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Climbers trapped as Japan volcano erupts

A volcano in central Japan has erupted, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 40 people who were stranded in areas that rescue workers had been unable to reach. Sohei Hanamura, a crisis management official in Nagano prefecture, said on Saturday that another seven people were missing in the dramatic incident. Police, fire and military rescue workers were trying to approach the 3,067-me ...

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Egyptian court postpones Mubarak verdict

An Egyptian court has postponed the verdict in the retrial of deposed president Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him. The court on Saturday said the ruling for the 86-year-old Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was postponed until November 29 due to the large amount of evidence. The verdicts for seven of his former po ...

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Yemen’s warring sides pledge to disarm

Yemen's Houthi Shia rebels have signed a final part of a peace deal with the government, days after taking control of much of the capital Sanaa. The deal signed on Saturday is an extension of the UN-brokered agreement signed earlier on Monday and is expected to put an end to weeks of ongoing violence. Under the latest agreement, the rebels must stop all acts of violence. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting ...

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Graft lands top Indian official in jail

An Indian court has sentenced the top elected official of the southern state of Tamil Nadu to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago. The judge held Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram "guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income," prosecutor G Bhavani Singh told reporters outside the court earlier on Saturday. She was sentenced to four years ...

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ISIL pushes into Syrian town despite US raids

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have continued to advance into the Kurdish-dominated town of Ain al-Arab in Syria, despite the US-led air campaign against the self-declared jihadist group. More than 15,000 residents have fled the northern Syrian town as ISIL fighters pushed deeper, fighting fierce battles with Kurdish armed groups on Saturday. Ain al-Arab, which the Kurds call  ...

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Security Council Discusses Political Situation in Afghanistan

Kabul (BNA) – The toll of Afghanistan’s ongoing political impasse and the need for the formation of a national unity government were among the main topics of discussion at the United Nations Security Council’s quarterly meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. At the well-attended meeting, a number of Member State representatives voiced their concerns about the negative effect of the impasse on A ...

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UN welcomes signing of agreement on unity government

21 September 2014 – After months of uncertainty, the United Nations has welcomed the agreement signed today by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity as an important step to move the country towards a period of stability. “The uncertainty of the past months has taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan's security, economy, ...

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Senior Afghan militant commander killed in Pakistan

A senior Afghan militant commander was killed following military operation by Pakistani forces in North Waziristan tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has said that the Afghan militant commander was among the high ranking TTP commanders. A statement released by the Pakistani Taliban group said a senior commander of the militant group, Mohammad Hassan, was killed duri ...

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Modi: Al-Qaeda’s South Asia plan ‘delusional’

India's prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country. It was Narendra Modi's first reaction to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's announcement this month that the group would set up a new operation to take the fight to India, which ha ...

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Kunar Gov. Demands Action Against Pakistani Shelling

Provincial Governor of Kunar, Shuja Malek Jalal, has asserted that Pakistan's missile attacks on the province are obvious violations of international law and that Pakistan should face serious consequences. About 6,018 missiles have been fired on Kunar from Pakistan since the middle of March this year. "We must first try to take a diplomatic route; but if that does not work, we should respond to their [Pakis ...

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Afghan court sentences gang rapists to death

An Afghan appeals court sentenced five men to death on Monday for armed robbery and sexual assault. The death sentences given to two other defendants were reduced to 20 years in prison each for unrelated crimes. The defendants were convicted of attacking an Afghan family driving home from a wedding outside of Kabul. Prosecutors said that a group of eight men, some dressed in police uniforms, stopped the fam ...

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Philippine Base for US Ships Draws Mixed Reactions Amid China Tensions

ALAWAN, PHILIPPINES— The Philippines and China are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. In recent years, Beijing has sent forces to occupy reefs claimed by Manila and boats from both countries have engaged in stand offs in those waters. The island of Palawan in the west Philippines is at the forefront of these tensions. Now, Manila is considering allowing the United States to base some of ...

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Don’t use terror as policy tool, Islamabad told

KABUL: Punjabi Taliban’s announcement to fight in Afghanistan is a brazen declaration of interference, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday, calling upon Pakistan to quit terrorism and strive for peace in the region. At a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the council noted this was the second time the Pakistani militant group had made the announcement to enter into fighting in Afghani ...

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Fresh Warning on Corruption in Afghanistan

US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction says corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the country’s future and the US has no viable and effective anti-corruption strategy there despite having spent an unprecedented $104 billion of American taxpayers’ money. According to John Sopko, the United States has spent $8bn in fighting opium trade and cultivation in the country, activities which ...

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A day after Kabul demo, UN warns of aid cut

KABUL: The United Nations on Saturday warned of severely limiting its activities, including assistance to Afghanistan, if allegations against the world body continued. On Friday, hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections. The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in front o ...

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India Afghanistan’s First Strategic Partner

Rep:Abdul Maruf 'Ghiasee' KABUL: Describing India as Afghanistan's first strategic partner, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that New Delhi will always share the Afghan people's vision of a "strong" and "prosperous" Afghanistan. "This is a critical decade of transformation for Afghanistan. India will always be Afghanistan's first strategic partner," she said at the inauguration of the ...

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German Official: Shariah Police Won’t Be Tolerated

officials in Germany say the government will try to ban a group of Muslim extremists calling themselves "Shariah police" who told people to refrain from drinking alcohol in the western city of Wuppertal. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Bild newspaper on Saturday that "Shariah law will not be tolerated in Germany." Wuppertal police reported earlier this week that a group of young Muslim men, ...

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NATO ready to play its part in Afghanistan: Rasmussen

WALES: NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday said their mission in Afghanistan was not over yet and Afghanistan still needed international support and the alliance was ready to play its part. In his opening remarks on the first day of the two day NATO summit focused on Afghanistan in Wales, the NATO chief said they were proud of what they had achieved in Afghanistan, thanks to hundreds of ...

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France Suspends Delivery of Warship to Russia

President Francois Hollande's office says France is suspending the delivery of a hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine. The announcement, after Hollande convened a special defense panel, comes a day before the start of a NATO summit and after months of pressure from France to suspend the sale amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Hollande's office ...

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Japan PM appoints five women in reshuffled cabinet

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revamped his cabinet and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts. It equals the highest ever number of female lawmakers in the government's executive, set in 2001. While keeping core members on in their posts during the reshuffle, Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his cabinet on Wednesday. Having five women in the cabinet is extremely ...

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