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US, Turkey return from brink, aim to normalise ties

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | Ankara | in Sunday Pioneer

The United States and Turkey pulled back from the brink of a potentially disastrous crisis today, agreeing to normalize badly strained relations over Syria and other issues that had threatened the NATO allies longstanding ties. However, details of the rapprochement were vague as the two sides agreed in principle only to...

Turkey claims control inside Syria's Afrin

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | Istanbul | in Sunday Pioneer

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...

Maldives police break up Opp protests; many injured

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | Male | in Sunday Pioneer

Dozens of pro-opposition supporters were injured and many were arrested after police in the Maldives broke up countrywide protests demanding the resignation of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the release of his political opponents from prison. Thousands of people took part in the protests in the archipelago nation on Friday despite...

NASA's Kepler discovers nearly 100 new exoplanets

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | London | in Sunday Pioneer

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets — planets located outside our solar system. The discovery was based on data from the second mission of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope or K2 released in 2014. K2 searches for exoplanet transits by registering dips in light caused...

Moon won't discuss possible summit with N Korea's Kim

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | PYEONGCHANG | in Sunday Pioneer

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will lead to better ties between Washington and Pyongyang and help to set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs. But Moon wouldn't answer a question from The Associated...

Globe Trotting

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Agencies | in Sunday Pioneer

Pak minor's killer gets 4 death sentences Lahore: A Pakistan court on Saturday gave a 24-year-old man four death sentences for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin last month. Oxfam chief: Attacks out of proportion London: Oxfam's Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against the...

6 lions, 74 vultures poisoned to death in Tanzania

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | Dodoma | in Sunday Pioneer

Six lions and 74 vultures were found dead near a national park in southern Tanzania this week after they were poisoned to death, authorities. Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Tourism Gaudence Milanzi said on Friday the way the animals were killed suggested they had been poisoned by local herdsmen amid...

Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about Afghan war progress

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

A Pentagon watchdog agency raised fresh doubts on Saturday about progress in the 16-year-old US war in Afghanistan and suggested that restrictions on the public release of information make it difficult to gauge the effectiveness of US strategy. The Pentagon's office of the inspector general, in a report done jointly with...

CCTVs now must at liquor shops

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

With a view to tightening up the law and order around the liquor shops in the city, the Delhi Government has now made it mandatory for all liquor vends operating in the Capital to install closed-circuit cameras (CCTVs) outside the shops that will keep a check on the movements...

Free treatment for road accident, acid attack victims

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

In a major relief to victims of road accidents, acid attacks and fire accidents, the Delhi Government has issued guidelines for free and mandatory treatment for the victims in all city hospitals, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday. The cost of the scheme, which was passed by the Cabinet in...


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Police recover illegal coal, seize five motorbikes

19 Feb 2018 | SURESH NIKHAR | Bokaro

A police team of Bokaro Thermal police station headed by inspector cum officer-in charge Parmeshwar Leyangi on Sunday morning conducted raids at Ganjutola in Armo forest area here and seized approx 2.5 tonnes of illegal coal along with their 4 motorcycles and 5 cycles,said Bokaro SP Kartik S...

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