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Russian pilot who went missing in Afghanistan found alive after 31 years

A Russian fighter pilot who went missing in 1987 in Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan war has been found alive, the Americans informed the Russian embassy in Kabul. “There are a lot of rumors, but nothing is known for sure; so it’s better not to mention any surnames. We need to check if the information is…

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1.2bn children threatened by war, poverty, discrimination: study

More than half of the world’s children are threatened by conflict, poverty or sexual discrimination, Save the Children said in a report published on Wednesday. Entitled “Many Faces of Exclusion”, the study ranked 175 countries in terms of the threat of child labour, exclusion from education, child marriage and early pregnancy. It found that 1.2…

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In Mosul, young volunteers help bring city back to life

A group of Iraqi university students have found a cause in the ruins of Mosul. They are salvaging what is left of its rich heritage, clearing rubble and distributing aid in a city crying out for help after the war against Islamic State. The project began when Raghad Hammadi and a group of students decided…

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Sports is the way to stop war, says boxer Amir Khan on Pak-India ties

Sports is the way to stop war, British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan said while talking about Pak-India ties. “I know India and Pakistan have problems all the time,” he told the media in Lahore. “The only way of fixing this problem is [through] sports.” He said he will announce the date of his next boxing match…

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People of Pakistan always wanted peace in Yemen, says ambassador

The people of Pakistan have always wanted to see peace in Yemen, said the country’s ambassador to Pakistan. According to a report published by Radio Pakistan, the ambassador, Mohammed Motahar Alashabi, said Pakistan always showed good gestures towards the Middle Eastern country. Alashabi said his country had become the host of international politics. “Several other…

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Imran lashes out at Trump for ignoring Pakistan’s sacrifices in Economist interview

PTI chairman Imran Khan has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for ignoring Pakistan’s sacrifices in the “war against terror”. “Donald Trump doesn’t have a proper understanding of Pakistan, especially the whole Pak-Afghan situation as it has evolved since 1979,” said Khan in a podcast interview with the Economist magazine April 26. “It’s a…

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Syria regime bombards IS at camp near Damascus: monitor

BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces Friday intensified their bombardment of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of Damascus for a second successive day in a bid to dislodge Islamic State jihadists, a monitor said. The UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said it was “deeply concerned about the fate of civilians” and thousands of refugees…

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Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

KABUL: The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against U.S. forces would go on, reported Reuters. A more aggressive U.S. strategy in Afghanistan including…

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Afghanistan: Roof of the world untouched by decades-old conflict

WAKHAN CORRIDOR: “Taliban — what’s that?” asks Sultan Begium shyly from her freezing home in Afghanistan’s mountainous Wakhan Corridor, a region so remote that its residents are untouched by the decades of conflict that have devastated their country. The frail-looking grandmother whose harsh life has etched deep lines in her face, is a woman of…

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Hollywood stars declare war on sexual misconduct at Globes

NEWS DESK: Hollywood spoke with one voice at the Golden Globes on Sunday to declare war on the film industry’s culture of sexual harassment and abuse, as it kicked off its annual awards season on a rare serious note, reported AFP. Crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” was the big winner of the night…

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Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, groups of Rohingya Muslims cross the Naf river at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, was basking in international praise just a few years ago as it transitioned to democracy after a half-century of…

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Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Pope Francis arrives to lead the First Vespers and Te Deum prayer in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions, reported Reuters….

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1,000 days of war: How the Saudi-led conflict has destroyed Yemen

SANA’A: Today, Yemen marks 1,000 days of war that the Saudi-led coalition of countries have waged on it. The conflict has wreaked havoc on the Yemeni population as millions continue to starve and thousands continue to die.  As per credible international news reports and humanitarian aid groups, as many as 1.2 million civil servants have…

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US hid intelligence from Britain about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs before Iraq War: Gordon Brown

NEWS DESK: Gordon Brown has claimed that “crucial” US intelligence that cast doubt Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was concealed for the UK in the build-up to the war, reported The Independent. The information, which he says he did not see until after leaving office, would have stopped him from supporting the decision to invade….

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Janjua believes India unlikely to launch major war against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua has said that India is not in a position to launch a big and immediate war against Pakistan. He said Pakistan Army is giving a befitting response to the enemies on eastern border. He said threats to national security can be faced with national unity…

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Saudis threaten fallout if Yemen probe passes

NEWS DESK: Saudi Arabia has threatened other countries over a proposed resolution at the U.N.’s main human rights body, saying if they send international, independent investigators to war-torn Yemen that could “negatively affect” trade and diplomatic ties with the wealthy kingdom, a Saudi letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows. Two competing resolutions — one…

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North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by U.S. bombers, rhetoric escalates

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korea has been boosting defenses on its east coast, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the Korean peninsula, reported Reuters. Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula since North…

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UK weapons companies have made £6bn from Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen

NEWS DESK: British arms companies have earned more than £6bn from their trade with Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen, new research has found, reported The Independent. War Child UK claimed the true revenue from dealings with the Gulf state are almost double previous estimates, despite only around £30m going to the public through corporation tax receipts….

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Israel attacks military site in Syria’s Hama province

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM: Israel attacked a military site in Syria’s Hama province early on Thursday, the Syrian army said, reported Reuters. The air strike killed two soldiers and caused damage near the town of Masyaf, an army statement said. It warned of the ‘dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region’….

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Is India preparing for simultaneous war with China and Pakistan?

India’s army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that New Delhi should be prepared for a potential two-front war with China and Pakistan. Watch this report…

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US says N. Korea ‘begging for war,’ pushes for tougher UN sanctions

United Nations: The US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” and pushed for the “strongest possible measures” on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. As world powers scramble to react to the latest grave step in the North’s rogue weapons programme, South Korea launched major live-fire naval drills to warn…

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