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Penniless and Alone, Migrant Children in Serbia Sell Sex to Survive

February 16, 2017 |

Wrapped up in grey blankets, migrant boys, some as young as 10, warm themselves by a fire in a large, abandoned warehouse near the main railway station in Serbia’s capital Belgrade.Hungry, destitute and cold, they are often visited by Serbian men who o…

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UN chief: ‘Everything must be done’ to achieve two-state solution in Mideast

February 16, 2017 |

Cairo (IINA) � UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said there is no option other than a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and efforts to reach it should be preserved, AFP reported.

Guterres’s comments came after he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in Cairo on Wednesday, and a day after a senior White House official said the United States would not insist on a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Later, in a speech at Cairo University, the UN chief said the Israeli-Palestinian problem was the “mother” of regional conflicts, adding: “There is no Plan B than a two-state solution.”

The White House official’s comments came ahead of talks between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Wednesday in Washington.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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Pakistan Kills Six in Raid of Suspected Taliban Faction Hideout

February 16, 2017 |

LAHORE, PAKISTAN � Pakistani counter-terrorism police raided a militant hideout and killed six suspected members of a Taliban faction that has launched a new campaign of violence against the government, police said Thursday.

Since Monday, several bomb attacks across the country have shattered a period of improving security, underscoring how militant groups still pose a threat in the nuclear-armed country of 180 million people.

The Counter Terrorism Department in Punjab province said its officers surrounded a hideout of the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction in the city of Multan late Wednesday and ordered the suspects to surrender.

But the terrorists started firing at the raiding party and threw explosives, a spokesman for the department, who the unit does not identify for security reasons, said in a statement.

Three-four suspects escape

Six militants were killed while three or four escaped under cover of darkness, the department added. Two hand grenades, two automatic rifles and two pistols were recovered.

Police acted after getting information that the militants were planning to launch attacks on vital installations and the government in the area.

The militant faction claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack near the Punjab provincial assembly in the city of Lahore on Monday that killed 13 people and wounded more than 80.

The Jamaat-ur-Ahrar said the attack was the beginning of a new campaign of violence against the government, security forces, the judiciary and secular political parties.

Since then, militants have killed two bomb-disposal officers in the western city of Quetta and a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office near the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, killing five people.

Suicide bomber strikes Peshawar

Also Wednesday, a suicide bomber on a motor bike attacked a group of judges in a van in Peshawar, killing their driver. The attacks have underlined the threat militants pose to the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif despite an army offensive launched in 2014 to push them out of their strongholds near the Afghan border.

Pakistan’s foreign office said it had summoned Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi, deputy head of mission at Afghanistan’s embassy in Islamabad, Wednesday to voice concern about Jamaat-ur-Ahrar sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says militants launch attacks from the Afghan side of the border.

Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers and handlers, the foreign office said in a statement.

Afghanistan and the United States accuse Pakistan of harboring Afghan Taliban leaders fighting to topple the Western-backed government in Kabul.

Pakistan has long denied sheltering the Afghan Taliban.

Source: Voice of America

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