Thursday, 27 February 2020

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France: Massive strikes strangle Paris for 12th day

PARIS: Massive strikes in France continued for a 12th day to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reform, causing serious disruptions in transportation, health and the public sector in the capital Paris and other cities. In Paris, eight metro lines and around 20 metro stations were closed with other lines ...

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70 soldiers killed in attack on Nigerian military camp

NIAMEY: Suspected militants attacked a military camp in western Niger, killing at least 70 soldiers, authorities said, according to local media. The overnight attack took place in the village of Inates near the border with Mali, where fighters linked to Islamic State have long been active. “It was a position ...

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Pakistan set for first real ‘home’ Test in a decade

LONDON: There is a lot more at stake than World Test Championship points for Pakistan when they host Sri Lanka in a two-match series this month as the country hosts its first Tests on home soil since the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore. That attack ...

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‘Convicted terrorist’ behind London Bridge knife attack

LONDON: A 28-year-old “convicted terrorist” was identified as the person behind the London Bridge knife attack that claimed two lives and injured three others, according to authorities Saturday. Metropolitan Police confirmed the identity of the male suspect, Usman Khan, who had been residing in the Staffordshire area. “This individual was ...

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IS behind French army helicopter crash

PARIS: Islamic State claimed Thursday that its West African branch was responsible for a helicopter collision in northern Mali this week in which more than a dozen French soldiers were killed, said the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist content online. The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) ...

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15 killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

Fifteen people were killed in a roadside bomb attack in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province, according to an Afghanistan presidential spokesman. Siddik Siddiki said the bomb was detonated as a civilian vehicle was passed it. He claimed the bomb was placed by the Taliban. The Taliban has not ...

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Death toll from protests in Iran climbs to 143: Amnesty

TEHRAN: At least 143 people in Iran have been killed since protests broke out earlier this month over the government’s decision to raise fuel prices, Amnesty International said. The human rights organization said in a report that it believes the death toll is significantly higher and is continuing to investigate. ...

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Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar against genocide charge

DHAKA: Myanmar’s government vowed to defend the country from allegations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In a statement on its official Facebook page, Myanmar’s State Counsellor’s Office said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will lead a delegation to the court next month. “The State Counsellor, ...

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German police arrest Syrian suspected of planning attack

BERLIN: German police arrested a Syrian suspected of planning an Islamist attack, officials said, with public broadcaster ARD reporting that the man was at the top of the federal police’s list of dangerous Islamist extremists. Police special forces searched the apartment of the 26-year old suspect in Berlin after he ...

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Death toll in Bolivia unrest rises to 23

Four more people were killed in Bolivia over the past few days, bringing the death toll from the political unrest to at least 23, according to several reports. The turmoil began in October, when President Evo Morales won a controversial fourth term in office. Protesters took to the streets claiming ...

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