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Quaidabad Blast: Two martyred, 5 critically injured

KARACHI: On Friday night, at least two persons were martyred and 10 injured Friday as a powerful explosion hit the Quaidabad area of Karachi, police authorities said. The police further disclosed the identity of one of the deceased as Pappu son of Mushtaq; while the injured include Rasheed Rafique,Mushtaq Bilal, Haq Nawaz, Siddiq Dawood, Arsalan Tariq, Allah Ditta, Qamar Abbas,...

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Suicide bomber blows himself up near Kabul airport: Police

KABUL: A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up close to a police checkpoint near Kabul airport on Monday but caused no other casualties, a police spokesman said. The bomber was spotted by police as his car approached the checkpoint, prompting him to detonate his explosives, the spokesman said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The blast follows...

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Saudi diplomats evacuated from Iran, lands in Dubai: Al Arabiya TV

DUBAI: Saudi diplomats evacuated from Iran after their embassy was stormed by protesters in Tehran landed in Dubai on their way home to the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported early on Monday. Their arrival coincided with an announcement by Saudi Arabia that it was cutting ties with Iran in protest at the assault on its embassy, in a worsening...

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Saudi-Iran relations deteriorate after protests over cleric’s execution

Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran took a turn for the worse on Sunday as Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and Riyadh asked the Iranian diplomat to leave the Kingdom within 24 hours. Iranian protestors ransacked the Saudi Embassy early Sunday morning, reacting with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr earlier...

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Shi’ites across the Middle East decry execution of Saudi cleric

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's execution of a leading cleric from the Shi'ite Muslim minority drew warnings of a backlash against the ruling Al Saud family and threatened to further intensify a wave of sectarian conflict in the region. Lebanon's Supreme Islamic Shi'ite Council called the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr a "grave mistake", and the Hezbollah group termed it an assassination....

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Putin names United States among threats in new Russian security strategy

MOSCOW: A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years. The document, "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation", was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version,...

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Saudi Arabia to pay ‘high price’ for executing Shiite cleric, says Iran

TEHRAN: Saudi Arabia will pay "a high price" for executing prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said. "The Saudi government supports terrorist movements and extremists, but confronts domestic critics with oppression and execution the Saudi government will pay a high price for following these policies," Ansari said, quoted by the official IRNA...

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Saudi Arabia says 47 executed on terror charges, including Shi’ite cleric

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on Saturday for terrorism, mostly suspected al Qaeda members but also a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, Interior Ministry said in a statement broadcast on state television. The conservative Islamic kingdom, which usually executes people by public beheading, detained thousands of militant Islamists after a series of al Qaeda attacks from 2003-06 that...

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Iraq forces extend Ramadi control, rescue civilians

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces pushed out of central Ramadi Friday to extend their grip on the city, sweeping neighbourhoods for pockets of jihadists to flush out and trapped civilians to evacuate. Federal forces declared victory Sunday in the battle for Ramadi, which was months in the making, but the Anbar provincial capital has not yet been fully secured. "Our security forces...

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At least two killed, 15 injured as Taliban suicide bomber hits Kabul

KABUL: A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least two people in a New Year's day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults. Fifteen others were wounded in the attack on Le Jardin, an Afghan-owned eatery, which caused a piercingly loud explosion...

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World leaders send New Year greetings

Head of states from around the world have taken to social media to send their New Year 2016 wishes and greetings. Ring in the new year with the one you love. pic.twitter.com/lWjSZtN9N7— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 1, 2016 #HappyNewYear to all, let us start the year with gratitude, optimism and hope— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) December 31, 2015 2015 fut...

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Philippine New Year mayhem kills two, injures hundreds

Manila: Stray bullets and exploding firecrackers have killed two and injured hundreds in the Philippines, authorities said Friday, amid the country’s traditional riotous New Year celebrations. A drunk man died after he embraced a giant firecracker, called "Goodbye Philippines", as it was about to explode, health secretary Janet Garin told reporters. "His jaw was shattered. He was so intoxicated he...

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New Year celebrations begin to mark start of 2016

The world has begun celebrating the start of a New Year, with revellers in Australia and New Zealand some of the first to usher in 2016. Crowds counted down the last seconds of 2015 at Auckland's Sky Tower, which hosted a laser show and fireworks display. Up to 25,000 people had been expected to turn out for the festivities in...

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Fireworks to kick off global New Year party despite terror fears

Sydney: Sydney will kick-start the global New Year's Eve party with its biggest fireworks display ever, but fear of jihadist attacks has cast a pall with Brussels scrapping celebrations and many cities tightening security. The show from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Australia's largest city is traditionally the world's first major event to ring in the New Year....

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U.S.-trained commandos in Philippines kill 10 militants: usinarmy

MANILA: U.S.-trained army commandos in the Philippines killed 10 al Qaeda-linked militants in a clash on a southern island, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as security forces intensify a search for foreign hostages. A lieutenant was among eight Philippine soldiers killed or wounded in a clash with about 300 members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group on Jolo island...

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‘Un-Islamic’ vaping catches fire in Malaysia amid govt backlash

KUALA LUMPUR: At Malaysian e-cigarette outlet Vape Empire, customers kick back and puff out thick, aromatic clouds of vapour in funky flavours like Horny Mango and Creamy Suckerz' Banana Anna. "Vaping" is soaring in popularity in Malaysia, the largest e-cigarette market in the Asia-Pacific region, but authorities are threatening to ban the habit for health reasons — a move that...

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Bahraini jet taking part in Yemen war crashes in Saudi Arabia: Coalition

DUBAI: A Bahraini F-16 jet taking part in a mostly Gulf Arab military campaign in Yemen crashed in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, according to a coalition statement on the Saudi state news agency. The pilot survived after the plane suffered a technical fault and came down in the Jizan region, the statement added, without going into further detail. Bahrain...

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