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ISIS captures about 3,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq: UN report

Updated: Aug 06, 2016 16:32 IST      
ISIS captures about 3,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq: UN report

New York, Aug. 6 (ANI): The United Nations has said the ISIS militants have captured up to 3,000 people displaced from their homes trying to flee conflict zones in northern Iraq, reportedly killing 12 of them.

The UN refugee agency said yesterday that it had received reports that ISIS rounded up the thousands of internally displaced people on Thursday from villages as they tried to escape to the city of Kirkuk, reports CNN.

"Reportedly, 12 of the IDPs (internally displaced people) have been killed in captivity," the agency said in its daily Iraq update.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights also said on Thursday that an estimated 100 to 120 ISIS militants had captured around 1,900 civilians, whom they were using as human shields in fighting the Iraqi forces.

The move is the latest by ISIS militants to retain their grasp on swaths of the country as Iraqi forces, backed by US-led airstrikes, try to recapture Mosul, ISIS' most significant stronghold outside Syria.

The operation to liberate Mosul has been underway for months and involves coordination between Iraq's military, Kurdish forces and the US-led airstrikes.

According to UN data there are more than four million internally displaced persons in Iraq.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had earlier said that the ISIS had committed "heinous crimes" that may constitute war crimes and genocide. (ANI)

Iran accuses US of 'brazen' plan to change its government

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 11:03 IST     

New York [United States], June 28 (ANI): Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Kohshroo has accusing the United States and its Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of perpetrating "a brazen interventionist plan" to change the regime in Tehran in complete violation of international laws and the United Nations Charter.

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Grenade hurled at Venezuela's Supreme Court from helicopter

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 07:35 IST     

London [U.K.], June 28 (ANI): Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has confirmed a grenade attack on the Supreme Court building launched from a helicopter on Tuesday evening.

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German Chancellor welcomes U.S. offer to resume TTIP talks

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 07:19 IST     

Berlin [Germany], June 28 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the proposal of the U.S. and European Union (EU) to resume talks on a free trade agreement after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday said that Washington remains open to a free trade pact with the EU.

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Edinburgh [Scotland], June 28 (ANI): First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has deserted her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party lost several seats to pro-union parties in the general election.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that the Qatar blockade would stay unless the officials meet non-negotiable demands from Gulf nations to end backing of terrorism.

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'Petya' ransomware disrupts companies across Europe, U.S.

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 06:28 IST     

London [U.K.], June 28 (ANI): The "Petya" ransomware has caused disruption at firms across the U.S. and Europe including advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): The United States' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the Mexican border this summer in the San Diego area.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): A reporter confronted White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday press briefing, accusing her of "inflaming" tensions with the media and undercutting the credibility of reporters.

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Warning to Syria also for Russia, Iran: Nikki Haley

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 03:12 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): A White House warning to Syria against another chemical attack is also directed at Russia and Iran, Damascus' principal international backers, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

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New York [U.S.A.], June 28 (ANI): Ukraine's national bank, airport and state power company are among the targets of a huge cyber attack carried out by hackers across Europe on Tuesday.

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The Hague [The Netherlands], June 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited the Non Resident Indians (NRIs) living in The Netherlands to contribute to the development of India.

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Jittery Pakistan accuses U.S. of speaking India's tone

Updated: Jun 27, 2017 22:57 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], June. 27 (ANI): With the Donald Trump Administration blacklisting Hizbul Chief Syed Salahuddin, as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' for his atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has accused the United States of singing to India's tune.

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London [U.K.], June 27 (ANI): British Sikh couple Sandeep and Reena Mander have filed a legal case claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their "cultural heritage".

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The Hague [The Netherlands], June 27 (ANI): In an indirect reference to Pakistan, India and the Netherlands have said that the fight against the terrorism should also target the 'masterminds' and not only the 'foot soldiers'.

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PM Modi discusses Centre's reform initiatives with Dutch CEOs

Updated: Jun 27, 2017 21:02 IST     

The Hague [The Netherlands], June 27 (ANI): After meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met with the Dutch CEOs and spoke about reform initiatives of Government of India over the last 3 years.

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Kathmandu [Nepal], June 27 (ANI): The Election Commission of Nepal has completed its preparations for second phase local election scheduled to be held on June 28.

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Pak banks sent funds to UAE to finance 9/11, 26/11 attacks

Updated: Jun 27, 2017 19:16 IST     

London [United Kingdom], June 27 (ANI): Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE's) recent decision to suspend ties with Qatar over its perceived support for terrorist elements and for not cutting off ties with Iran appears to have taken a fresh twist.

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India, Netherlands ink MoU on water cooperation

Updated: Jun 27, 2017 18:52 IST     

The Hague [The Netherlands], June 27 (ANI): India and The Netherlands on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on water cooperation and an agreement on Amending Social Security Arrangement.

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The Hague [The Netherlands], June 27 (ANI): Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has lauded India for its commitment to renewable energy and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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The Hague [The Netherlands], June 27 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday thanked The Netherlands for helping India get membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.

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