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Australia Sends Asylum Seekers To Nauru

Australia has secretly flown 157 asylum-seekers to a detention camp on the Pacific island of Nauru, under the country's hardline immigration policy. 157 ethnic Tamil men, women and children were flown on Friday night from the remote Curtin Detention Center in Western Australia state to an Australian-run immigration detention camp in Nauru. Lawyers representing many of the asylum-seekers, who had challenged ...

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Oil Depot Catches Fire As Libya Battles Rage

Tripoli's main fuel depot has been set ablaze after rockets fired by one of Libya's armed groups struck and ignited a tank, the National Oil company (NOC) said. Black plumes of smoke rose over the fuel tanks, which store oil for use in the capital and are located near Tripoli's international airport. Firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze were forced back by the fighting, NOC spokesman Mohamed al-Harari ...

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IS Fighters Target Iraqi And Kurdish Troops

Fighters of Islamic State have killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers and members of allied Shia fighters in a flashpoint area in the south of Baghdad, Iraqi sources said. Islamic State fighters, firing salvos of mortar rounds, began attacking the town of Jurf al-Sakhr late on Friday, killing 11 soldiers and 12 members of the Shia Asaib Ahl al-Haq fighters, an officer and army medic told AFP news agency on Satur ...

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Gaza Strikes Rage On As Diplomacy Falters

The Israeli military has continued its offensive in Gaza, targeting a major mosque and a university, as diplomatic solution appears more remote after Israel announced that it would not attend the talks set in Cairo. Bombardments continue across the Palestinian territory including the southern district of Rafah on Saturday afternoon, Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Gaza, said. Gaza health ministry o ...

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Factory Blast In Eastern China Kills 69

China suffered its worst industrial accident in a year on Saturday when an explosion killed at least 69 people and injured more than 120 at a factory that makes wheels for US carmakers, including General Motors. The blast in the wealthy eastern province of Jiangsu occurred around 7:30 a.m. in Kunshan city, about an hour's drive from Shanghai, after an explosion ripped through a workshop that polishes wheel ...

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Two More Polio Cases In Pakistan Push 2014 Tally To 104

CHARSADDA: Two more polio cases have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, raising the total number of country-wide polio patients to 104 so far in the current year. According to polio monitoring cell, one-year old Salma from Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was found to be the patient of the crippling disease. Hafsa, an eight-month infant from Tehsil Bara in Federally Administered ...

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Mistry Plans $35b Push To Lead Tata Into New Businesses

Cyrus Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons, plans to spend $35 billion over the next three years to develop existing businesses and build new ones as he expands the $100 billion coffee-to-cars conglomerate. At an internal meeting on Tuesday, Mistry told his executives that the country's biggest business group will focus on building its retail, infrastructure, finance, defence and aerospace businesses, Tata Sons sa ...

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Pakistan Summons Afghan Envoy Over Border Attacks

Pakistan has summoned Afghanistan's charge d'affaires over another cross-border attack by terrorists, officials said. Pakistan's foreign ministry said a soldier was killed during 'a sniper attack from the Afghan side of the border on a Pakistani military post near Ghakhai Pass in Bajaur Agency', Xinhua reported. 'It was stressed to the charge d'affaires that the Afghan authorities must take concrete action ...

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Afghanistan And Germany Open Training Institute For Community Development Council

New training facilities in Kunduz city provide proper learning environment for Community Development Council (CDC) members from four north-eastern provinces in Afghanistan. With training in basic and advanced subjects, CDC members will be able to improve their skills and fully represent community interests and proposals to the government and development organizations. The construction and equipping of the i ...

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NATO Airstrike Kills 50 Rebels In Hesarak

At least 50 militants were killed and another 20 wounded during a NATO airstrike in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province, police said on Saturday. Nangarhar police chief Fazal Ahmad Sherzad told reporters in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, that hundreds of insurgents attacked police check posts and the district headquarters on Friday night. The attackers suffered heavy casualties after they ...

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UN Hails Kabul Commitment To End Using Child Soldiers

The United Nations has welcomed Afghanistan’s commitment to end and prevent children from being recruited into its national security forces. The Afghan government recently reconfirmed its commitment with the endorsement of a Road Map Towards Compliance, detailing 15 measures to fully implement an Action Plan signed with the United Nations in 2011. The road map was supported by the UN Assistance Mission in A ...

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German Forces End Combat Mission In North

German forces, part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), changed their combat mission into training and assisting Afghan security forces in northern Afghanistan, an alliance official said on Saturday. Replaced by German Brig. Gen. Harald Gante, who took over the command during a change of command ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province on Friday, the outgoing Maj. Gen. Bernd ...

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Over 100 Rebels Who Fled Sangin Killed In Zheri

More than 100 militants have been killed during an operation launched about two weeks ago in the Zheri district of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday. Zia Durrani, a spokesman for the Kandahar police headquarters, told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces were still busy clearing landmines and countering isolated attacks by the militants. The operation in Zheri district was launche ...

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IEC Vows To Bypass Abdullah In Vote Recount

Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani on Saturday vowed they would go ahead with the recounting of votes cast in the June election tomorrow (Sunday) whether or not presidential candidate Abdullah joins the start-stop process. Talking to journalists at the IEC headquarters, Nuristani said the commission employees, national and international observers had been hoping the vote audit ...

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Attempts to resume vote process audit stall over disagreement

Attempts to resume the audit of presidential election stalled Saturday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the c ...

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