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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Davos says terrorism, climate change grave threats

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday insisted that terrorism and climate change are the biggest threats that the entire world is facing in the present time, and added that the “artificial distinction” made by some people between “good and bad terrorists is equally dangerous as terrorism”. Delivering a keynote address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, PM Modi said India’s position on the menace of terrorism is well known and he would not like to elaborate on that. Issues of peace, security and stability have also emerged as serious global challenges, he added. Underlining the importance of technology, the prime minister said data is the real wealth in the present era. “Today, data is a real wealth and it is being said that whoever acquires and controls the data will have hegemony in the future. The global flow of data is creating big opportunities as well as challenges”, he said. He added that technology-driven transformation has been deeply affecting people’s way of thinking, working, international groups, politics, and economy. Talking about social media, Modi said, “The example of breaking, addition, and twisting of technology is being seen in the form of social media”. Protectionism is rearing its head and there is risk of new tariff and non-tariff barriers coming up, the prime minister said, as he mentioned that division is not the solution to this problem of anti-globalisation. He also made a comparison between World Economic Forum meeting in 1997 and 2018. “Last time an Indian PM came to Davos was in 1997 when Deve Gowda ji had come. That time our GDP was little more than 400 billion dollars, now its more than six times. That forum’s vision was about the building of network society. Then there was no Euro; very few people knew about Osama bin Laden. Google was not invented, if someone would search Amazon on Internet then search results would throw information about rivers and forests. Tweeting was the work of birds”. Referring to this year’s WEF’s theme of ‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’, the prime minister said the Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) has become more relevant in today’s time to address fissures and distances in the world. “India has always believed in values of integration and unity or ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which means the entire world is one family. It is relevant to bridge distances. We have always believed in uniting humanity, not breaking it, there are some explosive forces in the environment that are capable of creating bEU-India summit, arriers to development, world peace and stability. However, if we stand as one unit, we can help bridge the fractures created by these”, he said. He further called for retrospection on these obstacles and said it is high time we stand in unison and examine whether, in any way, we are encouraging the existence of these barriers. Modi also told the world leaders that democracy in India was not just a “political system” but a way of living. “We in India are proud of our democracy and diversity. For a society with diverse religions, cultures, languages, attires and cuisines; democracy is not just a political system but a way of living…In India, democracy, demography and dynamism are giving shape to development and destiny”

Afghanistan: operation against drug labs

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Hayatullah Hayat, provincial governor of Helmand province has told that at least 40 drug labs were destroyed during the last two months; however, he said narcotic drugs are still the main source of financing terrorism.  “We have destroyed dozens of drug labs and we have killed drug traffickers and more than a hundred Taliban militants who were involved in this business. In addition, we have seized and destroyed more than three tons of narcotics”, Mr. Hayat said. Afghan defense ministry says targeting the revenue streams of terrorists is very effective in order to disable the insurgents. Recently, U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a series of strikes against Taliban drug labs in Helmand province.

EU counter terrorism coordinator visits Lebanon

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The EU counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, is visiting Lebanon to take stock of the counter-terrorism dialogue between the European Union and Lebanon. Following the terrorist attacks perpetrated worldwide, the EU has adopted a counter-terrorist approach in the Middle East and North Africa that goes beyond rigorous military and security assistance. In 2016, a roadmap was agreed in which the EU expressed its commitment to support Lebanon in the areas of justice, border management, etc. and combating phenomena such as violent extremism and the financing of terrorism. The EU is also engaged in a dialogue with the Lebanese authorities on the development of a national counter-terrorism strategy and welcomes the recent launch of the national strategy to prevent violent extremism. Alongside the definition of violent extremism, nine objectives are proposed to be achieved in order to prevent and combat it.

Hamas has spent money on war instead of Gaza’s development

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After the release of the report that denounced the critical situation in Gaza, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that if Hamas had invested the 260 million dollars spent in tunnels of terror and missiles on its water and sanitation systems, the Gaza Strip it would be in a much better situation. On the contrary, it appears that Hamas has continued to try to build tunnels and test rockets, including three missiles launched overnight in the Mediterranean Sea. The best way to solve the humanitarian situation in Gaza is that Hamas stops spending money on the war and killing people and instead invests in the development of Gaza. Liberman went on to denounce Iran for providing Hamas and Islamic Jihad with $ 100 million a year for terrorism. To counter the terrorism of these actors, Israel has a six-point strategic plan that includes: the return of missing soldiers and prisoners, the destruction of all the terror tunnels by the end of the year, the completion of an underground barrier between Israel and Gaza, the response to all rockets and mortar fire, the strengthening of communities on the outskirts of Gaza and the demilitarization and restabilization of Gaza.

A terrorist has surrendered in Tamanrasset

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A terrorist has surrendered today, Tuesday, January 16, to the security authorities of Tamanrasset, extreme south of Algeria, indicates the Ministry of National Defense in a statement. His name is “A. Sid Ben Ali”.

Iran: triple Party Involved in Recent Unrest in Iran

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TEHRAN – On Tuesday, in a gathering of people of Qom held in Tehran, leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that a tripartite plot was behind the recent violent unrest in some Iranian cities: the US and Israel as one side of the triangle that masterminded the plot and worked on it for months. On the second side of the tripartite plot stood a Persian Gulf wealthy state which financed the ploy, while the third party included lackeys of the terrorist Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) that had been prepared since months ago. Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to two command bases the enemies had set up in the vicinity of Iran to coordinate and control the operation: one of the bases was tasked with handling the operation in the cyberspace, while the second one focused on directing the unrest. “The US is clearly pursuing the objective of overthrowing the Islamic Republic”, the Leader warned, saying unlike the previous US administrations, the current one has announced such a policy in an unabashed and overt manner. Imam Khamenei then praised the Iranian nation for protecting the country and standing against hostile plots like a “strong dam”, citing the massive rallies held across Iran in condemnation of the riots and acts of vandalism and desecration. The Leader finally called on Iranian officials and political activists to try to solve the problems, saying correction of deficiencies would thwart the foreign propaganda campaign and prevent the US from harming the country. He also stressed that a distinction should be made between legitimate demands of the people and acts of vandalism by a certain group.

Tehran: a cell linked to MKO terrorists disbanded in western Iran

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TEHRAN – Lorestan Province’s intelligence office announced that a cell linking with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) was disbanded in the city of Boroujerd, in the western province of Lorestan on Friday morning. According to a statement, four members of the terrorist cell have been arrested, and one of them has been injured in clashes. The statement also added that the terrorist cell has been involved in many acts of sabotage in the province of Lorestan, particularly in Boroujerd, over the past days. According to commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists. Last week, a number of peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in several Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings. According to media reports over a dozen people have been killed in the ensuing violence. Following the unrest, demonstrators from all walks of life held demonstrations in many cities across Iran, including several provincial capitals to condemn violent riots, acts of vandalism and desecration that happened during the recent civil protests in the country and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.

Kabul attack: IS claimed the responsability

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The Islamic State claims the responsibility for the suicide attack in Kabul on Thursday.
According to the Afghan Interior Minister, the attack killed more 20 people and left injured 30 people.
The attack took place near a security establishment and the the kamikaze had as target the police and intelligence officers. Policemen were there for an operation against drug; the Interior Minister said that the victims were mostly police personnel.

Claiming serious U.S. provocation, North Korea vows retort

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Following America’s move to re-designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, Pyongyang has fought back, calling it “a serious provocation”. On Wednesday, two days after being featured on the list, North Korea responded and vowed to keep up its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against the “hostile” United States. A spokesman of the North’s Foreign Ministry told its official Korean Central News Agency, “The U.S., the kingpin of all kinds of terrorism who cannot even prevent terror in its own territory, is acting like an ‘international judge on terrorism’ while attaching or removing the label of ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ on sovereign countries. This is a serious provocation and a violent infringement upon our dignified country”. However, the spokesman warned that the North’s “deterrence will be further strengthened” – and that the country “must continue to keep the treasured nuclear sword in our hands more tightly” – as long as Washington continued with its “hostile policy” against the North.

Iran’s President: cooperation in eradicating the corruption of terrorism from Syria

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During the tripartite summit of Iran, Russia and Turkey held in Sochi on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the progressive elimination of Daesh and the rest of the terrorist groups announce a new era of eradication of violence. The Russian, Iranian and Turkish leaders discussed the future of Syria and reaffirmed the importance of preserving sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of it, stressing how these three countries are committed to working closely to bring about peace and stability in Syria. In his speech, Rouhani highlighted how the three countries succeed through engagement and friendship and cooperation in eradicating the corruption of terrorism from Syria, “shattering the shadow of ISIS from the country and portraying a bright future for the region”, as he said. “In the present circumstances, our great mission is not only the fight against terrorism, but also a major effort to eradicate forms of discrimination, poverty and violence throughout the region. That is why regional communications and institutions need to be deepened and strengthened”, he added. President Rouhani also emphasized some points as fundamental solutions to the Syrian crisis: it is essential to continue helping the Syrians in fighting terrorism in their country because the war against it has not ended yet and the active and universal participation of the international community in the future of Syria is fundamental to achieve stability, eliminate humanistic sufferings and rebuild the country.

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