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Philippines Urges its workers to leave Afghanistan

The Philippines on Tuesday urged 4,000 workers in Afghanistan to leave the country amid an election stand-off that has raised fears of instability and ethnic unrest. "The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) for Afghanistan due to the heightened tensions in that country following the conduct of the presidential elections last June 14," it said in a statement. ...

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On journalistic responsibility: Media and Palestine

by Marwan Bishara Palestinians can be a drag sometimes - even paranoid. They reckon all Westerners are out to get them. And judging from their reaction in recent days, it's clear they never met a media channel they liked. Their criticism of CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera America is a testimony of their paranoia. It's not like all their homeland is occupied! Or most of their people dispossessed! Oops. Okay, actuall ...

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Iraq: A military solution to a political problem?

Sharif Nashashibi The ongoing delay in forming a government that could alleviate the crisis in Iraq is largely due to foreign involvement - specifically, the considerable military help being given to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The necessity and urgency of halting or reversing the spread of the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIL) is understandable. However, the unconditional nature of foreign m ...

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Ex-French President Sarkozy detained in French corruption probe

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained and was reportedly being questioned by financial investigators Tuesday in a corruption probe that is rattling France’s conservative political establishment. A judicial official said Sarkozy was in custody in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named discussing an ongoing investigation, would not provide f ...

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Mass Hong Kong Democracy Protest Looms

Hong Kong is bracing for its largest protest in more than a decade after nearly 800,000 voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, a move likely to stoke anti-China sentiment in the former British colony. The annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, will focus on pressuring Beijing's Communist Party leaders for full electoral freedom, organisers said, and coul ...

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Iraqis Fear Sectarian Violence In Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqis are growing increasingly fearful that the battle pitting government forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon reach the edges of the capital, and may lead to attacks on civilians. "Government forces will not have mercy on our areas if they become a battle zone," said Samer, a Sunni Muslim living in the western suburb of Yarmouk who preferred not to give ...

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Two Police Officers Killed In Egypt Bomb

Two Egyptian police officers have been killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district, the Interior Ministry has said. Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb found at a street intersection near the presidential palace on Monday when a second device exploded, the ministry said in a statement. The blast came days after the armed gro ...

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More Pakistan Flights Halted Following Peshawar Attack

Qatar Airways has joined Emirates and Etihad in suspending flights to the Pakistani city of Peshawar following a deadly attack on an aircraft at the city’s airport last week. The Pakistan International Airlines flight was fired on as it landed last Tuesday, killing a passenger on board. Although police arrested dozens of people following the incident, they are said not to have full control of areas around t ...

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India Attracts $38 Billion Overseas Investment In Quarter To March

India has attracted $37.8 billion foreign investment the last leg of United Progressive Alliance government between January and March as investors pumped in dollars in anticipation of a stable government. The strong dollar inflows through the portfolio route has also helped the local currency to appreciate and contribute to the rise. Data released by Reserve Bank of India showed that $16.1 billion came in a ...

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India’s New liberalised Visa policy for Afghans

NEW DELHI, JUNE 30: Afghan nationals will soon be allowed to stay in India on visa/resident permit up to 2 years at a time. “The Government is introducing a new liberal visa policy for Afghan nationals to stay in India on humanitarian grounds for two years with effect from July 01, 2014. The new policy further streamlines procedures being implemented in the current visa policy for citizens of Afghanistan,” ...

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Iraq’s Military Battles to Wrest Back Control of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, residents and officials said. The Iraqi military opened its campaign to wrest back Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, on Saturday with a multi-pr ...

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Pakistan Woman and Husband Killed By Family over Unapproved Marriage

A 17-year-old woman and her husband were killed by her family for marrying without its consent, and another young woman was burned alive by a man for refusing his marriage proposal in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, police have reported. Muafia Bibi and her husband Sajjad Ahmed, 30, were killed in Satrah village on Friday night, allegedly by her parents, two uncles and her grandfather, said Asghar Ali, ...

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Bulgaria Makes More Arrests Over Bank Runs

SOFIA, June 29 (Reuters) - Bulgarian authorities said on Sunday they had detained three more people on suspicion of plotting to destabilise the country's banking system by spreading false information about the health of its commercial banks. The arrests, which follow the detention of two men on Saturday on the same grounds, are part of a criminal investigation launched after depositors on Friday rushed to w ...

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North Korea Launches Two Missiles, Defies U.N. Ban

- North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast on Sunday, South Korea's military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated country testing such weapons. The launch came days before Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled state visit to South Korea. China is the main benefactor of the North, which is also under sanctions for conducting nuclear tests. North Korea is also d ...

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Pakistan refuses to host President Karzai for talks on terrorism

According to reports, Islamabad has refused to host Afghan President Hamid Karzai to hold talks on joint strategy for action against terrorism. Pakistani officials have said that Islamabad refused the call by President Karzai to visit Pakistan and told him to send a representative delegation instead. The officials further added that President Karzai called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and offered complete co ...

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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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UN holds talks to broker Afghan election deal

KABUL: The United Nations said Tuesday it had stepped in to help broker a solution to Afghanistan's election crisis, hosting talks between presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and the election authority that he has boycotted. Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power was thrown into turmoil when Abdullah said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was guilty of fraud and he considered it illeg ...

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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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Hundreds Of Indian Workers Stranded In Iraq: Amnesty

Baku- Hundreds of Indian nationals are currently stranded in the violence-hit Iraqi province of Najaf, as their employer has retained their passports, global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Saturday, APA reports quoting Xinhua. "Evidence has emerged which suggests that several hundred Indian nationals may be stranded in Najaf province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employer re ...

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China summons Japan official over jet dispute

China has summoned Japan's defence attache to lodge a protest after the two countries traded accusations over the conduct of military jets above disputed waters, the defence ministry said. Tokyo has "persistently taken it upon itself to stir up trouble, often irresponsibly inciting deception and making malicious attacks on the Chinese side," China's defence ministry said in a statement on its website on Sun ...

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