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US Steps Up Warnings to Russia Over Idlib


IDLIB, Syria – The United States stepped up warnings to Russia about its policy in Syria, saying that Moscow was trying to challenge the US presence in northeast Syria by violating the terms of a devolution agreement and was also helping to intensify the fighting in the north western province …

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Pakistan Saw 31pc Reduction in Terrorism in 2019: Report


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has seen a reduction of nearly 31% in deaths related to terrorism and the fight against terrorism in the past year, according to data compiled and published by the Center for Security Studies and Research (CSSR). In its annual report, the think tank said that during the …

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UK Voters Head to Polls in ‘Historic’ Ballot


LONDON – Elections traditionally take place every four or five years in the United Kingdom; however, in October, British Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favor of a snap poll as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged parliament to call a general election in the hope of winning a working majority …

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Trump Warns North Korea After ‘Very Important’ Missile Tests


SEOUL – President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea-related developments on Saturday and the two leaders committed to continuing close communication, the White House said in a statement. Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has too much to lose, all in reality, …

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Kerala Family which Joined IS Located in Afghanistan

Kerala Family Joined IS

KABUL – The identities of the three people part of a group which surrendered in Afghanistan have been confirmed by their relatives in Kerala, India Today reported Wednesday. According to India Today report, the 29-year-old Nimisha (Fathima), her husband Bexin and their child has been identified by Nimisha’s mother Bindu …

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US Considers Pulling up to 4,000 Troops from South Korea

South Korea

SEOUL – South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday that the United States is contemplating a significant reduction in its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the expense of deployment. Washington broke out this week’s security price talks with South Korea after requesting that …

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Hong Kong Leader Calls for Peaceful End to University Standoff

Hong Kong

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam called for a peaceful resolution Tuesday to a standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters still trapped within a university. Lam said during a news conference that roughly 100 protesters were still holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University after 600 had …

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Turkey Captures Sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria


ANKARA – Turkey has captured the older sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in north-western Syria, Turkish officials said Tuesday. Reuters and AP quoted a senior official as saying that Rasmiya Awad, 65, was found during a raid on November 4 near the Turkish-controlled town of Azaz, in Aleppo Province. The …

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IS Still Dangerous Despite Baghdadi’s Death: Pentagon

Less than a week after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a secretive U.S. forces raid on a compound in north-western Syria

WASHINGTON – Less than a week after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a secretive US forces raid on a compound in north-western Syria, the general who conducted the mission said despite his death, the terrorist organization is still dangerous. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., the commander of the …

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EU Ministers Consider Reaction to Turkish Offensive in Syria


LUXEMBOURG – European Union (EU) foreign ministers are meeting to discuss an appropriate response to the deployment of Turkish troops in northeastern Syria. Sanctions, including an arms embargo — are on the table, but may take time to materialize, DW reported Monday. The Turkish offensive in Syria tops the agenda …

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