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Pakistan’s PM Appears Before Panel Investigating Family Wealth

By Drazen Jorgic and Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, June 15 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before a panel investigating his family’s wealth on Thursday, the first time a Pakistani prime minister has been grilled by an investigative agency. The scrutiny of Sharif has gripped Pakistan, but the investigation – ordered by the Supreme Court –

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No Military Solution in Afghanistan, U.N. Chief Says on Kabul Visit

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan that is forcing record numbers of people from their homes, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, during an unannounced visit to the war-torn country. Guterres’ first visit as secretary general comes as the Afghan government

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Children Lost, Baby Thrown to Safety in London Blaze: Witnesses

LONDON, June 14 – One woman lost two of her six children when trying to escape a burning London tower block early on Wednesday morning while others tried to throw their children to safety, witnesses said. Six people have died and police expect the death toll to rise further after a blaze swept through the

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Revenge for Sinjar: Syrian Kurds free Daesh Slaves

By Rodi Said and Ellen Francis QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT June 14 – Daesh militants enslaved Noura Khalaf for three years, dragging her from her small Iraqi village across their territory in Syria. They bought and sold her five times before she was finally freed with her children last week. Khalaf is one of many Yazidi women

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Syria Received 225,000 T of Russian Wheat from Commercial Deal

By Maha El Dahan and Lisa Barrington ABU DHABI/BEIRUT, June 13 – Syria has received 225,000 tonnes of Russian wheat, part of a 1.2 million tonne wheat deal struck in February through its state grain buyer. “So far 225,000 tonnes have arrived in total, this is through deals with six local trading firms and all

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Daesh Cells in Nearly all Indonesian Provinces: Military Chief

JAKARTA, June 13 – The militant group Daesh has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said. General Gatot Nurmantyo’s comments late on Monday that there are clandestine “sleeper” cells across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago underscored concerns about Daesh’s growing influence in Southeast

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Pakistan’s Sharif to be Questioned over Family’s Wealth

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan June 12 – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be questioned on Thursday by investigators probing how his family obtained its vast wealth, the first time a sitting Pakistani premier has appeared before any investigative agency. Sharif’s office on Monday confirmed the prime minister had received a summons by

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Israel Reduces Power Supply to Gaza, as Abbas Pressures Hamas

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM, June 12 – Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian Authority limited how much it pays for power to the enclave run by Hamas, Israeli officials said on Monday. The decision by Israel’s security cabinet is expected to shorten by 45 minutes the

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Qatar Launches New Shipping Routes to Oman Amid Food Shortage Fears

DOHA, June 12 – Qatar has launched two new shipping services to Omani ports after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week, raising concerns over food supplies to import-dependent Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries cut diplomatic as well as travel and trade ties with Qatar last week,

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‘No Place for the Poor’ in India’s Smart Cities, Campaigners Say

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, June 12 – An ambitious government plan to upgrade India’s cities risks further marginalising poor and minority communities and hastening slum evictions, while failing to address the reasons villagers move to urban areas, campaigners said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities Mission aims to modernise 100 cities by 2020 with high-speed

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