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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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúcrucial‚ÄĚ US intelligence that cast doubt Iraq‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėdangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region‚Äô….

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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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Pakistan cannot bring Afghan war home: COAS

Dushanbe: Meeting of Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) held at Dushanbe, Tajikistan today. The meeting was attended by senior military leadership of member countries i.e. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Gen Li Zuocheng (China), General Sobirzoda Imomali Abdurrahim (Tajikistan) and General Sharif Yaftali (Afghanistan). All four leaders welcomed the QCCM…

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the limits of U.S. influence

By Christopher Clary (Note: This was originally published in War on the Rocks, a U.S.-based digital outlet on strategy, defense and foreign affairs. Christopher Clary is an assistant professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York.) President Donald Trump has announced the results of his ‚Äúcomprehensive review‚ÄĚ of U.S….

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Doklam standoff: India should get ready for ‚Äėall-out confrontation‚Äô, says Chinese media

NEWS DESK: India should get ready for an ‚Äúall-out confrontation‚ÄĚ along the entire stretch of the disputed boundary with China, the country‚Äôs state media said on Tuesday, threatening to open up new fronts of conflict on the 3,488 km non-demarcated border between the two countries, reported Hindustan Times. China isn‚Äôt afraid to go to ‚Äúwar‚ÄĚ…

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German police fire water cannons as leftists stage mass anti-G20 protests

NEWS DESK: Clashes erupted in Hamburg, Germany, as G20 summit leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, began arriving on Friday. The German police fired water cannons and pepper spray at the protesters, reported BBC and Channel 4. Many were protesting the arrivals of Trump and Putin, calling the protest ‚ÄėWelcome…

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ISIS has left an entire generation of children suffering from ‚Äėwaking nightmares‚Äô, says report

Visiting a classroom or playground in the sprawling camps now home to Iraqis who have fled Isis, it can take a while to realise what‚Äôs missing at first. There are colourful posters and drawings on the walls, toys to play with, music and games. But the sound of kids laughing, annoying each other and joining…

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Video: Female sniper laughs after almost getting her head blown off

RAQQA: A female Kurdish sniper’s brush with death is going viral over the internet as the woman can be seen laughing and chatting away after a bullet misses her head narrowly.¬† This video is from the city of Raqqa, where the YPJ and Iraqi forces backed by the United States, are embroiled in conflict with…

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Cyber attacks grow in scale over the past 10 years

Tuesday’s wave of cyber attacks, which hit a clutch of multinationals, came just six weeks after what the EU’s law enforcement agency described as an “unprecedented” attack by WannaCry Ransomware. From “cyberwar” to “hacktivism” and “cyberterrorism”, here are some of the major cyber attacks over the past decade: – Cyberwar – The Baltic nation of…

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