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Potentially ending 4 months of political standstill in Europe's top economy


 Chancellor of Germany - Angela Merkel

 Chancellor of Germany - Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats sealed a deal Wednesday on a new coalition, officials close to the talks said, potentially ending four months of political standstill in Europe's top economy.

The sources told AFP the parties had ironed out their final differences and were ready to sign an agreement for Merkel`s fourth term.

Public broadcaster ARD said the final disputes had centred around "ministry remits and personnel questions". 

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US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces says Pentagon


US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces says Pentagon

The US-led coalition conducted defensive airstrikes against pro-government forces in Syria that attacked Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters near the Euphrates River, the Central Command said in a press release.

"Syrian pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters Feb. 7," the release said Wednesday. "In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition's defeat-Daesh [Daesh] mission."

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Four Islamic State militants killed, injured in Diyala aerial bombardment


Four Islamic State militants killed, injured in Diyala aerial bombardment

Four Islamic State militants were killed and injured Wednesday as an intensified aerial bombardment targeted the militant group’s hotbeds in Baqubah, the capital of Diyala province, a security official was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Basnews website on Wednesday, Awwad al-Rabei, the head of Abu Saida’s security committee, said, “An airstrike was launched Wednesday on Islamic State strongholds at al-Makhisa village, east of Abu Saida, leaving two IS militants killed and two others injured.”

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6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city:about 145 people missing


Earthquake in Taiwan

Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 145 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.

At least four people were killed and 225 injured in the quake that hit near the coastal city just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said. The latest figures from government data indicated 145 people were missing.

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" I have no backing or support of any political party in Pakistan":Reham Khan


 Reham Khan

A day after reports of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s former wife Reham Khan leaving the country after receiving threats, the British Pakistani journalist has now said that she will return to Pakistan when her book in published.

Pakistan-based news organisation Dawn quoted Reham Khan as saying that she has left Pakistan “temporarily” for the security of her kids and would certainly return to the country. She added that the work on her book was complete and was just waiting for it to get published.

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The world`s most powerful rocket launch by SpaceX


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SpaceX is poised for the first test launch on Tuesday of its Falcon Heavy, which aims to become the world`s most powerful rocket in operation, capable of reaching the Moon or Mars some day.

The launch, scheduled for 1:30 pm (1830 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is the most ambitious yet for SpaceX, and has been hailed by industry experts as a game-changer because of its potential to propel the California-based company to the very forefront of the modern day space race.

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Imran Khan’s former wife Reham Khan has left Pakistan!


 Reham Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s former wife Reham Khan has left Pakistan reportedly after receiving threats. She left the country on Sunday night after her staff received several threat calls, and later confirmed the same to a television channel in Pakistan.

The British Pakistani journalist expressed her anguish over the development citing that she was forced to discontinue her daughter’s schooling. She further said that none of the political parties in the country backed her over the issue.

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 US President Donald Trump establish a "National Vetting Centre" in individuals entering the country


 United States President Donald Trump

 United States President Donald Trump is expected to sign a national security memorandum on Tuesday establishing a "National Vetting Centre" to improve the vetting process of individuals entering the country.

The presidential memorandum will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies six months to establish the centre, an administration official told CNN.

According to the official, the centre is intended to streamline vetting and improve the flow of information between various federal agencies.

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Maldives declares emergency amids standoff, former Prez Gayoom arrested


Maldives declares emergency

Former Maldives president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested today shortly after his estranged half- brother President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency, according to Gayoom's daughter.

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US begins reducing troops in Iraq


US begins reducing troops in Iraq

 

The US has started to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq following Baghdad's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, an Iraqi government spokesman and Western contractors said Monday.
The move marks a shift in priorities for the US following the collapse of the extremists' so-called caliphate late last year. It also comes about three months ahead of Iraqi national elections in which paramilitary groups with close ties to Iran are set to play a decisive role.

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