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Opposition, Assad forces reach Aleppo ceasefire deal

Opposition, Assad forces reach Aleppo ceasefire deal

President Bashar al Assad's forces, backed by Russian Federation, have recaptured large swathes of the city in recent days and, according to state TV it now holds 99% of neighbourhoods previously occupied by rebels. The Syrian government military offensive in Aleppo is over, according to Russia's envoy to the UN. He said pro-government fighters had reportedly entered homes and killed those inside, and "caught and killed on the spot" fleeing civilians.



Jakarta's governor stands trial for blasphemy

His case is being perceived as a test of religious liberty in Indonesia, which is about 87 percent Islamic and home to 12.7 percent of the world's Muslims. Anti- and pro-Ahok groups gathered outside the court but were kept apart by police. American and Australian Embassy officials had warned their citizens to stay away from the protest zone.


United Kingdom employment falls, jobless rate unchanged, wages rise

United Kingdom employment falls, jobless rate unchanged, wages rise

He added that the small fall in unemployment was more than offset by a rise in economic inactivity, which measures people without a job who are not seeking or available to work. Economists are sceptical that wage growth will continue to strengthen in the face of higher inflation and post-Brexit uncertainties for companies. " If job opportunities are deteriorating, we see further downside risk for confidence and activity in general ", said James Knightley, an economist at ING Bank in London, ...



Cuisinart recalls 8M food processors over broken blades

The blades have four rivets and are silver-colored stainless steel with a beige plastic center hub. The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission says some people have been injured to the point of cutting their mouths and in some cases even breaking their teeth on the unseen pieces.



Kashmir Govt Orders Compensation to Burhan Wani's Family

Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, Dec 13 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Government has tentatively cleared ex-gratia for the kin of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. The family of a civilian killed by militants or in an exchange of fire between militants and forces or an innocent victim of security force action is entitled to a compensation of up to Rs 4 lakh or a government job.



Congress seeks Kiren Rijiju's resignation over Rs 450 crore Arunachal power 'scam'

For the Congress party to make allegations based on such flimsy reports reflects its political pusillanimity and desperation. Verma's report prompted the power ministry to put all payments on hold. While Goboi lobbied with the CVO, Rijiju wrote to power minister Piyush Goyal seeking release of payments. Speaking to reporters, Richo claimed that Verma's report also has an audio CD of a purported conversation between Verma and Goboi on December 29, 2015, in which the latter is heard pushing ...