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Lebanon army attacks gunmen in historic Tripoli market TRIPOLI: Lebanese troops attacked gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli Saturday, after deadly clashes rocked the longtime tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported.A gunman was killed, and nine soldiers and eight civilian bystanders wounded, in the fighting that erupted in the city's souks late on Friday, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.It was the first time since the civil war in neighbouring Syria erupted in 2011 that violence in Tripoli had spread to the market, which is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.The AFP correspondent heard shelling and heavy gunfire as the army launched its assault on the gunmen's positions.Troops attempted to evacuate families trapped inside the market, where many of the shops have been burned down in the fighting.Among the wounded civilians was a Lebanese newspaper journalist. Tripoli has seen repeated clashes between militants sympathetic to the ...

PM meets Railways minister ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and PML-N Sindh office bearers Nehal Hashmi, Shah Muhammad Shah, Ismail Rahu and Saleem Zia at the PM's House, said a press release issued here .The matters related to PML-N and overall political situation in the country came under discussion during the meeting.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Coal mine accident in far west China kills 16 SHANGHAI: Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country.The accident occurred in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night when 33 workers were underground, the report said citing local officials. Eleven workers were injured and six escaped, it added.The report did not identify the name of ...
Tanzania talks with Total, BP on hydrocarbon exploration DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania has held talks with France's Total and Britain's BP over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector.Companies already present in the east African state include Norway's Statoil, Brazil's Petrobras, Royal Dutch Shell , BG Group and Exxon Mobil..Total executives were in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam this week with Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo, ...
US negotiator heads to London for Iran nuclear talks WASHINGTON: America's top envoy in negotiations to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions will head to London next week for talks with allies as a November deadline to reach a comprehensive deal on the issue looms closer.Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to London on Monday for a meeting of negotiators from the six powers leading the talks with Iran, known as the P5+1, an itinerary from the State Department said.It was not immediately clear if ...
WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015 GENEVA: Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola and one -- Dallas-based Nina Pham -- hugged President Barack Obama at the White House to prove it.But the states of New ...

 



 
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