We don?t want a new Cold War: Nato chief

LONDON: Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russia while expressing support for Britain’s strong stance on the nerve agent attack. He said the targeting of former double agent Sergei Skripal fit a “pattern of reckless behaviour” to which the US-led military […]

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Russia to expand ?black list? of Americans

MOSCOW: Moscow will respond to a new set of US sanctions by expanding its “black list” of Americans, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday, according to RIA news agency. The US Treasury slapped sanctions on 19 Russian citizens and five entities on Thursday in the most significant steps the United States has […]

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Over 12,000 flee Eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT: More than 12,000 people poured out of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, a monitor said, calling it the “largest displacement” since government troops launched their assault on the rebel enclave. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said residents were fleeing battlefront towns in a southern pocket of Eastern Ghouta after regime forces opened up […]

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UN probe accuses Syrian troops of ?systematic? rape

GENEVA: Syrian troops and government-linked militia have systematically used rape and sexual violence against civilians, atrocities that amount to crimes against humanity, a UN-backed inquiry said on Thursday. Rebel fighters have committed similar violations, amounting to war crimes, but at a rate “considerably less common than rape by government forces and associated militia”, the Independent […]

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BD airline suspends flights to Nepal

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s US-Bangla Airlines has suspended its flights to Nepal indefinitely, a spokesman said on Thursday citing a shortage of aircraft, days after one of its planes crashed as it tried to land in the Nepali capital, killing 51 people. The airline and airport authorities in Kathmandu have traded blame for Monday’s accident, the Himalayan […]

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Bombardment kills 25 civilians in Ghouta

BEIRUT: Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia killed 25 civilians, among them three children, in the embattled rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, a monitor said. “At least 25 civilians including three children were killed on Wednesday, most of them in regime air strikes and others in Russian raids on an […]

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Merkel elected to fourth term

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bruised by half a year of post-election coalition haggling, was on Wednesday narrowly confirmed by parliament to her fourth and likely final term at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy. Lawmakers in Berlin’s glass-domed Reichstag voted 364-315 with nine abstentions for Merkel, who was then formally appointed by President Frank-Walter […]

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