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Israel says conflict in Gaza to escalate despite calls for ceasefire

GAZA CITY: Israel signalled its intent to escalate the conflict in Gaza on Saturday despite mounting calls for a ceasefire, as troops battled Hamas fighters into a third week and the death toll topped 800. Israeli planes sent a cloud of white leaflets fluttering across the Gaza City skyline warning residents it would soon step…

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January 10, 2009


Conflict in Africa dominates headlines in 2008

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA/ KIBATI AND NORTH KIVU, DR CONGO/ MOGADISHU, UNKNOWN LOCATIONS AND COAST OF SOMALIA, SOMALIA/ DARFUR, UNKNOWN LOCATION AND NABANGA, SUDAN/ CHAD-SUDAN BORDER, CHAD/ GULU, UGANDA/ BUJUMBURA AND UNKNOWN LOCATION, BURUNDI: These images shocked the world. Neighborhoods attacked and set alight by South Africans, targeting foreigners, immigrants from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Somalia and Nigeria,…

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December 30, 2008


We must 'avoid conflict' with India: Kayani

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's army chief stressed Monday the need to “avoid conflict” with India, days after he began moving troops toward the rivals' shared border as tensions rose over last month's terror attacks on Mumbai. General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani's remarks were believed to be his first about the strained relationship and could reassure a jittery region…

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December 29, 2008


Pakistan does not want conflict, tension with neighbours: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan wants to live in peace and does not want any conflict or tension with neighbouring countries. He was addressing a ceremony of Quran Khawani at the first death anniversary of martyred leader Benazir Bhutto at Prime Minister House here on Saturday. The Prime Minister said, “Pakistan…

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December 27, 2008


Some elements want Pakistan-India conflict to achieve their goals: Rehman Malik

NAUDERO: Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik has said the rulers of both Pakistan and India are matured and they have realization of their responsibility to have cordial relations between both the countries, however, some elements are wanted conflicts between both the countries to achieve their goals. Expressing these remarks while responding…

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December 26, 2008


Pakistan wants global help to avert conflict in subcontinent

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistani Ambassador to the U.N., Abdullah Hussain Haroon, has urged the international community to play its role in averting a conflict in South Asia in the wake of tensions between India and Pakistan following the attacks in Mumbai. “India should not widen the area of conflict,” Pakistan’s U.S. Ambassador said in a letter…

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November 30, 2008


DR Congo refugees in Zambia unwilling to return home for fear of conflict

LUSAKA/KAWAMBWA: Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) living in neighbouring Zambia are hesitant to return home because of renewed conflict in the eastern part of the country. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports of the fighting have slowed the pace of voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees from Zambia. About 9,000…

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November 24, 2008


Murder of Vance reflects seriousness of conflict: FM

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the murder of USAID worker Stephen Vance was reflective of the serious nature of ongoing conflict in Pakistan's western areas against extremist and terrorist elements. Addressing a press conference the Foreign Minister strongly condemned the act for slaying a person who was playing a positive role in…

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November 12, 2008