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Women may be allowed to join British infantry by 2016 Women may be allowed to join British infantry by 2016
LONDON: In a first, women could be allowed to serve in the British infantry units by 2016, a media report said Friday. An army review of the ban on women serving in close combat is continuing, having been commissioned by former Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, BBC reported. But military officials say there is now a "real desire" among ministers for ending the restrictions. However, concerns...
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New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia:Lavro New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia:Lavro
MOSCOW: New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday. In a phone call with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov said that the new legislation "threatening new sanctions against Russia could undermine the possibility of n...
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10,000 evacuated after WWII dud bomb found near Berlin 10,000 evacuated after WWII dud bomb found near Berlin
Berlin: About 10,000 people had to be evacuated on Thursday after an unexploded 250-kilogramme (550-pound) World War II bomb was discovered in a city near the German capital. The find during construction work near Potsdam central railway station also halted local bus, tram and train services and led authorities to clear ministry buildings and the parliament of Brandenburg state. A bomb dispo...
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Cameroon Army kills 116 Boko Haram militants Cameroon Army kills 116 Boko Haram militants
Yaounde: Cameroon`s army killed 116 Boko Haram militants on Wednesday when they attacked a base in the Far North region of the country, said defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck. Militants ambushed a column of army vehicles using an improvised explosive device and then hundreds attacked in the region of Amchide, 65 km (40 miles) north of Maroua, at around 10.30 a.m. loca...
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Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe
SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege. Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, 50, had a history of extremism and violence and was on bail for a string of charges, including sexual offences and abetting the murder...
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Pakistan leadership on one page to crush terrorists Pakistan leadership on one page to crush terrorists
PESHAWAR: The civilian leadership of Pakistan has unanimously expressed the resolve to continue war against terrorism till elimination of last terrorist from the country’s soil. Reading out the resolution at the conclusion of the meeting of national parliamentary parties leaders here in the backdrop of Tuesday’s militant attack at the army-run school, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said action aga...
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66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric 66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric
PARIS: Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took centre stage and 66 reporters were killed. The beheading of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group highlighted the extreme danger journalists face in covering modern conflicts. "Rarely have reporters ...
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Obama briefed on Sydney hostage situation: White House official Obama briefed on Sydney hostage situation: White House official
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has been briefed about the situation at a cafe in Sydney where hostages were being held and a flag had been displayed, a White House official said Sunday. Lisa Monaco, the president´s top counter-terrorism advisor, had spoken to Obama about events in the Australian city, the White House official said. (AFP)...
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Hong Kong leader declares Occupy protest`over`as last site Clear Hong Kong leader declares Occupy protest`over`as last site Clear
HONG KONG: Hong Kong`s leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police cleared the last remaining camp and arrested a handful of peaceful protesters Monday. A committed core of around a dozen demonstrators had staged a sit-in at the centre of the last site in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay as police cut away barricades and ...
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'Three surrender' in Belgium armed siege 'Three surrender' in Belgium armed siege
BRUSSELS: Three suspects in an armed hostage-taking incident in the Belgian city of Ghent surrendered to police on Monday, reports said, as officials said there were no indications of terrorism. Police had earlier surrounded an apartment after four armed men took a captive in a working-class area of the northwestern city. The three suspects were "taken outside, with their hands in the air" b...
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