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14 Iranian security troops kidnapped on southeastern border

LONDON: Fourteen Iranian security forces, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, were kidnapped on the southeastern border on Tuesday, state news agency IRNA reported, citing an official who said the kidnappers were members of a terrorist group. Armed militant groups in eastern Iran have stepped up attacks against security targets in recent months.  “These 14 people were kidnapped around 4 or 5 a.m. in Lulakdan border area,” IRNA quoted the unnamed official as saying. Lulakdan is in Sistan-Balochistan, a mainly…

Jordan and Syria reopen Nassib border crossing

JORDAN: The border crossing between Jordan and Syria officially opened to civilians and trade on Monday after being closed for three years. The Nassib crossing opened an 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), a border official on the Jordanian side in Jaber told Reuters, but added that there had been no traffic so far. One civilian could be seen waiting to cross. Jordanian state news agency Petra reported early on Monday that Jordan and Syria had agreed to open the border to all in a change from an earlier statement that normal traffic…

India committed 1400 ceasefire violations this year so far: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Indian forces have carried out more than 1400 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary so far this year, the Foreign Office said on Thursday. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal during a weekly briefing in Islamabad said Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned on second of this month to condemn the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control in Mandal Sector, resulting in the martyrdom of one innocent civilian.…

Family separations at border marked ‘low point,’ says Ivanka Trump

WASHINGTON: US First Daughter Ivanka Trump spoke out Thursday against the family separations prompted by her father's border crackdown, saying news of the controversial policy marked a "low point" during her White House tenure. Describing herself as "the daughter of an immigrant" -- her mother was born and raised in the former Czechoslovakia -- Trump said she felt very strongly about the crisis that swelled earlier this year when thousands of children were separated from their migrant parents. "That was a low point for…

Most children, parents separated at US-Mexican border reunited

WASHINGTON: About 1,400 children of some 2,500 separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border have been reunited with their families, the U.S. government said in a court filing on Thursday. Government lawyers said 711 other children were not eligible for reunification with their parents by Thursday’s deadline, which was set by a federal judge in San Diego. In 431 of these cases, the families could not be reunited because the parents were no longer in the United States. The parents and children were…

Nearly 2,000 children separated from adults at border: US

WASHINGTON: Nearly 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians who illegally crossed into the United States over a recent six-week period, officials said Friday in the most comprehensive 2018 figures provided on family separations. Between April 19 and May 31, the 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were being held by US border patrol in preparation for prosecution for crossing the border illegally, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said on a call with reporters. The…

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…