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UN approves $600 mn budget cut to peacekeeping

New York - The United Nations on Friday approved a nearly $600 million cut to its peacekeeping budget following pressure from the United States to reduce funding to the world body.The General Assembly approved by consensus the annual budget expected to total $7.

China, DR Congo most affected by displacements in 2016: report

New York - More than 31 million people were displaced in their own countries by conflict, violence and disasters in 2016, with China and the Democratic Republic of Congo among the worst affected, a new report by a monitoring center said Monday.

In Mosul, Iraqi snipers track jihadists around the clock

Mosul - A few hundred metres from an iconic mosque in west Mosul, Iraqi sniper Salah al-Zuheiri has his eye glued to his scope as he searches for Islamic State group jihadists.

Roadside bomb kills 11 Afghan civilians: officials

Kandahar - At least 11 civilians were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in the restive southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials said Saturday.

US 'ready to help bring' Syria conflict to end: Haley

New York - The United States is ready to work towards a diplomatic solution to end the six-year war in Syria, Washington's UN envoy Nikki Haley said Wednesday."We are ready to throw our weight and resources behind diplomacy.

US sends message to N. Korea, China with Syria strike

Seoul - The US missile strike on Syria contained a clear message for North Korea and its main ally China, analysts said, but not one strong enough to push Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons path.

US sends message to N. Korea, China with Syria strike

Seoul - The US missile strike on Syria contained a clear message for North Korea and its main ally China, analysts said, but not one strong enough to push Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons path.

US sends message to N. Korea, China with Syria strike

Seoul - The US missile strike on Syria contained a clear message for North Korea and its main ally China, analysts said, but not one strong enough to push Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons path.

Turkey welcomes US Syria strike, urges no-fly zone

Ankara - Turkey on Friday welcomed a US missile strike on a Syrian regime airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack and called for a no-fly zone in the country to prevent further bloodshed.

Moscow slams US 'aggression' in Syria, suspends air safety deal

Moscow - Moscow slammed the US strike on a Syrian airbase Friday as "aggression against a sovereign state", and suspended a bilateral agreement to help avoid clashes in the skies over the war-torn country.

Afghan martial arts bout reveals a nation divided

Kabul - A martial arts bout in Afghanistan was billed as a bare-knuckle duel for supremacy, but it has become a lightning rod for long-simmering ethnic rivalries that threaten to tear the country apart.

Trump son-in-law Kushner visits Iraq, meets PM

Baghdad - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner visited Baghdad Monday with the US's top military officer, meeting Iraq's premier to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group.

Trump son-in-law Kushner visits Iraq, meets PM

Baghdad - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner visited Baghdad Monday with the US's top military officer, meeting Iraq's premier to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group.

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary

Sanaa - Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sunday in a show of support for the insurgents, two years after a Gulf coalition intervened against the rebels.

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary

Sanaa - Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sunday in a show of support for the insurgents, two years after a Gulf coalition intervened against the rebels.

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary

Sanaa - Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sunday in a show of support for the insurgents, two years after a Gulf coalition intervened against the rebels.

Coalition air strikes kill 16 rebels in Yemen: military official

Aden - Sixteen rebels have been killed and 24 wounded in 24 hours of air raids by a Saudi-led coalition targeting the insurgents in Yemen, a military official and medics said Saturday.

S.Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

Nairobi - South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

Emboldened Taliban capture key southern district

Kandahar - Taliban fighters captured the strategic southern district of Sangin on Thursday, officials said, another setback for Afghan forces in opium-rich Helmand province ahead of the spring fighting season.

Amnesty condemns US, UK over Yemen arms

Dibai - Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen.The rights group said the two countries had together sent more than five billion dollars (4.

Blast destroys telecom company bus in Kabul rush hour

Kabul - A suicide car bomber rammed into a bus carrying employees of one of Afghanistan's biggest telecom companies during rush hour Monday, just days after a deadly insurgent assault on the country's largest military hospital.

Insiders aided Kabul hospital attack, survivors say

Kabul - Insiders including two interns were among the attackers who launched a gun-and-grenade assault this week on Afghanistan's largest military hospital, killing more than 100 people, multiple surviving staff and security sources told AFP.

Eight Afghan police killed in 'insider attack'

Kandahar - Eight local policemen were killed by their colleagues after they were poisoned in their base in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, in a latest so-called "insider attack".

Colombia atrocities ongoing despite peace deal: report

Estanzuela - Thousands of Colombians are still suffering rapes, killings and torture and the country will take decades to recover from civil war despite recent peace accords, the Red Cross said Thursday.

Rapes of girls, women leave scars from Colombia war

Quibd - Like thousands of women, Zoraya suffered sexual abuse by fighters in Colombia's civil war. But that horror is secondary to the memory of what was done to her toddler daughter.

Colombia FARC women rebels plan for life after war

San Diego - With their rifles, green fatigues and black rubber boots, the women fighters of the FARC rebel force have become one of the international faces of Colombia's civil war.Soon the photographs that have fascinated world media will be for the history books....

Colombia: 120 civil leaders killed in just over year

Estanzuela - A total of 120 civil leaders have been killed in Colombia in the past 14 months, the state human rights watchdog said Friday, fueling concerns for a delicate peace process.

FARC fighters bid fond farewell to arms

San Diego - For 17 years in the hot green jungles of Colombia, a gun has been Emiro Suarez's constant companion.It has made him feel safe. Now, like thousands of other FARC rebel fighters, he must learn to live without the reassuring feel of it in his hand.

Twin Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul kill 16

Kabul - Sixteen people were killed Wednesday in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks even before the start of their annual spring offensive.

US military brass urge Trump not to slash diplomacy, aid

Washington - More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Donald Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid, CNN reported Monday.
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