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Women Lead Revamping of Slums in India

By Rina Chandran AHMEDABAD, India, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Ramilaben Arvind studied the plan to move out of her one-room home in a congested slum into a modern apartment for no extra cost in India’s Ahmedabad city, she immediately agreed. But first she had to get 67 other families to say ‘yes’.

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Daesh Cornered in Mosul as Iraq Prepares Victory Celebrations

By Stephen Kalin MOSUL, Iraq, July 3 – Daesh fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them

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India’s Modi Heads to Israel, Lifting the Curtain on Close Ties

By Sanjeev Miglani and Tova Cohen NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV, July 3 – Narendra Modi begins a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister on Tuesday, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length. India has

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Syrian Government Dismisses Report on Sarin Attack

BEIRUT, July 1 – The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked “any credibility”. Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in

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Lebanon: Army Blames Terrorists for Killing Child

Five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers patrolling two Syrian refugee camps in the Lebanese town of Arsal, close to the border with Syria on Friday, June 30, and a sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol, according to an army statement. The Lebanese Army further said seven soldiers were wounded and a refugee girl

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31,000 Kuwaitis Took “Sick Leave” After Eid Holiday

Manama: Thousands in Kuwait took fake “sick leaves” to take advantage of the weekend preceding the Eid break and took Wednesday and Thursday off ahead of the two-day weekend in order to accumulate a nine-day Eid break. Hind Al Sabeeh, Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, has warned of legal and administrative measures against

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China Says Pakistan Military Base Talk Pure Speculation

BEIJING, June 29 – China said on Thursday that talk the country was building a military base in Pakistan was pure speculation, after a Pentagon report earlier this month singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base. The Pentagon forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing

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Pakistan Faces Challenges in Building Economic Corridor with China

DALIAN, China, June 28 – Pakistan faces some challenges in steering an ambitious plan to build an economic corridor with China despite the economic benefits for the country, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday. China has promised $57 billion in investment in projects along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of its ambitious Belt and

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