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North Korea, Eritrea lead in modern slavery, Pakistan among top five: report

  • NEW YORK: North Korea and Eritrea have the highest rates of enslaved people, said a global survey released on Thursday that focused on the roles of conflict and government repression in modern slavery. The Central African nation of Burundi also has a high prevalence of slavery, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index published by […]

  • Suspected Nato air strike kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan

    KABUL/WASHINGTON: Four­teen civilians were killed in an explosion in northern Afghanistan although it isn’t immediately clear whether the deaths were caused by a ground assault or an air strike. Nematullah Temory, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said the explosion occurred on Thursday in the Charhar Dara district of Kunduz and women and children were among the […]

  • Syrian rebels agree to surrender zone bordering Golan

    BEIRUT: Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender a sensitive area bordering the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, a monitor and opposition source said on Thursday, the latest in a series of deals expanding regime control over key territory. The agreement follows another deal that saw thousands of residents evacuated on Thursday morning from two pro-regime towns in […]

  • UK police claim poison attack suspects were Russian

    LONDON: British police believe they have identified the suspects who carried out the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former Moscow double agent and his daughter and that they are Russian, the Press Association news agency reported on Thursday. “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have […]

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    Israeli parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill

    Israel’s parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities. The government says the bill, passed in the early morning hours, will merely enshrine into law Israel’s existing character. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called its passage a “historic […]

  • Pakistan’s argument in Jadhav case ‘very strong’, claims FO spokesperson

    Pakistan’s argument in the case pertaining to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is “very strong”, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal claimed during a weekly press briefing on Thursday. Dr Faisal said that India had failed to explain why Jadhav had a passport under the name of Hussein Mubarak and how he was able to […]