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Arrested journalists urge EU not to compromise on rights in Turkey talks
ISTANBUL, Nov 29 (Agencies): Two Turkish journalists charged with "spying" over their reports about Ankara's alleged arms supplies to Syrian rebels have urged the EU not to compromise on human rights and press freedom as it looks to Turkey to help stem Europe's migrant crisis. European Union and Turkish leaders including Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will meet in Brussels today in a bid to complete a deal aimed at stemming the flow of refugees from Syria into the bloc. Turkey hosts more than two million Syrian refugees and is the main gateway for people trying to get to the EU, via the short sea crossing to the Greek islands. Writing from the Silivri prison near Istanbul, the opposition Cumhuriyet daily's editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul yesterday said they...
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China to veto India's entry if Pak denied NSG membership: Report
ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (Agencies): China has assured its closest ally Pakistan of support in the country's bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) if India is allowed to join the exclusive body, a media report said here today. The assurance was given during the visit of a high-level delegation led by President Mamnoon Hussain to Beijing recently, the Express Tribune. "The issue was discussed at length and Pakistan highlighted its point of view saying that it has equal right to join the group for fulfilling its requirement for peaceful use of nuclear technology," the report quoted diplomatic sources as saying. "China, being member of the group and holding the veto power, assured Pakistan that it will take all measures so that it also becomes the member of the NSG," they s...
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Air strikes kill 21 militants: Pak
ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (Agencies): At least 21 militants were killed today when Pakistani fighter jets bombarded insurgent hideouts in the country's troubled northwest frontier bordering Afghanistan. The fighter jets pounded the hideouts of the militants in Kokikhel area of Tirah valley in Khyber tribal district, security officials said. Pakistan has cleared major parts of Khyber and its remote Tirah region but militants are still holding near the porous border region and are targeted on the basis of intelligence reports. Like Khyber, army has also cleared North Waziristan and its Shawal valley which is also on the border with Afghanistan. Both Tirah and Shawal were the last major strongholds of militants who killed more than 55,000 people in Pakistan during more than a decade long insurge...
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France and Russia agree to 'coordinate' strikes against IS
MOSCOW, Nov 27 (Agencies): French President Francois Hollande has said that Russia and France had agreed to coordinate strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists after talks with Vladimir Putin, who said Moscow could avoid bombing "healthy" opposition groups. "The strikes against Daesh (IS) will be intensified and be the object of coordination," Hollande said at a press conference with his Russian counterpart yesterday, adding that the strikes would focus on the transportation of oil. Hollande was in Moscow for the last leg of a diplomatic mission to rally support for a wider coalition against IS, with the two leaders finding common ground as recent victims of attacks that killed hundreds of people. "We today agreed to intensify our joint work on the anti-terrorist track, to improve ...
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Refugee Crisis: 6 children drown on way to Greece
ANKARA, Nov 27 (Agencies): Six children have drowned when boats carrying migrants to Greece sank in two incidents off the Turkish coast, Turkish state media said. A wooden boat smuggling some 20 people to the island of Kos capsized in bad weather off the Aegean resort of Bodrum early today. The state-run Anadolu Agency says most of the migrants made it to shore with the help of rescuers, but two sisters aged 4 and 1 drowned. Their nationalities were not immediately known. The agency says a second boat carrying as many as 55 migrants from Syria and Afghanistan sank hours later off the town of Ayvacik, further north. Four Afghan children drowned in that incident, Anadolu reported. Ayvacik is a main crossing point for migrants trying to reach the island of Lesbos....
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Israel tests Barak-8 missile co-developed with India
JERUSALEM, Nov 27 (Agencies): For the first time, Israeli military has successfully tested from a ship an advanced surface-to-air missile co-developed with India which will be deployed to secure vital offshore assets like gas fields. "In the first-of-its-kind operation test yesterday a Barak 8 missile fired from an Israeli Navy ship successfully intercepted an enemy target registering 100 per cent success," Israeli military sources told agencies. The Barak 8 was tested from a ship for the first time and intercepted a small drone simulating an enemy craft. The system extends the range of Israel's aerial defence and should be operational in about two years. "The next test on the system is likely to be held in December this year onboard an Indian navy vessel," they said. INS Kolkata is t...
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Zardari flies to Dubai as close aide charged with terror financing in Pak
KARACHI, Nov 26 (Agencies): Top PPP leader and a close aide of former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was today charged with corruption and terror financing charges, officials said. Asim Hussain, a former federal minister and the Chairman of the provincial Higher Education Commission (HEC), was arrested on August 26 from his office by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and paramilitary rangers in several cases of corruption and terror financing. NAB officials today confirmed that the Joint Investigation Team had finally filed a FIR against Hussain in which he is charged with terror financing and supporting terrorists and target killers. It comes just a day before the end of a 90-day physical remand of Hussain in Rangers custody on charges of terror financing. The interior m...
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4 Nepalese injured in 'SSB firing' near Indo-Nepal border
KATHMANDU, Nov 25 (Agencies): Four Nepalese nationals today sustained injuries after being allegedly shot by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel in southern Nepal near the border with India. According to officials here, the men - residents of the border area in Sunsari district - were shot by the SSB on charges of smuggling chemical fetilizers from India this morning. However, the injured said they were burning wood in the border village to keep themselves warm, when the firing occurred. The incident site lies 100 metres into the Nepalese side of the border and the SSB personnel had entered the Nepalese territory chasing some smugglers, they said. The SSB personnel suddenly opened fire on them when they were huddling around a fire to warm themselves in their locality, according to sta...
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India's plan to cut emissions indicates 'seriousness': UN Chief
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (Agencies): India's plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions indicates its "seriousness" in confronting climate change challenges and will help the world "bend" temperature projections for the rest of the century, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said ahead of the crucial Paris summit. The UN Secretary General also took note of India's concerns over the lack of climate ambition on display by developed countries on both fronts of mitigation and support, saying that there is "no question" that developed countries need to take the lead on climate action. "I welcome India's submission of its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). I believe it indicates the seriousness with which India is confronting the challenges of climate change, and it will help the world 'bend...
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France to deploy nearly 11,000 police for climate summit
PARIS, Nov 25 (Agencies): France will deploy nearly 11,000 police for the climate summit in Paris, which begins a little more than two weeks after the city's terror attacks, the interior minister said today. Bernard Cazeneuve said 8,000 police and gendarmes would be posted to carry out border checks and 2,800 would be deployed at the conference venue north of Paris....
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