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Syria conflict: Fierce fighting halts Aleppo evacuation

A deal to evacuate rebel fighters and civilians from eastern Aleppo has stalled, with heavy shelling reported in the Syrian city. A ceasefire was declared in Aleppo on Tuesday and buses brought in to ferry people out of the devastated enclave. But fighting resumed on …

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US ‘One China’ policy could end – Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has questioned whether the US should continue its “One China” policy. US policy since 1979 has respected China’s stance on Taiwan, which it sees as a breakaway province. But Mr Trump said that without concessions from Beijing on trade and other issues, …

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Donald Trump rejects CIA Russia hacking report

President-elect Donald Trump has rejected as “ridiculous” a CIA assessment that Russian hackers tried to sway the election in his favour. He told Fox News the Democrats were putting out the reports because they were embarrassed at the scale of the election defeat. On Friday, …

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Frustrated Western powers call for talks to end Syrian war

Western powers called Saturday for talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition in a bid to end a war that has cost more than 300,000 lives but desperation hung over a meeting in Paris. With Bashar al-Assad’s forces pursuing an onslaught on rebel-held areas …

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Russia ‘intervened to promote Trump’ – US intelligence

WASHINGTON -UNS- US intelligence agencies believe Russia acted covertly to boost Donald Trump in the election race, US officials have told leading newspapers. A report in the New York Times says the agencies had “high confidence” about Russian involvement in hacking. A CIA assessment reported …

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Russian ties with Taliban worry Afghans, US

Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation. Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large …

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No breakthrough in Kerry-Lavrov talks on Aleppo

HAMBURG: US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany Wednesday but no breakthrough emerged on efforts to halt the fighting in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo. After a meeting lasting about one hour, Kerry said …

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‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic led campaign to make Muslims ‘vanish’

Former Serb commander Ratko Mladic led a relentless military campaign during the 1990s Bosnian war to ensure Muslims “vanished” from the territory, UN prosecutors said Monday. At the height of the war triggered by the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, Mladic told the Bosnian Serbs …

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Amritsar declaration could and can be a ‘blessing in disguise’

While Indians are celebrating inclusion of Let and Jaish Muhammad as terrorist organization in the declaration of a conference held to discuss issues concerning Afghanistan, and terming it a another step to isolate Pakistan. However, in their obsession to down Pakistan they included a reference …

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Sartaj calls for joint, purposeful strategy for lasting peace in Afghanistan

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz says peaceful resolution of all longstanding issues is the only way forward for boosting regional cooperation and connectivity. Addressing Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar on Sunday, he stressed the need for evolving a joint and purposeful …

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