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Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza after Rocket Attacks

Palestinian medics said two people were wounded in air strikes on eight sites. Israeli officials said only six sites were bombed. Three people were injured in the attack on the Israeli factory, a paint manufacturing plant in the southern town of Sderot that caught fire, police said. "Over the weekend, the Israel Defence Forces attacked multiple targets in response to firing at Israel from the Gaza Strip," P ...

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Iraq Holds Lessons for Post-2014 Afghanistan

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is now controlling a large swath of Iraq as the militant group is continuing advance towards the south. Iraqi army swiftly crumbled ahead of Isis advance as they lack robust aerial and intelligence support. Though there are significant differences between Iraq and Afghanistan, however, there are parallels between the two countries which are struggling to curb ...

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Pro-Muslim Monk Attacked In Sri Lanka

A Buddhist leader and fierce critic of hardliners blamed for attacks on Muslims, is in hospital after reportedly being abducted, stripped naked, and beaten. Watareka Vijitha Thero, the leader of the Jathika Bala Sena who opposes the actions of Sinhala Buddhist hardliners Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), was abducted and assaulted in the outskirts of capital Colombo on Wednesday night. Thero was found by a roadside in ...

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Iran Excavates Ghorian Iron Resources

By: Pajhwok KABUL: Iranian authorities have been excavating iron mine located in the border area between the two countries in western Herat Province, an official said. Farid Ahmad Ziartujai, administrative chief of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the mine resources were located in the Chab and Cha Shor localities of the district. Iran had completed the mining work on its side, he said, adding, that s ...

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Iraq holds ‘ominous’ lesson for Afghanistan

By: Reuters Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in the two countries are vastly different, both nations have been at the center of U.S. wars, both are plagued by a homegr ...

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Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State discuss regional integration of Afghanistan

The Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan received Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Fatema Sumar on June 10. The sides discussed the Turkmenistan's role within regional integration of Afghanistan. Regional infrastructure projects and Turkmenistan's support to Afghanistan were considered as well. They exchanged views on enhancing bilateral partnership on a wide range of sphe ...

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Kazakhstan May Prohibit Entrance to Persons Who Served Sentence for Terrorism

Entrance into Kazakhstan may be prohibited for anyone who has served a sentence for terrorism. "Administrative supervision and control over persons serving sentence for terrorist crimes are being introduced, as well as a ban on the entrance into Kazakhstan of persons whom national security agencies have information about their involvement in extremism or terrorist activity," in conclusion of the draft law " ...

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Syrians Vote In Presidential Poll

Syrians are voting in a presidential election which the incumbent Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win. Voting is only taking place in government-controlled territories, meaning those displaced by fighting or living in rebel-held areas will not be able to take part. The opposition has dismissed the vote as a "farce" that will prolong the country's three-year conflict. The vote excludes regime opponents ...

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Tajikistan, Afghanistan Discuss Cooperation Ties

Bishkek - First Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammad Younus Qanooni met yesterday with Tajikistan ambassador to Kabul Sharafudin Imam, stressing on extension of multilateral relations between Afghanistan and Tajikistan and deepening good neighboring relations between the two countries. The first vice president, while briefing on preparations of Afghanistan for better holding of the second round of preside ...

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Egypt Voting Extended Amid Poor Turnout

Egyptians have been given an extra day to cast their ballots in the country's presidential election, after two days of low voter numbers at polling booths. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief who quit in March to run for president, is expected to easily win, but his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support. On Wednesday, there was little sign that the number of voters ...

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Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

Gaza City, Palestine - "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp, which previously housed more than 160,000 Palestini ...

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Sri Lanka monks occupy ministry building

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Protesters led by Buddhist monks from the right-wing Ravana Balaya group have occupied the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist group protested on Wednesday against the creation of a new religious police unit, which was created in April this year in the wake of rising number of religious conflicts in recen ...

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UK names two men in Pakistan leader’s murder

British detectives investigating the 2010 murder of Pakistani politician Imran Farooq in London have named two men they want to trace in connection with the killing. Farooq, 50, a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on September 16, 2010. The two men are both Pakistani nationals who left Britain in ...

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Voter turnout low in Egypt elections

Low voter turnout has been reported on the second and final day of Egyptian presidential elections, as former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to emerge as the country's next president. While the Egyptian government declared a national holiday for Tuesday in an effort to get voters to cast their ballots, an official with international monitoring group Global Network for Rights and Development rep ...

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Russia Reaches Out To Ukraine’s New Leader

  Russia's foreign minister has said the Kremlin is "ready for pragmatic dialogue" with Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's would-be president, without any Western mediation. Sergey Lavrov's comments on Monday came as Poroshenko - leading with about 54 percent in Ukraine's presidential elections according to figures from 75 percent of the precincts - said he hoped to meet Russia's leaders in the first half of ...

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Karzai in Delhi for Modi’s Swearing-In Ceremony

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi on Monday to attend the swearing-in ceremony for India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi, his office said. Karzai is scheduled to meet high-ranking Indian officials, including outgoing premier Manmohan Singh, to discuss issues of mutual interest. The president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani and National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin ...

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Philippines Call For Restoration Of Democracy In Thailand

MANILA, The Philippine government joined Sunday other countries in calling for the immediate restoration of democracy in now military-run Thailand. In a statement, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Charles Jose said that as a friend and fellow member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines hopes the Thai people will be able to resolve the latest political challe ...

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Senators seek tit-for-tat response to Pak attacks

KABUL: Some senators on Sunday suggested a tit-for-tat response to Pakistan’s rocket strikes, warning the cross-border attacks threatened security for the runoff presidential elections. An upper house member from central Parwan province, Mir Hussain Sadiqi, accused Pakistan of trying to keep the pot boiling in Afghanistan to achieve its nefarious designs. Pakistan had resumed cross-border incursions in rece ...

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Urumqi Attack: China Arrests Suspect in Xinjiang

Authorities in China say they have held a suspect over Thursday's attack on a market in Urumqi in Xinjiang province in which 39 people died. More than 90 others were wounded. The man was held in Bayingolin prefecture, to the south of Urumqi. The other four suspects died in the attack, officials told Xinhua. The authorities have announced a one-year campaign against militant violence in Xinjiang province, ho ...

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Iraq’s Maliki ‘Set To Win Elections’

Preliminary results show Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki winning largest share of seats in last month's polls.   Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections but fell short of a majority, leaving him in the driver's seat to retain his post despite vocal opposition. Monday’s results from the election commission showed Maliki's State of Law alliance garne ...

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