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Iranian police arrest 100 protesters in capital as crackdown intensifies

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS LONDON: Iranian police arrested 100 protesters in the capital on Monday, the deputy governor of Tehran said, as a police crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week, reported Reuters. Security forces have struggled to contain protests that…

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Turkey detains 20 suspected Islamic State members, including 15 foreigners: police

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, on suspicion of links to Islamic State during raids in Istanbul, tightening security ahead of the anniversary of a nightclub attack in which dozens were killed, reported Reuters. The raids by the anti-terrorist branch of the Istanbul police took place on Saturday and targeted…

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Catalonia’s hopes for peace stall as further wave of arrests feared

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s exiled president, takes questions after the election results were declared. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty Images NEWS DESK: The dramatic election in Catalonia on Thursday was supposed to draw a line under months of tension and division across the Spanish region over its future status. Instead it has opened a potentially damaging new division…

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11 Baloch Republican Army terrorists arrested: ISPR

NEWS DESK: Security forces arrested 11 alleged terrorists belonging to the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) during security operations in various parts of Balochistan as part of the larger Operation Raddul Fasaad, said ISPR on Sunday. According to ISPR’s statement, FC Balochistan along with intelligence agencies and Levies conducted intelligence-based operations (IBOs) and search operations in…

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Pence voices U.S. concern to Turkish prime minister about arrests

WASHINGTON: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressed “deep concern” to Turkey’s prime minister on Thursday about the arrests of American citizens and local staff of U.S. missions in Turkey, the White House said, reported Reuters. The matters raised by Pence are some of the issues that have created tension between the two NATO allies in…

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Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom’s young crown prince consolidates power. Separately, the head of the Saudi National Guard, once a leading contender to the throne, as well as the navy chief and the economy minister were replaced…

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Ansarul Sharia is not linked with Da’ish: CTD report

KARACHI: The CTD’s report on Ansarul Sharia is out. According to the report, Ansarul Sharia is not linked with Da’ish. It further said that the group is independent working under the shadow of alNusra Front. They have had military training as well. Some people affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad also left the terror outfits to…

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Four Indians arrested for leaking Game of Thrones episode

NEWS DESK: Four people have been arrested in India for leaking an episode from HBO’s Game of Thrones television series before it was aired in the country, police said Monday. Already the most pirated show in TV history, the popular fantasy drama, which tells the story of noble families vying for the Iron Throne, has…

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Security on high alert in Britain after Manchester carnage

LONDON: Security has been placed on high alert across United Kingdom following the deadly explosion in Manchester which claimed the lives of at least 22 people, Samaa reported. According to details, the British military has been deployed on the street but will be working under the local police. This is the first time that military…

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Malir tense as MWM workers clash with police

KARACHI: A protest sit-in that was staged late last night by Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen against the arrest of their leaders still continues on Monday. Tension ensued after the blockage of the main thoroughfare in Karachi area of Malir led to police action to break up the demonstrators. Clashes took place among the sit-in protesters and police…

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Two suspected IS operatives arrested in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Police arrested two men suspected of distributing pamphlets for Islamic State (IS) following a raid in Peshawar, officials said on Wednesday. Last month, the military said that it had stemmed Islamic State’s attempts to expand in the country, having arrested more than 300 people suspected of plotting attacks against government, diplomatic and civilian targets….

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Soldier killed for trying to save Karachi citizen from armed robbers

KARACHI: A second suspect was arrested on Thursday in connection with the killing of a soldier in Karachi’s Lucky Star area on Wednesday. Sepoy Amjad embraced martyrdom while trying to rescue a citizen from two armed robbers last night. Another soldier who was accompanying Amjad managed to capture one of the two assailants. On the…

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Rangers detain Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Izhar

KARACHI: Senior MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar and Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan were arrested on Monday night as they came to address the media at Karachi press club. Dr Farooq Sattar insisted on presenting his stance before the media but he was denied and whisked away by Rangers. Also read: MQM female MPA announces resignation after…

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MQM’s hunger strike unto death continues for fourth day

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) hunger strike unto death continued for fourth consecutive day on Saturday. Several party workers, observing the strike, fell unconscious, while two workers are still under treatment in the hospital. The MQM has been staging a ‘hunger strike till death’ since Wednesday outside the Karachi Press Club against what it said the…

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Nisar to address MQM’s concerns on raids, arrests

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said that he would talk to DG Rangers and Sindh Government to address the concerns of MQM about alleged harassment and arrests of its workers. Responding to a point of order of MQM legislature Iqbal Muhammad Ali, the minister termed it a condemnable act and said an…

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India police detain five over temple firework disaster

  KOLLAM: Police on Monday detained five workers from a temple in southern India where a massive explosion during a fireworks display killed more than 100 people. Thousands had packed into the Hindu temple in Kerala state’s Kollam district on Saturday night for the show when a stray firework apparently landed on a stockpile, triggering…

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Rangers round up over 100 suspects in 48 hours

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers stepped up its operations against criminals in Karachi in the wake of a deadly attack on paramilitary troops in Baldia Town, SAMAA reported on Sunday. Four Rangers personnel were killed after they were ambushed by gunmen on motorcycles in Baldia Town on Friday. In multiple raids conducted in Safoora, Surjani Town, Lyari,…

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FC arrests 18 facilitators of terrorists

PESHAWAR: The Frontier Corps (FC) has arrested 18 facilitators of terrorists and recovered huge quantity of foreign and local currency of worth 65 million besides recovered 2500 gram of gold and 1500 gram silver ornaments. According a spokesman of the Frontier Corps, the operation was carried in Khyber Agency under national action plan. He said…

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Karachi raids: MQM workers among 27 arrested

KARACHI: At least 27 suspected people including two MQM activists were arrested during raids and search operations by the law-enforcement agencies in different areas of Karachi in Sunday’s dark hours. The personnel of paratroopers conducted a raid in Gulshan-e-Hadeed and arrested a suspected person. A computer and two motorcycles were seized from him. In a separate…

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PPP discusses limiting Sindh rangers powers

  DUBAI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) hashed out strategy to pull the plug on the ongoing crackdown by federal agencies in Sindh. Vital decisions were made during a key meeting in Dubai presided over by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Sunday’s wee hours. Having come up with a consensus…

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Saudi breaks up IS network, arrests 431 members: ministry

RIYADH: Saudi authorities announced Saturday that they have broken up an organisation linked to the Islamic State group and have so far arrested 431 of its members, mostly Saudis. Authorities have “managed over the past few weeks to destroy an organisation made of a cluster of cells, which is linked to the terrorist Daesh organisation,”…

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