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    'I met my Islamic State captor on a German street'

    'I met my Islamic State captor on a German street'


    Ashwaq Haji, a young Yazidi woman, says she ran into her Islamic State group captor in a German supermarket in February. Traumatised by the encounter, she returned to Iraq the following month. In their ancestral region of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq,...

    Ashwaq Haji, a young Yazidi woman, says she ran into her Islamic State group captor in a German supermarket in February. Traumatised by the encounter, she returned to Iraq the following month. In their ancestral region of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, thousands of Yazidi women were killed or sold off as sex slaves.
    Batting for ballots: Sports stars turned politicians

    Batting for ballots: Sports stars turned politicians


    Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader, placing him in charge of a nuclear armed state. But he is not the only one to have swapped...

    Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader, placing him in charge of a nuclear armed state. But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. There are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch.
    Ex CIA directors issue unprecedented Donald Trump condemnation

    Ex CIA directors issue unprecedented Donald Trump condemnation


    In a statement, ex-CIA bosses appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents -- including Robert Gates, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus -- denounced Trump's decision to strip Brennan of his security...

    In a statement, ex-CIA bosses appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents -- including Robert Gates, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus -- denounced Trump's decision to strip Brennan of his security clearance.
    Five people still missing after Genoa bridge collapse

    Five people still missing after Genoa bridge collapse


    Five people are still unaccounted for following the collapse of a motorway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa this week, the civil protection agency said on Friday, as rescuers continued to search for survivors under the rubble. At least 38 people...

    Five people are still unaccounted for following the collapse of a motorway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa this week, the civil protection agency said on Friday, as rescuers continued to search for survivors under the rubble. At least 38 people died when the bridge crumbled on Tuesday and five are seriously injured in hospital.
    Not nurtured by military: Imran in 1st address to Pak assembly

    Not nurtured by military: Imran in 1st address to Pak assembly


    Sharing that he struggled for over two decades in politics, Pakistan's PM-elect said that no military dictator had nurtured him. "My father was never in politics, I had no political experience, I struggled for 22 years and I am proud that we can lead...

    Sharing that he struggled for over two decades in politics, Pakistan's PM-elect said that no military dictator had nurtured him. "My father was never in politics, I had no political experience, I struggled for 22 years and I am proud that we can lead this country to become what our hero Quaid-e-Azam (Ali Mohammad Jinnah) envisioned. His struggle was the strongest," he said.
    UN council to commemorate Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya

    UN council to commemorate Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya


    British Ambassador Karen Pierce, the council president for August, said at a news conference Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the Rohingya crisis "ethnic cleansing," is expected to brief the council at the...

    British Ambassador Karen Pierce, the council president for August, said at a news conference Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the Rohingya crisis "ethnic cleansing," is expected to brief the council at the session.
    Pak lawmakers gather to elect Imran Khan as PM

    Pak lawmakers gather to elect Imran Khan as PM


    The populist Tehrik-e-Insaf party got most seats in the July 25 vote but fell short of a majority in the 342-seat house. It has since acquired backing of a total of 180 lawmakers. He needs 172 votes to be appointed to the post. Khan's only challenger...

    The populist Tehrik-e-Insaf party got most seats in the July 25 vote but fell short of a majority in the 342-seat house. It has since acquired backing of a total of 180 lawmakers. He needs 172 votes to be appointed to the post. Khan's only challenger could be Shahbaz Sharif, but his Pakistan Muslim League party won only 92 seats in last month's elections.
    London mayor consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit

    London mayor consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit


    Sadiq Khan said he would consult the London Resilience Forum, which plans responses to disasters such as the Grenfell Tower Fire, about the implications for Britain of crashing out of the European Union without a deal, saying that such a "catastrophic"...

    Sadiq Khan said he would consult the London Resilience Forum, which plans responses to disasters such as the Grenfell Tower Fire, about the implications for Britain of crashing out of the European Union without a deal, saying that such a "catastrophic" outcome looked more likely than ever.
    Turkey will respond if US imposes more sanctions: Minister

    Turkey will respond if US imposes more sanctions: Minister


    Washington had warned yesterday that it would impose more sanctions unless pastor Andrew Brunson, described by US President Donald Trump as a "hostage", was released. Brunson's detention since October 2016 on terror-related charges has soured relations...

    Washington had warned yesterday that it would impose more sanctions unless pastor Andrew Brunson, described by US President Donald Trump as a "hostage", was released. Brunson's detention since October 2016 on terror-related charges has soured relations between the two NATO allies, sending the Turkish lira into a tailspin.
    New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

    New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems


    The problems they have found are the same ones that existed a decade ago when the NATO-led coalition began to reshape Afghan forces into an army on US lines - poor logistics and organization as well as a reliance on static checkpoints that are vulnerable...

    The problems they have found are the same ones that existed a decade ago when the NATO-led coalition began to reshape Afghan forces into an army on US lines - poor logistics and organization as well as a reliance on static checkpoints that are vulnerable to attack. SFAB advisers also assisted the 203rd Corps on the front lines in Ghazni.
    Pak govt, leaders pay tribute to Vajpayee

    Pak govt, leaders pay tribute to Vajpayee


    Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is expected to take oath as prime minister tomorrow, said in a statement that Vajpayee was a prominent political personality of the sub-continent and his death has created a big...

    Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is expected to take oath as prime minister tomorrow, said in a statement that Vajpayee was a prominent political personality of the sub-continent and his death has created a big void.
    Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

    Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019


    The announcement came several hours after reports that the parade would cost about $92 million, according to US officials citing preliminary estimates more than three times the price first suggested by the White...

    The announcement came several hours after reports that the parade would cost about $92 million, according to US officials citing preliminary estimates more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.
    US blacklists Russian, Chinese companies for breaking North Korea embargo

    US blacklists Russian, Chinese companies for breaking North Korea embargo


    The Treasury accused China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co and its Singapore-based affiliate, SINSMS Pte., of falsifying documents to facilitate shipments of alcohol and cigarettes to North Korea. Those shipments helped fuel...

    The Treasury accused China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co and its Singapore-based affiliate, SINSMS Pte., of falsifying documents to facilitate shipments of alcohol and cigarettes to North Korea. Those shipments helped fuel what the Treasury alleged was a huge "illicit" cigarette trade earning the Pyongyang regime $1 billion a year.
    With new US law, trafficked children no longer need to testify in court

    With new US law, trafficked children no longer need to testify in court


    Under a United Nations measure known as the Palermo Protocol, children do not have to prove they were trafficked, said Romina Canessa, a trafficking expert at the rights group Equality Now. Elsewhere in the US, Alabama last month lifted its requirement...

    Under a United Nations measure known as the Palermo Protocol, children do not have to prove they were trafficked, said Romina Canessa, a trafficking expert at the rights group Equality Now. Elsewhere in the US, Alabama last month lifted its requirement for coercion or deception to be proven in cases of child sex trafficking.
    Trump revokes ex-CIA chief's security clearance

    Trump revokes ex-CIA chief's security clearance


    Trump claimed that John Brennan — a former station chief in Riyadh who rose to lead the formidable spy agency — had become "erratic." Brennan quickly hit back, accusing the president of trying to curb free speech in a "politically motivated"...

    Trump claimed that John Brennan — a former station chief in Riyadh who rose to lead the formidable spy agency — had become "erratic." Brennan quickly hit back, accusing the president of trying to curb free speech in a "politically motivated" action.
    Death toll from Afghan blast reaches 25 - Health ministry

    Death toll from Afghan blast reaches 25 - Health ministry


    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came after several weeks of relative calm in Kabul but previous attacks on Shi'ite targets in the area have been claimed by Islamic...

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came after several weeks of relative calm in Kabul but previous attacks on Shi'ite targets in the area have been claimed by Islamic State.
    Pak Parliament elects Imran's ally as Speaker

    Pak Parliament elects Imran's ally as Speaker


    Pakistan's newly-elected Parliament on Wednesday voted an ally of Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan as the Speaker of its lower house, kicking off the process of transition and handing over powers to the new...

    Pakistan's newly-elected Parliament on Wednesday voted an ally of Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan as the Speaker of its lower house, kicking off the process of transition and handing over powers to the new government.