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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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Anyone that doesn’t Believe that Climate Change is Happening doesn’t Believe in Science: Leonardo DiCaprio

NEW YORK: Leonardo DiCaprio feels optimistic that the debate over climate change has begun to wane and world leaders are finally starting to take it more seriously. “The scientific community has been screaming out loud. Ninety-nine per cent of the scientific community is in agreement that man is contributing to (climate change),” DiCaprio told The Associated Press on the red ...

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Yemen Expels UN Human Rights Official

UNITED NATIONS: Yemen has declared the leading UN rights official in the country “persona non grata”, the UN spokesman said Thursday, describing the decision as “an extremely regrettable development.” George Abu al-Zulof, the head of the UN human rights office in Yemen, “has been doing an excellent job,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The decision came just days after the ...

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Obama Briefed on Troops’ Causalities in Afghanistan: White House

KABUL: In his daily news conference, the White House’s Press Secretary, Josh Earnest told newsmen that President Barack Obama had been informed regarding causalities of US troops caused in Afghanistan fighting. “This does underscore that Afghanistan is a dangerous place,” he said. A US troop was killed and two more were wounded in hours-long fighting in southern Helmand province on ...

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Afghanistan Breaks into Top Ten in ODI Rankings After Series Win Against Zimbabwe

AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe in the 5th and final ODI in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday in a thrilling match by 2 wickets with 2 balls remaining. Zimbabwe batted first and scored 248 in 49.5 overs setting a target of 249 for the Afghan cricketers. Afghan hero and Man of the Match Gulbadin Naib was there ...

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