Rocket hits Turkish camp near Syrian border, kills two, wounds 12 - agency

ISTANBUL | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

A rocket fired from the Syrian region of Afrin struck a Turkish camp where Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters were located near the border on Monday, killing two people and wounding 12, the Dogan news ag

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'Shoot me' if I become a dictator: Philippine leader tells troops to protect constitution

MANILA | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by

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Vietnam jails former politburo official for 13 years in graft crackdown

By Mai Nguyen and James Pearson HANOI | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced a former politburo official to 13 years in prison and another high-profile energy official to life imprisonment for embezzlement and violating state rules, in a

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Swiss asylum requests drop to lowest level since 2010

ZURICH | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

Asylum requests in Switzerland fell to their lowest level in eight years in 2017, down by a third from the previous year, as arrivals from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq tapered off, state migration auth

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Afghan officials search for answers to deadly hotel attack

By Mohammad Aziz KABUL | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

Afghan security officials met on Monday to draw up a response to a deadly attack on Kabul's Hotel Intercontinental that exposed once again how vulnerable the capital remains to militant assaults. Eve

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Turkey detains 24 people over social media comments on Syria, ministry says

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

Turkish police have detained 24 people for allegedly "spreading terrorist propaganda" on social media related to Ankara's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, the interior mi

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Pence, in Jerusalem, says honoured to be in "Israel's capital"

By Jeff Mason and Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pointedly referred to Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Monday as he met the country's leader, further vexing Palestinians who have already snubbed his visit over a U.S.

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Trust in U.S. institutions plunges in Trump's first year

* Trust in U.S. government falls sharply | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

Trust in U.S. institutions, particularly the government, has plunged in President Donald Trump's first year in office, according to a leading survey released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in

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Turkish airstrikes, shelling in Syria kill 18 civilians

Damascus |Monday, 2018 5:15:04 AM IST

At least 18 civilians have been killed in the Turkish military campaign against Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin enclave in northern Syria, a monitor group has reported.

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Germany calls Turkey with concerns about escalation in Syria

BERLIN | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called his Turkish counterpart to express concerns about an escalation in northwest Syria and possible humanitarian impacts on the local civilian popul

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German killer nurse charged with 97 new murders

BERLIN | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

German public prosecutors on Monday said they had brought new charges against a killer nurse already serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, accusing him of killing another 97 people with

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Pope apologises to sexual abuse victims for comments that "wounded many"

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE | Monday, Jan 22 2018 IST

Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sexual abuse on Sunday, acknowledging that he had "wounded many" in comments defending a Chilean bishop who

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