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US, Taliban sign peace deal to end 18 years of Afghanistan conflict

TIMES OF INDIA - 0 sec ago
The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war there.

Nirbhaya convicts move HC against execution

TIMES OF INDIA - 0 sec ago
Convicts Akshay Singh and Pawan Kumar Gupta on Saturday moved a Delhi court seeking a stay on the execution of death warrants against all four, scheduled for March 3, in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. Additional session Judge Dharmender Rana issued notice to Tihar Jail authorities on the plea of Singh, directing them to file their response by March 2.

US-Taliban sign historic troop withdrawal deal in Doha

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - 6 min 10 sec ago
The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war there.

Amit Shah to visit Kolkata tomorrow to 'clear confusion' on CAA

ECONOMIC TIMES - 7 min 57 sec ago
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a day-long visit to Kolkata where he is scheduled to address the rally at the Shaheed Minar Ground and also inaugurate a new building of the National Security Guards (NSG) at Rajarhat and hold closed-door meetings with state BJP leadership along with Nadda.

Former cop jailed for 7 years for killing fellow officer in Russian roulette shooting

FOX NEWS - 19 min 27 sec ago
A former St. Louis police officer pleaded guilty Friday in the shooting death of a fellow cop during a game of Russian roulette, according to a report.

U.S, Taliban sign peace deal; American troops to leave Afghanistan in 14 months

THE HINDU INTERNATIONAL - 23 min 25 sec ago
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said if Taliban renege on their guarantees, US ‘will not hesitate to nullify’ agreement.

Dr. Marc Siegel: No need to panic about coronavirus, no role for politics in fight against outbreak

FOX NEWS - 36 min 54 sec ago
There's no need to hit the "panic button" on coronavirus yet, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel said Saturday. 

'At the edge of collapse': The forgotten Australians trapped at ground zero of a global pandemic

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - 1 hour 1 min ago
For 37 days, more than 150 Australian residents and citizens have been in lock-down in Hubei, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

Justin Haskins: Socialist Sanders is most dangerous major party presidential contender in US history

FOX NEWS - 1 hour 1 min ago
Sen. Bernie Sanders is lying to the American people when he tell us that “democratic socialism” simply means he wants to give the vast majority of Americans new opportunities to succeed and wants millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes.

'Dead city': Sydney evacuee on life in Wuhan lockdown

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - 1 hour 2 min ago
Once bustling streets were emptied and noisy high-rise apartment blocks became eerily quiet in the Chinese city.

U.S. aims to withdraw all forces ‘within 14 months’: U.S.-Afghan declaration

THE HINDU INTERNATIONAL - 1 hour 6 min ago
The Doha accord would see thousands of American troops quit Afghanistan in a phased plan

Qatar confirms first coronavirus case

THE HINDU INTERNATIONAL - 1 hour 6 min ago
The health ministry said the infected patient had been admitted to hospital

Fears of Escalating Conflict in Syria Grow

VOICE OF AMERICA - 1 hour 13 min ago

Fears of an escalating conflict in Syria grew Friday as Turkish forces pounded Syria's military in retaliation for the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers.

In the aftermath of the violence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country would no longer try to keep migrants from reaching Europe.  

Thousands of migrants have gathered at Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Greek police fired tear gas Saturday at migrants trying to cross into the country.

With Turkey already hosting over three-and-a-half million Syrians who fled the civil war, Erdogan has said his country can take no more.  

Idlib hosts over 3 million Syrians, the United Nations said this month. Nearly a million had been forced from their homes from recent fighting, many of whom are already on the Turkish border.  

In a move seen as putting pressure on the European Union, the spokesman of the ruling AKP Omer Celik declared Friday Turkey is "no longer able to hold refugees," seeking to enter Europe. Local media reported free buses were being provided to take people to the border or sea crossing points to Greece.

Migrants struggle to board a bus to head to the Greek border, in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 28, 2020.Migrants struggle to board a bus to head to the Greek border, in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 28, 2020.

"The Syrian border with Turkey is still extremely porous, and there is no guarantee those people will stay there with Assad breathing down their necks," said analyst Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners. "You are essentially condemning these people to an eternal life of joblessness which offers them no future, and 'what would you do if Assad tanks moved into these camps?'"

Ankara is looking to its Western allies to support its forces in Syria. "The international community must act to protect civilians and impose a no-fly-zone," tweeted Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency.

Turkey called for an emergency meeting of NATO Friday, but while receiving words of solidarity, no concrete measures of support were agreed on.

Russia's and Turkey's presidents spoke by telephone Friday but appeared to reach no agreement on cooling down either the rhetoric or the fighting.

The Kremlin said the leaders agreed on the need for "additional measures" to normalize the situation, and that there was the "possibility" of a summit soon.

"The two leaders will meet in-person as soon as possible," said  Altun.  

Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, while backing rival sides in the Syrian civil war, have been working closely to resolve the conflict.

But Thursday's deadly airstrike is seen posing the biggest threat to the recent Turkish-Russian rapprochement.

People react by the coffin for Emin Yildirim, one of the 33 Turkish soldiers killed on Thursday in a Syrian army attack in the Idlib region of Syria, at his funeral in Hatay, Turkey, Feb. 29, 2020. People react by the coffin for Emin Yildirim, one of the 33 Turkish soldiers killed on Thursday in a Syrian army attack in the Idlib region of Syria, at his funeral in Hatay, Turkey, Feb. 29, 2020.

"Turkish forces destroyed five Syrian regime choppers, 23 tanks, 10 armored vehicles, 23 howitzers, five ammunition trucks - as well as three ammunition depots, two equipment depots, a headquarters, and 309 regime troops," Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters close to the Syrian-Turkish border.

Erdogan has issued an ultimatum for Damascus forces to, by Saturday, give up recent gains and retreat back behind a de-escalation zone agreed between Ankara and Moscow in 2018 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

U.S. President Donald Trump also spoke with Erdogan Friday. In a statement, the White House said Trump condemned the attack on Turkish personnel in Syria and "reaffirmed his support for Turkey’s efforts to de-escalate the situation in northwest Syria and avoid a humanitarian catastrophe."

The statement added that Trump and Erdogan "agreed that the Syrian regime, Russia and the Iranian regime must halt their offensive before more innocent civilians are killed and displaced."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is reviewing options to assist Turkey following the attack.

"We stand by our NATO Ally Turkey in the aftermath of the despicable and brazen February 27 attack on Turkish forces in Idlib, which resulted in the death of dozens of Turkish soldiers,” he said in a statement.

 

South Carolina polls open as Biden fights for survival, Sanders looks to extend winning streak

FOX NEWS - 1 hour 14 min ago
Voting is underway in South Carolina, the first Southern state to weigh in on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. And for former Vice President Joe Biden – a victory is essential as the future of his White House bid is on the line. While Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont doesn’t have to win in South Carolina, he’d like to make it three wins in a row – after narrowly winning in New Hampshire and routing his rivals in last weekend’s Nevada caucuses.

South Carolina polls open as Biden fights for survival, Sanders looks to extend winning streak

FOX NEWS - 1 hour 14 min ago
Voting is underway in South Carolina, the first Southern state to weigh in on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. And for former Vice President Joe Biden – a victory is essential as the future of his White House bid is on the line. While Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont doesn’t have to win in South Carolina, he’d like to make it three wins in a row – after narrowly winning in New Hampshire and routing his rivals in last weekend’s Nevada caucuses.

'Goli maro' slogan raised at Delhi metro station

TIMES OF INDIA - 1 hour 18 min ago
Pro-Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) sloganeering and incendiary chants of "shoot the traitors" were made inside a train on Delhi Metro's Blue Line and also at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here on Saturday by a group of young men.

MEA S Jaishankar, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to attend 'CPR Dialogues 2020'

ECONOMIC TIMES - 1 hour 23 min ago
The two-day conclave, titled "CPR Dialogues 2020: Policy Perspectives for 21st Century India", will commence at the India Habitat Centre here on Monday. The aim, according to organisers, is to "provide a window to the India of the future" and "debate the significant development and policy challenges that India faces in the coming decade".

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