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PAK-Afga
Jun29

Fence, checkpoints planned between Pakistan and Afghanistan

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Pakistan plans to fence its long, porous border with Afghanistan after construction of checkpoints at all established crossings is completed, a top government adviser said Tuesday. Tariq Fatemi, a close aide to the prime minister on foreign policy, said in Islamabad that “border management mechanisms” were being implemented not to close the frontier but to facilitate “an orderly and documented” cross-border movement, and to ensure safety and security of the two countries. “For this purpose, we are establishing proper, well-organized and professionally manned check posts,” Fatemi said. “We also intend...

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Paramedics help casualties outside Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016.     REUTERS/Ismail Coskun/IHLAS News Agency.
Jun29

Turkey: 31 dead after suicide attacks at Ataturk Airport

By: Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up in the main international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing 31 people and wounding close to 150, officials said. Police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall at Ataturk airport, Europe’s third-busiest, but they detonated their explosives, one of the officials said. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 31 people were killed and 147 wounded, according to Turkish broadcasters. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said authorities believed there were three...

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gaza-occup
Jun28

Gaza: Hundreds detained during Ramadan

By: Zena Tahhan Source: Al Jazeera About 330 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been detained by Israel since the start of Ramadan, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies has said. During the 20 days since June 6, when the Muslim holy month of fasting began, Israel has stepped up its raids on Palestinian towns, the centre’s director, Osama Shaheen, told Al Jazeera. “We noticed that the campaign of arrests against leaders and activists in Hebron has increased, especially due to the recent attack in Tel Aviv,” Shaheen said, referring to the June 9 shooting of four Israelis by Palestinians. According to the centre’s records,...

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