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Germany deports third batch of Afghan migrants to Kabul

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Germany deports third batch of Afghan migrants to Kabul

Germany deports third batch of Afghan migrants to Kabul

KABUL: Eighteen Afghans deported from Germany arrived in Kabul yesterday after their asylum pleas were rejected, the third batch to be sent back in recent months as Berlin speeds up the expulsions. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved new measures on Wednesday to expedite the repatriations even as controversy rages over sending people back to […]

Hong Kong Snowden refugees sought by Sri Lanka agents

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Hong Kong Snowden refugees sought by Sri Lanka agents

Hong Kong Snowden refugees sought by Sri Lanka agents

HONG KONG: Sri Lankan refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong have been targeted by agents from their home country, a lawyer and legislators said yesterday. The story of how impoverished refugees helped the former National Security Agency contractor, who initiated one of the largest data leaks in US history, evades authorities […]

Pakistan on edge; 6 die in Lahore bomb blast

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Pakistan on edge; 6 die in Lahore bomb blast

Pakistan on edge; 6 die in Lahore bomb blast

Panic underscores nervousness across the country LAHORE: At least six people were killed and 30 injured after a bomb ripped through Pakistan’s Lahore yesterday, officials said, the tenth attack in just under a fortnight pointing to resurgence in Islamist violence. The blast, the second to hit the provincial capital this month, crumpled cars and sent […]

Activists seek corporate help for Myanmar’s Rohingyas

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Activists seek corporate help for Myanmar’s Rohingyas

Activists seek corporate help for Myanmar’s Rohingyas

BANGKOK: Activists are urging Unilever, a major investor in Myanmar, to speak out against the country’s treatment of its Rohingya minority, which the UN has said may be “crimes against humanity.” More than 10,000 people have joined the Facebook group for the campaign, known by the hashtag #WeAreAllRohingyaNow, and hundreds have signed on. A letter […]

Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport

Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport

MOSUL: Iraqi forces yesterday thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014. Backed by jets, gunships and drones, forces blitzed their way across open areas south of Mosul and entered the airport compound, apparently meeting limited resistance […]

Yemen rebel rocket kills policeman on Saudi border

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Yemen rebel rocket kills policeman on Saudi border

Yemen rebel rocket kills policeman on Saudi border

RIYADH: Rocket fire by Yemeni rebels killed a policeman and wounded a civilian on the Saudi side of the border, the civil defense department said late on Wednesday. They were the latest casualties inside the kingdom since Saudi Arabia began leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in its southern neighbor to support President Abedrabbo […]

Conservatives hail end of transgender bathroom rule

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Conservatives hail end of transgender bathroom rule

Conservatives hail end of transgender bathroom rule

Transgender rights advocates vow to overcome setback WASHINGTON: Conservatives are praising the Trump administration’s rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.  “We’re not […]

Inside Qatar’s ‘gas capital of the world’

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Inside Qatar’s ‘gas capital of the world’

Inside Qatar’s ‘gas capital of the world’

One of the most significant industrial sites on the planet RAS LAFFAN: Perched on a northern tip of Qatar, about an hour’s drive from the gleaming capital Doha and at the end of “Route 77” stands the secretive city of Ras Laffan. Behind its closely guarded gates, Ras Laffan is home to 30,000 people, the […]

Bahrain police clash with protesters

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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Bahrain police clash with protesters

Bahrain police clash with protesters

DUBAI: Bahrain police clashed with demonstrators following the death of a young man who attempted to escape arrest, witnesses said yesterday, days after 20 people were detained across Shiite villages. It was the latest flare-up of unrest pitting members of the kingdom’s Shiite majority against the Sunni-dominated government. Residents of the village of Nuwaidrat, south […]

New hope for Yazidi women raped, tortured by Islamic State fighters

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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New hope for Yazidi women raped, tortured by Islamic State fighters

New hope for Yazidi women raped, tortured by Islamic State fighters

DOHUK: It’s been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again. When a door slams, the 23-year-old Yazidi woman flashes back to her captors locking away […]

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban; elections loom

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban; elections loom

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban; elections loom

MUNICH: Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on Tuesday. The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives that govern the region, the sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s, are worried […]

US targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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US targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

US targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

Mexican migrant kills self after third deportation from US WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has issued tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country’s 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs.  The orders sent shivers through US immigrant communities, where millions of people who have spent years building […]

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