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Kashmiris observe shutdown of occupied valley against mob attacks

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) today to mark protests against attacks by Hindu mobs on Kashmiris in the valley. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the call for strike was given by trade bodies such as the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Forum and Kashmir Economic Alliance in the occupied valley. All shops and...

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Syria fighting largely halts as agreement kicks in

BEIRUT: Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturday after a landmark "cessation of hostilities" came into effect under a U.S.-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have accepted. If the temporary halt in fighting holds, it will mark the first time world powers have been able to negotiate a pause in the civil...

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Reformists take lead in Iran parliament vote

TEHRAN: Reformists and moderate conservatives were leading in parliamentary elections according to early results Saturday, an indication President Hassan Rowhani may face a more friendly house to pursue his domestic agenda. Early returns from Friday’s polls show that none of the three competing political factions will win a majority in the 290-seat parliament. But reformists seeking greater democratic changes are...

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Libyan forces battle Islamic State in Sabratha, three killed

TRIPOLI: Libyan forces battled to clear Islamic State insurgents from the western city of Sabratha on Thursday, in fighting that killed at least three Libyans and one of the militants, officials said. Islamic State has gained ground rapidly in Libya in the last year, controlling the city of Sirte and attacking oil ports, as it takes advantage of the conflict...

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Big turnout as Iran votes to shape post-sanctions era

TEHRAN: Iranians voted in elections on Friday likely to determine the pace of their emergence from years of economic isolation, with Iran's top leader, a stern critic of detente with the West, urging a big turnout to snub the country's "enemies". There were early signs of enthusiastic participation in Iran's first polls since a nuclear deal last year led to...

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At least four dead, 30 wounded in Kansas shooting

LOS ANGELES: At least four people were killed and up to 30 wounded Thursday when a gunman opened fire at a lawn mower factory in a small Kansas town, police said. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said the number of victims could rise to as high as seven. He said the gunman, an employee at Excel Industries, located in a...

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Saudi jets to arrive in Turkey to strike ISIS

ANKARA: Saudi jets are due to arrive at a Turkish base this week take part in the air campaign against ISIS extremists in Syria, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. "We are expecting the planes to arrive today or tomorrow (Friday)," Cavusoglu told the state-run Anatolia news agency, adding that Saudi equipment and personnel had already arrived on the...

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Indian man shot dead for complaining about loud music

MUMBAI: An Indian fitness instructor shot and killed a man who complained about loud music blaring from his New Delhi gym, reports said Thursday. The instructer, identified only as Rinku, and his friends were listening to music inside the gym late Monday when local resident Hardeep Singh asked them to turn down the volume. “When Hardeep went to the gym...

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IS briefly takes center of Libyan city, beheads 12

CAIRO: Islamic State affiliates in Libya briefly took over the security headquarters in the western city of Sabratha, killing and beheading 12 security officers before being driven out early Wednesday morning, two city security officials said. The incident highlighted the enduring presence and unpredictable striking power of the local IS militants in this strategic city which serves as a hub...

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Assad assures Putin of ‘readiness’ to respect Syria ceasefire: Kremlin

MOSCOW: Syrian President Bashar Assad has assured Russian strongman Vladimir Putin of his government's readiness to respect a ceasefire deal brokered by Moscow and Washington, the Kremlin said Wednesday. "A phone call took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar Assad," the Kremlin said in a statement. "In particular, (Assad) confirmed the readiness...

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Obama presents plan to close Guantanamo prison

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday presented a long-awaited roadmap to close the controversial US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying it was time to shutter a facility that betrayed US interests and values. With less than a year left in office, Obama unveiled a plan that says the United States should continue to transfer low-risk detainees to other countries...

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One dead, several injured after Dutch passenger train derails

AMSTERDAM: A Dutch passenger train derailed on Tuesday after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reported. Photos of the crash in Dalfsen, 120 km (75 miles) east of Amsterdam, showed four passenger cars on their side after colliding with the crane. Mayor Han Noten told Dutch radio broadcaster NOS that...

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Singapore says deports 4 Indonesians for links to IS

SINGAPORE: Singapore said Tuesday that it had deported four Indonesians it says were on their way to Syria to join the Islamic State group. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the four "were deported to Indonesia after investigations revealed that they had plans to make their way to Syria to fight for ISIS." ISIS is another acronym for the Islamic...

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Death toll from India caste riots rises to 19: official

SONIPAT, India: The death toll from caste riots in northern India has risen to 19, a state government official told AFP on Monday, adding that the protests had eased overnight. Authorities said some districts had now lifted a curfew imposed after the outbreak Friday of deadly riots in Haryana state by members of the Jat rural caste. "Nineteen people have...

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Shooting in Michigan leaves seven dead: Police

CHICAGO/KALAMAZOO: Seven people have been shot and killed in Kalamazoo County, in the northern American state of Michigan, local media reported late Saturday citing police. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said that six people had been shot and killed on Saturday on spot evening in parking lots at three locations ─ a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a Ford dealership and an apartment...

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Two Indian soldiers killed, 10 wounded in attack in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: Gunmen attacked a paramilitary convoy in restive Indian-held Kashmir on Saturday, killing two army men before entering a government-run training institute with 100 people inside, police said, with firing still ongoing. The militants, believed to be rebels opposed to Indian rule, assaulted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy before paramilitaries engaged them in a firefight in the...

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Afghan troops pull out of strategic Helmand district

LASHKAR GAH: Afghan forces have pulled out of bases in Musa Qala, a strategic district of the southern province of Helmand, after months of heavy fighting with Taliban insurgents, officials said on Saturday. Helmand, a traditional heartland of the Taliban and one of the world's biggest centers of opium production, has been threatened for months and the United States recently...

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