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Germany: Anger Mounted in a Demonstration Following Attacks on New Year’s Eve

Police use water cannon and pepper spray on anti-immigration Pegida protesters Witnesses said some protesters were aiming fireworks, rocks and even flower pots at police DEUTZSCHLAND: Water cannons and pepper spray have been used to push back more than a thousand anti-immigration protesters in Cologne as anger mounted in a demonstration following attacks on New Year’s Eve. Pegida (Patriotic Europeans ...

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Preparatory Meeting for Peace Talks with Taliban in Islamabad on Monday

AFGHANISTAN: The preparatory or quadrilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China for talks with Taliban would be held  in Islamabad on Monday. Afghanistan would be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and Pakistan by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry. The U.S. and China would be reportedly represented by their special representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan region. The conference ...

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Social Media Helped This Homeless Pakistani Find Hope

Yesterday a video began circulating that featured a very articulate older man telling actor Ahsan Khan his life story. But this wasn’t a segment on a TV show. Khan was out in about in Karachi when he spotted the man on the streets. He was homeless and destitute and had a sad story to tell, which Khan recorded on camera ...

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ISIS Militant Executes his Mother in Public After Accusing her of ‘Apostasy’

SYRIA: A woman has been executed by her own son in the Syrian city of Raqqa after she urged him to leave the group, it has been reported. The woman was accused of ‘apostasy’ after the ISIS militant reported her for trying to persuade him to leave the terror group, activists in Syria said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

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ISIS Loyalists Behead 6 Taliban Militants, 1 Soldier in Nangarhar

AFGHANISTAN: The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have beheaded at least seven people including Taliban insurgents in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. A local official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed to Ashna TV/Voice of America that the ISIS loyalists have beheaded 6 Taliban insurgents and one Afghan soldier in Achin district. ...

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Senior Taliban Commander Gunned Down in Balochistan

PAKISTAN: A senior Afghan Taliban commander has been gunned down in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, insurgent leaders were quoted as saying on Friday. The shooting happened in Kachlak area, some 25 kilometres from the provincial capital Quetta, on Thursday evening, The Express Tribune reported. A source in the insurgent movement believed the killing of Maulvi Muhammad Alam, a close confidant ...

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Sexual Assaults Row Leads to Dismissal of Police Chief in Germany

DEUTSCHLAND: Cologne’s police chief was dismissed on Friday amid mounting criticism of his force’s handling of a string of New Year’s Eve sexual assaults and robberies. Wolfgang Abers had faced mounting criticism for the police’s handling of the alleged New Year’s Eve attacks on women by groups of men who were part of a larger crowd of some 1,000 described ...

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Non-bailable Arrest Warrant Issued Against India Captain Dhoni

INDIA: A court in India has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for appearing in an 2013 advertisement which depicted the 34-year-old as a Hindu deity , Indian media reported. Dhoni, who was presented as the Hindu God ‘Vishnu’ on the cover of a magazine under the title ‘God of big deals’, is been ordered ...

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Pakistan Assures Saudi Arabia of ‘Unconditional Support’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reaffirmed on Thursday its support to Saudi Arabia, which is embroiled in a tense standoff with Iran, and the counter-terrorism coalition that it (Riyadh) was setting up. The reiteration of support for the Saudi government was made during a shortened visit by Saudi Foreign Minister Dr Adel Al-Jubeir to Islamabad for discussions on his country’s diplomatic row with ...

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New Year’s Rapes: Why We can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults

It took several days for the news of hundreds of sexual assaults in Cologne to make headlines. As progressives dither over what to say, the far right has already seized the opportunity. It reminded us all of the beginning of the end of the Arab Spring. In 2011, the celebratory crowds in Egypt’s Tahrir Square began giving way to organized ...

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