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New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

Afghanistan: Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the U.S. army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in Afghanistan for years. The 1st SFAB was formed last year as a new force of experienced advisers, […]

Explosion in Western Kabul, casualties feared

Explosion in Western Kabul, casualties feared

Kabul: An explosion took place at an education center in a shiite area in western Kabul on Wednesday and officials fear that causalities have taken place as well.  Police spokesman was quoted in news reports saying that there are casualties unfortunately. “The nature of the explosion is not known yet,” police spokesman was quoted. Press […]

overrun Afghan army base, capture dozens of soldiers

overrun Afghan army base, capture dozens of soldiers

KABUL, Aug 14 (Reuters) Taliban militants overran large parts of an army base in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 soldiers, wounding 15 and capturing dozens more in fighting over the past two days, officials said on Tuesday. The insurgents had captured tanks and ammunition in Chenayeeha army base, in Ghormach district of Faryab province, […]

begins home detention over sex abuse cover-up

begins home detention over sex abuse cover-up

MELBOURNE:  A former Australian archbishop, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world convicted of concealing child sex abuse, was spared jail on Tuesday when he was ordered to serve his one-year sentence at home. Newcastle Court Magistrate Robert Stone allowed Philip Wilson, 67, to serve his detention at home after an assessment by prison […]

Death toll in Syria blast climbs to 69 -Observatory

Death toll in Syria blast climbs to 69 -Observatory

BEIRUT, Aug 13 (Reuters) The number of people killed when an explosion ripped through a building thought to be storing weapons in rebel-held northwestern Syria has climbed to 69 including 17 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday. The explosion happened in a residential building in the town of Sarmada in Idlib […]

Former Chilean Prez officially appointed new UN rights chief

Former Chilean Prez officially appointed new UN rights chief

United Nations:  After a vote on Friday by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September. Minutes after she was voted in, UN chief Antonio Guterres told […]

Has Ghazni fell to Taliban: Government claims ‘clearance operation under way’, Taliban claims ‘victory, routed Afghan forces’

Has Ghazni fell to Taliban: Government claims ‘clearance operation under way’, Taliban claims ‘victory, routed Afghan forces’

Kabul: In a dramatic move Taliban on Thursday stormed Ghazni city and later claimed to have routed a wholesome battalion along with ammunition and said that they are ‘protecting city’ now. However Government claimed that city is under their control and ‘clearance operation is underway’.  According to media reports it has been difficult to verify […]

California police chief’s son charged in beating of Sikh manBy Makini Brice

California police chief’s son charged in beating of Sikh manBy Makini Brice

California: The estranged son of a northern California city police chief was formally charged on Friday with attempted robbery and abuse of a 71-year-old Sikh man who was beaten and spat upon in an unprovoked attack caught on video, prosecutors said. Tyrone McAllister, 18, whose parents assisted police in tracking him down following Monday’s attack […]

Israel and Hamas agree on truce to end Gaza flare-up – Palestinian officials

Israel and Hamas agree on truce to end Gaza flare-up – Palestinian officials

GAZA: Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on Thursday to end a flare-up in cross-border fighting, two Palestinian officials said. There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials. A Palestinian official with knowledge of the ceasefire talks, which were mediated by Egypt, said the truce would […]

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