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Ukraine Rebels Accused Of Blocking Jet Probe

Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine are being accused of blocking the investigation into the apparent shooting-down of a Malaysian passenger jet with 298 people on board. Observers from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) arrived at the crash site for a second time on Saturday, a day after they were asked to leave after being given limited access to the farmland where the jet ...

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Gaza Under Intense Fire As Death Toll Mounts

At least 34 people have been killed in Gaza after Israeli army bombardment intensifies on the second day of a ground offensive it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaza, spoke of of "relentless and constant thuds" of tank fire across the eastern border of Gaza on Saturday, "with only around 10 seconds between each". She said the tanks were ...

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UAE Plans Unmanned Mission To Mars By 2021

The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. An Emirati government statement on Wednesday said the UAE investments in space technologies had already topped $5.44bn, AFP news agency reported. "The UAE has entered the space race with a project to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 in the Arab world's first mission t ...

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Kenya Governor Tried Over Lamu Massacres

The governor of Kenya's coastal region of Lamu has appeared in court on allegations of links to a spate of massacres, with the prosecution requesting more time to complete investigations. Governor Issa Timamy of Lamu county was arrested in connection with last month's killings in the town of Mpeketoni and nearby villages, which were claimed by the Somali armed group al-Shabab, but blamed by the government o ...

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Cambodian Opposition Figures Charged

Five opposition MPs-elect and an activist have been charged with sparking violent clashes between opposition-led protesters and city security guards outside the capital’s Freedom Park. Both sides accused the other of setting off pitched-battles on Tuesday, after nearly a year of political deadlock between the ruling-Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the opposition's Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). P ...

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Dutch Held Liable For Some Srebrenica Deaths

A court has cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths of most of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the Srebrenica massacre, but says it has to compensate the families of more than 300 men. The court ruled that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of those 300 victims in the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. The ruling on Wednesday came after relatives of the victims lau ...

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Life Sentences For Egypt Sexual Assaults

An Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to life imprisonment for sexually harassing and attacking women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Wednesday verdicts are the first such heavy sentences against perpetrators of sexual violence after the government's decision to toughen penalties. The charges included attempted rape, attempted murder and torture. The judge sentenced the seven ...

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Tens Of Thousands Flee Israeli Raids On Gaza

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes, as Israel continued to press its offensive on the Gaza Strip. Air strikes that struck the enclave on Wednesday killed at least 17 people, including four children, bringing the total deaths of Palestinians in the nine-day conflict to 213, with more than 1,450 wounded. One Israeli was killed a day earlier by a Hamas-launched rocket, the only Israeli fat ...

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Forty-Three People Killed In China Highway Collision

Forty-three people were killed in a collision between a bus and a van carrying flammable liquids in southern China, state media reported on Saturday. The crash in Hunan province happened in the early hours of Saturday when the van drove into the back of the passenger coach, triggering a fire and explosion, the official Xinhua news agency said. Six people were injured, including four with severe burns. Five ...

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Pakistan Condemns US Drone Strike In Northern Region

The government of Pakistan condemned the incident of a US drone strike that took place near the Miranshah area in North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan during the early hours of Saturday, which led to many causalities, said the Foreign Office. In a press release by the Foreign Office, it said, "Pakistan regards such strikes as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity," adding ...

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2 Killed, 5 Injured As Police Open Fire On Protesters

Two persons were killed and five others injured today when police opened fire on a mob which was protesting against alleged misbehaviour by men in uniform against women during a search operation in Bihar's Aurangabad district. Zonal Inspector General (IG) Kundan Krishnan said a woman and a 12-year-old boy were killed in the incident which took place at the Madanpur Block headquarters. The identities of the ...

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Afghanistan Worried About Safety Of Its Airspace After Ukraine Crash

As flying over conflict zones comes under scrutiny following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine, Afghanistan, one of the world's most dangerous places, is worried airlines might once again opt to avoid its airspace. Afraid of being shot down, some airlines have decided to circumnavigate the area where pro-Russian rebels are fighting Ukrainian force after the crash, raising concern that ...

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Kunar Drone Strike Leaves 4 Rebels Dead

At least four militants were killed in a drone airstrike in eastern Kunar province, a senior police official said on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Sayedkhel, the police chief, confirmed the attack, saying the missile strike hit the Daren neighborhood of Ghaziabad district. The attack left four militants dead and two wounded. Nouman, a notorious militant commander, and a Pakistani insurgent were among tho ...

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Dunford Calls For Keeping Pakistan Engaged

Gen Joseph Dunford, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has called for continued engagement with Pakistan as the only option to seek its help in resolving the Afghan crisis, even as he told American lawmakers after 2104 Washington could reframe its relationship with Islamabad. “I don't think any of us have an easy answer to Pakistan, other than continued engagement and engagement based on su ...

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US Hopes For Govt of National Unity In Kabul

Heartened by several meetings between presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai since the agreement on an audit of ballots, the US hoped the election results would lead to the creation of a national unity government. “I’m heartened by the fact that Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani have met now – subsequently several times since the announcement with Secretary Kerry. Part of it is to ...

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Karzai Appoints Team To Probe Orgun Attack

President Hamid Karzai on Saturday appointed a delegation to investigate a deadly car-bomb attack in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province. Last week, 43 people were killed and 67 others wounded following the car-bombing in the Ahangaran bazaar of Orgun district. Many shops were razed as a result of the blast. In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Karzai promised compensation to the vic ...

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Sadqa-I-Fitr Estimated At 40 Afghanis

Though the government has yet to make any official announcement, religious scholars on Saturday said the minimum Sadqa-i-Fitr, cash payable by every Muslim at the end of the holy month, would be 40 afghanis this year. Also, Muslim men and women could donate cash or 1.5 kilogram of wheat, which is equal to 40 afghanis as per market price. Haji Fazal Rehman, a shopkeeper in Mandai area, told Pajhwok Afghan Ne ...

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Next President To Name IEC Secretary

A new Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary would be appointed by the next president, while a government, an official said on Saturday. IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters in Kabul Syed Ehsan Tahiri and Farid Afghanzai were tipped for the slot. Currently the job is being handled by the assistants of the former secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel. Amarkhel was accused of trying to commit fraud ...

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Vote Audit To Be Completed In Time: IEC

As the vote audit continues in Kabul, the Independent Election Commission IEC on Saturday affirmed its commitment to completing the process within four weeks. IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad Noor told reporters that 40 teams of the investigators were auditing the votes in the morning shift and as many in the afternoon. Noori did not say how many ballot boxes were audited. But Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani, the commiss ...

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Mps Deny Trust Vote To 3 ICOIC Members

The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Saturday again denied giving a trust vote to three outgoing members of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC). The assembly had given a vote of confidence to five ICOIC members four years ago. First Vice-President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on Saturday reintroduced ICOIC members Gul Rahman Qazi, Mehboba Huqoqmal and Dr. ...

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