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Saudi crown prince arrives in China

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing Thursday as the monarch aims to seal partnerships on a high-profile Asia tour following a diplomatic crisis over a journalist's brutal murder. Mohammed is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his two-day trip to the Chinese capital following visits to Pakistan and India. The tour has allowed him...

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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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At least 19 dead in suicide attack in north Cameroon

YAOUNDE: Two suicide bombers killed at least 19 people and injured 50 others in a market in Meme, northern Cameroon, on Friday, military sources told Reuters. Two men walked into the market and blew themselves up, one of the officials based in northern Cameroon said, adding that the number of dead and injured is subject to change. There has so...

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Turkey arrests three more over Ankara attack, case almost solved

ANKARA: Turkey has detained three more suspects over the attack on a convoy of military buses in Ankara that killed 28 people, prosecutors said Friday, adding that the case was almost solved. The government has blamed a Syrian Kurdish group classified as a terror organisation by Ankara as well as homegrown Kurdish militants for the car bombing on Wednesday in...

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Mumbai train runs over four Indian labourers

MUMBAI: A Mumbai commuter train hit and killed four labourers who were walking between the tracks Friday, an official said, the latest deadly incident on the city’s notoriously dangerous rail network. The victims, aged between 18 and 27, were run over around 6:20 am (0050 GMT) between the Kurla and Vidyavihar stations in the north of India’s teeming financial capital....

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At least 38 killed in US-led strikes in Syria’s Hasaka over 48 hours: Monitor

BEIRUT: At least 38 people were killed in air strikes carried out by a U.S.-led coalition in Hasaka province in northeast Syria in the past two days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Thursday. The toll included at least 15 people who were killed when strikes hit a bakery in the city of al-Shadadi near the...

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University of Texas allows guns in classrooms

CHICAGO: The University of Texas at Austin begrudgingly agreed Wednesday to allow students to carry guns into classrooms, months after state lawmakers passed a bill outlawing gun bans at public universities. "I do not believe handguns belong on a university campus, so this decision has been the greatest challenge of my presidency to date," university president Gregory Fenves said in...

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Aid reaches residents of besieged Syrian towns: U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered five besieged areas of Syria scheduled for deliveries on Wednesday in a U.N.-backed deal to deliver help to thousands of trapped residents, the United Nations said. The Syrian government approved access to seven besieged areas after crisis talks in Damascus on Tuesday, a week ahead of a planned resumption of peace negotiations...

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Saudi executes two Yemeni drug traffickers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed two Yemenis convicted of trying to smuggle hashish, bringing to 62 the number of people it has put to death this year. The interior ministry said Ahmed Mubarak and Abdul Salam al-Jamali were executed in the southwestern city of Jazan, near their homeland. Most people sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded by...

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United States wants NATO to step up fight against Islamic State

BRUSSELS: The United States is pressing NATO to play a bigger role against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, putting Washington at odds with Germany and France which fear the strategy would risk confrontation with the alliance's old Cold War foe Russia. All 28 NATO allies are already part of a 66-nation anti-Islamic State coalition, so the United States is...

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Roadside bomb kills four people in southern Philippines

KIDAPAWAN: Four people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed in a roadside bombing in the southern Philippines by suspected Muslim insurgents who wanted to attack military reinforcements, police said Wednesday. The victims were in a van in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province Tuesday night when the improvised bomb went off. Norodin Macabangen, a municipal treasurer of a nearby...

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Iran warns Riyadh against sending troops to Syria

SINGAPORE: Crude prices recovered in Asia Wednesday ahead of a meeting between the Iranian and Iraqi oil ministers and following a Saudi Arabia-Russia agreement to freeze output. At around 0330 GMT, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for March delivery was 18 cents, or 0.62 percent, higher at $29.22 and Brent for April was 33 cents, or 1.03 percent, higher at...

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Cameroon stages major attack on Boko Haram base in Nigeria

YAOUNDE: Cameroon mounted a major assault against a key Boko Haram base in Nigeria last week, inflicting heavy losses on the Islamist group and seizing arms and prisoners, the government said in a statement obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The Cameroonian army offensive took place from February 11 to 14 in Ngoshe in Nigeria, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from...

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Iraqi military helicopter crashes, killing nine: Spokesman

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi army helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction during a routine flight on Tuesday, killing all nine crew members, a military spokesman said. The helicopter went down near the southern province of Kut, joint operations spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told Reuters, saying two pilots and seven army officers were killed. Police in the southern province of...

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Students, teachers protest in New Delhi after mob attacks

NEW DELHI: Groups of students, journalists and teachers gathered for protests in the Indian capital Tuesday after a student union leader's arrest and subsequent violence by Hindu nationalists. The uproar has once again sparked allegations of intolerance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, with critics accusing them of cracking down on political dissent...

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