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Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Police role increases in counter-insurgency operations GHAZNI: Afghanistan’s poorly armed and underpaid police are usually on the frontlines against Taleban militants and they lost 90 men defending the strategic city of Ghazni last month, underlining chronic weaknesses that are likely to face further tests. The four days of intense fighting in Ghazni have highlighted problems, […]

Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers cry out

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers cry out

Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers cry out

CHENNAI: Garment workers in Bangladesh have rejected an increase in the minimum wage, saying it is still not enough to live on and urging global brands to pay more for the clothes they buy, unions said yesterday. Bangladesh raised the minimum wage by more than 50 percent last week to 8,000 taka ($95.5) a month […]

US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

JERUSALEM: The United States has cut additional aid to the Palestinians for programs supporting conflict resolution with Israelis, an official said yesterday, adding to more than $500 million in other cuts. The latest cuts come from $10 million in programs on reconciliation involving Palestinians as well as Jewish and Arab Israelis. The portion of the […]

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement yesterday at a summit in Saudi Arabia, bolstering a historic peace accord between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, officials said. Authorities did not reveal exact details of the new deal signed in Jeddah, but sources close to the Saudi government said it would further help strengthen […]

Syrians vote in first local polls since 2011

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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Syrians vote in first local polls since 2011

Syrians vote in first local polls since 2011

DAMASCUS: Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots yesterday in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule. Seven years since the last vote, the conflict has killed more than 360,000 people, forced millions more to flee, and left the economy in tatters. Now, Syrian […]

Israeli missiles ‘target Syria airport’

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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Israeli missiles ‘target Syria airport’

Israeli missiles ‘target Syria airport’

Israel working to keep weapons from its foes JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday his country is taking action to stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours after Damascus said Israeli missiles targeted its airport. Israel has not officially confirmed or denied a report by Syrian state news agency SANA of an […]

Israeli fatally stabbed by Palestinian in West Bank

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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Israeli fatally stabbed by Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli fatally stabbed by Palestinian in West Bank

Palestinian teen dies from wounds in Gaza unrest JERUSALEM: A Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli man near the entrance to a mall in the occupied West Bank yesterday before being shot by a civilian, officials said. No details were immediately provided on the identity of the Israeli, whose death was confirmed in a statement from […]

Florence weakens; devastation far from over, authorities warn

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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Florence weakens; devastation far from over, authorities warn

Florence weakens; devastation far from over, authorities warn

Killer storm leaves 13 people dead NEW BERN: A killer storm that left up to 13 people dead weakened to a tropical depression yesterday, but US authorities warned the devastation it caused – including catastrophic flooding – is far from over. Most of the fatalities from Florence, which made landfall Friday as a Category 1 […]

‘Mariachi’ gunmen kill five in Mexico City tourist plaza

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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‘Mariachi’ gunmen kill five in Mexico City tourist plaza

‘Mariachi’ gunmen kill five in Mexico City tourist plaza

MEXICO CITY: Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in Mexico City’s famed Plaza Garibaldi, killing five people and wounding eight others including a foreigner, law enforcement officials said yesterday. The five assailants opened fire with rifles and handguns shortly before 10:00 pm Friday (0300 GMT Saturday) as the downtown plaza was filled with partiers […]

Hariri rejects allegations against Amir made in Al-Manar TV show

Posted by on 15/09/2018
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Hariri rejects allegations against Amir made in Al-Manar TV show

Hariri rejects allegations against Amir made in Al-Manar TV show

Info ministry denounces offensive remarks * Lebanese prosecutor preparing case BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri affirmed yesterday his country’s admiration and respect towards Kuwait, rejecting all recent allegations by Al-Manar TV against HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. This came in a press release by the office of Hariri during a reception […]

Terror in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut

Posted by on 15/09/2018
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Terror in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut

Terror in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut

TUGUEGARAO: Bebeth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her lifetime, but nothing prepared her for the terror of Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it roared over her Philippines home yesterday packing winds of more than 250 kilometers per hour. The most powerful storm to hit the region so far this year left a trail of […]

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

Posted by on 15/09/2018
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Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi parliament elected the candidate of a pro-Iran list as speaker yesterday, paving the way for the formation of a government more than four months after legislative polls. The country has been in political paralysis since the May 12 ballot, but the election of a speaker is expected to solidify new parliamentary alliances. […]