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Pakistan appoints ex-spy master Gen. Munir as new army chief

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has named the country’s former spy chief as head of the military, the information minister said Thursday, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. The army has historically wielded huge influence in Pakistan, ruling it for half of its 75-year history, and also oversees its nuclear program. Like neighboring China and India, Pakistan has nuclear arsenals and a missile system, mainly aimed at archrival India. Asim Munir, who was promoted to four-star general and whose planned retirement was postponed, replaces Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose extended six-year term ends on Nov. 29. Munir begins his new role amid feuding between Sharif and his predecessor, former Prime Minister Imran Khan. The ex-premier has publicly accused Bajwa of playing a role in his ouster, a charge the outgoing army chief has denied.
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ISIS bride drama takes a turn as Home Affairs minister holds an urgent meeting with furious mayors who compared the repatriation to 'putting Hitler's wife in a Jewish town'

Three Sydney mayors will meet with Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil to voice their opposition to the repatriation of Australian wives and children of Islamist State fighters in the city's southwest. Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun says the resettlement of the families in western Sydney could involve re-traumatising recently arrived refugees...
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They secretly recorded Pope Francis during a call with Cardinal Piqueu, the trial.

(CNN) — Pope Francis was secretly recorded during a phone call with one of his cardinals, a Vatican financial investigation revealed Thursday. A Vatican court heard an audio recording between Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Pequie, one of the defendants in the trial, in which the cardinal asks the pontiff to confirm that he has approved payment for the release of a nun kidnapped in Africa.
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The week's offbeat news

From lucky leeks to World Cup madness... Your weekly roundup of offbeat stories from around the world. After a hesitant start, World Cup fever is finally gripping the globe. But not everyone is on board, like the man who was arrested for tearing down a Portuguese flag hoisted by Ronaldo fans in India because he mistook it for the emblem of a controversial Islamist group.
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Borno State mobilises militia after eight soldiers killed by militants

The Borno State government has asked for 300 militia to help the military clear out Islamist insurgents after they killed at least eight soldiers during an attack in the northeastern town of Malam Fatori on Saturday, security sources said. The sources told Reuters on Wednesday that Islamic State West Africa...
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Gaza gas deal could make improbable partners out of Israel and Hamas

GAZA CITY — Europe’s race to secure alternatives to Russian energy supplies is reviving a long-forsaken Palestinian initiative to extract natural gas off the coast of the blockaded Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials said that rapidly advancing negotiations with Egyptian investors could bring a rare glimmer of hope to...
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Two Christians rescued after being abducted 8 years ago

Two more of the 276 females abducted eight years ago from a girls’ school in Nigeria have been located. The recovery of the two women and their children resulted from the Nigerian Army’s operations against terrorists in Borno State, reported the relief group Barnabas Fund. Yana Pogu and...
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Taliban Conducts 1st Public Whipping In Soccer Stadium Since 1990s

Taliban Conducts 1st Public Whipping In Soccer Stadium Since 1990s. The Taliban this week conducted its first public flogging in a soccer stadium since the 1990s. It happened in Afghanistan’s east, after the Taliban Supreme Court sentence 11 men and three women “for different sins, including adultery, robbery and other forms of corruption” – including gay sex.
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Kenya country profile

Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya has been described as “the cradle of humanity”. In the Great Rift Valley palaeontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man’s ancestors. In the present day, Kenya’s ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture but...
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Pas says it had wanted a unity government for decades

Pas says it had wanted a unity government for decades. KOTA BARU: Pas has always supported calls for a unity government, so it came as a shock to its grassroots when Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin went against the King’s wishes to form one. Party sources said many on the...
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From 26/11 to Mangaluru, how Islamists push Hindu Terror theory

On 19th November 2022, a blast took place in an autorickshaw running on the streets of Mangaluru in Karnataka. The explosion in the vehicle in the coastal city of Karnataka took place under a mysterious situation. However, within 24 hours of the blast, the Director General of Police (DGP) Karnataka tweeted to confirm that this blast was an act of terror and a series of revelations appeared in the subsequent investigations.
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Trapped between extremists and extreme weather, Somalis brace for famine

BAIDOA, Somalia — The sea of rag-and-stick tents that spreads in every direction from the hungry, embattled city of Baidoa, in southern Somalia, gives way to sprawling plains controlled by the militants of al-Shabab. More than 165,000 refugees have streamed into Baidoa since early last year, fleeing the ravages...
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Funny old world: The week's offbeat news

From lucky leeks to World Cup madness... Your weekly roundup of offbeat stories from around the world. When politicians get compared to fruit and veg, it is usually not a good thing. There was Liz Truss and the lettuce that outlasted her as British PM, Donald "The Orange" Trump and his im-peach-ment woes and the late Zambian leader Michael Sata, who never lived down the comparison to a knobbly sweet potato.
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Nigeria Starts Production at New Oil and Gas Field

Nigeria’s state-owned oil company NNPC started drilling for oil and gas at a field in the country’s north, marking the first time the African nation starts producing at a site outside the Niger Delta. NNPC said in statement that phase one of the Kolmani project would have an oil refinery, gas processing facility, 300 MW power plant and a fertilizer plant producing 2,500 tons per day. The field is estimated to have reserves of 1 billion barrels of oil.
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ANALYSIS-Gains for Malaysia's hardline Islamist party a challenge for new PM Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Malaysia's , Anwar Ibrahim, will be contending in parliament with a strengthened Islamist party that espouses a stricter interpretation of sharia Islamic law, a challenge to Anwar's vision of an inclusive society. Anwar will likely face challenges from the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, or PAS...
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