Thursday, 20 February 2020

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Taliban attack on US military base kills at least 2

KABUL: Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing at least two person and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck the Bagram air ...

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Five killed in hotel attack in Somali capital

MOGADISHU (AFP) – Five people were killed in an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, police said Wednesday, adding that the victims were three civilians and two members of the security forces. All five fighters who stormed the hotel also died during the evening assault claimed by the ...

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Pentagon suspends training of Saudis for security review

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon announced it was temporarily suspending operational training for Saudi military students in the United States following a shooting rampage last week by a Saudi air force officer. Saudi Arabian military students in the United States will continue classroom instruction but operational training is halted pending a security ...

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Indian army claims Pakistani agencies ‘honey-trapping’ officiaries

NEW DELHI: The issue of honey-trapping by foreign intelligence agencies has been gaining credence in India, with the Indian Army issuing an advisory asking its personnel to be cautious and avoid strangers posing as women of foreign origin or spiritual gurus. India’s Junior Minister for Defence Shripad Naik claimed that ...

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Kashmir crisis calls for United States engagement

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and India have jointly administered the Jammu and Kashmir region since 1948, when the United Nations negotiated a cease-fire between the two South Asian countries and decreed that the Kashmiri people would determine their own future. That there is a hotly disputed region adjoining two nuclear-armed adversaries should ...

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Trump pays $2 million in damages to charities after court ruling

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump paid $2 million in damages as part of a settlement over use of his former charity to further his political and business interests – the latest item on the US president’s list of legal woes. Trump had been accused of using foundation funds to settle lawsuits, promote ...

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Chile military plane goes missing with 38 on board

SANTIAGO: Chile’s air force lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight on Monday evening to the country’s base in Antarctica, and authorities indicated several hours later that they were not optimistic about the aircraft’s fate. The military said earlier that it had declared an ...

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UK’s ‘most dangerous’ criminal jailed for life

LONDON: A multiple rapist described as one of Britain’s “most dangerous” criminals was jailed for life on Monday for carrying out dozens of sex attacks in just a two-week period. Judge Andrew Edis branded Joseph McCann a “coward, a violent bully and a paedophile” for his campaign of rape, violence ...

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At least 43 killed in Delhi factory fire

NEW DELHI: At least 43 people have died in a factory fire in India’s capital New Delhi, with the toll expected to rise, police told AFP. The blaze broke out in the early hours in the city’s old quarter, whose narrow and congested lanes are lined with many small manufacturing ...

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Putin, Zelensky meet in Paris push to end Ukraine war

PARIS: Russian leader Vladimir Putin met Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time ever at a Paris summit aimed at agreeing measures to help end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine. No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting – mediated by French President Emmanuel ...

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