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Scientists uncover hidden details in Picasso's painting

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) An international team of scientists has used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso's masterpiece La Misereuse accroupie or The Crouching Woman. Researchers released their findings on Saturday's press conference at the ongoing four-day annual meeting of the American Association for the Advan...

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Turkey claims control inside Syria's Afrin

Istanbul, Feb 17 (IANS) Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced that his country's armed forces had taken control of more than 300 sq.km of Syrian territory inside the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, located in northwestern Syria. Speaking at a public rally, Erdogan touted the progress being made in Turkey's military incursion into Afrin, dubbed 'Operation Olive ...

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UN envoy calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

United Nations, Feb 15 (IANS) The UN special envoy for Syria on Wednesday stressed the need for the immediate de-escalation of violence in Syria. This is as violent and worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I have seen in my time as special envoy, Xinhua quoted Staffan de Mistura as saying. I strongly reiterate the appeal of the (UN) secretary-general to all concerned in Sy...

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Ties with US at risk of breaking down: Turkey

Istanbul, Feb 12 (IANS) Relations between Turkey and the US, strained by American support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, are close to breaking down, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. Declaring bilateral ties at a critical point, Cavusoglu said: We will either fix the ties or they will break down completely. Speaking to the press in Istanbul following a ...

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Rahul asks 'pro-rich Modi' to waive farmer loans

Koppal (Karnataka), Feb 11 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive loans of farmers than working only for the rich, businessmen and industrialists. Though the Modi government works for the rich, businessmen and industrialists, I urge the Prime Minister to waive loans of farmers who are the backbone of the country, Gandhi said at a publ...

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Turkey, US discuss ties in Istanbul

Istanbul, Feb 11 (IANS) The Turkish President's Security and Foreign Policy Adviser Ibrahim Kalin met US National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster here and discussed issues that are hurting bilateral ties, the Turkish media reported on Sunday. Joint efforts against terrorism, long-term strategic partnership between Turkey and the US, and the latest developments in the region wer...

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Turkish military copter crashes in Syria, 2 killed

Ankara, Feb 11 (IANS) A Turkish military combat helicopter crashed on Saturday in northwestern Syria's Afrin during the ongoing operation, and two soldiers were killed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. It is not clear at this point whether the incident occurred due to an external intervention or not. An investigation has been launched, he told journalists in southwestern Mugl...

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Congress chief connects with people in north Karnataka

Hospet (Karnataka), Feb 10 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday connected with the people in Bellary district of Karnataka after receiving a rousing reception on his four-day visit to the poll-bound state. On his maiden visit to the southern state after taking over as the party chief in December, Rahul Gandhi kicked off the party poll campaign on Saturday from Hospet in Bel...

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Pakistan Taliban commander killed in US drone strike

Islamabad, Feb 9 (IANS) A key Pakistan Taliban commander has been killed in a US drone strike close to the Afghan border in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency, a media report said on Friday. The deputy chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Khan Saeed Mehsud alias Khalid Sajna, was killed in the Thursday night drone strike along with three others, the Express Tribune reported.

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Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

Moscow, Feb 9 (IANS) Russian and Turkish leaders agreed to further coordinate their troops and special services in Syria to combat terrorist groups who are violating the Syrian ceasefire, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks during a telephone conversation, according to a Kremlin statement, Xinhua...

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Pakistani court sentences 1 to death for lynching student

Islamabad, Feb 7 (IANS) A Pakistan court on Wednesday sentenced one person to death and another 30 to between 4-25 years of imprisonment for lynching a student over accusations of blasphemy. Imran Ali, who had pleaded guilty to shooting Mashal Khan in April after he was lynched by a group of students, was handed the death penalty and was also ordered to pay a fine of 150,000 Pakistani ru...

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Pakistani IS 'supporter' deported from Italy

Rome, Feb 6 (IANS/AKI) Italian authorities on Tuesday expelled a 23 year-old Pakistani supporter of the Islamic State group accused of spreading jihadist propaganda over the Internet. The Pakistani was deported aboard a flight to Islamabad from Turin airport in northwest Italy, the Interior Ministry said. Anti-terror investigators probed the suspect, after intelligence services r...

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6% hike in Budgetary proposals for South Western Railway

Hubballi (Karnataka), Feb 6 (IANS) The Union Budget 2018-19 has allocated Rs 3,353 crore to the South Western Railway (SWR) zone, a 6 per cent increase from Rs 3,174 crore in fiscal 2017-18, said an official on Tuesday. The Budget has allocated Rs 3,353 crore to our zone (SWR) for the ensuing fiscal as against Rs 3,174 crore for FY 2017-18, SWR General Manager A.K. Gupta told reporters h...

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Turkish border guards fire at Syrian refugees: Rights group

Ankara, Feb 4 (IANS) Turkish border guards are firing at the Syrians who attempt to flee the violence and seek refuge in Turkey, an official of the Human Rights Watch said. Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria are being forced back with bullets and abuse, CNN quoted Lama Fakih, Deputy Director Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa d...

13 days ago
Turkish border guards fire at Syrian refugees: Rights group

Ankara, Feb 4 (IANS) Turkish border guards are firing at the Syrians who attempt to flee the violence and seek refuge in Turkey, an official of the Human Rights Watch said. Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria are being forced back with bullets and abuse, CNN quoted Lama Fakih, Deputy Director Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa d...

13 days ago
Turkish border guards fire at Syrian refugees: Rights group

Ankara, Feb 4 (IANS) Turkish border guards are firing at the Syrians who attempt to flee the violence and seek refuge in Turkey, an official of the Human Rights Watch said. Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria are being forced back with bullets and abuse, CNN quoted Lama Fakih, Deputy Director Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa d...

13 days ago
Turkish border guards fire at Syrian refugees: Rights group

Ankara, Feb 4 (IANS) Turkish border guards are firing at the Syrians who attempt to flee the violence and seek refuge in Turkey, an official of the Human Rights Watch said. Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria are being forced back with bullets and abuse, CNN quoted Lama Fakih, Deputy Director Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa d...

13 days ago
Turkish border guards fire at Syrian refugees: Rights group

Ankara, Feb 4 (IANS) Turkish border guards are firing at the Syrians who attempt to flee the violence and seek refuge in Turkey, an official of the Human Rights Watch said. Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria are being forced back with bullets and abuse, CNN quoted Lama Fakih, Deputy Director Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa d...

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Syria rejects US claims on chemical weapon use

Damascus, Feb 4 (IANS) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has rejected the US claims about the Syrian government using chemical weapons in the war as lies. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the US remarks about the use of chemical weapons in the Eastern Ghouta region of the east of the capital Damascus are false claims, Xinhua news agency reported. Such allegations were ...

13 days ago
Syria rejects US claims on chemical weapon use

Damascus, Feb 4 (IANS) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has rejected the US claims about the Syrian government using chemical weapons in the war as lies. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the US remarks about the use of chemical weapons in the Eastern Ghouta region of the east of the capital Damascus are false claims, Xinhua news agency reported. Such allegations were ...

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