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20 killed, dozens injured in Papua unrest: Indonesia military

Anger over racism fueled violent protests in the restive region

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September 23, 2019


Troops shoot dead two people in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Indian troops killed them during a cordon and search operation in Kulgam

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November 27, 2018


Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Dhaka: Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps, an official said Sunday. The UN says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s southeast — where nearly one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides — are extremely vulnerable…

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April 1, 2018


Top US general in Afghanistan urges ‘tired’ Taliban to talk peace

Bagram: Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top US general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last month unveiled a plan to open talks to end the 16-year-old war, offering to…

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March 14, 2018


US announces to offer huge reward for locating Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah

WASHINGTON: The US State Department placed a $5 million reward for help locating the leader of the Pakistani Taliban on Thursday, linked to bloody attacks in Pakistan and the 2010 attempted Times Square car bombing in New York. The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the identification or location of Maulana Fazlullah,…

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March 9, 2018


Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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March 7, 2018


Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state: police

YANGON: Three bombs exploded in different locations in Rakhine’s state capital Sittwe early Saturday morning, including at the home of a high ranking official, Myanmar police told AFP. “Three bombs exploded and three other unexploded bombs were found. A police was injured but not seriously,” a senior officer said on the condition of anonymity, adding…

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February 24, 2018


Washington still hopes for talks with Taliban: State Department

WASHINGTON: Washington still hopes to “bring the Taliban to the negotiating table” in Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said Tuesday, even though President Donald Trump had ruled out such talks any time soon. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, returning from a trip to Kabul, told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that all…

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February 7, 2018


Aung San Suu Kyi’s house attacked in Yangon

YANGON: A man threw a petrol bomb at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, officials said, a rare attack on a national figurehead who enjoys strong domestic support but has drawn global outcry over her reticence to speak up for the Rohingya. There was little damage caused by the…

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February 1, 2018


US adds six Taliban, Haqqani financiers to sanctions blacklist

WASHINGTON: The US warned Pakistan Thursday to do more to crack down on the Taliban and Haqqani groups, as it added six officials from the groups to its sanctions blacklist. The Treasury said five of the six were in charge of raising and transferring funds as well as equipment and materials to support the operations…

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January 26, 2018


Terrorists of Daesh gaining foothold in Afghanistan

KABUL: Middle-class Afghans turned jihadists have assisted the Islamic State group’s expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan’s restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital one of the deadliest places in the country. IS has claimed nearly 20 attacks across Kabul in 18 months, with cells including students, professors and shopkeepers evading…

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January 10, 2018


Do not interfere in internal affairs of Iran: Russia to US

MOSCOW: Moscow on Thursday warned Washington against interfering in Iran’s “internal affairs” after US President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians “take back” their government following protests. The White House said it was weighing sanctions against those involved in a crackdown against the unrest, which has left 21 dead over five days. “We warn the…

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January 4, 2018


Iran declares victory following week of unrest that left 21 dead

NEWS DESK: Huge counter-demonstrations have taken place against the protests in Iran with the head of the Revolutionary Guards declaring victory against “forces of sedition”, which had sought to create “anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in the Islamic Republic”, reported The Independent. As what was described by the state media as “the revolutionary outburst of Iranian…

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January 4, 2018


Iran continues to grapple with deadly protests for a week

TEHRAN: Violent demonstrations have rocked Iran since Thursday last week leaving at least 21 people dead, with protests that started over the economy turning against the Islamic regime as a whole. The wave of demonstrations, that kicked off in second city Mashhad on December 28 and quickly spread, is the biggest in the tightly controlled…

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January 3, 2018


Khamenei blames Iran’s ‘enemies’ for unrest as hundreds arrested

Tehran:Iran’s supreme leader blamed the country’s “enemies” Tuesday for days of unrest that have seen 21 people killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest test for the Islamic regime in years. In a speech carried on state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the protests for the first time since they erupted last…

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January 2, 2018


Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS. DUBAI: Two people were shot dead in protests in Iran bringing to four the number of fatalities in the country’s most serious unrest since 2009 and messages on social media called for more anti-government demonstrations on Monday, reported Reuters….

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January 1, 2018


In break with decades of U.S. policy, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem’s Old City from David Tower December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially stirring unrest,…

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December 6, 2017


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of honor in Oxford

LONDON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her “inaction” in the Rohingya crisis. “When Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City in 1997 it was because she reflected Oxford’s values ​​of…

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November 28, 2017


All measures being taken to curb extremism in Pakistan : Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said that the nation is being instigated for carrying out violence in the name of ideologies, Samaa reported. Speaking on Saturday, Iqbal said that conspirators are also participating in the protests. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader further stated that the government is taking all measures to…

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November 25, 2017


Trump condemns ‘horrible and cowardly’ mosque attack in Egypt

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump condemned as “horrible and cowardly” a bomb and gun attack Friday that killed more than 200 people at a mosque in Egypt and called his counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to offer condolences. “The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the…

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November 25, 2017


Turkey’s artists stick to their ways to surmount hard times

ISTANBUL: A mute Syrian boy, using just body movements, gives a harrowing description of life under the Islamic State group in Syria. A crowd gathers of passionate anti-establishment protesters. And a galaxy of white ceramic CCTV cameras keeps a Big Brother-like watch over a city. These are just some of the images from this season’s…

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November 20, 2017

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