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‘Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria’: Turkish cop shoots dead Russian envoy

Ankara: A Turkish policeman crying “Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on Monday, prompting a vow from President Vladimir Putin to step up the fight against “terrorism.” Andrei Karlov died of his wounds after the shooting in an Ankara exhibition centre, which came on the eve of a key meeting in Moscow between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers on the Syria conflict. Dramatic footage showed the moment the gunman shot the veteran diplomat in the back as he opened a show ofRead More


Vladimir Putin wants new start with Donald Trump

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address on Thursday saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies. Mr Putin has used previous set-piece speeches to lash out at the West and the US in particular, but he reined in his criticism this time round and focused most of his speech on domestic social and economic issues. “We don’t want confrontation with anyone. We don’t need it. We areRead More


India to continue diplomatic offensive on terror issue in BRICS Summit

Panaji: India is expected to continue with its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism originating from there when it plays host to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and leaders of Brazil and South Africa at the Summit of five-nation BRICS grouping here on Sunday. Even preceding the BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to raise these issues with Putin and Xi on Saturday when a series of bilateral meetings are slated at the seaside venue. With the Summits taking placeRead More


Barack Obama to send 250 more troops to Syria: Senior official

Hanover: US President Barack Obama will today announce plans to send up to 250 more military personnel to Syria, according to a senior administration official, intensifying US assistance to rebels as a ceasefire falters. Obama “tomorrow will announce that he has authorized up to 250 additional forces deploying to Syria,” the source said, adding that the President would confirm the deployment in a speech in the northern city of Hanover. US troops in Syria are mandated to advise and assist Syrian rebel and anti-Islamic State forces. Obama is currently inRead More


47 Malaysians involved with ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Kuala Lumpur: At least 47 Malaysians, including nine women and eight children, are involved with the Islamic state terror group in Syria and Iraq, a top police official has said. Police Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi said they comprised 30 men, nine women and eight children. “Of the 72 linked to the militant group, 18 were reportedly killed in Syria while seven others died as suicide bombers last year,” Fuzi said. “Some of those involved in militant activities were arrested and charged in court,” he told Bernama news agency. FuziRead More


47 Malaysians involved with ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Kuala Lumpur: At least 47 Malaysians, including nine women and eight children, are involved with the Islamic state terror group in Syria and Iraq, a top police official has said. Police Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi said they comprised 30 men, nine women and eight children. “Of the 72 linked to the militant group, 18 were reportedly killed in Syria while seven others died as suicide bombers last year,” Fuzi said. “Some of those involved in militant activities were arrested and charged in court,” he told Bernama news agency. FuziRead More


Syria peace talks postponed to March 9th: UN

Geneva: Peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria will resume in Geneva on March 9, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s office said yesterday, announcing a two-day postponement. “Intra-Syrian peace talks will resume in the afternoon of 9 March,” de Mistura’s office said in a statement. “The 7th of March 2016 was initially set as the target date for the resumption of peace talks,” but a short delay was needed ‘to allow adequate time to address logistical and practical matters’. “Mr. de Mistura looks forward to Syrian participants’ engagementRead More


Syria ceasefire begins under US-Russia deal

Damascus: Guns fell silent across Syria today after a landmark UN-backed ceasefire came into effect, the first major truce in five years of civil war that have claimed more than 270,000 lives. On the stroke of midnight, firing stopped in suburbs around the capital and the devastated northern city of Aleppo, media correspondents said, after a day of intense Russian air strikes on rebel bastions across the country. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was quiet in the north of Latakia province and in the centralRead More


Premature to speak of asylum for Assad: Russian President Putin

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said today it was premature to say whether Moscow would grant asylum to embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who had made ‘many mistakes’. “We gave asylum to Mr Snowden, it was more difficult than giving it to Assad,” he said, referring to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, granted asylum in Russia in 2013. “First one needs to give the Syrian people an opportunity to have their say,” Putin said, according to a Russian-language transcript of the interview published by the Kremlin. Global powers areRead More


16 killed, 30 injured in Northeast Syria blast

Qamishli: At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded by explosions in three restaurants in the northeast of Syria, a monitoring group said, in attacks claimed by the militant group. At least one of the blasts in the city of Qamishli was caused by a suicide bomber, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP yesterday. An AFP correspondent in the city said the suicide attack took place in a restaurant in a Christian neighbourhood. Nws agency Amaq, which supports Islamic State jihadists, said the group had claimedRead More