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Asaram Bapu convicted by Indian Court of raping teenager

An Indian guru with millions of followers was found guilty Wednesday of raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, a lawyer for the victim said. Asaram Bapu, 77, who leads hundreds of ashrams in India and overseas, was convicted at a closed jailhouse court hearing in Jodhpur, in western Rajasthan state where hundreds of...

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Asaram Bapu convicted by Indian Court of raping teenager

An Indian guru with millions of followers was found guilty Wednesday of raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, a lawyer for the victim said. Asaram Bapu, 77, who leads hundreds of ashrams in India and overseas, was convicted at a closed jailhouse court hearing in Jodhpur, in western Rajasthan state where hundreds of...

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Toronto police investigates deadly van attack suspect’s ‘cryptic message’

TORONTO: The man accused of ploughing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people in Canada’s deadliest mass killing in decades, left a “cryptic message” on social media before his attack, police said on Tuesday. Suspect,  Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident....

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Trump calls Iran deal as “insane”, exposing rift with Macron

US President Donald Trump pilloried the Iran nuclear deal as "insane" Tuesday and threatened "problems" if Tehran restarts enrichment, puncturing a carefully staged display of transatlantic camaraderie with France's visiting leader Emmanuel Macron. Trump launched into an angry tirade against the three-year old nuclear accord as he hosted the French president in the Oval Office, exposing a deep rift with...

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Macron visits Donald Trump as nuclear deal with Iran hangs in balance

MOUNT VERNON/WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized pomp and ceremony on Monday as Macron began a state visit to Washington likely to be dominated by differences with the United States over trade and the nuclear accord with Iran. As Macron headed to the United States, the Iranian government urged European leaders to convince Trump not...

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Police says 10 dead, 15 wounded as man rams van into pedestrians in Toronto

TORONTO: A driver deliberately ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly 1.6-kilometre (mile-long) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said. The incident — which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “tragic and senseless attack” — was one of the most violent in recent...

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Bus plunge in North Korea kills 32 Chinese tourists

Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans were killed when a bus plunged from a bridge in North Korea, Chinese officials and state media said Monday. Two other Chinese nationals were injured in Sunday's accident south of the capital Pyongyang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing. Lu said China was investigating the cause of the...

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Trump’s travel ban faces US Supreme Court showdown

WASHINGTON: The first big showdown at the US Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targetting people from several Muslim-majority countries. The case represents a test of the limits of presidential power. Trump's policy, announced in September, blocks entry into the United...

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Police says nude gunman kills three at Tennessee restaurant

A nude gunman shot dead three people and injured at least four more in the early hours of Sunday at a restaurant on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, police said. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement that the shooting occurred at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, a suburb southeast of Nashville, at 3:25 am (0825 GMT)....

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As US, North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

NEW YORK: A US push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a “very dangerous message” that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran’s foreign minister warned as US and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearization talks. Speaking to reporters in New York on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that for French President Emmanuel Macron and German...

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Death toll rises to 31 in Kabul suicide blast

KABUL: The death toll rose to 31, while 50 were confirmed injured in an explosion in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, Sunday morning, according to Afghan Ministry of Public Health Spokesperson Wahid Majroh. The Afghan media quoted Ministry of Interior Spokesperson Najib Danish as saying that the explosion happened at an ID distribution and voter registration center at about 10am on Sunday...

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Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

DUBAI/RIYADH: Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital on Saturday after online videos showing gunfire in a neighborhood where royal palaces are located sparked fears of possible political unrest. The Riyadh police spokesman, quoted by the official Saudi News Agency (SPA), said a security screening point noticed the flying of a small...

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North Korea’s Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

SEOUL: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday night his country will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will shut down its atomic test site, the North's state media reported Saturday. The declaration, long sought by the US, will be seen as a crucial step in the fast diplomatic dance on and around the...

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At least four Saudi officers killed in Asir gun attack

RIYADH: Four Saudi officers were shot dead and four others wounded Thursday when their checkpoint came under gunfire in southern Asir province, state media said citing the interior ministry. Three officers were instantly killed when the outpost came under attack, the Saudi Press Agency reported, without specifying who was behind it. "Security officials have succeeded in identifying a number of...

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Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

France´s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday. The woman argued that her "religious beliefs" prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern...

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Informed about surgical strikes to Pakistan: Modi claims; Pakistan terms charge ‘bogus’

LONDON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that New Delhi tried to contact Islamabad before making news of the surgical strikes public, The Times of India reported. “India had repeatedly attempted to contact Pakistan government to inform them about the top-secret operation conducted by the Indian forces,” claimed Modi while attending an event in London. On September 28, 2016, India claimed that the...

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Britain accuses ‘reckless Russia’ of breaking chemical arms ban

THE HAGUE: Britain accused Russia on Wednesday of breaking the two-decade international ban on chemical weapons, at emergency talks on last month’s poisoning with a nerve agent of a former Russian spy. The accusations came as diplomats from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met behind closed-doors in The Hague to discuss the crisis. Britain’s broadcasting watchdog...

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