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After 1,000-year split,pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting,uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first ever between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.
Syria conflict: World powers agree cessation of hostilities
But he said the ceasefire would not apply to the fight with jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) or al-Nusra Front. He also said the powers had agreed to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Prison clashes leave 52 dead in Mexico
Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said 12 other people were injured in Topo Chico jail after prisoners fought with "sharp weapons, bats and sticks". A fire was also started in a storage room. Officials say the situation is under control and no inmates escaped.
Historic Jain temple demolished in Lahore to make way for metro train
Several opposition parties staged protest in Pakistan against the demolition of historic Jain temple in Lahore . The demolition was carried out to make way for Orange Line Metro Train (OMT) project. Several other buildings like Maharaja Building and Kapurthala House were also brought down by the authorities. According to report in the Time of India.
Pervez Musharraf nails ISI s role in terror attacks in India: 10 developments
Former Pakistan president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on Thursday nailed the role of ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) in supporting terror activities in India. Musharraf made the revelation when he said terror attacks in India will not stop until the core issue of Kashmir is addressed.
CIA director says Islamic State group has used,can make chemical weapons
CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported Thursday. We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield,Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday.
We continue to welcome efforts by India and Pakistan to work bilaterally,says US State Department
Acknowledging "legitimate terrorism concerns and threats" in South Asia, US says it continues to welcome and encourage efforts by India and Pakistan to work bilaterally to solve very difficult, complicated issues between them."Every political leader has responsibilities, especially ones that are dealing here with sensitive relations," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday in response to a question.
First body recovered from China landslide,81 still missing
It’s the first reported death from the disaster. The landslide is the fourth major disaster to strike China in 2015. Rescuers pulled one body from the debris on Tuesday and said 81 people were still missing two days after a man-made mountain of excavated soil and construction waste crashed into an industrial park in China’s manufacturing centre of Shenzhen.
Asian shares edge up,crude claws back some ground
Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday, taking solace from Wall Street gains and some stability in recently weak crude oil prices, though gains were capped by caution ahead of this week's holidays. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched 0.1 percent higher, after Wall Street logged solid gains overnight following a losing week. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index added 0.3 percent. China's CSI300 index was down 0.3 percent and the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.2 percent, as both gave back some of the previous day's rally.
With Eye On China,India Seeks Latest Drones From United States
With an objective to bolster its arsenal amid recurring incidents of incursions by Chinese troops,India has sought the latest versions of unmanned aerial vehicles,both the armed and surveillance ones from US. Industry sources familiar with New Delhi's interest and ongoing talks between the two governments,said that India is looking for about 100 such drones worth USD 2 billion.
Multiple bombings rock Kabul; 36 dead,several hundreds injured
Multiple bombings rocked Kabul on Friday, killing at least 36 people and wounding hundreds more in the deadliest day in the Afghan capital since the end of the NATO combat mission in December. The explosions, which devastated buildings and overwhelmed hospitals with casualties, are the first major militant assaults on Kabul since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death.
Officials hope to give Flight 370 families some answers soon
Reunion — After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into the sea, as investigators work to identify the source of a barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island.
Tsipras asserts control over Syriza with congress vote
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's call on Thursday to hold an emergency party congress got the backing of his party as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks. At a meeting of the Syriza movement's 200-member central committee held in an old cinema hall, Tsipras defended his decision to accept harsh bailout terms as the best deal anyone could win for Greece.
Discovery of plane part fails to convince Chinese MH370 families
For more than a year,the Chinese families of those who disappeared aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 have waited,and waited,for word of what happened to their loved ones. And yet the discovery Wednesday of a potential clue—a piece of an airplane wing that washed up on an island the Indian Ocean—brought them little relief. On Thursday,several families said they still believe,against the odds,that the missing passengers are out there,or that this is another false alarm. To believe otherwise is to accept the worst.
Islamic State report reveals it s preparing to attack India to draw US into war
The Islamic State is preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US, according to an internal recruitment document of the feared group which also seeks to unite the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror. An investigative story published on Tuesday by the USA Today and reported by American Media Institute refers to a 32-page Urdu document obtained from a Pakistani citizen with connections inside the Pakistani Taliban.
Afghan Taliban say unaware of peace talks,no comment on Mullah Omar
The Taliban Thursday rejected reports of any fresh round of peace talks expected this week with the Afghan government,while making no comment on Kabul s reported death of their leader Mullah Omar.Afghanistan on Wednesday said Omar died two years ago in Pakistan,in the first such official confirmation from Kabul after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric.
Malaysian parliament investigation of state fund on hold
A Malaysian parliamentary investigation into a graft scandal at debt-laden state investment fund 1MDB has been put on hold as cracks in the long-ruling party appeared to widen on Wednesday. The allegations of extensive graft at the fund are the biggest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak's credibility since he took office in 2009,and could threaten the grip his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party has kept on politics since independence in 1957.
Nigerian army liberates 30 hostages held by Boko Haram,including six-day old infant
Nigeria's army said it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram,including 21 children and seven women,amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. Army officials said yesterday the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State,which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April,and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week. As a result of ongoing operations under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole to clear Dikwa and its environs from Boko Haram.(the) Nigerian Army yesterday rescued 30 persons from the hands of the terrorists,army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.
Animal sacrifice banned indefinitely at Nepal s 300 year old Gadhimai Festival
In a break from tradition,Nepalese temple authorities on Tuesday announced an indefinite ban on a centuries-old Hindu tradition of mass animal slaughter that attracts hundreds of thousands of worshippers. The 300 year old Gadhimai festival will go bloodless in its next edition in 2019. More than five lakh animals get slaughtered during the festival. The festival.
Trafficking in Persons report: US upgrades Malaysia in human trafficking list amid protests from rights bodies
The United States has removed Malaysia from its list of the world's worst offending nations for human trafficking. The decision was made in the face of vocal opposition from human rights groups and 178 US lawmakers, who said the South-East Asian nation has done little to improve its dismal record.
US and Turkey agree to Clear IS Group in Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear the Islamic State group from northern Syria,a senior US official said on Monday. The goal is to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey's border with Syria,the official told AFP,using an acronym for the jihadist group. The pledge comes after a week of deadly violence in Turkey that the authorities blamed on both Kurdish PKK separatists and the Islamic State.
Obama in Ethiopia on Africa tour to boost security, other ties
Barack Obama met the Ethiopian prime minister on Monday on the first visit by a serving US president to a nation with one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa but which has often been criticised for its rights record. Talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn are expected to focus on security and the threat of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia. Obama, who arrived from Kenya on Sunday, also wants to boost business ties with Africa.
Shebab terrorists kill dozens in Mogadishu
Somalia s Shebab insurgents have killed at least 13 people in a suicide bombing at a hotel in the capital Mogadishu. The devastation was huge, and so far 13 people, all of them innocent civilians,have been confirmed dead,government security officer Ahmed Ali said of the Sunday night attack. Some of the wounded died last night,while other bodies were recovered under the wreckage of nearby buildings.
Turkey and U.S.Agree on Plan to Clear ISIS From Strip of Syria s North
Turkey and the United States have agreed in general terms on a plan that envisions American warplanes,Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together to sweep Islamic State militants from a 60-mile-long strip of northern Syria along the Turkish border,American and Turkish officials say. The plan would create what officials from both countries are calling an Islamic State-free zone controlled by relatively moderate Syrian insurgents,which the Turks say could also be a safe zone for displaced Syrians.
ISIS shocking video: French militant executes Syrian soldier,says will fill streets of Paris with dead bodies
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released yet another barbaric video in which a French militant vows to 'fill the streets of Paris with dead bodies' before executing an alleged Syrian soldier and throwing his body off the cliff. The gruesome video shows an armed ISIS militant, dressed in fatigues and covered face, issuing the chilling threat with the captive kneeling on the ground. The ISIS militants then adds, “terrorists love death like you love life.
Hillary Clinton sent four secret emails from personal account
Democratic front-runner for the White House,Hillary Clinton,sent at least four secret emails from her personal account,that contained classified information,while she was in office as the US secretary of state. The inspector general for the intelligence community which found the mails said they should have been considered secret,the second highest level of classification. The inspector general,an American institution roughly the equivalent of vigilance officers of the Indian government,has referred them to the justice department.
Australian nurse arrested after return from Syria
An Australian nurse who allegedly worked alongside Islamic State militants has been arrested after voluntarily returning from Syria, police said Saturday. The Melbourne-based father-of-five, widely named as Islamic convert Adam Brookman,surrendered to Turkish officials earlier this week ahead of his arrival in Sydney late Friday. A 39-year-old Australian national was arrested upon arrival at Sydney International Airport last night on an interstate arrest warrant,relating to his alleged involvement in the conflict in Syria,federal police said in a statement.
China builds replicas of Taiwan targets with 2016 in mind: expert
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has made more physical mock-ups of strategic targets in Taiwan for simulated attacks since 2014, which suggests Beijing has stepped up its "preparations for a military struggle" with Taiwan, an expert on the Chinese military said Friday. China has increased the preparations because the Beijing government is concerned about "potentially drastic changes in Taiwan's political situation" after a presidential election in January 2016, said Andrei Chang, also known as Pinkov, founder of the Canadian-based Kanwa Defense Review.
Turkey pounds Islamic State with fighter jets in Syria for the first time
Turkish fighter jets bombed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremists in Syria for the first time following the death of a Turkish soldier in clashes with the group on Thursday. Three Turkish F-16s took off from the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir in the early bombing raid that lasted for 13 minutes,the Turkish prime minister's office said in a statement. At least 35 Isil militants were killed by the air strikes, Daily Sabah reported. Turkey claimed it also destroyed two Isil headquarters and one rallying point with guided missiles.
Iraq: Suicide car bomb kills at least 80 in eastern province
A suicide car bombing in Iraq s eastern Diyala province killed at least 80 people gathered at a marketplace to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Iraqi police officials said at least 50 people were also wounded in the attack in the town of Khan Beni Saad.Hospital officials confirmed the death tolls.