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Syrian rebel group in Ghouta enclave announces ceasefire

BEIRUT: A Syrian rebel group which still controls a pocket of the Eastern Ghouta enclave on Thursday announced a ceasefire from midnight to allow negotiations with the regime’s ally Russia, a spokesman for the faction said. The announcement was made after air raids targeted the part of southern Ghouta under the control of the Faylaq…

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Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order: official

UNITED NATIONS: About 40 trucks are loaded and ready to ferry relief supplies to Syria’s bomb-and-siege shattered Eastern Ghouta, but there has been no let up in fighting despite a UN ceasefire resolution, a top UN official said Wednesday. Mark Lowcock, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said there has been no change in…

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UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500. With support from Russia, the Security Council approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire “without…

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UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council delayed a vote on demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to Saturday at noon (1700 GMT) after hours of negotiations failed to yield agreement with Russia, diplomats said. The council has been in talks on a draft resolution on the truce since February 9 as Syrian government forces have…

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Afghan war cannnot be fought on Pakistani soil: Khurram Dastgir

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defense Khurram Dastgir Monday informed the National Assembly that Indian forces committed more than 1300 cease fire violations in 2017 at Line of Control which resulted in 52 deaths and injuries to 175 persons. “Just today, our four valiant soldiers embraced martyrdom in unprovoked firing by Indian forces. The nation salutes to…

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Rohingya insurgent ceasefire ends in Myanmar with no report of attacks

YANGON: Myanmar authorities said there was no sign of attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants on Tuesday as a one-month insurgent ceasefire came to end, reported Reuters. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) announced the ceasefire from Sept. 10 in order, they said, to facilitate aid deliveries to Rakhine State, where their attacks on the security…

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India violates ceasefire along LoC, one civilian killed

RAWALPINDI: One civilian was killed and four others wounded on Monday when Indian border forces carried out shelling on civilian population along the line of control (LoC) in Rakhchikri Sector. According to a statement issued by the ISPR, India resorted to unprovoked firing along the LOC, resulting in martyrdom of one civilian. Pakistan army, ISPR…

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Pakistan summons Indian envoy over LoC violations

ISLAMABAD: Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal Thursday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. JP Singh to condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Phuklian Sector, occupied Kashmir. According to a message received here, the firing resulted in the shahadat of 2 civilians including Muhammad Zahoor 35, resident…

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Lebanon army declares ceasefire in border offensive against Islamic State

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s army announced a ceasefire on Sunday in its offensive against Islamic State militants at the northeast border with Syria, reported Reuters. The ceasefire takes effect at 7:00 a.m. (12 a.m. ET) to pave the way for negotiations over the fate of Lebanese soldiers who are in Islamic State captivity, the military statement said….

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FO condemns unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Leepa Sector on July 21. The firing resulted in Shahadat of a 12-year old boy, Umair, in Gheekot village, and injuries to 3 others, a statement Monday said. This is the…

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US special ops chief confirms CIA ending support for Syria rebels

WASHINGTON: The head of the US military’s special operations confirmed Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan to continue ceasefire till Chaman border consensus

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday agreed to maintain ceasefire till the consensus on the issue of border at Chaman was reached.

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Russia, Turkey agree to ‘coordinate’ strikes in Syria: Moscow

MOSCOW: Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement spelling out mechanisms to “coordinate” their air forces in Syria when conducting strikes “on terrorist targets”, the Russian defence ministry said Thursday.

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Aleppo evacuees tell of pain and dreams of returning

ALEPPO: “It was the final time I saw Aleppo.” Among a sea of sobbing men and hungry children Friday, Mohammad mourned his evacuation from his home town and Syria’s second city.

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Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured on Wednesday, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city’s streets.

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Turkey, Russia, Iran to meet on Syria war: minister

ANKARA: Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a meeting in Moscow on December 27 to try to find a solution to the five-year conflict in Syria, Ankara said on Wednesday.

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Battle of Aleppo ends after years of fighting as rebels agree to withdraw

ALEPPO/GENEVA: Rebel resistance in Syria’s Aleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody collapse of their defenses this week, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire.

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US expresses concern over tense situation at LoC

WASHINGTON: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has held a meeting with US National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Washington. He apprised her that Indian forces have been continuously violating ceasefire at Line of Control and Working Boundary. Tariq Fatemi said innocent people are being killed due to unprovoked firing…

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Indian Deputy HC summoned to lodge protest over ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: The Director General (South Asia and SAARC) on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner here at Foreign Office and lodged a strong protest against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on October 25-26. The unprovoked firing by Indian forces at the Working Boundary in Chaprar and Harpal sectors and on the Line of Control (LoC)…

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Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: Indian Deputy High Commissioner Tuesday was summoned by the Director General South Asia and SAARC and a strong protest was lodged over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by India on October 23-24. “It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to…

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Two Pakistanis martyred in Indian firing across Sialkot sectors

SIALKOT: At least two people including a minor girl were martyred and seven others wounded on Monday when Indian border troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Harpal and Chuprar sectors of Working Boundary in Sialkot district. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), due to Indian unprovoked firing at working boundary last night a civilian Muhammad…

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