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Iran Guards seize British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday (Jul 19) they had seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules" as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway. Britain, however, said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning of "serious consequences" if the issue was not resolved quickly. The...

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Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that gave the group's first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike. Haibatullah is a former head of the Taliban's judiciary and was deputy to Mansour. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a network...

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Bill tabled in US Senate to block $300 million aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Following the US drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in Balochistan, the top Senate members on Tuesday introduced a new bill to block $300 million aid to Pakistan. The resolution requires the secretary of defense to certify that Islamabad is taking demonstrative actions against the Haqqani Network. The lower house also passed such a bill last...

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Human remains retrieved from EgyptAir wreckage suggest blast on board

CAIRO: The human remains so far retrieved from the wreckage of the crashed EgyptAir plane suggest that there was an explosion aboard, an Egyptian forensics official and investigation sources said on Tuesday. The official based his assessment on the small size of body parts so far recovered from the site in the Mediterranean sea. Investigators had not so far found...

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Respect Pakistan’s sovereignty but will carry out strikes: US

WASHINGTON: The US respects Pakistan's sovereignty but will carry out strikes to eliminate terrorists who are targeting its forces, the Obama Administration said today as Islamabad expressed concern over the drone strike by American forces on its territory to kill Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour. "We certainly do respect Pakistan's territorial integrity. But as we've said before, we will carry...

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Islamic State suicide bombing kills 40 army recruits in Yemen’s Aden

ADEN: A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed at least 40 army recruits and injured 60 others in the Yemeni city of Aden on Monday, medics said, in one of the deadliest attacks yet on the beleaguered government. The attack occurred as the recruits lined up to enlist for military service at the home of a senior general...

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Obama confirms Taliban leader’s death in US strike

HANOI: Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US strike, hailing his death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. “We have removed the leader of an organization that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and Coalition forces, to wage war against the Afghan...

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Seventeen girls dead in fire at school dormitory in Thailand

BANGKOK: At least 17 young girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials said Monday, adding several others were either missing or injured. The fire started late at night, meaning many of the children were asleep and unable to escape as flames engulfed the two-storey building. "The...

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Five dead in Philippine pop concert: Police

MANILA: Five people, including teenagers, died from unknown causes during a pop concert in a suburb of the Philippine capital, police said Sunday. The five were among an estimated 14,000 attending the “Closeup Forever Summer” open-air concert, headlined by Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike late Saturday, investigating officer Giovanni Arcinue told AFP. Among the fatalities was a...

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Afghan spy agency confirms death of Mullah Mansour

KABUL: Afghanistan’s spy agency said Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, This is the first confirmation from regional officials of his death which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement. The Taliban have not commented officially on the very rare American drone attack deep inside Pakistan on Saturday, authorised by President Barack...

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Daesh calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan

BAGHDAD: A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State (Daesh) calls on followers to launch attacks on the United States and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June. "Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready... to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers...especially...

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Four killed, 90 injured in Baghdad Green Zone riots: hospitals

BAGHDAD: At least four people were killed and 90 injured among anti-corruption protesters who stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Friday, hospital sources said on Saturday. Iraqi security forces used live and rubber bullets as well as tear gas to dislodge the protesters from the district that houses government buildings, parliament and embassies. The toll, compiled from four hospitals...

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Man shot near White House after failing to drop weapon

WASHINGTON: A U.S. Secret Service agent shot a man who brandished a gun near the White House on Friday while President Barack Obama was out golfing, and the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials said. The Secret Service, which protects the president and his family, briefly locked down the White House as a precaution, and Vice...

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Russia proposes joint Syria air strikes with US-led coalition from May 25

MOSCOW: Russia has proposed to the U.S.-led coalition that they stage joint air strikes on Syrian rebels including Nusra Front who are not observing the ceasefire, starting on May 25, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday. Such action would be coordinated with the Syrian government, he told a Defence Ministry meeting broadcast on state television, adding that Moscow...

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Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam refuses to answer questions

PARIS: The last known survivor of the team that carried out last November's Paris attacks refused to talk during questioning Friday by anti-terror judges, and the session ended abruptly. Salah Abdeslam's lawyer, Frank Berton said his client invoked his right to silence. Abdeslam, 26, had said last month he wanted to explain all. Berton told reporters that Abdeslam was disturbed...

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Air-sea search intensifies for missing EgyptAir plane

Cairo: A massive search was under way for an EgyptAir plane that disappeared over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, with suspicions swiftly focusing on a terrorist motive. Egypt's aviation minister said that while it was too soon to say why the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo had vanished from radar screens, a "terrorist" attack would be...

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Seven die in Afghanistan crash of Azerbaijan’s Silk Way freight plane

BAKU: A freight plane of Azerbaijan's Silk Way airline crashed on Wednesday in Afghanistan, killing seven of its nine crew, Azerbaijan's civil aviation administration said. It said the plane had crashed after taking off from Dwyer airport in Afghanistan. The crew were from Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Reuters

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