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Sri Lanka pulls out of Saarc summit in Islamabad

Sri Lanka pulls out of Saarc summit in Islamabad

TRANS ASIA NEWSCOLOMBO:- Sri Lanka on Friday expressed its unwillingness to attend the upcoming Saarc Summit in Islamabad, saying the prevailing environment in the region is not conducive for holding the summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, in a statement, said that the Saarc Charter requires that decisions at...

30-09-2016 Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka exhumes body of prominent slain editor

Sri Lanka exhumes body of prominent slain editor

TRANS ASIA NEWSCOLOMBO: - Sri Lankan police on Tuesday exhumed the body of a senior journalist who had predicted just days before his murder in 2009 that he would be killed by the government, marking the latest development in a series of probes into former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration.

27-09-2016 Sri Lanka

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20 killed, 17 injured in Nepal road accident

20 killed, 17 injured in Nepal road accident

TRANS ASIA NEWSKATHMANDU: At least 20 persons were killed and 17 others injured when a bus plunged 100 metres down into a river in Nepal's Chitwan district on Friday.

26-08-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Nepal PM Prachanda begins implementing deal with Madhesi parties

Nepal PM Prachanda begins implementing deal with Madhesi parties

TRANS ASIA NEWSKATHMANDU:- Nepal’s new government began implementing a pact signed with agitating Madhes-based parties on Friday, announcing it will pay Rs 1 million to the next of kin of nearly 60 people who died in violent protests against the new Constitution last year.

05-08-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Rajnath arrives in Pak for Saarc meet amid protests

Rajnath arrives in Pak for Saarc meet amid protests

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday arrived in Islamabad to attend the Saarc interior ministers' conference amid protests by various religious and jihadi outfits. More than 2,000 activists protested outside the Saarc conference venue, accusing Rajnath for the unrest in Kashmir. Rajnath is expected to raise the...

04-08-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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28 killed, scores injured in floods, landslides across Nepal

28 killed, scores injured in floods, landslides across Nepal

TRANS ASIA NEWSKATHMANDU:-Twenty-eight people were killed and scores injured in floods and landslides triggered by incessant monsoon rain in Nepal on Tuesday, said the country's Ministry of Home Affairs.The whereabouts of 24 people were still unknown after the landslides, which were triggered by incessant rainfalls in various parts of the...

27-07-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Sri Lanka admits 65,000 missing from war, insurrection

Sri Lanka admits 65,000 missing from war, insurrection

TRANS ASIA NEWSCOLOMBO: -Sri Lanka acknowledged on Wednesday for the first time that some 65,000 people were missing from its 26-year-long war with Tamil Tiger rebels and a separate Marxist insurrection.President Maithripala Sirisena's coalition government has agreed to address past human rights violations through independent probes and to implement a...

09-06-2016 Sri Lanka

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Always supportive of any direct talks between Pak, India: UN

Always supportive of any direct talks between Pak, India: UN

TRANS ASIA NEWSUnited Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has "always been supportive" of any direct dialogue between India and Pakistan, according to his spokesperson.

02-06-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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200,000 flee capital as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

200,000 flee capital as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

TRANS ASIA NEWS COLOMBO: Sri Lankans clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts on Friday to flee their flooded capital as fresh downpours elsewhere hampered relief efforts.The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up...

20-05-2016 Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka floods kill eight, leave thousands homeless

Sri Lanka floods kill eight, leave thousands homeless

TRANS ASIA NEWS COLOMBO: Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least eight people, including a 10-month-old baby, and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, officials said Monday. The government has deployed troops to evacuate people living on slopes or in flood-hit areas and the navy is...

16-05-2016 Sri Lanka

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Arrest of RAW agent:Pak summons Indian HC

Arrest of RAW agent:Pak summons Indian HC

TRANS ASIA NEWSISLAMABAD:- Pakistan lodged a protest with India on Friday over the country’s “spying activities” in Balochistan and Karachi, Express News reported.Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned the Indian High Commissioner to the Foreign Office to lodge a formal complaint. The move comes a day after the arrest of an...

25-03-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets former Pak cricketer Imran Khan

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets former Pak cricketer Imran Khan

TRANS ASIA NEWSNew Delhi: - Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met former Pakistani cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan at the former’s residence at Flagstaff Road on Sunday evening. Sources privy to the discussions during the meeting said battling corruption dominated the conversation between Kejriwal and Khan. “Met...

21-03-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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'SAARC nations should create common court to tackle terrorism'

'SAARC nations should create common court to tackle terrorism'

TRANS ASIA NEWSUnited Nations:- Citing the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, a Supreme Court Judge from India has suggested the creation of a "common court" for countries in the SAARC region that comprises judges from each nation who can share their knowledge and tackle cross-border terrorism cases, the statesman reported."The one...

11-03-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Marshalls to open nuclear arms battle against Pak, India

Marshalls to open nuclear arms battle against Pak, India

TRANS ASIA NEWS THE HAGUE: The tiny Marshall Islands will Monday seek to convince the UN’s highest court to take up a lawsuit against India, Pakistan and Britain which they accuse of failing to halt the nuclear arms race.Lawyers representing the small Pacific island nation will launch the opening salvos...

05-03-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Pakistani Kohli fan who hoisted Indian flag granted bail

Pakistani Kohli fan who hoisted Indian flag granted bail

TRANS ASIA NEWSISLAMABAD:- A Pakistani cricket fan who was arrested for waving the flag of India after his idol Virat Kohli struck a match-winning knock was granted bail on Friday.An additional district and sessions court accepted the bail plea of Umer Daraz who was arrested on January 26 for hoisting...

27-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Delhi wants ‘respectful’ ties with Islamabad: Mukherjee

Delhi wants ‘respectful’ ties with Islamabad: Mukherjee

RANS ASIA NEWSNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a “mutually respectful relationship” with Pakistan, his government’s policy paper said on Tuesday.The policy paper was read out by President Pranab Mukherjee as his traditional address to a joint sitting of the parliament’s two houses, which kicks off the annual budget...

24-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Bodies of 48 Nepal quake victims still in Kathmandu hospital

Bodies of 48 Nepal quake victims still in Kathmandu hospital

TRANS ASIA NEWSKathmandu :- Ten months after two earthquakes devastated Nepal, the bodies of 48 unidentified victims are rotting in a Kathmandu hospital because of the lack of refrigeration facilities.Hospital authorities have asked the government to dispose of the body parts, kept in 33 packets, immediately as there is a...

23-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Sharif says Vajpayee was justified in calling Kargil a stab in the back

Sharif says Vajpayee was justified in calling Kargil a stab in the back

TRANS ASIA NEWSNew Delhi: In an apparent outreach to India in the wake of Pathankot attacks, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was justified in believing that Kargil was a stab in the back for India.

19-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - U.N. official

Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - U.N. official

TRANS ASIA NEWS Sri lanka:- The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.

10-02-2016 Sri Lanka

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Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 77

Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 77

TRANS ASIA NEWSKATHMANDU: Nepal’s former prime minister Sushil Koirala died in Kathmandu aged 77 after a bout of pneumonia, his doctor told AFP Tuesday.Koirala, who was Nepal’s premier from February 2014 to October 2015, faced heavy criticism for his government’s sluggish response to a massive quake that devastated the Himalayan...

09-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Pathankot attack: Pak team finds no evidence against JeM chief Azhar

Pathankot attack: Pak team finds no evidence against JeM chief Azhar

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: A team constituted by Pakistan to investigate last month’s deadly attack on an Indian airbase has concluded that there is no substantive evidence to suggest Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of the outlawed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group, ordered or masterminded the assault, Express Tribune reported.

08-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Pak named fourth, India seventh most dangerous countries for journalists

Pak named fourth, India seventh most dangerous countries for journalists

TRANS ASIA NEWSBRUSSELS: Pakistan has been named as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists, with a total of 115 killings since 1990.According to a report issued by International Federation of Journalists, at least 2,297 journalists and media workers have been killed in the last 25 years,...

04-02-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Syed Salahuddin warns Pakistan against crackdown

Syed Salahuddin warns Pakistan against crackdown

TRANS ASIA NEWSMUZAFFARABAD: The chief of alliance fighting for an end to Indian rule in divided Kashmir openly condemned on Wednesday a crackdown by the government against another group India blames for an attack on an air base.

21-01-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Nepal constitution talks fail to end protests

Nepal constitution talks fail to end protests

TRANS ASIA NEWSKATHMANDU:- Talks between the Nepali government and minority groups to resolve a dispute over a new constitution have fallen apart, opposition leaders said on Tuesday, dashing hopes that protests that have led to crippling fuel shortages will end soon.

19-01-2016 SOUTH ASIA

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Syria

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No more working hospitals in Aleppo: UN

No more working hospitals in Aleppo: UN

TRANS ASIA NEWS GENEVA: There are no more functioning hospitals in the rebel-held eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo, where more than 250,000 people are living under siege and many need urgent medical care, the UN has said.

22-11-2016 Syria

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US suspected airstrike kills 15 in Syria

US suspected airstrike kills 15 in Syria

TRANS ASIA NEWSDAMASCUS: At least 15 people were killed by a suspected US-led air strike on al-Raqqa, a monitor group reported.

15-10-2016 Syria

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Militant firing on Syrian school kills at least five childre…

Militant firing on Syrian school kills at least five children

TRANS ASIA NEWSDAMASCUS: At least five children were killed in firing on a school in the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Tuesday, state media said. “Five children were killed and 15 wounded in terrorist shelling of a primary school in the Al-Sahary neighbourhood of Daraa,” state news agency SANA reported.

12-10-2016 Syria

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Syrian army ceasefire expires, no statement of extension

Syrian army ceasefire expires, no statement of extension

TRANS ASIA NEWSBEARUT:- A seven-day ceasefire declared by the Syrian army expired at midnight, with no immediate announcement of its extension on Monday. The "regime of calm" was announced on Sept. 12 following a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia.

19-09-2016 Syria

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62 Syrian troops killed in US-led strikes:Russia

62 Syrian troops killed in US-led strikes:Russia

TRANS ASIA NEWSMASCOW:- More than 60 Syrian government soldiers were killed and dozens of others injured Saturday in US-led coalition air strikes on an air base in the east of the war-torn country, the Russian army said.“Warplanes from the international anti-militant coalition carried out four air strikes today against Syrian...

18-09-2016 Syria

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Free Syrian Army liberated 10 more villages in Jarablus

Free Syrian Army liberated 10 more villages in Jarablus

TRANS ASIA NEWSJarablus :- Free Syrian Army (FSA) liberated 10 more villages in Jarablus Sunday from the armed wing of the PYD, Anadolu reported.The FSA field commander said eight villages within a 20 kilometer (12 mile) radius of the city, which lies on the western bank of the Euphrates River,...

29-08-2016 Syria

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Syria's Assad names new prime minister

Syria's Assad names new prime minister

TRANS ASIA NEWSDAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country.Assad tasked Khamis with forming a new government, the official news agency SANA reported.He is to submit his proposal for new ministerial appointments in the coming days.

23-06-2016 Syria

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After years of siege, first food aid reaches Syria’s Daraya

After years of siege, first food aid reaches Syria’s Daraya

TRANS ASIA NEWS Beirut :- The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations have delivered food aid to the Damascus suburb of Daraya for the first time since it came under siege in 2012, hours after the UN said the Syrian government had approved access to 15 of the 19...

10-06-2016 Syria

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'Syrian rebels may be guilty of war crimes'

'Syrian rebels may be guilty of war crimes'

TRANS ASIA NEWS BEIRUT : - Amnesty International says militants may have committed war crimes in the Syrian city of Aleppo through indiscriminate attacks, including with chemical weapons.The Britain-based rights group said in a statement on Friday that it had collected evidence of the killing of dozens of civilians by indiscriminate...

13-05-2016 Syria

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Obama rules out U.S. ground troops in Syria

Obama rules out U.S. ground troops in Syria

TRANS ASIA NEWS WASHINGTON:- U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday ruled out any plans to send American ground troops in strife-torn Syria, saying it would be a “mistake” to deploy American or British soldiers to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime.

25-04-2016 Syria

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Russia spent $480mn on Syria operation: Putin

Russia spent $480mn on Syria operation: Putin

TRANS ASIA NEWS Moscow:- Putin's remarks came on Thursday at the Kremlin during a ceremony for Russian military who served in Syria."The military operation in Syria, of course, required certain spending but the main part was from defense ministry’s resources – around 33 billion rubles. [This sum] was included in the...

18-03-2016 Syria

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Russia begins withdrawal from Syria as peace talks enter sec…

Russia begins withdrawal from Syria as peace talks enter second day

TRANS ASIA NEWS MOSCOW: The first Russian planes flew out of Syria on Tuesday, at the start of a surprise withdrawal that diplomats hope will boost a new round of UN-backed peace talks. UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura described the Russian pullout as a “significant development” for the talks that began...

16-03-2016 Syria

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Bashar Assad’s mother dies at 86

Bashar Assad’s mother dies at 86

TRANS ASIA NEWS Damascus:-Anisa Ahmed Makhlouf, the mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has passed away at the age of 86.Makhlouf, the wife of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, died after years of illness at a hospital in the capital Damascus on Saturday.She was born in the western Syrian city of...

07-02-2016 Syria

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Starving Syria village set to get aid

Starving Syria village set to get aid

TRANS ASIA NEWS Aid could reach a besieged Syrian village as early as Sunday morning, the World Food Programme said.A convoy will carry one month's worth of food and medicine for the 40,000 people trapped in Madaya, a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border.People there are reported to have been starving...

09-01-2016 Syria

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ISIS member executes his mother in Syria: monitor

ISIS member executes his mother in Syria: monitor

TRANS ASIA NEWSBEIRUT: An Islamic State militant executed his mother in public in the Syrian city of Raqqa because she had encouraged him to leave the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday.

08-01-2016 Syria

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16 dead, 30 wounded in three blasts in northeast Syria

16 dead, 30 wounded in three blasts in northeast Syria

TRANS ASIA NEWSQAMISHLI:- At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded by explosions in three restaurants in the northeast of Syria on Wednesday, a monitoring group said, in attacks claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.At least one of the blasts in the city of Qamishli was caused...

31-12-2015 Syria

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Bombs in Syria's Homs kill 32, wound 90

Bombs in Syria's Homs kill 32, wound 90

TRANS ASIA NEWS Homs :-At least 32 people were killed and 90 wounded in two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

28-12-2015 Syria

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UN sets Syria peace talks target date

UN sets Syria peace talks target date

Talks in Geneva aim to bring together Syrian regime and 'broadest possible spectrum of Syrian opposition', says UN TRANS ASIA NEWSGeneva :-The United Nations' special envoy for Syria said Saturday he aims to bring together the country's warring factions on Jan. 25 to begin peace talks to end the five-year-old conflict.Staffan...

28-12-2015 Syria

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'Syria refugees face disaster in Jordan'

'Syria refugees face disaster in Jordan'

TRANS ASIA NEWS Amnesty International has called on Jordan to open its border to some 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded along the country’s border with Syria, warning of a worsening humanitarian situation.The rights group urged Amman to “take immediate action” in order to help the thousands of refugees, including pregnant women,...

10-12-2015 Syria

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3 Syrian Soldiers Killed in US Airstrikes

3 Syrian Soldiers Killed in US Airstrikes

TRANS ASIA NEWS BEIRUT: The Syrian government says three of its soldiers have been killed in airstrikes by the US-led coalition.In a statement on Monday, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said 13 soldiers were also injured when four US-led coalition warplanes fired nine missiles at one of the Syrian army’s...

07-12-2015 Syria

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'UK,France airstrikes in Syria will fail'

'UK,France airstrikes in Syria will fail'

TRANS ASIA NEWS Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says airstrikes launched by the UK and France against purported positions of the Daesh Takfiri militants in the Arab country will be futile as the two states lack the will as well as the vision on how to defeat terrorism.

06-12-2015 Syria

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185 refugee kids die in Aegean Sea in 2015

185 refugee kids die in Aegean Sea in 2015

TRANS ASIA NEWSGENEVA:- Some 185 refugee children have died in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece in 2015 so far UNICEF has said."In the Aegean (Eastern Med), about 30 percent of the deaths this year have been of children. This is currently 185 children out of a total of...

02-12-2015 Syria

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Russia should focus on war against IS not on Assad:Obama

Russia should focus on war against IS not on Assad:Obama

TRANS ASIA NEWS U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Russia had to shift its focus from propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and concentrate on the war against Islamic State.

18-11-2015 Syria

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'All relevent actors' gather for Syria talks

TRANS ASIA NEWSVienna:- A fresh round of international talks aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria has started in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.The multinational meeting in Vienna between “all relevant actors,” according to the EU’s foreign policy chief, is an important step in defining a “common space”...

30-10-2015 Syria

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Turkey

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Appointment of new OIC chief okayed

Appointment of new OIC chief okayed

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday approved the appointment of Dr Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen as its new secretary general during an emergency meeting in Makkah. He has replaced Iyad Ameen Madani, who resigned from the position on Oct 31 for health reasons.

18-11-2016 WEST ASIA

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Turkey: 10,000 More Civil Servants Sacked, Media Outlets Shu…

Turkey: 10,000 More Civil Servants Sacked, Media Outlets Shut in Latest Crackdown

TRANS ASIA NEWS Istanbul: Turkey said it had dismissed a further 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with terrorist organisations and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July.

31-10-2016 Turkey

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Saudi admits bombing Yemen funeral

Saudi admits bombing Yemen funeral

TRANS ASIA NEWSRiyadh:- Saudi Arabia has admitted that it bombed a funeral in the Yemeni capital that killed more than 140 people last week after initially denying it. A statement by a Saudi investigative body said on Saturday the kingdom carried out the strike based on what it called bad...

15-10-2016 WEST ASIA

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Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in Turkish capital

Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in Turkish capital

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA: Two militants believed to be preparing a car bomb attack detonated explosives, killing themselves in a remote area near Ankara on Saturday after Turkish police told them to surrender, the provincial governor said.

08-10-2016 Turkey

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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies at 93

TRANS ASIA NEWSTel Aviv :- Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, known as the regime’s “last remaining founding father,” has died almost two weeks after suffering a stroke.The Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv pronounced the 93-year-old dead at 0000 GMT on Wednesday.

28-09-2016 WEST ASIA

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Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

TRANS ASIA NEWSISTANBUL: Turkey has dismissed 87 staff from its spy agency over alleged links to the failed July 15 coup which sought to oust the government, state media reported on Tuesday.Eighty-seven out of 141 personnel suspended in an internal probe have been expelled from the National Intelligence Organisation, Anadolu...

27-09-2016 Turkey

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Kurdish rebel attacks on soldiers in Turkey kill 10

Kurdish rebel attacks on soldiers in Turkey kill 10

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA: Kurdish rebels staged two attacks against security forces in southeast Turkey on Monday, killing 10 security force members and wounding eight others, the country's state-run news agency reported.

26-09-2016 Turkey

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Al Azhar Cleric Terms Salafists as Non-Sunnis

Al Azhar Cleric Terms Salafists as Non-Sunnis

TRANS ASIA NEWSCairo:- In a speech to Muslims worldwide and the West, Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb had renounced all radical takfiri-inspired actions, saying that such deeds are in no way related to the teachings of Islam’s fundamental Sunni sect.Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, accompanied by a...

10-09-2016 WEST ASIA

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Iran wants Saudi punished for Mina tragedy

Iran wants Saudi punished for Mina tragedy

Piled up bodies of pilgrims in a Mina street after stampede last year- File Pic TRANS ASIA NEWS TEHRAN– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi authorities of “bigoted extremism” late Tuesday in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran’s exclusion from this year’s hajj pilgrimage.Javad Zarif was responding to...

07-09-2016 WEST ASIA

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Another 10,000 sacked in post-coup purge in Turkey

Another 10,000 sacked in post-coup purge in Turkey

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA:- Turkey has sacked another 10,000 police officers, judges, prosecutors and academics, according to a decree published on Friday, as the state continued a purge within public services following July’s failed coup.A total of 7,669 police were dismissed in the latest swoop on suspected coup plotters or supporters,...

02-09-2016 Turkey

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Turkish interior minister quits amid turmoil

Turkish interior minister quits amid turmoil

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA:- Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala has quit his post in the wake of apparent intelligence failures and public criticism over a string of militant attacks as well as the failed July 15 coup attempt.

01-09-2016 Turkey

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Yemeni missiles hit Saudi oil facilities

Yemeni missiles hit Saudi oil facilities

TRANS ASIA NEWSSanna:- Yemeni Houthi rebels have reportedly fired missiles targeting Saudi Aramco, allegedly damaging the oil giant’s facilities in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Friday, according to local Houthi-affiliated media, with no confirmation from Saudi officials or Aramco itself.

27-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA: Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday.

26-08-2016 Turkey

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Israel’s supreme court shuns plea to unchain Palestinian hun…

Israel’s supreme court shuns plea to unchain Palestinian hunger striker

TRANS ASIA NEWSJERUSALEM: A rights group on Wednesday said Israel’s Supreme Court was perpetuating abuses by failing to order that a Palestinian hunger striker shackled to his hospital bed be unchained.Bilal Kayed has been on hunger strike for 71 days in protest against his detention without charge by Israel and...

25-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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'No clue' who bombed Gaziantep wedding:Turkish PM

'No clue' who bombed Gaziantep wedding:Turkish PM

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA:-Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara has no clue about who was behind the recent deadly wedding bombing in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. "We do not have a clue about who the perpetrators behind the attack were. Early information on who did the attack, in what...

23-08-2016 Turkey

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Turkey to release 38,000 from jail; frees space for plotters

Turkey to release 38,000 from jail; frees space for plotters

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA:- Turkey issued a decree Wednesday paving the way for the conditional release of 38,000 prisoners, the justice minister said — an apparent move to reduce its prison population to make space for thousands of people who have been arrested as part of an investigation into last month’s...

17-08-2016 Turkey

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Saudi bombs Yemen again,9 killed

Saudi bombs Yemen again,9 killed

TRANS ASIA NEWSSanna:- At least nine people, including two children, have been killed in the latest Saudi military airstrikes against residential neighborhoods in Yemen.Saudi fighter jets struck a vehicle on Tuesday morning as it was traveling along a road in the Abs district of the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah,...

16-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Turkey suspends 2,500 more from religion agency

Turkey suspends 2,500 more from religion agency

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA: Turkey suspended over 2,500 more staff from the powerful religious affairs state agency on Tuesday in the latest purge after last month's failed coup blamed on US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. The religious affairs directorate, Diyanet, said in a statement that 2,560 people have been suspended in the...

10-08-2016 Turkey

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Turkish court issues arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen

Turkish court issues arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen

TRANS ASIA NEWS ANKARA: A court in Turkey issued a formal warrant on Thursday for the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of being behind the failed July 15 coup that left more than 270 people dead.

05-08-2016 Turkey

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Yemen govt delegates quit talks

Yemen govt delegates quit talks

TRANS ASIA NEWSKUWAIT CITY: Yemen’s government delegation to peace talks were leaving Kuwait on Monday after the rebel side rejected a draft peace plan proposed by the United Nations, its representatives said.“We now leave Kuwait ... but are not quitting the consultations and not ending them before Aug 7,” said...

02-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Erdogan culls nearly 1,400 from army, overhauls top military…

Erdogan culls nearly 1,400 from army, overhauls top military council

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA: Turkey dismissed nearly 1,400 more members of its armed forces and stacked the top military council with government ministers on Sunday, moves designed by President Tayyip Erdogan to put him in full control of the military after a failed coup.

01-08-2016 Turkey

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Turkey kills 35 militants after they try to storm base

Turkey kills 35 militants after they try to storm base

TRANS ASIA NEWSDIYARBAKIR: Turkey's army killed 35 Kurdish militants after they attempted to storm a base in the southeastern Hakkari province early on Saturday, military officials said. The overnight attack came hours after clashes in Hakkari's Cukurca district between soldiers and militants from theKurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that left eight soldiers...

30-07-2016 Turkey

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Turkish military promotes 99 colonels in shake-up, top brass…

Turkish military promotes 99 colonels in shake-up, top brass little changed

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA:- Turkey’s top military council promoted 99 colonels to the rank of general or admiral and put 48 generals into retirement in its annual shake-up, the military said on Friday, although the top brass was little changed after this month’s failed coup attempt.President Tayyip Erdogan approved the council’s...

29-07-2016 Turkey

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Turkey coup plot:16,000 detained, 50,000 fired

Turkey coup plot:16,000 detained, 50,000 fired

TRANS ASIA NEWSANKARA:- Turkey has launched a wide-ranging purge of the army and civilian state institutions following the failed coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Ankara blames the rebellion on his arch-foe, the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, accusing him of running the "Fethullah Terror Organisation" (FETO). He strongly...

28-07-2016 Turkey

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Appointment of new OIC chief okayed

Appointment of new OIC chief okayed

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday approved the appointment of Dr Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen as its new secretary general during an emergency meeting in Makkah. He has replaced Iyad Ameen Madani, who resigned from the position on Oct 31 for health reasons.

18-11-2016 WEST ASIA

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Saudi admits bombing Yemen funeral

Saudi admits bombing Yemen funeral

TRANS ASIA NEWSRiyadh:- Saudi Arabia has admitted that it bombed a funeral in the Yemeni capital that killed more than 140 people last week after initially denying it. A statement by a Saudi investigative body said on Saturday the kingdom carried out the strike based on what it called bad...

15-10-2016 WEST ASIA

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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies at 93

TRANS ASIA NEWSTel Aviv :- Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, known as the regime’s “last remaining founding father,” has died almost two weeks after suffering a stroke.The Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv pronounced the 93-year-old dead at 0000 GMT on Wednesday.

28-09-2016 WEST ASIA

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Al Azhar Cleric Terms Salafists as Non-Sunnis

Al Azhar Cleric Terms Salafists as Non-Sunnis

TRANS ASIA NEWSCairo:- In a speech to Muslims worldwide and the West, Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb had renounced all radical takfiri-inspired actions, saying that such deeds are in no way related to the teachings of Islam’s fundamental Sunni sect.Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, accompanied by a...

10-09-2016 WEST ASIA

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Iran wants Saudi punished for Mina tragedy

Iran wants Saudi punished for Mina tragedy

Piled up bodies of pilgrims in a Mina street after stampede last year- File Pic TRANS ASIA NEWS TEHRAN– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi authorities of “bigoted extremism” late Tuesday in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran’s exclusion from this year’s hajj pilgrimage.Javad Zarif was responding to...

07-09-2016 WEST ASIA

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Yemeni missiles hit Saudi oil facilities

Yemeni missiles hit Saudi oil facilities

TRANS ASIA NEWSSanna:- Yemeni Houthi rebels have reportedly fired missiles targeting Saudi Aramco, allegedly damaging the oil giant’s facilities in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Friday, according to local Houthi-affiliated media, with no confirmation from Saudi officials or Aramco itself.

27-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Israel’s supreme court shuns plea to unchain Palestinian hun…

Israel’s supreme court shuns plea to unchain Palestinian hunger striker

TRANS ASIA NEWSJERUSALEM: A rights group on Wednesday said Israel’s Supreme Court was perpetuating abuses by failing to order that a Palestinian hunger striker shackled to his hospital bed be unchained.Bilal Kayed has been on hunger strike for 71 days in protest against his detention without charge by Israel and...

25-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Saudi bombs Yemen again,9 killed

Saudi bombs Yemen again,9 killed

TRANS ASIA NEWSSanna:- At least nine people, including two children, have been killed in the latest Saudi military airstrikes against residential neighborhoods in Yemen.Saudi fighter jets struck a vehicle on Tuesday morning as it was traveling along a road in the Abs district of the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah,...

16-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Yemen govt delegates quit talks

Yemen govt delegates quit talks

TRANS ASIA NEWSKUWAIT CITY: Yemen’s government delegation to peace talks were leaving Kuwait on Monday after the rebel side rejected a draft peace plan proposed by the United Nations, its representatives said.“We now leave Kuwait ... but are not quitting the consultations and not ending them before Aug 7,” said...

02-08-2016 WEST ASIA

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Saudi detains prominent Shia cleric

Saudi detains prominent Shia cleric

TRANS ASIA NEWSTehran:- Saudi Arabia has arrested a senior cleric from the country’s minority Shia community as the kingdom continues to impose more restrictions on religious activities of people in its oil-rich east, Press Tv reported.Reports on Tuesday suggested that Saudi authorities had arrested Sheikh Mohammad Hassan al-Habib, a prominent...

13-07-2016 WEST ASIA

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Israel freezes Ramazan permits for Palestinians after shooti…

Israel freezes Ramazan permits for Palestinians after shooting

TRANS ASIA NEWSJERUSALEM: Israel said Thursday it had suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians during the holy Muslim month of Ramazan following a shooting in Tel Aviv that killed four people.“All permits for Ramazan, especially permits for family visits from Judea and Samaria to Israel, are frozen,” said a statement...

09-06-2016 WEST ASIA

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Netanyahu faces corruption probe

Netanyahu faces corruption probe

TRANS ASIA NEWS Jerusalem:- Israel's attorney general has ordered a criminal investigation into allegations of corruption by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The attorney general has instructed a review of possibly non-reported millions in funds transferred by French fraudster Arnaud Mimran to Netanyahu during the 2009 elections, Israel’s Channel 10 said.

06-06-2016 WEST ASIA

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Israeli defense minister quits, citing poor faith in Netanya…

Israeli defense minister quits, citing poor faith in Netanyahu

TRANS ASIA NEWS JERUSALEM :- Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation on Friday, citing poor faith in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Netanyahu proposed replacing him as part of a move to expand the coalition government.

20-05-2016 WEST ASIA

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In Yemen’s war, untreated cancer patients wait for death

In Yemen’s war, untreated cancer patients wait for death

TRANS ASIA NEWS Taiz: When Ali Ghanem’s doctors told him his cancer had spread from his colon to his backbone, they said they didn’t have the facilities to give him the needed radiation treatment in his home city of Taiz, in central Yemen, and that he needed to get to the...

19-05-2016 WEST ASIA

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Saudi King sacks powerful oil minister in government shake-u…

Saudi King sacks powerful oil minister in government shake-up

TRANS ASIA NEWSRiyadh :- Saudi King Salman replaced his long-serving oil minister on Saturday as part of a major government overhaul which comes as the kingdom grapples with a slump in energy revenues.The revamp follows last month's announcement of an ambitious plan to transform Saudi Arabia's economy to reduce its...

09-05-2016 WEST ASIA

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Al Qaida withdrawing from 2 cities east of Yemen's Aden port

Al Qaida withdrawing from 2 cities east of Yemen's Aden port

TRANS ASIA NEWS SANAA: Yemeni security officials and witness say al Qaida forces are withdrawing from two coastal cities east of the key port of Aden following tribal-led negotiations.The withdrawal from the cities of Zinjibar and Jaar will take less than a week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because...

05-05-2016 WEST ASIA

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Yemen peace talks to resume in Kuwait after 3 days: UN

 Yemen peace talks to resume in Kuwait after 3 days: UN

TRANS ASIA NEWSThe UN says peace talks between Yemen’s warring sides will resume in Kuwait on Wednesday, three days after delegates loyal to Saudi-backed leader Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi abandoned them. "Participants will meet... on Wednesday in a plenary session to follow up with the agreed agenda," UN special envoy...

04-05-2016 WEST ASIA

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UK Labour leader refuses to denounce Hamas, Hezbollah

UK Labour leader refuses to denounce Hamas, Hezbollah

TRANS ASIA NEWS Britain’s Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to give in to calls from Israeli officials and British Jewish figures to denounce Islamic resistance movements Hamas and Hezbollah, vowing to continue talking to the two groups. The leader of the opposition has come under pressure from a number of...

02-05-2016 WEST ASIA

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Bahraini protesters decry regime's demolition of Shia mosque…

Bahraini protesters decry regime's demolition of Shia mosques

TRANS ASIA NEWS Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Bahrain to condemn the ruling Al Khalifah regime for the demolition of several Shia mosques in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom over the past few years. The protesters, hailing from all walks of life, marched throughout the capital, Manama, late...

29-04-2016 WEST ASIA

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Israel to close off West Bank, Gaza Strip for Jewish holiday

Israel to close off West Bank, Gaza Strip for Jewish holiday

TRANS ASIA NEWSThe Israeli regime plans to close off all entry points to the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip ahead of a Jewish holiday.According to the Israeli army, the crossings to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be sealed off on Friday and Saturday, the days...

22-04-2016 WEST ASIA

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'Hezbollah a source of pride for Muslims'

'Hezbollah a source of pride for Muslims'

TRANS ASIA NEWS TEHRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Wednesday denounced a recent campaign against Hezbollah, praising theArab resistance movement as a source of pride for Muslims. The leader's remarks on Wednesday came after the Arab Parliament followed the Arab League and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council in designing Hezbollah...

20-04-2016 WEST ASIA

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Suicide bomber kills 5 Yemen Army recruits in Aden: Official

Suicide bomber kills 5 Yemen Army recruits in Aden: Official

TRANS ASIA NEWS ADEN, YEMEN: A suicide bomber suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda killed five Yemeni soldiers when he detonated his explosive belt today among army recruits in Aden, a security official said. The man mixed in with a group of recruits as they headed to their base in the southern...

12-04-2016 WEST ASIA

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After Saudis, Egypt Bans Hezbollah TV

After Saudis, Egypt Bans Hezbollah TV

TANS ASIA NEWS CAIRO: Egyptian satellite provider Nilesat has stopped airing Lebanese news channel Al-Manar following similar moves targeting Lebanon by Saudi Arabia and its allies. Taking the measure on Tuesday, Nilesat alleged that Al-Manar had “violated the contract by broadcasting shows that provoke sectarian strife and sedition.”

06-04-2016 WEST ASIA

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Millions of people across world celebrate Persian New Year…

Millions of people across world celebrate Persian New Year"Nowruz''

TRANS ASIA NEWS Nowruz, the Persian word for "new year," is an ancient festival, celebrated on the first day of spring in countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Azerbaijan.In Kurdish communities, the event, which marks the spring equinox, is called Newroz.The holiday has been celebrated in various forms since...

21-03-2016 WEST ASIA

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Nigerian Shia community fears army attack

Nigerian Shia community fears army attack

LONDON: Nigerian army is planning attacks on processions scheduled for the mourning rituals of Arba’een by Shia Muslims, the community leaders quoting intelligence sources said Wednesday.

09-11-2016 Others

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Rally in London over Nigeria Shia killings

Rally in London over Nigeria Shia killings

TRANS ASIA NEWS The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) announced on Monday that it will hold a rally outside the High Commission of Nigeria in London to demand justice for the recent "massacre" of Nigerian Shia Muslims in the country by the army.The rally will be held between 08:00 pm-09:00...

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UN,world leaders condemn Paris attacks

UN,world leaders condemn Paris attacks

TRANS ASIA NEWS World leaders have condemned Friday’s multiple terror attacks in Paris, as cities across the world boosted security in response to the killings.UN UN Secretary—General Ban Ki—moon on Friday condemned “the despicable terrorist attacks carried out today in various locations in and around Paris,” and demanded “the immediate release...

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Saudi air strike kills 7 in Yemen

Saudi air strike kills 7 in Yemen

TRANS ASIA NEWS Sa’ada:-At least seven people, including two women and a child, have been killed in the latest Saudi attacks on the Yemeni province of Sa’ada. Local media outlets reported on Wednesday that Saudi warplanes bombarded the district of Razih in Sa’ada, a northwestern province, at least four times, killing a...

12-08-2015 Others

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Al Qaeda Yemen behind Hebdo attack

Al Qaeda Yemen behind Hebdo attack

TRANS ASIA NEWS SANA’A/ YEMEN: A leader from the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a video formally claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks that killed 12 last week in Paris and warning of more 'tragedies and terror'.

14-01-2015 Others

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Ansarullah recaptures district near Sana’a

Ansarullah recaptures district near Sana’a

TRANS ASIA NEWS SANAA: Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement says its Ansarullah fighters have managed to retake the Arhab district near the capital Sana’a from al-Qaeda-linked militants, Press TV reports.

22-12-2014 Others

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Yemen militants shoot 14 soldiers

Yemen militants shoot 14 soldiers

ADEN: An al Qaeda-affiliated group in Yemen said it killed 14 soldiers in an eastern province as revenge for an army offensive against its members, while a U.S. drone attack killed three suspected militants in central Yemen on Saturday, an official said.

09-08-2014 Others

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Houthi's take control of Yemen town

Houthi's take control of Yemen town

SANA: Shia Houthi fighters have captured Yemen’s northwestern city of Amran, near the capital Sana'a, during their fight against extremists in the country.

09-07-2014 Others

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Militant ambush in Yemen kills 6 soldiers

Militant ambush in Yemen kills 6 soldiers

SANA: Gunmen suspected of belonging to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Pensinsula killed six soldiers in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan on Sunday, a military official said.

07-07-2014 Others

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Iranian President in Oman

Iranian President in Oman

TRANS ASIA NEWS MUSCAT: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held talks in Muscat with Sultan Qaboos Wednesday as he kicked off a two-day Oman visit aimed at boosting economic ties between the longtime allies.

12-03-2014 Others

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In 2 months 450 Indian workers died in Qatar: India

In 2 months 450 Indian workers died in Qatar: India

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI: The Indian embassy in Qatar has said over 450 Indian migrant workers have died in the Persian Gulf state over the past two years.

18-02-2014 Others

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Yemen to Become Six-Region Federation

Yemen to Become Six-Region Federation

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI- A presidential panel agreed to transform Yemen into a six-region federation as part of its political transition, state news agency Saba reported. The final approval on creating a "federal state of six regions" came at a meeting of a committee, headed by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and...

10-02-2014 Others

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Jordan king copter emergency lands in Mexico

DUBAI: A helicopter transporting Jordanian King Abdullah II has made an emergency landing in Mexico’s Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

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Jordan king copter emergency lands in Mexico

DUBAI: A helicopter transporting Jordanian King Abdullah II has made an emergency landing in Mexico’s Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

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Palestinians,others help Israel fight fire

Palestinians,others help Israel fight fire

TRANS ASIA NEWS JERUSALEM: The first foreign firefighting planes on Friday started helping Israel tackle a vicious wave of wildfires which have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. Faced for the past four days with fires across the country fed by drought and high winds, Israel has been promised airborne...

26-11-2016 Palestine

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Palestinian President Abbas holds rare meeting with senior H…

Palestinian President Abbas holds rare meeting with senior Hamas leaders in Doha

TRANS ASIA NEWS Doha:- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has held a rare meeting with two senior leaders of the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas in the Qatari capital, Doha. Abbas met Hamas’ political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal and the movement’s leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh in Doha on Thursday.

28-10-2016 Palestine

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Gaza Strip population reaches 2 million with birth of baby W…

Gaza Strip population reaches 2 million with birth of baby Waleed

TRANS ASIA NEWS GAZA CITY: The two millionth person has been born in Gaza, with the birth of a baby boy named Waleed officially recognised as reaching the milestone in the densely populated Palestinian territory.

12-10-2016 Palestine

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Palestinian Court rules election in West Bank only, not Gaza

Palestinian Court rules election in West Bank only, not Gaza

TRANS ASIA NEWSRAMALLAH: The Palestinian high court Monday ruled upcoming municipal elections will be held in the West Bank only, excluding the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, in a move that effectively cancels the anticipated first political contest in a decade between the rival Fatah and Hamas in both territories.

04-10-2016 Palestine

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Israel begins work on underground barrier surrounding Gaza: …

Israel begins work on underground barrier surrounding Gaza: Military

TRANS ASIA NEWSTEL AVIV:- Israel military officials have confirmed that the Tel Aviv regime has begun construction of a massive underground barrier along the frontier with the already besieged Gaza Strip.Speaking on condition of anonymity, officials with Israel’s ministry for military affairs said Thursday that work on the underground barrier...

09-09-2016 Palestine

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Israeli military targets farmers with Gunfire east of Gaza

Israeli military targets farmers with Gunfire east of Gaza

TRANS ASIA NEWSGAZA:-Israeli armed forces on Thursday opened gunfire at Palestinian farmers east of az-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza, which is adjacent to the Israeli border, according to Palestinian sources. Israeli soldiers stationed in military watchtowers along the border with Israel opened gunfire at Palestinian farmers while cultivating their lands. There were...

08-09-2016 Palestine

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Abbas accepts Russia plan to meet Netanyahu:Envoy

Abbas accepts Russia plan to meet Netanyahu:Envoy

TRANS ASIA NEWSRAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has agreed on a Russian proposal for him to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a new peace push, an official said Monday.Netanyahu has said he is open to such a meeting together with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

06-09-2016 Palestine

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Palestinians condemns Israeli UN appointment

Palestinians condemns Israeli UN appointment

TRANS ASIA NEWSHamas:- Hamas condemned Tuesday the election of Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon to chair the organization’s legal committee.

16-06-2016 Palestine

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Palestinians barred from entering Israel

Palestinians barred from entering Israel

TRANS ASIA NEWSJerusalem:- Israeli forces have barred all Palestinians from entering Israel as the regime steps up such restrictions following a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv.

10-06-2016 Palestine

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UN panel against torture flags 'excessive force' by Israel

UN panel against torture flags 'excessive force' by Israel

TRANS ASIA NEWS GENEVA: A United Nations (UN) panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of "excessive use of force", including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors.

14-05-2016 Palestine

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Israel court convicts 14-year-old Palestinian

Israel court convicts 14-year-old Palestinian

TRANS ASIA NEWS Jerusalem :- An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted a Palestinian minor of "attempted murder" and possession of knife, a family member has said. An Israeli district court convicted Ahmad Manasrah, 14, of attempted murder related to an alleged knife attack in East Jerusalem last year. "My son did...

10-05-2016 Palestine

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Israel frees ‘youngest Palestinian’ girl prisoner

Israel frees ‘youngest Palestinian’ girl prisoner

TRANS ASIA NEWS HEBRON: Israel freed 12-year-old Palestinian Dima al-Wawi from prison on Sunday, more than two months after jailing her for an attempted stabbing attack, and she was warmly welcomed back in her West Bank town. Wawi was handed over to Palestinian authorities at Tulkarem crossing point into the northern West...

25-04-2016 Palestine

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Palestinians seek UN resolution against Israeli settlements

Palestinians seek UN resolution against Israeli settlements

TRANS ASIA NEWS UNITED NATIONS:- The Palestinian mission to the United Nations is circulating a Security Council draft resolution which condemns Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories.The mission said on Thursday that it had begun circulating the resolution among UN members and were discussing the text with a number of...

08-04-2016 Palestine

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Stir as Abbas proposes Palestinian constitutional court

Stir as Abbas proposes Palestinian constitutional court

TRANS ASIA NEWS Palestinian:- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas caused a stir this week with his surprise decision to establish a Palestinian constitutional court. Abbas followed up his Monday announcement the following day by swearing in a number of judges, including two from the blockaded Gaza Strip.Nevertheless, the Gaza-based Hamas movement promptly...

07-04-2016 Palestine

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UN condemns 'immoral execution' of Palestinian

UN condemns 'immoral execution' of Palestinian

TRANS ASIA NEWS Geneva:- The United Nations has denounced “the apparent extrajudicial execution” of a Palestinian by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Thursday. "This was a gruesome, immoral and unjust act that can only fuel more violence and escalate an already volatile situation," the United Nations’...

25-03-2016 Palestine

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Israel raids Palestinian TV station

Israel raids Palestinian TV station

TRANS ASIA NEWS JERUSALEM: Israeli forces raided the West Bank offices of Palestine Today television overnight and arrested its manager over allegations of inciting violence, Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency said on Friday. The operation targeting the station’s Ramallah offices was the latest attempt to silence Palestinian broadcasters Israel believes are...

11-03-2016 Palestine

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Israel sets conditions on returning Palestinians bodies

Israel sets conditions on returning Palestinians bodies

TRANS ASIA NEWSTel Aviv :-Israel says it will release the bodies of 10 Palestinian protesters killed by its forces only if their families agree not to hold funerals for them during the daytime.

09-02-2016 Palestine

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Gazans on hunger strike over journalist

Gazans on hunger strike over journalist

TRANS ASIA NEWSGaza :-Palestinian activists in Gaza are on the fourth day of a hunger strike in a show of solidarity with journalist Mohammed al-Qiq, who has been refusing food for over two months in an Israeli jail.The six-day hunger strike, which was organized by the National Committee in Solidarity...

02-02-2016 Palestine

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France to recognise state of Palestine if talks fail

France to recognise state of Palestine if talks fail

TRANS ASIA NEWSParis has said that they will recognize the Palestinian state if France fails to break a deadlock between the Israelis and Palestinians in the coming weeks, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced.

30-01-2016 Palestine

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Israel approves 153 new settler homes in West Bank: NGO

Israel approves 153 new settler homes in West Bank: NGO

TRANS ASIA NEWS West Bank:-Israel's defence ministry has approved plans to build 153 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a spokeswoman for Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Monday.

26-01-2016 Palestine

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Israel arrested almost 7,000 Palestinians during 2015

Israel arrested almost 7,000 Palestinians during 2015

TRANS ASIA NEWSGaza :-The PLO’s Palestinian Prisoners’ Committee (PPC) issued a report on Monday which revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities arrested 6,830 Palestinians during 2015, Al-Resalah newspaper has reported.

30-12-2015 Palestine

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Israel plans thousands new W.Bank settlements

Israel plans thousands new W.Bank settlements

TRANS ASIA NEWS E1 and the adjacent Maaleh Adumim settlement form an Israeli buffer east of Jerusalem that the Palestinians say would divide the West Bank and badly hurt the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state. West Bank:- Israel is working to revive and extend plans for new illegal Jewish settler homes...

28-12-2015 Palestine

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Two Palestinians killed, four wounded by Israel soldiers: Pa…

Two Palestinians killed, four wounded by Israel soldiers: Palestinian health ministry

TRANS ASIA NEWSQALANDIYA: Clashes erupted Wednesday after Israeli soldiers raided a refugee camp near Ramallah and shot dead two Palestinians who allegedly sought to ram their cars into troops.The Israeli military said three soldiers were wounded, including one seriously, but said it was investigating whether the injuries were due to...

16-12-2015 Palestine

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Israel forces kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

Israel forces kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

TRANS ASIA NEWSGaza :-Israeli military forces have killed three more Palestinians amid simmering tensions in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.In one of the incidents on Friday, a Palestinian protester lost his life during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).The Palestinian...

11-12-2015 Palestine

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Amnesty: Bahrain jailing of cleric 'shocking'

Amnesty: Bahrain jailing of cleric 'shocking'

TRANS ASIA NEWS London:- Amnesty International has lambasted Bahrain's decision to uphold the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman and increase his prison sentence from four to nine years,Press TV reported.The London-based rights group said the decision by Bahrain authorities on Sunday is "a shocking attack on the right to...

31-05-2016 Bahrain

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Bahrain raises top Shia leader's jail term

Bahrain raises top Shia leader's jail term

TRANS ASIA NEWSBahrain:- A court in Bahrain has extended the jail term of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, who is the secretary general of the country’s main opposition bloc, by five years,Press TV repored.The Supreme Court of Appeal increased Salman’s prison sentence on charges of inciting violence and calling...

30-05-2016 Bahrain

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Bahrainis rally to demand release of top leader

Bahrainis rally to demand release of top leader

TRANS ASIA NEWSBahrain :- Demonstrators in Bahrain have taken to the streets to express solidarity with political prisoners and jailed activists, in particular prominent opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman, Press TV reported.In Abu Saiba, the protesters demanded the release of the 49-year-old secretary of the main opposition al-Wefaq and other political...

19-05-2016 Bahrain

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Bahraini prisoners stage hunger strike

Bahraini prisoners stage hunger strike

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAHRAIN:- Dozens of Bahrainis, imprisoned for participating in anti-regime protests, have gone on hunger strike in a show of protest against the presence of a glass screen during reunions with their families.Informed sources, requesting anonymity, said inmates at the 9th ward of the Dry Dock prison on the...

19-02-2016 Bahrain

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Human Rights Watch slams Bahrain for failing to stop torture

Human Rights Watch slams Bahrain for failing to stop torture

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW YORK:-The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticized Bahrain for failing to stop torturing political prisoners and dismissed Manama’s much-hyped claims of reforms. “Bahraini authorities have failed to stop torture and failed to address the culture of impunity that fosters torture,” the Middle East director at Human Rights...

29-01-2016 Bahrain

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Bahraini regime jails 250 children on political grounds: Rep…

Bahraini regime jails 250 children on political grounds: Report

LONDON:-At least 250 children are behind bars on political grounds in Bahrain which is facing almost daily protests for years now, a report says. According to a report by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights released on Wednesday, the incarcerations violate Article 16 of the Convention on the Rights of the...

22-01-2016 Bahrain

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Bahraini court sentences teenage boy to 130 years in prison

Bahraini court sentences teenage boy to 130 years in prison

TRANS ASIA NEWSManama:- Ahmad al-Arab will be 147 years old after serving his jail term handed down by a Bahraini court.The High Criminal Court in the capital Manama on Tuesday sentenced the 17-year-old to an additional 10 years in prison on charges of protesting against the

20-01-2016 Bahrain

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Bahrain asks Iranian envoy to leave Manama in 72 hours

Bahrain asks Iranian envoy to leave Manama in 72 hours

TRANS ASIA NEWSThe Bahrain government, on Thursday, gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the Iranian envoy, to leave the country, as tension increases between the two countries.

02-10-2015 Bahrain

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Bahrain leader charged for 'sedetion'

Bahrain leader charged for 'sedetion'

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI: Bahraini prosecutors have charged the leader of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, with a bid to change the ruling Al Khalifa regime in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

30-12-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain charges opposition leader over meeting U.S. diplomat

Bahrain charges opposition leader over meeting U.S. diplomat

MANAMA: Bahrain has charged the country’s most senior opposition leader and one of his aides with holding an ‘illegal’ meeting with a U.S. diplomat, the public Prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

12-07-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain expels Sistani’s representative

Bahrain expels Sistani’s representative

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI: Bahraini authorities have expelled the representative of top Shia spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the latest sign of tension with the restive majority population.

24-04-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain king meets Pakistan's top army brass

Bahrain king meets Pakistan's top army brass

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: In what observers consider an unprecedented event, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa currently on a three-day state visit to Pakistan is expected to tour the Joint Services Headquarters (JSHQ) in Rawalpindi, where he will meet the three services chiefs in person. 

19-03-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain Allows Another 'Sex Shop'

Bahrain Allows Another 'Sex Shop'

TRANS ASIA NEWS MANAMA: Bahrain government has allowed opening of tiny island country's second sex shop after owners sought permission citing massive response from clients, mostly coming from neighbouring states.

05-03-2014 Bahrain

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Fresh wave of protests rock Bahrain

Fresh wave of protests rock Bahrain

TRANS ASIA NEWS BEIRUT: A fresh wave of protests erupted Tuesday across Bahrain with thousands taking to streets despite an ongoing crackdown by regime forces.

19-02-2014 Bahrain

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Amnesty slams Bahrain’s ‘relentless repression’

Amnesty slams Bahrain’s ‘relentless repression’

TRANS ASIA NEWS LONDON: Amnesty International has censured Bahrain’s “relentless repression” of pro-democracy protesters, saying the Manama regime may once again use violence to quell the protests planned for Friday to mark the 2011 revolution.

14-02-2014 Bahrain

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Thousands Mark Uprising Anniversary in Bahrain

Thousands Mark Uprising Anniversary in Bahrain

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI/MANAMA: Bahrain's pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with security police in Bahrain on the third anniversary of the country's Arab Spring uprisings that was largely crushed crushed by martial law and a U.S.-backed invasion of Saudi Arabian forces. 

13-02-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain braces for uprising anniversary

Bahrain braces for uprising anniversary

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI: Bahrainis will hold a nationwide strike on Thursday to mark the third anniversary of their uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa regime. The call for strike was made by Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, that also urged a mass rally on Saturday to commemorate...

12-02-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain Toughens Penalties for Insulting King

Bahrain Toughens Penalties for Insulting King

TRANS ASIA NEWS MANAMA:  The king of Bahrain approved a law imposing a jail sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to 10,000 dinars ($26,500) for anyone who publicly insults him.

05-02-2014 Bahrain

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Bahrain Rocked By Fresh Protests

Bahrain Rocked By Fresh Protests

DUBAI: Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held a demonstration in northeastern Bahrain, calling for the democratization of the Persian Gulf country. The pro-democracy demonstration, dubbed People’s Cause, was held in the village of Sitra on Friday.

25-01-2014 Bahrain

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At Least 25 Dead After Quake Rocks Indonesia's Aceh Province

At Least 25 Dead After Quake Rocks Indonesia's Aceh Province

TRANS ASIA NEWSBIREUEN:— A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.

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Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly…

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted

TRANS ASIA NEWS Tokio :- A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

22-11-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesia police pursue blasphemy case against Christian gov…

Indonesia police pursue blasphemy case against Christian governor

TRANS ASIA NEWS JAKARTA:- Indonesian police said on Wednesday they will go ahead with an investigation into a blasphemy complaint brought by Muslim groups against the Christian and ethnic Chinese governor of Jakarta and banned him from leaving the country.

16-11-2016 Indonesia

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South Korea names new PM amid scandal

South Korea names new PM amid scandal

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: South Korea’s presidential office on Wednesday named a new prime minister and finance minister, the highest-level shake-up since President Park Geun-hye’s administration was rocked by a scandal involving a friend accused of meddling in state affairs.

03-11-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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48 bodies recovered after ferry capsizing in Myanmar

48 bodies recovered after ferry capsizing in Myanmar

TRANS ASIA NEWSYANGON: The death toll from a ferry disaster on a river in central Myanmar four days ago has risen to nearly 50, officials said on Wednesday, with most of the deceased identified as women and at least two dozen others still missing.

19-10-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesian Muslims oppose Christian governor’s re-election b…

Indonesian Muslims oppose Christian governor’s re-election bid

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA: Thousands of Muslim protested in Jakarta on Friday demanding the Indonesian capital’s Christian governor be executed for allegedly insulting Islam, as he faces an increasingly tight election race.

15-10-2016 Indonesia

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Philippines poll: Duterte rated ‘very good’ in first 90 days

Philippines poll: Duterte rated ‘very good’ in first 90 days

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA:- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been rated “very good” in an opinion poll on his first 90 days in office, which has been defined largely by his deadly war on drugs and vitriol against Western leaders.

06-10-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesia holds biggest drill in South China Sea

Indonesia holds biggest drill in South China Sea

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA:- Indonesian officials say the country is holding its largest military exercise near some of the disputed islands in the South China Sea."We want to show our existence in the area. We have a good enough air force to act as a deterrent," spokesman for Indonesian air force,...

04-10-2016 Indonesia

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Indonesia declares candidacy for UN Security Council

Indonesia declares candidacy for UN Security Council

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA, INDONESIA: Indonesia has announced its candidacy for membership on the UN Security Council, saying its commitment and contributions to the world's body make it a true partner for world peace.

24-09-2016 Indonesia

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Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides, rises to 19

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides, rises to 19

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA: The death toll from a series of landslides and flash floods in Indonesia climbed to 19 on Wednesday, an official said, including several children found by rescuers scouring for survivors.

21-09-2016 Indonesia

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North Korea tests high Power rocket engine

North Korea tests high Power rocket engine

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL:- North Korea has successfully ground tested a new high-power rocket engine, saying it will be used for launching geostationary satellites.Pyongyang ‘s official KCNA news agency made the announcement on Monday, and added that the test was supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the country's Sohae...

20-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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US, Japan, S. Korea ministers discuss tougher measures again…

US, Japan, S. Korea ministers discuss tougher measures against North Korea

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW YORK: - Foreign ministers for the United States, Japan and South Korea met in New York on Sunday, ahead of UN meetings, to discuss stepped-up measures against North Korea and expand collaboration with one another after Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test.

19-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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North Korea says Obama's push for sanctions laughable

North Korea says Obama's push for sanctions laughable

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: North Korea said on Sunday that the United States’ push for sanctions following its fifth nuclear test was “laughable” and the country would continue to strengthen its nuclear power.“The group of Obama’s running around and talking about meaningless sanctions until today is highly laughable,” state-run KCNA news...

11-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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North Korean nuke test "unacceptable": Japan

North Korean nuke test "unacceptable": Japan

TRANS ASIA NEWSTOKYO:- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Friday that "there is a possibility that North Korea has forced a nuclear test," citing the temblor showing wave patterns from a non-seismic source, AP reported.He says: "If North Korea did conduct a nuclear test, it is absolutely not acceptable,...

09-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Philippine prez expresses regret over abusive Obama comments

Philippine prez expresses regret over abusive Obama comments

TRANS ASIA NEWSVIENTIANE: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed regret over his "son of a b*%%*" remark+ while referring to President Barack Obama. In a statement read out by his spokesman, Duterte said his "strong comments" to certain questions by a reporter "elicited concern and distress, we also regret it...

06-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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At least 10 dead as blast rocks Philippine city

At least 10 dead as blast rocks Philippine city

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA: At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when an explosion rocked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao on Friday night, police told AFP.The explosion occurred in a bustling part of the city and close to one of its top hotels that is popular...

03-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: North Korea has executed a vice premier for showing disrespect during a meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un, and banished two other officials for re-education, South Korea said Wednesday.Since taking power after his father's death in late 2011, Kim is believed to have executed or demoted...

31-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

TRANS ASIA NEWSOSLO: Philippine communist rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire Friday in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

26-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Philippine gov't, communist rebels resume peace talks

Philippine gov't, communist rebels resume peace talks

TRANS ASIA NEWSOSLO:- The Philippine government and communist rebels resumed their peace talks on Monday in Norway's capital city Oslo to end Asia's longest-running insurgency, China's Xinhua news agency reported citing NTB news agency report.

23-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesia says 'no room' for gay community

Indonesia says 'no room' for gay community

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA: Indonesia said Thursday there was “no room” for the gay community in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, as activists blasted officials for an unprecedented series of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) attacks.A wave of angry rhetoric directed at homosexuals earlier this year ─ including a...

11-08-2016 Indonesia

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Human toll as bodies pile up in Philippine drug war

Human toll as bodies pile up in Philippine drug war

TRANS ASIA NEWS MANILA: Men shot and left to bleed out on busy streets, mutilated corpses dumped in vacant lots. The bodies are piling up as President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war brings terror to Filipino slums. Hundreds of people have died since Duterte won a landslide election in May, promising to rid...

05-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesian cleric loses appeal over militant camp

Indonesian cleric loses appeal over militant camp

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA: A jailed cleric regarded as the spiritual leader of an extremist faction in Indonesia has lost an appeal against his conviction for funding an extremist training camp, an official said on Thursday.Abu Bakar Bashir was thought to be a key figure in regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah,...

04-08-2016 Indonesia

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17,000 people displaced in clashes in Philippines

17,000 people displaced in clashes in Philippines

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA: -- At least 17,000 people have been displaced by fighting between government forces and Abu Sayyaf in impoverished southern Philippine province of Basilan since early this month, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement...

29-07-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesia to execute 14 prisoners today

Indonesia to execute 14 prisoners today

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA:- Spiritual advisers and families of inmates on death row in Indonesia have been told to prepare for executions tonight as coffins were ferried to the prison island of Nusa Kambangan on Thursday morning.Lawyer Ricky Gunawan, who acts for Merri Utami, a former Indonesian migrant worker on death...

28-07-2016 Indonesia

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Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly…

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted

TRANS ASIA NEWS Tokio :- A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

22-11-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Situation in Rakhine State being investigated: Aung San Suu …

Situation in Rakhine State being investigated: Aung San Suu Kyi

TRANS ASIA NEWSTokyo: - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday investigations are underway into the situation in Rakhine State, where many members of a Muslim minority live and where human rights workers say conflict has led to civilian abuse by the military.

05-11-2016 Myanmar

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South Korea names new PM amid scandal

South Korea names new PM amid scandal

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: South Korea’s presidential office on Wednesday named a new prime minister and finance minister, the highest-level shake-up since President Park Geun-hye’s administration was rocked by a scandal involving a friend accused of meddling in state affairs.

03-11-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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48 bodies recovered after ferry capsizing in Myanmar

48 bodies recovered after ferry capsizing in Myanmar

TRANS ASIA NEWSYANGON: The death toll from a ferry disaster on a river in central Myanmar four days ago has risen to nearly 50, officials said on Wednesday, with most of the deceased identified as women and at least two dozen others still missing.

19-10-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Obama announces lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar

Obama announces lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar

TRANS ASIA NEWSWASHINGTON: PresidentBarack Obama is lifting USeconomic sanctions on the former pariah state of Myanmar. The White House says Obama signed an executive order lifting the sanctions on Friday. He had announced plans to do so last month, when Myanmar's new civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, visited the Oval...

08-10-2016 Myanmar

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Philippines poll: Duterte rated ‘very good’ in first 90 days

Philippines poll: Duterte rated ‘very good’ in first 90 days

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA:- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been rated “very good” in an opinion poll on his first 90 days in office, which has been defined largely by his deadly war on drugs and vitriol against Western leaders.

06-10-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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North Korea tests high Power rocket engine

North Korea tests high Power rocket engine

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL:- North Korea has successfully ground tested a new high-power rocket engine, saying it will be used for launching geostationary satellites.Pyongyang ‘s official KCNA news agency made the announcement on Monday, and added that the test was supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the country's Sohae...

20-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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US, Japan, S. Korea ministers discuss tougher measures again…

US, Japan, S. Korea ministers discuss tougher measures against North Korea

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW YORK: - Foreign ministers for the United States, Japan and South Korea met in New York on Sunday, ahead of UN meetings, to discuss stepped-up measures against North Korea and expand collaboration with one another after Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test.

19-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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North Korea says Obama's push for sanctions laughable

North Korea says Obama's push for sanctions laughable

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: North Korea said on Sunday that the United States’ push for sanctions following its fifth nuclear test was “laughable” and the country would continue to strengthen its nuclear power.“The group of Obama’s running around and talking about meaningless sanctions until today is highly laughable,” state-run KCNA news...

11-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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North Korean nuke test "unacceptable": Japan

North Korean nuke test "unacceptable": Japan

TRANS ASIA NEWSTOKYO:- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Friday that "there is a possibility that North Korea has forced a nuclear test," citing the temblor showing wave patterns from a non-seismic source, AP reported.He says: "If North Korea did conduct a nuclear test, it is absolutely not acceptable,...

09-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Philippine prez expresses regret over abusive Obama comments

Philippine prez expresses regret over abusive Obama comments

TRANS ASIA NEWSVIENTIANE: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed regret over his "son of a b*%%*" remark+ while referring to President Barack Obama. In a statement read out by his spokesman, Duterte said his "strong comments" to certain questions by a reporter "elicited concern and distress, we also regret it...

06-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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At least 10 dead as blast rocks Philippine city

At least 10 dead as blast rocks Philippine city

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA: At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when an explosion rocked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao on Friday night, police told AFP.The explosion occurred in a bustling part of the city and close to one of its top hotels that is popular...

03-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Thai man sentenced to 34 years for trafficking Rohingya

Thai man sentenced to 34 years for trafficking Rohingya

TRANS ASIA NEWSA Thai court has handed a 34-year sentence to a suspect in a human trafficking case involving nearly 100 Rohingya Muslims.The Nation reported that a court in southern Nakorn Si Thammarat province convicted Sunon, or Ko Mit Saengthong, and fined him 200,000 baht ($5,780) Wednesday but dismissed his...

01-09-2016 Myanmar

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North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: North Korea has executed a vice premier for showing disrespect during a meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un, and banished two other officials for re-education, South Korea said Wednesday.Since taking power after his father's death in late 2011, Kim is believed to have executed or demoted...

31-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Denied work, Rohingya trapped in limbo in Malaysia

Denied work, Rohingya trapped in limbo in Malaysia

TRANS ASIA NEWSKUALA LUMPUR :- The first time he tried to escape a tough existence in his village in western Myanmar in 2004, Junaid Zafar was thrown in jail for five years.Like many other Rohingya Muslims, Zafar was seeking to flee poverty and persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and he did...

30-08-2016 Myanmar

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Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

TRANS ASIA NEWSOSLO: Philippine communist rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire Friday in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

26-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Philippine gov't, communist rebels resume peace talks

Philippine gov't, communist rebels resume peace talks

TRANS ASIA NEWSOSLO:- The Philippine government and communist rebels resumed their peace talks on Monday in Norway's capital city Oslo to end Asia's longest-running insurgency, China's Xinhua news agency reported citing NTB news agency report.

23-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Human toll as bodies pile up in Philippine drug war

Human toll as bodies pile up in Philippine drug war

TRANS ASIA NEWS MANILA: Men shot and left to bleed out on busy streets, mutilated corpses dumped in vacant lots. The bodies are piling up as President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war brings terror to Filipino slums. Hundreds of people have died since Duterte won a landslide election in May, promising to rid...

05-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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17,000 people displaced in clashes in Philippines

17,000 people displaced in clashes in Philippines

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA: -- At least 17,000 people have been displaced by fighting between government forces and Abu Sayyaf in impoverished southern Philippine province of Basilan since early this month, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement...

29-07-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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19 killed in knife rampage at Japan care home

19 killed in knife rampage at Japan care home

TRANS ASIA NEWSSAGAMIHARA: At least 19 people were killed when a knife-wielding man went on the rampage at a Japanese care centre for the mentally disabled on Tuesday, officials said.A 26-year-old man who said he was a former employee of the facility later turned himself in at a police station,...

26-07-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Japanese detention centre inmates on hunger strike

Japanese detention centre inmates on hunger strike

TRANS ASIA NEWSTOKYO:- Fourteen inmates in a Japanese immigration detention centre are on hunger strike over what they call "inhumane conditions" including poor medical care, drawing fresh attention to the country's detention system. The detainees launched their hunger strike at the centre in the city of Osaka on Monday over the...

08-07-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Myanmar must impartially probe attack on mosque: Amnesty

Myanmar must impartially probe attack on mosque: Amnesty

TRANS ASIA NEWSGENEVA:- Amnesty International has slammed as a “criminal offense” the ransacking of a mosque by extremist Buddhists in Myanmar, saying the new act of violence against Muslim minorities must not go unpunished.

25-06-2016 Myanmar

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Japan on alert for possible North Korean missile launch

Japan on alert for possible North Korean missile launch

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL:- North Korea is believed to be preparing for another ballistic missile launch on its east coast. Countries in the region such as Japan and South Korea are bracing for the launch amid reports of the deployment.A South Korean military source, who did not wish to be identified,...

21-06-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Dalai Lama urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to ease Rohingya tension

Dalai Lama urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to ease Rohingya tension

TRANS ASIA NEWS WASHINGTON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tension between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday.The Tibetan spiritual leader said he had stressed the issue in meetings with Suu Kyi,...

15-06-2016 Myanmar

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Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT: Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Saturday hailed his country’s “solid transit potential” as he unveiled an international airport worth over $2 billion in the capital Ashgabat.

17-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Uzbek President Karimov dies

Uzbek President Karimov dies

TRANS ASIA NEWS ALMATY:- Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 78, three diplomatic sources told Reuters today, leaving no obvious successor to take over Central Asia's most populous nation.The Uzbek government did not immediately confirm the reports. Earlier today it said in a...

02-09-2016 Uzbekistan

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Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- To date, 161 observers have been registered at Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to observe the Sept. 26 referendum, said CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov.Panahov made the remarks Aug. 31 at the commission’s meeting.

01-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgy…

One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBishkek :- Several people have been killed and wounded in a powerful explosion that rocked the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, Russian media say.

30-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- Armenia’s armed forces have 13 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry.

26-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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North Korea closes down embassy in Uzbekistan

North Korea closes down embassy in Uzbekistan

TRANS ASIA NEWSTashkent :- North Korea shut down its embassy in Uzbekistan early this month. Embassy staff returned to North Korea late last month, while the building in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent was sold along with the official cars and other assets.

24-08-2016 Uzbekistan

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Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

TRANS ASIA NEWSALMATY: Two former leaders of a banned Islamist party were jailed for life in Tajikistan on Thursday on charges of being behind an attempted coup last year, in a case criticised by human rights groups as politically motivated.The Central Asian state, formerly part of the Soviet Union, borders...

02-06-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

TRANS ASIA NEWS Dushanbe :- Tajikistan voted overwhelmingly in favor of constitutional amendments that would allow President Emomali Rahmon to remain in power for life, election officials said Monday. A representative of the former Soviet republic’s election commission told Interfax news agency that almost 95% of those who went to the polls...

23-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has signed a decree pardoning 853 people on the occasion of May 18 - Constitution day.The decree was signed at the working meeting, Turkmen government's message said.

18-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

TRANS ASI9 NEWS BAKU:- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has approved Sooronbai Jeenbekov for the post of the country's prime minister, Sputnik International reported Apr. 13. Jeenbekov, 50, was educated as a zoological engineer and in the beginning of his career worked as a teacher, livestock specialist, and the director of a communal farm.

14-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

TRANS ASIA NEWSAzerbaijan: Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces killed at least 13 people on Monday in a third day of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, as Turkey fuelled tensions following the worst violence in decades in the disputed territory.

05-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Uzbek woman says in court "Allah ordered" her to s…

Uzbek woman says in court "Allah ordered" her to sever child's head

TRANS ASIA NEWS MOSCOW:- An Uzbek woman accused of murdering a child in her care and brandishing the child’s severed head outside a metro station, said on Wednesday in a Moscow court that “Allah ordered” her to carry out the act.Gulchekhra Bobokulova, a 38-year-old mother of three sons, made the comment...

02-03-2016 Uzbekistan

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Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- Turkmenistan celebrates the 24th anniversary of its Independence October 27 and 28, and these days have been declared holidays. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov congratulated compatriots on the significant date.

27-10-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI:- Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri pledged the group’s allegiance to new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in an audio recording released on militant websites on Thursday.

14-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan at…

Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan attack

TRANS ASIA NEWS Azerbaijan :-An Azerbaijan journalist who criticized a popular football player on social media has died in hospital after being attacked by presumed fans. Rasim Aliyev died of internal bleeding in a hospital in Azerbaijani capital Baku on Sunday after being lured to a meeting by somebody claiming to be...

12-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of deceased Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, on Sunday rejected the election of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the orthodox militia and refused to pledge allegiance to him.

04-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

TRANS ASIA NEWS Peshawar: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar and named his long-time deputy Mullah Akhtar as his successor, sparking off fissures within the movement.

01-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confi…

Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confirmed

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: - Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will be the Taliban's new leader following the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The news was confirmed in a statement Friday by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

31-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWS  Kyrgyzstan: - Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree to schedule the parliamentary election for Oct.4, the representative of Kyrgyzstan’s presidency told RIA Novosti.

30-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU: With the inaugural European Games taking place in the country's capital, Baku, increasing pressure is on Azerbaijan to address human rights and social issues including selective abortions. Azerbaijan has one of the highest selective abortion rates in the world, according to government figures, with many Azeri women...

22-06-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU/ AZERBAIJAN: Baku has extended the detention of an award-winning investigative journalist ahead of the start of the European Games next month. A court in Baku ruled that Khadija Ismayilova’s pretrial detention period will be extended for three months.The move is widely viewed as an act of retribution...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: A powerful explosion ripped through the parking lot of Afghanistan's justice ministry on Tuesday, 19 May, as employees were leaving work, killing at least six people and injuring more than 40 others. There were conflicting reports about the nature of the blast. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said,...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT/ TURKMENISTAN: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree granting amnesty to convicted people which provides for the release of over 1,200 citizens from prison. State media quoted President Berdymukhammedov as saying that the amnesty, was in keeping with the country's practice of regularly freeing prisoners who had...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

TRANS ASIA NEWS THIRUVANANTHAPURM: Abdul Rahim, a 30-year-old Afghan military captain from Kandahar who lost both his hands in a de-mining operation has found a reason to smile again, three years on. In a pioneering surgery, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Kochi, Kerala, south India has...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT: Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Saturday hailed his country’s “solid transit potential” as he unveiled an international airport worth over $2 billion in the capital Ashgabat.

17-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- To date, 161 observers have been registered at Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to observe the Sept. 26 referendum, said CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov.Panahov made the remarks Aug. 31 at the commission’s meeting.

01-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgy…

One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBishkek :- Several people have been killed and wounded in a powerful explosion that rocked the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, Russian media say.

30-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- Armenia’s armed forces have 13 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry.

26-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

TRANS ASIA NEWSALMATY: Two former leaders of a banned Islamist party were jailed for life in Tajikistan on Thursday on charges of being behind an attempted coup last year, in a case criticised by human rights groups as politically motivated.The Central Asian state, formerly part of the Soviet Union, borders...

02-06-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

TRANS ASIA NEWS Dushanbe :- Tajikistan voted overwhelmingly in favor of constitutional amendments that would allow President Emomali Rahmon to remain in power for life, election officials said Monday. A representative of the former Soviet republic’s election commission told Interfax news agency that almost 95% of those who went to the polls...

23-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has signed a decree pardoning 853 people on the occasion of May 18 - Constitution day.The decree was signed at the working meeting, Turkmen government's message said.

18-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

TRANS ASI9 NEWS BAKU:- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has approved Sooronbai Jeenbekov for the post of the country's prime minister, Sputnik International reported Apr. 13. Jeenbekov, 50, was educated as a zoological engineer and in the beginning of his career worked as a teacher, livestock specialist, and the director of a communal farm.

14-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

TRANS ASIA NEWSAzerbaijan: Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces killed at least 13 people on Monday in a third day of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, as Turkey fuelled tensions following the worst violence in decades in the disputed territory.

05-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan OKs constitutional reform allowing unlimited term…

Tajikistan OKs constitutional reform allowing unlimited terms for President

The Tajik Parliament approved an amendment to the country's constitution which will allow President Imomali Rakhmon to run for an unlimited number of terms. TRANS ASIA NEWSBaku:– The Tajik Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment that would allow current President Emomali Rahmon to retain his post for an unlimited number of...

22-01-2016 Tajikistan

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Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- Turkmenistan celebrates the 24th anniversary of its Independence October 27 and 28, and these days have been declared holidays. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov congratulated compatriots on the significant date.

27-10-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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UN concerned over Tajikistan's banning of political party

UN concerned over Tajikistan's banning of political party

TRANS ASIA NEWSThe UN human rights office has expressed concern over the risk of increasing human rights violations in Tajikistan following Dushanbe’s recent decision to ban the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).

03-10-2015 Tajikistan

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8 police men killed in Tajikistan gunbattle

8 police men killed in Tajikistan gunbattle

DUSHANBE: Two separate shootouts with armed gangs in Tajikistan have left eight police officers and nine gunmen dead.

05-09-2015 Tajikistan

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Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI:- Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri pledged the group’s allegiance to new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in an audio recording released on militant websites on Thursday.

14-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan at…

Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan attack

TRANS ASIA NEWS Azerbaijan :-An Azerbaijan journalist who criticized a popular football player on social media has died in hospital after being attacked by presumed fans. Rasim Aliyev died of internal bleeding in a hospital in Azerbaijani capital Baku on Sunday after being lured to a meeting by somebody claiming to be...

12-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of deceased Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, on Sunday rejected the election of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the orthodox militia and refused to pledge allegiance to him.

04-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

TRANS ASIA NEWS Peshawar: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar and named his long-time deputy Mullah Akhtar as his successor, sparking off fissures within the movement.

01-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confi…

Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confirmed

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: - Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will be the Taliban's new leader following the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The news was confirmed in a statement Friday by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

31-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWS  Kyrgyzstan: - Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree to schedule the parliamentary election for Oct.4, the representative of Kyrgyzstan’s presidency told RIA Novosti.

30-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU: With the inaugural European Games taking place in the country's capital, Baku, increasing pressure is on Azerbaijan to address human rights and social issues including selective abortions. Azerbaijan has one of the highest selective abortion rates in the world, according to government figures, with many Azeri women...

22-06-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU/ AZERBAIJAN: Baku has extended the detention of an award-winning investigative journalist ahead of the start of the European Games next month. A court in Baku ruled that Khadija Ismayilova’s pretrial detention period will be extended for three months.The move is widely viewed as an act of retribution...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: A powerful explosion ripped through the parking lot of Afghanistan's justice ministry on Tuesday, 19 May, as employees were leaving work, killing at least six people and injuring more than 40 others. There were conflicting reports about the nature of the blast. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said,...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT/ TURKMENISTAN: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree granting amnesty to convicted people which provides for the release of over 1,200 citizens from prison. State media quoted President Berdymukhammedov as saying that the amnesty, was in keeping with the country's practice of regularly freeing prisoners who had...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

TRANS ASIA NEWS THIRUVANANTHAPURM: Abdul Rahim, a 30-year-old Afghan military captain from Kandahar who lost both his hands in a de-mining operation has found a reason to smile again, three years on. In a pioneering surgery, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Kochi, Kerala, south India has...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT: Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Saturday hailed his country’s “solid transit potential” as he unveiled an international airport worth over $2 billion in the capital Ashgabat.

17-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- To date, 161 observers have been registered at Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to observe the Sept. 26 referendum, said CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov.Panahov made the remarks Aug. 31 at the commission’s meeting.

01-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgy…

One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBishkek :- Several people have been killed and wounded in a powerful explosion that rocked the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, Russian media say.

30-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- Armenia’s armed forces have 13 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry.

26-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

TRANS ASIA NEWSALMATY: Two former leaders of a banned Islamist party were jailed for life in Tajikistan on Thursday on charges of being behind an attempted coup last year, in a case criticised by human rights groups as politically motivated.The Central Asian state, formerly part of the Soviet Union, borders...

02-06-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

TRANS ASIA NEWS Dushanbe :- Tajikistan voted overwhelmingly in favor of constitutional amendments that would allow President Emomali Rahmon to remain in power for life, election officials said Monday. A representative of the former Soviet republic’s election commission told Interfax news agency that almost 95% of those who went to the polls...

23-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has signed a decree pardoning 853 people on the occasion of May 18 - Constitution day.The decree was signed at the working meeting, Turkmen government's message said.

18-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

TRANS ASI9 NEWS BAKU:- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has approved Sooronbai Jeenbekov for the post of the country's prime minister, Sputnik International reported Apr. 13. Jeenbekov, 50, was educated as a zoological engineer and in the beginning of his career worked as a teacher, livestock specialist, and the director of a communal farm.

14-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

TRANS ASIA NEWSAzerbaijan: Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces killed at least 13 people on Monday in a third day of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, as Turkey fuelled tensions following the worst violence in decades in the disputed territory.

05-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- Turkmenistan celebrates the 24th anniversary of its Independence October 27 and 28, and these days have been declared holidays. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov congratulated compatriots on the significant date.

27-10-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI:- Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri pledged the group’s allegiance to new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in an audio recording released on militant websites on Thursday.

14-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan at…

Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan attack

TRANS ASIA NEWS Azerbaijan :-An Azerbaijan journalist who criticized a popular football player on social media has died in hospital after being attacked by presumed fans. Rasim Aliyev died of internal bleeding in a hospital in Azerbaijani capital Baku on Sunday after being lured to a meeting by somebody claiming to be...

12-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of deceased Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, on Sunday rejected the election of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the orthodox militia and refused to pledge allegiance to him.

04-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

TRANS ASIA NEWS Peshawar: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar and named his long-time deputy Mullah Akhtar as his successor, sparking off fissures within the movement.

01-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confi…

Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confirmed

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: - Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will be the Taliban's new leader following the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The news was confirmed in a statement Friday by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

31-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWS  Kyrgyzstan: - Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree to schedule the parliamentary election for Oct.4, the representative of Kyrgyzstan’s presidency told RIA Novosti.

30-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU: With the inaugural European Games taking place in the country's capital, Baku, increasing pressure is on Azerbaijan to address human rights and social issues including selective abortions. Azerbaijan has one of the highest selective abortion rates in the world, according to government figures, with many Azeri women...

22-06-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU/ AZERBAIJAN: Baku has extended the detention of an award-winning investigative journalist ahead of the start of the European Games next month. A court in Baku ruled that Khadija Ismayilova’s pretrial detention period will be extended for three months.The move is widely viewed as an act of retribution...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: A powerful explosion ripped through the parking lot of Afghanistan's justice ministry on Tuesday, 19 May, as employees were leaving work, killing at least six people and injuring more than 40 others. There were conflicting reports about the nature of the blast. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said,...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT/ TURKMENISTAN: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree granting amnesty to convicted people which provides for the release of over 1,200 citizens from prison. State media quoted President Berdymukhammedov as saying that the amnesty, was in keeping with the country's practice of regularly freeing prisoners who had...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

TRANS ASIA NEWS THIRUVANANTHAPURM: Abdul Rahim, a 30-year-old Afghan military captain from Kandahar who lost both his hands in a de-mining operation has found a reason to smile again, three years on. In a pioneering surgery, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Kochi, Kerala, south India has...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan & Turkey begin military exercise

Azerbaijan & Turkey begin military exercise

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU/ AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence announced that its troops had begun joint military drills with Turkey. The joint drill would continue until May 16 and were being held within the framework of a military cooperation agreement between the two nations, it said. The joint drill will be...

13-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Thousands of saiga antelope found dead in Kazakhstan

Thousands of saiga antelope found dead in Kazakhstan

TRANS ASIA NEWSASTANA/ KAZAKHSTAN: Scientists have been left confounded after nearly 1,000 rare antelope were found dead in Kazakhstan - marking the species' third mass death in just two years. The Kazakh Agriculture Ministry says local forest inspectors found the animals' remains in the Amangeldy district of the Qostanai region...

12-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan debates ban on Islamic names

Tajikistan debates ban on Islamic names

TRANS ASIA NEWSDUSHANBE/ TAJIKISTAN: The Central Asian nation of Tajikistan is debating a possible ban on Arabic and Muslim names as part of a crackdown on Islam, media reports say. Tajikistan may ban Muslim-sounding names amid a growing fear of Islamic radicalisation in the former Soviet republic. President Emomali Rahmon...

08-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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India arrests former air force chief in chopper scam

India arrests former air force chief in chopper scam

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI :- Indian investigators Friday arrested the country's former air force chief S. P. Tyagi over a scandal-hit deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland to supply high-end helicopters to India. India suspended the deal in 2013 following accusations AgustaWestland paid bribes to win the contract for 12 helicopters intended...

10-12-2016 India

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'Demonetisation 'biggest scam' of Narendra Modi government'

'Demonetisation 'biggest scam' of Narendra Modi government'

TRANS ASIA NEWSNew Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the government of not allowing him to speak in Parliament on demonetisation, which he dubbed as the "biggest scam", and said he would reveal in the House what was behind the move to scrap high denomination notes.

09-12-2016 India

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Triple talaq is unconstitutional: Indian Court

Triple talaq is unconstitutional: Indian Court

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW DELHI: The Allahabad high court today called the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by saying the word 'talaq' three successive times "unconstitutional" and called it a violation of the rights of Muslim women.

08-12-2016 India

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Demonetisation effect: 2,500 lose jobs as Indian jute mill shuts

Demonetisation effect: 2,500 lose jobs as Indian jute mill shuts

TRANS ASIA NEWS WEST BENGAL:- A jute mill in India's West Bengal’s Howrah district has temporarily closed down citing its inability to pay workers in the absence of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were scrapped by the Narendra Modi government.

07-12-2016 India

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Mass grief as India political star Jayalalithaa dies

Mass grief as India political star Jayalalithaa dies

TRANS ASIA NEWSChennai :- Jayalalithaa Jayaram, chief minister of India's southern Tamil Nadu state, has died at the age of 68 after a prolonged illness, according to the hospital and her party.Jayalalithaa, one of the country's most popular political leaders, died late on Monday evening at the private Apollo Hospital...

06-12-2016 India

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Indian state Tamil Nadu on high alert after CM suffers cardiac arrest

Indian state Tamil Nadu on high alert after CM suffers cardiac arrest

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW Delhi:- Authorities in southern India put police on high alert Monday, fearing an outbreak of civil unrest after one of the country's most popular leaders Jayalalithaa Jayaram suffered a cardiac arrest.

05-12-2016 India

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India signs $750m deal for purchase of 145 US howitzers

India signs $750m deal for purchase of 145 US howitzers

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI: India has signed a $750 million agreement with the United States to buy 145 howitzer artillery guns from BAE Systems, an official said on Thursday, its first such deal in three decades.

02-12-2016 India

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Play national anthem in all cinemas before film screening:Indian court

Play national anthem in all cinemas before film screening:Indian court

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI:- The national anthem must be played before any movie is screened at a public theatre, the Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday, setting a 10-day deadline for cinema and multiplexes across India to carry out the directive.

30-11-2016 India

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Indian high court allows Hindu girl live-in with Muslim boyfriend

Indian high court allows Hindu girl live-in with Muslim boyfriend

TRANS ASIA NEWS AHMEDABAD – An Indian high court has permitted a 19-year-old Hindu girl to live-in with her Muslim boyfriend, who is just 20 years old and is currently ineligible for marriage.

30-11-2016 India

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Three soldiers, 3 militants killed in J-K’s Nagrota army camp

Three soldiers, 3 militants killed in J-K’s Nagrota army camp

TRANS ASIA NEWSNagrota :- Three soldiers, including a major, and an equal number of militants were killed as a fierce gun battle raged in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota cantonment on Tuesday, the second such attack on an army facility in as many months.

29-11-2016 India

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Mamata vows to remove 'dictator' Modi from politics

Mamata vows to remove 'dictator' Modi from politics

TRANS ASIA NEWS Kolkata:- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday vowed to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi from politics, saying there was no place for dictators like him in a democracy.

28-11-2016 India

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Sikh militant commander recaptured after India jailbreak

Sikh militant commander recaptured after India jailbreak

TRANS ASIA NEWS Punjab:- A top Sikh militant commander was recaptured by police in the Indian capital Delhi on Monday, a day after he was freed in a dramatic jailbreak by a gang wearing police uniforms.

28-11-2016 India

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Modi defends cash ban after criticism

Modi defends cash ban after criticism

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back Friday at the mounting criticism of his decision to withdraw all high denomination bank notes from circulation, describing the move as “for the larger social good”.

25-11-2016 India

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Indian police kill six Maoists in shootout

Indian police kill six Maoists in shootout

TRANS ASIA NEWS Six heavily armed Maoist rebels were killed Wednesday in a jungle gun battle with police in eastern India, an officer said. Police said they opened fire after being attacked during a search on Wednesday morning in the Maoist stronghold of Latehar district in Jharkhand state.

23-11-2016 India

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India to buy howitzers worth $737m from US

India to buy howitzers worth $737m from US

TRANS ASIA NEWS New Delhi:- : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally cleared the long-pending purchase of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers from the United States, the US media reported on Monday. The $737 million arms deal is part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement between the United States and India,...

23-11-2016 India

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Demonetisation:Ailing 4-year-old dies as father waits in queue to get money for treatment

Demonetisation:Ailing 4-year-old dies as father waits in queue to get money for treatment

TRANS AISA NEWS BANDA -- An ailing four-year-old girl died on a bank's premises while her father was waiting in a queue to withdraw money for her treatment in Tindwari police station area here. Dharmendra Verma, a labourer, had been making rounds of UP Allahabad Gramin Bank, Tindwari, for the few days...

22-11-2016 India

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UP train tragedy: More bodies found under debris, toll mounts to 147

UP train tragedy: More bodies found under debris, toll mounts to 147

TRANS ASIA NEWSPatna:- Fourteen more bodies were found under debris at the site of the Indore-Patna Express train derailment in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh and two injured passengers died in hospital, taking the death toll to 147 on Monday afternoon.

21-11-2016 India

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India's Maharashtra state to take over Zakir Naik's school

India's Maharashtra state to take over Zakir Naik's school

TRANS ASIA NEWSMUMBAI:- A day after the Indian government banned Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) for five years, the Maharashtra state government has announced plans to take over its International Islamic School school in Mumbai.

18-11-2016 India

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Day 8: Demonetisation Death Toll Rises To 47

Day 8: Demonetisation Death Toll Rises To 47

TRANS AISA NEWS NEW DELHI:- Eight days into demonetisation, the death toll has reached 47. These are confirmed deaths reported in the national media.

17-11-2016 India

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Nearly 40 deaths in seven days attributed to demonetisation

Nearly 40 deaths in seven days attributed to demonetisation

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI:- Nearly 40 deaths -- including suicides, cardiac arrests in long queues, hospital casualties and a murder in a fit of rage -- in the past few days have been attributed to demonetisation. The move has caused a huge cash crunch in the country and turned life...

16-11-2016 India

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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj suffers kidney failure

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj suffers kidney failure

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI:- India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that she is being treated for kidney failure and undergoing tests for a possible transplant.

16-11-2016 India

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India bans Zakir Naik’s NGO for five years

India bans Zakir Naik’s NGO for five years

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the NGO of preacher Zakir Naik, as an ‘unlawful organisation’ for five years with immediate effect. The ban has been enforced under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and approved at a meeting of the Union cabinet.

16-11-2016 India

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India:Banks to use indelible ink on those exchanging cash

India:Banks to use indelible ink on those exchanging cash

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW DELHI: The Centre has announced that those who exchange cash at bank branches would receive an indelible ink mark on their finger, to prevent repeated conversions. The government also cautioned the public against believing social media messages on the demonetisation drive+ , saying many wrong messages are...

15-11-2016 India

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Israeli president arrives in India, says supports India's fight against terror

Israeli president arrives in India, says supports India's fight against terror

TRANS ASIA NEWS NEW DELHI: Friendship between India and Israel is at work “day in, day out” and is not a relationship “we should be hiding”, said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as he pledged full support to India in fighting terrorism. Rivlin arrived on Monday on an eight-day visit to India, the...

14-11-2016 India

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Bangladesh court orders Zia’s arrest over ‘fake birthday’

Bangladesh court orders Zia’s arrest over ‘fake birthday’

TRANS ASIA NEWS DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the country’s opposition leader after she failed to appear for a hearing over the date of her birthday.

18-11-2016 Bangladesh

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BD police launch crackdown after attacks on Hindus

BD police launch crackdown after attacks on Hindus

TRANS ASIA NSDHAKA: Police in Bangladesh have arrested dozens of people following fresh violence against Hindus, a senior officer said on Sunday, after a spate of attacks prompted concerns the authorities were not doing enough to protect the country’s biggest minority.

07-11-2016 Bangladesh

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15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh vandalised following 'anti-Is…

15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh vandalised following 'anti-Islam' post

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: At least 15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalised over allegations of disrespect shown to Islam on Facebook, triggering panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation.

31-10-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh JI elects new leader after executions

Bangladesh JI elects new leader after executions

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: A Bangladeshi Islamist party allied to the opposition has elected a new chief untainted by war crime allegations, seeking to turn the page after the execution of several of its top leaders.

19-10-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh, China firms ink multi-billion deals as Xi ends t…

Bangladesh, China firms ink multi-billion deals as Xi ends tour

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA :- Bangladeshi and Chinese firms have signed $13.6 billion in trade and investment deals on the sidelines of President Xi Jinping's brief tour to the South Asian nation, a trade group official said Saturday.

15-10-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh kills 11 members of militant group blamed for caf…

Bangladesh kills 11 members of militant group blamed for cafe attack

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: Bangladeshi security forces killed 11 members of a militant group on Saturday blamed for an attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July in which 22 people were killed, mostly foreigners.

08-10-2016 Bangladesh

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At least 13 dead after Bangladesh ferry capsizes

At least 13 dead after Bangladesh ferry capsizes

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: At least 13 people died when an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank in southern Bangladesh Wednesday and around a dozen more remain missing in the country’s latest river accident.

21-09-2016 Bangladesh

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15 killed, 70 injured in Bangladesh factory fire

15 killed, 70 injured in Bangladesh factory fire

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: At least 15 people were killed and 70 others sustained burn injuries today in a massive fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a packaging factory in Bangladesh's industrial area, just north of the capital Dhaka. The fire broke out due to boiler explosion at the four-storey...

10-09-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh JI leader loses final appeal against hanging

Bangladesh JI leader loses final appeal against hanging

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA:- Bangladesh's top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by the leader of an Islamist party against a death sentence for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, lawyers said, meaning he could be hanged at any time.

30-08-2016 Bangladesh

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Kerry in Bangladesh for talks on security, human rights

Kerry in Bangladesh for talks on security, human rights

TRANS ASIA NEWSDhaka:- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss security cooperation after a series of killings by Islamist militants, as well as economic development and human rights.Kerry will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit, his first...

29-08-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh police shoot dead suspected cafe attack mastermin…

Bangladesh police shoot dead suspected cafe attack mastermind

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout just outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three extremists, including the suspected mastermind of an attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month.

27-08-2016 Bangladesh

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200 people fall sick after ammonia leak in Bangladesh

200 people fall sick after ammonia leak in Bangladesh

TRANS ASIA NEWSCHITTAGONG:- An explosion at a chemical fertiliser factory left at least 200 people needing medical treatment after toxic gas spread across large parts of Bangladesh’s second city Chittagong, officials said Tuesday.Police and fire officials said hundreds of residents were also evacuated from their homes near the di-ammonia phosphate...

23-08-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh police arrest five planning suicide attacks in Dh…

Bangladesh police arrest five planning suicide attacks in Dhaka

TRANS ASIA NEWS DHAKA: Bangladesh police said on Friday they had arrested five members of a domestic militant group planning suicide attacks in the capital, Dhaka, as authorities hunted for the mastermind of a deadly assault last month. Police swooped on the cell on Thursday on the outskirts of Dhaka and said...

12-08-2016 Bangladesh

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Huge earthquake risk in Bangladesh runs on the same fault li…

Huge earthquake risk in Bangladesh runs on the same fault line that runs through J&K

Dr.Afroz Ahmad Shah A recent study published in Nature Geosciences shows that a major fault runs below Bangladesh, and could host a mega earthquake as high as 8 or above in magnitude.The publishers of the study have made it clear that the timing of such an earthquake remains unknown but the...

11-08-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh arrests 6 suspected militants of banned terror gr…

Bangladesh arrests 6 suspected militants of banned terror group

TRANS ASIA NEWSDhaka: Authorities in Bangladesh's capital have arrested six suspected members of a banned Islamist group blamed for recent deadly attacks, including one last month that killed 20 people.Rapid Action Battalion spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan said on Wednesday that the arrests were made in separate overnight raids in Dhaka....

10-08-2016 Bangladesh

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Mastermind of Dhaka cafe attack identified: Bangladesh Polic…

Mastermind of Dhaka cafe attack identified: Bangladesh Police

TRANS ASIA NEWSDhaka:- Bangladeshi police have identified Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, suspected of being the head of the local chapter of Islamic State, as the alleged mastermind of an attack on a café that killed 22 people, according to a media report on Friday.

30-07-2016 Bangladesh

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Nine militants killed in police raid in Bangladesh

Nine militants killed in police raid in Bangladesh

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: Bangladesh police on Tuesday killed nine militants who were believed to have been plotting an attack similar to the one on a cafe on July 1 in which 22 people were killed, the national police chief said.Police said the militants were holed up in a building in...

26-07-2016 Bangladesh

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Dhaka terror attack: Professor, 2 others arrested

Dhaka terror attack: Professor, 2 others arrested

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: Acting deputy vice chancellor of a private university has been arrested here along with two others for sheltering militants who carried out Bangladesh's worst terror attack at a cafe in which 22 people were killed by suspected Islamic State militants. "North South University's (NSU) acting pro-VC Gias Uddin...

17-07-2016 Bangladesh

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Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies in custody after 'torture'

Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies in custody after 'torture'

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: A Bangladeshi teenager who police say was a suspect in last week's deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe has died in custody, with his family insisting he was a hostage and alleging torture by security forces. Zakir Hossain Shawon, 18, a kitchen assistant at the Holey Artisan Bakery,...

09-07-2016 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh hunts for six accomplices of cafe attackers

Bangladesh hunts for six accomplices of cafe attackers

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA:- Bangladeshi police hunted on Tuesday for six members of a domestic Islamist group they suspect helped gunmen attack a Dhaka cafe, as officials began questioning families of the militants for clues as to what turned them into killers. Gunmen stormed the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone late on...

05-07-2016 Bangladesh

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Hindu lecturer wounded in latest Bangladesh attack

 Hindu lecturer wounded in latest Bangladesh attack

TRANS ASIA NEWS Dhaka:- A Hindu college lecturer was seriously wounded after being hacked by three men in Bangladesh on Wednesday, police said, in an attack that resembles a recent spate of brutal assaults on religious minorities.Ripon Chakrabarti, 50, a mathematics lecturer, cried out as he was attacked at the door...

16-06-2016 Bangladesh

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Hindu monastery worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

Hindu monastery worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: Unidentified attackers hacked a 62-year-old Hindu monastery worker to death in Bangladesh on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of such attacks on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country.Police said Nityaranjan Pande was taking his regular early morning walk when the attackers set upon...

10-06-2016 Bangladesh

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Hindu priest killed in western Bangladesh: police

Hindu priest killed in western Bangladesh: police

TRANS ASIA NEWS DHAKA: A 70-year-old Hindu priest was found murdered in western Bangladesh Monday, with his head nearly severed from his body, in the latest in a series of attacks on minorities by suspected militants. Farmers discovered the body of Ananda Gopal Ganguly near his home in the village of Noldanga...

07-06-2016 Bangladesh

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Sufis live in fear after Bangladeshi machete slaughter

Sufis live in fear after Bangladeshi machete slaughter

TRANS ASIA NEWSDHAKA: Each time he hears of the latest deadly machete attack, Ashraful Islam can’t help but think of his father’s gruesome murder and fear his fellow Sufi Muslims will never be safe again in Bangladesh.“The killings are not declining, they’re getting worse. And every one reminds me what...

02-06-2016 Bangladesh

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