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137 more killed in bloodiest Afghanistan clashes

22-09-2020 By SJA Jafri + Bureau Report KABUL/ISLAMABAD/ DOHA: As many as 80 Taliban and 57 more members of the Afghan security forces were killed and hundreds injured in overnight clashes with Taliban fighters across Afghanistan, security officials said on Monday, in the bloodiest day of fighting since government and …

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Pakistan’s emotive blasphemy laws

21-09-2020 By SJA Jafri ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI/ MELBOURNE: Bishop John Joseph, 65, one of Pakistan’s most prominent human rights activists, had been campaigning for decades to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws. On the morning of May 6, 1998, he led a procession to the steps of the court in the …

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War with Iraq proved Iran can defend itself: Khamenei

21-09-2020 TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday said the Islamic republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq showed the country can defend itself, without directly addressing the current circumstances. “Trying for eight years, doing everything they can, and yet achieving nothing — is there a greater victory for Iran?” …

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Iran chides US as world refuses to reimpose sanctions

21-09-2020 TEHRAN/ WASHINGTON/ GENEVA: Iran has promised to inflict a “decisive response” against the United States for acting like a bully to adversaries and allies alike after Washington said it would reimpose UN sanctions – without United Nations’ approval. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the nation in a live televised cabinet …

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World should oppose US sanctions or expect same: Zarif

20-09-2020 (With input from wires) TEHRAN/ GENEVA: The world community should oppose the United States’ use of sanctions to impose its will as a “bully,” or expect to face sanctions itself, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday. Separately, the chief of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards rejected …

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Military trucks roll into Belarus’s capital

20-09-2020 MINSK: Military trucks and vehicles have rolled into the centre of Belarus’s capital, Minsk, before a planned opposition march, as anonymous hackers leaked what they said was the personal data of more than 1,000 police officers in retaliation for a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations. The protest movement calling for …

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