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10 Civilians Killed In Afghan Airstrike

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10 Civilians Killed In Afghan Airstrike

Afghan officials have confirmed on Sunday that at least ten civilians were killed following an airstrike in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan.

Shausta Jan Ahady, a former provincial council member, said that women and children were among those killed in the strike carried out on Friday. He said local residents displayed the bodies and protested on Sunday. Provincial government spokesman Abdullah Hsrat said the airstrike killed four insurgents and that an investigation has been launched into the allegations of civilian casualties.

“We are aware of the reports of civilian casualties, but can’t confirm it right now, as an investigation is ongoing,” said Hsrat.

Ahady said the area is under Taliban’s control and so exact information is difficult to obtain.

In a separate incident in the southern Helmand province, an airstrike killed the Taliban’s shadow governor and two of his guards, according to the provincial government spokesman, Omar Zwak.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman, in a statement said that Mullah Abdul Manan Akhand, a powerful military commander in the southern region, was among those killed in Saturday’s airstrike.

Manan was a military commander and the Taliban’s shadow governor responsible not only for Helmand, but also Kandahar, Zabul and Nimroz provinces, according to local officials in Helmand.

The Taliban control of nearly half the country and run a parallel administration with provincial governors and military commanders across numerous provinces in the country.

It was not immediately clear who carried out either airstrike.

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Time Magazine Names Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists As “Person Of The Year”

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Time Magazine Names Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists As "Person Of The Year"

This year’s time magazine “Person Of The Year” has been bestowed on a group of journalists that includes murdered Saudi writer, Jamal Khashoggi and two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government.  The magazine says it named the group of journalists as “person of the year” because the idea of truth as critical to democracy is under assault.

Also honored is the founder of a Philippines news website that has been vocal in criticizing that country’s authoritarian government. A Maryland, USA, newspaper is also among the honored.

This is the first time in its ninety-five year history that time magazine has honored people in its own profession.

The annual distinction is intended to recognize the person, group or idea that had the greatest influence on world events that year. It has been given to a wide range of influencers, from u.s. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. And Queen Elizabeth to Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, who was honored before the start of world war two.

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Syrian Government Using Anti-terrorism Law To Seize Properties From Dissidents

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Syrian Government Using Anti-terrorism Law To Seize Properties From Dissidents

Rights groups and some of the affected Syrian people say the government has been using a little-known anti-terrorism law to seize property from dissidents and their families as it takes back control of areas that were held by rebel groups.

Now that Syria’s conflict has stabilized, and president Bashar al-Assad again controls the biggest cities, it is left to be seen how he will handle the areas where the 2011 uprising against him flared.

International attention has focused on policies, such as legislation known as law 10, that could eventually enable the government to dispossess people in the opposition strongholds worst damaged in the war.

But human rights groups say, while law 10 has not yet been put into effect, the separate anti-terrorism law has already been used to seize property, including from people who had no hand in violence.

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Theresa May Faces Confidence Vote

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Theresa May Faces Confidence Vote

British prime minister, Theresa May faces a confidence vote in her leadership by MPs in her own conservative party, after chaos began to roil her European union exit deal.

So much now plagues the deal that has opened up the prospect of a messy no-deal Brexit or a referendum that could reverse Brexit.  Britain is due to exit on March the twenty-ninth next year.

Graham Brady, the chairman of the party’s so-called 1922 committee, said the threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary conservative party seeking a confidence vote had been reached.  A vote will be taken at the house of Commons later this evening.

May could lose her position as prime minister if a hundred fifty-eight of her three hundred fifteen MPs vote against her, but a mutiny could also help sustain her through the crisis.

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