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Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

Geneva: A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said today. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-per-cent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted […]

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At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

Jalalabad, Jun 16:  A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Afghan Taliban, security forces, and civilians celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country today, killing at least 20 people, officials said. The attack came as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government’s week-long ceasefire with the militant group after […]

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Neymar is star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training

Neymar is star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training

Sochi, Jun 12 : Brazil attracted an army of excited youngsters — including one who managed to break onto the pitch for a selfie — as they held their first training session on Russian soil ahead of the World Cup. Around 5,000 locals turned out to watch the relaxed session at the Yug-Sport Stadium, next […]

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EU hails ‘crucial and necessary’ Trump-Kim talks

EU hails ‘crucial and necessary’ Trump-Kim talks

Brussels, Jun 12: The EU today praised the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “crucial and necessary step”, indicating that denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula could be achieved. “This summit was a crucial and necessary step to build upon the positive developments achieved in inter-Korean relations […]

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Russia says Trump-Kim summit ‘positive’: news agency

Russia says Trump-Kim summit ‘positive’: news agency

Moscow, Jun 12: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “positive” step, Russian news agency RIA Novosti said today. “We have not yet seen the documents (signed at the summit). I don’t think they have been published. But the mere […]

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IAEA offers to help verify future US-North Korea deal

IAEA offers to help verify future US-North Korea deal

Vienna, Jun 12: The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said today it stood ready to help verify any future agreements between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. In a statement, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, welcomed the statement issued by US President Donald Trump and […]

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Taliban raid on Afghan military base kills 17: Officials

Taliban raid on Afghan military base kills 17: Officials

Herat (Afghanistan): At least 17 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters stormed a military base in western Afghanistan, hours before the group announced a ceasefire, officials said today. The Taliban claimed the last night attack, which Herat provincial governor spokesman Jilani Farhad told AFP killed 17 members of the Afghan security forces and wounded […]

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Taliban announces Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Taliban announces Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Kabul: The Taliban announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion on Saturday, with a three-day halt in hostilities against the country’s security forces that was greeted with relief by war-weary Afghans. But the group warned the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that caps off […]

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Afghanistan’s President announces ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr

Afghanistan’s President announces ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr

Kabul, Jun 7: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced today a temporary ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that caps off the holy month of Ramadan, though it was not immediately clear if the Taliban had agreed. The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr,” the president tweeted from […]

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Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: US general

Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: US general

Washington, May 31: Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the Pentagon has said, even as US forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes. “A lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it’s occurring at multiple levels,” General […]