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Istanbul, Kabul ink strategic cooperation pact

KABUL: Turkey and Afghanistan on Saturday signed a strategic cooperation agreement, paving the ground for more robust trade and investment links between the two countries. Presidents Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced signing the pact at a joint news conference after formal talks at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Both leaders told reporters the accord envisaged greater Turkish i ...

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UN Chief Decries Gaza’s Vast Destruction

GAZA CITY— U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented the vast destruction in Gaza as he visited the area on Tuesday for the first time since the war, urging a speedy reconstruction effort. He also announced that Israel was permitting a first truckload of construction materials to enter the enclave. It has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before Israel began its offensive July 8 to counter rocket f ...

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Tehran Optimistic Ahead of New Nuclear Talks

Iran is heading into a new round of nuclear negotiations with the United States and Europe on Tuesday with new-found confidence from President Hassan Rouhani that a settlement "can be achieved" by next month. Rouhani said in a televised address late Monday that "the world is tired" and wants a resolution to the diplomatic stand-off between Tehran and the West over Iran's uranium enrichment. U.S. and Europea ...

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North Korea leader returns – with a limp

State media shows Kim Jong-un, using a cane, visiting residential area and science institution after six-week absence. Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, has visited a housing development using a cane for support, according to state media reports. Tuesday's development ended a lengthy absence from public view that had prompted speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country. Several i ...

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Ukraine Parliament Approves New Defense Chief

Ukraine's parliament has approved a new defense minister - the fourth change in leadership since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March. The head of Ukraine's National Guard, Stepan Poltorak, will take over for Valeriy Heletey, who resigned amid heavy criticism for the crushing defeat of Ukrainian forces east of Donetsk in late August. Also on Tuesday, Ukraine's parliament voted in sweeping laws to stamp ou ...

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Obama, Foreign Military Chiefs to Discuss Islamic State Plans

WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State on Tuesday with military leaders from some 20 countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure for the U.S.-led coalition to do more to stop the militants' advance. Some three weeks before U.S. congressional elections viewed largely as a referendum on Obama's leadership, the president will aim to show the U ...

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Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq

Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain. The air strikes on Daglica were in response to PKK shelling of a military outpost, the armed forces said. Both sides have been observing a truce and it is the first major air raid on the PKK since March 2013. Kurds are furious at Turkey's inaction as Islamic State (IS ...

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UN chief slams ‘provocations’ in Jerusalem

Ban Ki-moon condemns "repeated provocations" at holy sites after Israeli police again clash with protesters. N chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites, hours after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near al-Aqsa mosque. "I am... deeply concerned by repeated provocations at the holy sites in Jerusalem. These only inflame tensions and must stop," he sa ...

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Iraqi city falls to ISIL as army withdraws

The Iraqi army has withdrawn from its last base in the city of Hit in Anbar province following weeks of fighting with the ISIL, leaving the group in full control, security sources have said. Hundreds of troops were pulled out of the base and relocated to help protect the Asad air base, the AFP news agency quoted a police colonel in the provincial capital of Ramadi as saying. "Our military leaders argued tha ...

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The end of the Hong Kong ‘dream’

Students say connections to the mainland have supplanted meritocracy where good jobs and university spots are concerned. Hong Kong, China - It used to be a place where anyone who worked hard, excelled in school and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit could rise above their parents' hardship to a better life. That was the Hong Kong dream. Today, that dream has become a mirage - where meritocracy is seen to b ...

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Cameroon Receives 27 Boko Haram Captives

A Cameroon military plane arrived at this capital city's international airport Saturday morning, delivering 27 people into freedom after months of captivity in Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram militants. The former hostages included 10 Chinese workers and the wife of Cameroon's deputy prime minister, Amadou Ali. As they entered Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport Saturday morning, all looked weary and unk ...

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Kerry to push for revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace process

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry will call for a revival of the collapsed Israeli-Palestinian peace process on Sunday when he attends an international conference in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza, American officials said. The top US diplomat and 30 of his counterparts convene in the Egyptian capital alongside UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is seeking a record $1.6 billion in aid to rebuild the ...

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Putin orders troops away from Ukraine border

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, according to his spokesman. Dmitry Peskov told Russian news outlets late Saturday in Sochi that Putin had ordered approximately 17,600 troops to return home from Rostov, a southern region that borders east Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have been battling governm ...

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Six UN police wounded in fresh CAR fighting

An armed group fired at a United Nations police patrol monitoring a protest near the airport in the capital of the Central African Republic, wounding six constables, a UN peacekeeping official has said. The wounded were evacuated by the peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA, a UN official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly The shootings on Friday followed an atta ...

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ISIL bid to storm Syrian town repelled

Kurdish fighters have thwarted an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into the heart of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, a monitoring group has said. Syrian Kurdish fighters reportedly pushed back an ISIL attempt to storm the centre of the town on Saturday, sparking 90 minutes of heavy clashes, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The Kurdish People's ...

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Erdogan vows to take on ISIL fighters

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made his clearest remarks on the possibility of his military forces engaging with armed groups in Iraq and Syria, a day ahead of a parliamentary vote that may grant the government authority to do so. Delivering a keynote speech in the opening of parliament's new session on Wednesday, the Turkish president said: "We will fight effectively against both (Islamic State) and all other te ...

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Children killed in Homs double blasts

At least 10 children are among 22 people killed in a twin bombings outside a primary school in the government-controlled city of Homs in central Syria. A Syrian pro-government channel broadcast on Wednesday brief footage of the aftermath, showing parents looking for their children and schoolbags and bloodstains on the ground. Flames rose from a car nearby. Homs governor Talal Barazzi described the attack as ...

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EU upholds tough sanctions on Russia

The EU has said it will uphold tough sanctions on Russia until a ceasefire agreement between pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine and Kiev is fully implemented. EU spokeswoman Maja Kojicancic said on Tuesday that member states had agreed there had been "encouraging developments" in "some aspects" of the peace deal signed earlier this month in Minsk, Belarus. But she said that "relevant parts of the sam ...

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UN raises alert over neglected Ebola orphans

The number of orphans who have lost at least one parent to an Ebola virus is expected to double in West Africa, the UN children's fund has said, intensifying a childcare problem as extended family members shun offsprings of Ebola victims. Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 3,000 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, leaving at least 3,700 children in the hands of relatives who are too frightened to t ...

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ISIL under heavy assault by Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US-led air attacks have pushed into territory held by ISIL in Iraq, recapturing several towns and villages that had recently fallen to the group. The peshmerga began their assault on early on Tuesday in the village of Basheer, which ISIL captured in June and has used as a base for operations against Kirkuk, a key oil town 15km to the north. A senior peshmerga source told t ...

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