERLIN: As Europe celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall later this week, the continent has built new walls and barbed wires against migrant flows. The new “Berlin walls” demonstrate restrictions and divisiveness have triumphed above freedom in Europe. According to data compiled by Anadolu Agency, there ...

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Turkey announces arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister

Turkey announced the arrest of slain former Daesh/ISIS ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sister. “The arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations,” said Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s communications director, on Twitter. “Turkey’s fight against terror regardless of its ideology or origin continues unabated,” he ...

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UN says ‘94,000 Syrians have returned to their homes’

NEW YORK: At least 94,000 civilians have returned to areas liberated by anti-terror operation in northern Syria over the last 10 days, the UN said. At the beginning of Operation Peace Spring, there were over 200,000 people who had left their homes, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for ...

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French Senate approves controversial headscarf ban bill

PARIS: French Senate approved a controversial bill banning mothers of children from wearing Muslim headscarf during school trips. A total of 163 senators voted in favor of the bill while 114 voted against. The bill also needs to be approved by the National Assembly, to enter into effect. But as ...

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Protesters block entrance of Iraq’s Umm Qasr port

BAGHDAD: Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the gates of Umm Qasr port in the Iraq’s southern province of Basra, a security source said. The port “Umm Qasr” is one of the most prominent ports for goods movement and the largest in Iraq. Trucks movement has stopped as hundreds of demonstrators used ...

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France mosque shooting leaves 2 injured

An 84-year-old man has been arrested after he shot and wounded two people at a mosque in the southern French city of Bayonne on Monday, local media reported. The attacker, a former soldier, shot at people inside the mosque while they were praying, injuring two elderly men, who were taken ...

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Kais Saied wins Tunisia’s presidential election

TUNIS: Independent candidate Kais Saied was on Monday declared the winner of Tunisia’s presidential election. Nabil Baffoun, head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, announced the official results of Sunday’s run-off vote at a press conference in the capital Tunis. Baffoun said 56.8% of domestic voters and 24.4% of voters ...

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US withdraws forces from observation post in Syria

NEW YORK: The US on Sunday withdrew its forces from military observation post south of Ayn Al-Arab in northern Syria, according to security sources. The US started to withdraw from Ayn Al-Arab, also known as Kobani, at 15:00 p.m. local time [1200GMT]. Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said ...

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Death toll climbs to 100 in Iraq as protests spread

BAGHDAD: At least 100 people have been killed since anti-government protests erupted across Iraq earlier this week, according to the country’s health ministry. More than 2,500 people have also been injured since the protests began on Oct. 1 in Baghdad and the country’s southern provinces, said an official from the ...

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