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Oil prices dip after rally but supply worries persist

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Oil prices held most of the previous day s strong gains Thursday, but while a dive in US gasoline stockpiles fuelled hopes for a pick-up in demand, traders remain on edge over the long-running supply glut. Both main contracts soared on Wednesday, …

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Pakistan ‘breaches obligations’ on nuclear arms, UN court told

THE HAGUE (UNS/AFP) – Pakistan is violating its “obligations” to the international community by failing to reduce its nuclear arsenal, the Marshall Islands told the UN’s highest court on Tuesday. The small Pacific Island nation in this week is launching three unusual cases against India, …

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Syrian opposition casts doubt on U.N. peace talk plan

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned. The agreement drawn …

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India provides explosives and weapons to IS, report claims

ISLAMABAD -UNS – A report in American media has revealed that India is second biggest supplier of explosives to the Islamic State (IS) and that the weapons are directly sent to Turkey for further distribution to Syria. The American newspaper reveals that India is the …

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Christians facing big threat from ISIS : Rodrigue

President of Levant Party of Lebanon, Rodrigue Khoury has said that the Christians are facing big threat from ISIS and other extremist group in the region. In the ISIS occupied territories, the Christians are obliged to convert to Islam or to be displaced, or to …

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Bill Gates remains atop ‘Forbes’ 2016 richest list

NEW YORK – Donald Trump may be the Republican frontrunner for the White House, but he is slipping behind in the world billionaires race, Forbes magazine’s new list of the planet’s richest people shows. Trump, who has made his enormous wealth a key selling point …

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Iranian president to visit Islamabad, push for IP gas pipeline project

ISLAMABAD -UNS: Following the lifting of sanctions, Iran President Hassan Rouhani is set to visit Pakistan by the end of this month to push for the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project. The project was to be commissioned in December 2014, but work was stalled after …

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Syria ceasefire holding ‘by and large’ despite ‘incidents’: UN chief

GENEVA (AFP) – The UN chief said Monday a fragile Syria ceasefire was holding “by and large” despite “incidents” of fighting at the weekend, as a UN-backed taskforce was set to meet to evaluate accusations of breaches. “As of now I can tell you that …

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Blame-trading tests Syria’s fragile truce

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Key players in Syria s war traded accusations Sunday over violations of the first major ceasefire in the five-year conflict, but the truce remained largely intact on its second day. Aid groups hope to use the lull in fighting that has claimed …

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Russia reports Syria ceasefire breaches by Turkey, rebels

MOSCOW -UNS : Russia said on Sunday that a fragile ceasefire in Syria had been breached nine times over the past 24 hours including by Turkey but that the deal was mostly holding. The defence ministry said violations were committed by moderate rebels as well …

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