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15th General Assembly of COMSTECH endorses10 year action plan for science,technology in OIC states

ISLAMABAD-UNS -The 15th General Assembly of COMSTECH endorses a comprehensive 10 year plan of action for development of science and technology in OIC states prepared by COMSTECH in consultation with eminent scientists of several member states. The plan recommends all member states to implement basic …

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Ban wants to ramp up Yemen peace effort

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing a plan to beef up the UN mediation in Yemen to overcome deep differences in peace talks, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday. Ban outlined his proposal in a letter to the Security Council …

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U.S. Senators question India plans for Iranian port

WASHINGTON: U.S. senators questioned on Tuesday whether India’s development of a port in southern Iran for trade access risked violating international sanctions, and a State Department official assured them the administration would closely examine the project. “We have been very clear with the Indians (about) …

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148 killed in Syria car bomb blast; ISIS claims responsibility

DAMASCUS -UNS : More than 148 people were killed Monday in bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria, the deadliest attacks yet in the regime’s coastal heartland. Seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside cities …

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Daesh calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan

BAGHDAD: A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State (Daesh) calls on followers to launch attacks on the United States and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June. “Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. …

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Major powers fail to agree new date for Syria peace talks

VIENNA/BEIRUT: Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on Tuesday, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground. A pessimistic atmosphere pervaded the meeting …

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Saudi king,Kerry discusses Syria before Vienna talks

RIYADH: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss the fragile truce in Syria. The meeting comes before broader talks with Russia, Iran and other countries in Vienna on Tuesday. Kerry has said he hopes to …

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Al Qaeda chief tells fighters in Syria to ‘unite or die’

AMMAN – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged rival fighters in Syria to unite or risk death but again decried Islamic State as “extremists” in an audio recording posted online on Sunday. As successor to Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri has the allegiance of al Qaeda …

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Syria regime says Assad ouster ‘red line’ ahead of peace talks

GENEVA (AFP) – Syria’s warring sides clashed over the fate of President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday.With the government vowing his ouster remains a “red line” for looming peace talks while the opposition vowed to see him go — dead or alive. The UN-brokered, indirect negotiations …

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8 FDA officials kidnapped in South Waziristan

WANA: Some unknown armed men kidnapped eight government officials including director Fata Development Authority (FDA) Atiq Bangash from Wana tehsil of South Waziristan Agency on Thursday. According to reports, the FDA team was going from Wana to Zarmalan area of South Waziristan Agency, when some …

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