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Israel bombs targets in Syria, near Damascus: monitor

DAMASCUS: Israeli jets bombed several areas in southern Syria and near Damascus on Thursday drawing retaliatory fire from the ground, a monitoring group said. The Israeli military made no comment on the reported strikes, during which Syrian air defences opened fire for the first time since the deadly downing of a Russian transport plane in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Israeli forces bombarded for an hour positions in the southern and southwestern suburbs of Damascus as well as in the south…

CJP takes suo motu notice of attacks on Diamer schools

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took suo motu notice of attacks on a dozen schools in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district, ARY News reported. The chief justice has summoned reports from the Gilgit-Baltistan home secretary and Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan secretary in this regard. They are required to submit the reports within 48 hours. Twelve schools - eight girls and four boys - were burnt down in various parts of Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district in the early hours of Friday.…

6 terrorists killed as security forces repulse attacks from across Pak-Afghan border

RAWALPINDI:Six terrorists were killed while five servicemen suffered injuries during skirmishes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.  The army's media wing said terrorists from across the border fired on Pakistan’s border posts and border fencing teams in Bajaur in Khyber Pakhtunkha and Qamar Din Qarez in Balochistan. "Taking advantage of ungoverned spaces and facilitation inside Afghanistan, terrorists resorted to such attacks to prevent fencing and…

Pakistan condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan

KARACHI: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal on Sunday condemned suicide attacks at voter registration centers in Kabul and Baghlan provinces of Afghanistan on Sunday. "We are grieved at the loss of precious innocent lives in this brutal act of terrorism," he said in a statement. He said Pakistan was confident that such attacks would not deter the resolve of the Afghan people to determine their own future through the exercise of their right to vote. The statement said Pakistan reiterated unequivocal…

Comey fends off attacks as book releases at #1 on Amazon

WASHINGTON: Former FBI director James Comey fended off attacks Tuesday over his blistering criticism of President Donald Trump as his new book hit the stores and held the top slot on Amazon's bestseller list. Comey, who was fired by the US leader in May 2017, describes Trump in the book as "morally unfit" for office, as a compulsive liar who threatens fundamental American values. But critics say the veteran prosecutor has simply sought to even his score with the president through petty criticisms in the pointedly…

UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA:The UN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that has targeted mosques and businesses in Sri Lanka as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the Indian Ocean island-nation. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged the government to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice. Feltman, who met with Muslim leaders to show solidarity during his visit, "condemned the breakdown in law and order and the attacks against Muslims and their property," a…

Greece makes six new arrests after extreme violence

ATHENS: Six Greek men, members of extremist groups, were arrested by counter-terrorism police on Tuesday, accused of being involved in a recent spate of attacks against migrants and left-wing activists, a police source said. Five men were arrested near Athens and a sixth in the northwestern city of Ioannina, and police found petrol bombs at the home of one of them near Athens, the source said. Police have not yet confirmed that the men are members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn but said they belonged to…

Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attacks

OUAGADOUGOU: A Mali-based al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility on Saturday for attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso that left 16 people dead, including eight gunmen, at the army headquarters and French embassy, Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar reported. Eighty others were wounded in the coordinated attacks in the capital Ouagadougou, which follow two other major assaults there in the past two years. The group, Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), often uses Alakhbar and other Mauritanian news agencies to…