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Ban on Russia in Rio Paralympics 2016 after losing appeal

Russia will not compete at next month’s Paralympics in Rio after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) upheld the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) ban on all Russian competitors. The IPC made the decision in …

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Photo of dazed Syrian boy symbolises Aleppo’s plight

ALEPPO -AFP – A shocked Syrian boy pictured sitting in an ambulance covered in blood and dust after an air strike has become a symbol of civilian suffering in Aleppo, drawing worldwide attention. As international concern mounted, President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally Russia said it …

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Turkey considering military ties with Russia:FM

ANKARA -UNS- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. In an interview with Sputnik, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. Cavusoglu says that Ankara has become alarmed at the …

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Many groups in Afghanistan affiliating with ISIS: US State Dept

WASHINGTON -UNS – Deputy Spokesperson for the Department of the State, Mark Toner has said that several groups in Afghanistan are affiliating themselves with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, reported Thursday. While delivering a press briefing in the United States capital, Toner demanded Afghan …

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Who will be banned under Trump’s immigration plan?

The proposal, outlined in a speech in Ohio, includes temporarily suspending visas from countries with terrorist ties as well as introducing an ideological test for those entering the US. Though Mr Trump has yet to outline which countries would be included on the list, he …

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Russia launches Syria airstrikes from Iranian base

MOSCOW-UNS- Russians warplanes have conducted missions over Syria from an airbase in Iran — the first time a major power has done so since the Islamic Revolution there in 1979. Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from Hamedan airbase in western Iran …

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Russian envoy meets freed pilot, expresses gratitude to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Mr. Sergei Sevastianov, the Russian member of the Punjab government’s helicopter crew, who was recovered along with other Pakistani crew members from Afghanistan earlier today, met the Russian Chargé d’Affaires at the State Guest House. The Deputy Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of …

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Helicopter crew arrives home from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Crew members of Punjab government’s helicopter, that crash-landed in Afghanistan last week, safely arrived back home. According to sources, the crew, including five Pakistanis and a Russian pilot, landed in Islamabad today, adding that they could be briefly interrogated by Pakistani agencies. …

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Putin dismisses chief of staff Sergei Ivanov

MOSCOW -UNS : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday unexpectedly dismissed his close ally and powerful chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, in the highest-level change inside the Kremlin in several years. The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin had “decreed to relieve Ivanov of …

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London schoolgirl who flew to Syria to join IS ‘feared dead’

LONDON -UNS : One of three schoolgirls who left London last year to join Islamic State (IS) is believed to have been killed in a Russian air strike in Syria, BBC said in a report citing the girl’s family solicitor. Kadiza Sultana was 16 when …

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