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Ghani to be sworn in as Afghan president

Afghanistan will host a grand presidential inauguration on Monday, with former US-based academic Ashraf Ghani taking power as NATO troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taliban insurgency. A small bomb attached to a cart exploded in east Kabul early in the morning, injuring no one, police said,[…]

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Egypt acquits 112 on appeal over protest law

An appeals court in Egypt Sunday acquitted 112 people convicted of holding an illegal protest on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said. The defendants, including supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, were among 1,079 people arrested nationwide on January 25 as security[…]

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US led airstrikes hit Syrian oil sites

US-led warplanes kept up strikes on oil sites funding the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate threatened reprisals after a key operative was reported killed. The coalition raids destroyed three makeshift oil refineries in jihadist-controlled territory in Syria, intensifying efforts to deny IS funding after a wave[…]

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14 killed in Afghan attacks

At least 14 people, including four Taliban fighters, were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, a day before the country inaugurates a new president. A policeman working with the Taliban killed five of his colleagues in an outpost in the western province of Farah, police said. The[…]

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Netanyahu vows to refute Gaza “lies”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel on Sunday en route to the United Nations in New York, saying he will refute “all of the lies directed at us” with regard to Israel’s recently concluded war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu’s comments come after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas[…]

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More ISIL sites in Syria hit by US air raids

Warplanes from the US-led coalition have bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in eastern Syria for a second consecutive day, activists said. The strikes reportedly hit two oil areas in Deir ez-Zour province on Friday, a day[…]

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Yemeni Houthis celebrate ‘Friday of victory’

Thousands of supporters of Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen have taken to the streets to celebrate their first Friday since taking control of much of the capital, Sanaa. Houthi rebels, who had besieged Sanaa for a month, seized key state installations earlier this week without any resistance. Armed Houthis hailed[…]

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British MP’s vote on Iraq’s airstrikes

British lawmakers vote Friday on whether to bomb Islamic State in Iraq, joining United States-led air strikes against a group that has seized control of swathes of the war-torn country. The hours-long debate is to begin with a speech by Prime Minister David Cameron at 0930 GMT and the motion[…]

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Asylum seeker numbers rise by a quarter: UNHCR

The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries has risen by nearly a quarter, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as instability in Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere, the UN refugee agency said Friday. In the first six months of this year, the total number of people requesting[…]

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Malaysian police detain 3 IS recruits

Malaysian police say they have detained three Muslim men suspected of wanting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group. The head of the national police counter-terrorism unit, Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, said Friday that the three were detained Thursday at the Kuala Lumpur international airport while waiting[…]

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