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PM Khan telephones Modi to congratulate him on poll victory

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday telephoned his re-elected Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) electoral victory in the Indian election, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said. Dr Faisal said Prime Minister Imran expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their people. https://twitter.com/DrMFaisal/status/1132598331316822016 The premier, reiterating his vision for...

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Russia says one of its attack helicopters crashes in Syria

MOSCOW: A Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday morning killing both pilots, Russia's Defence Ministry said. The ministry said the helicopter, which crashed in Homs province, had not been shot down, but the cause of the incident was unclear. "A group of specialists is working at the crash site to investigate...

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Panama Papers reveal spies used Mossak Fonseca

Berlin: Secret agents from several countries, including intermediaries of the CIA, have used the services of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca in order to "conceal" their activities, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday. "Secret agents and their informants have made wide use of the company's services," wrote the newspaper, which obtained a massive stash of 11.5 million documents from the...

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Panama Papers leak: German editor says published in public interest

BERLIN: The editor of the German newspaper that broke the Panama Papers story said on Monday he did not know exactly where his team´s source got the information but defended his decision to publish on the basis of the public interest. Wolfgang Krach, co-editor-in-chief of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, said a source who introduced themselves as "John Doe" contacted the paper...

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Four Iran army special forces troops killed in Syria: Agency

BEIRUT: Four soldiers in Iran's regular army were killed in Syria, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, only a week after Tehran announced the deployment of army commandos to help President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war there. Tehran is Assad's main regional ally and has provided military and economic support to his fight against rebel groups and Islamic...

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Indian police detain five after temple fireworks blaze kills 108

NEW DELHI: Indian police have detained five people after a fireworks display at a Hindu temple set off explosions and fire killing 108 people, an officer said on Monday, in one of the worst accidents at a religious festival. Thousands of people were gathered at the temple at Kollam in the southern state of Kerala on Sunday for the pyrotechnic...

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Nearly 100 killed in Indian temple triggered by fireworks

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A huge fire swept through a temple in India´s southern Kerala state early on Sunday, killing nearly 100 people and injuring over 200 gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year. Thousands of people had packed into the Puttingal Devi temple and the narrow lanes around it. The fireworks display began at...

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Indian politician beaten to death after election rally

KOLKATA: Armed assailants beat to death an Indian politician whose party is contesting elections in the country’s east as he returned home from a campaign rally, police said Saturday. Joydeb Jana, a mid-ranking leader of West Bengal state’s ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC), was attacked by armed men late Friday after addressing a campaign rally in West Midnapore district. “(Jana)...

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UK PM Cameron says he mishandled ‘Panama Papers’ tax scrutiny

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he should have handled scrutiny of his family's tax arrangements better and promised to learn the lessons after days of negative media coverage and calls for his resignation. After four days and four different statements over his late father's inclusion in the "Panama Papers", Cameron said on Thursday he once had...

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El Salvador raids Mossack Fonseca office, seizes documents

SAN SALVADOR: Authorities in El Salvador on Friday raided the local offices of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, seizing documents and equipment, the country's attorney general's office said. The Panama-based law firm is at the center of an international data leak scandal that has embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy world of offshore companies. Attorney...

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At least two dead in shooting at US Air Force base

SAN ANTONIO: An air force base in San Antonio, Texas was on lockdown Friday after a shooting left two people dead, authorities said. The killings were apparently a murder-suicide, US media reported, citing local law enforcement. Deputies were still inside the building at Lackland Air Force Base, the Bexar County Sheriff said in a tweet. Local law enforcement authorities are...

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Turkey, Israel make progress on deal to restore ties: Turkish ministry

ANKARA: Turkish and Israeli teams made progress towards finalising an agreement to mend ties between the two countries in talks and agreed a deal will be finalised in the next meeting to be convened very soon, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday. Turkey was once Israel's closest regional ally but ties collapsed in 2010 over the killing by Israeli...

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Aware of RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav’s arrest in Pakistan: US

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has confirmed that it was aware of ‘RAW’ agent, Kulbhushan Yadav’s arrest in Pakistan. In a daily press briefing, Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department said, “I am aware of the reports about the arrest, however, I don’t have anything any details of the arrest.” To a question about frozen peace talks...

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Afghan casualties disputed after US air strikes

KABUL: US warplanes conducted two air strikes in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Wednesday but there were conflicting reports on whether the casualties were civilians or combatants. The two strikes in Paktika province were aimed at insurgent targets, US military spokesman Commander Fernando Estrella said on Thursday, but he gave no more details. Paktika provincial police chief Zorawar...

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Syrian state TV says 300 workers kidnapped by Islamic State

BEIRUT: Islamic State fighters have kidnapped 300 cement workers in an area northeast of Damascus where the militants launched an assault against government forces this week, Syrian state television said on Thursday. The workers and contractors of Al Badia Cement company were taken from near the town of Dumeir and their employer had lost all contact with them, state TV...

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Turkey won’t implement migrant deal if EU falls short: Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned the European Union that Ankara would not implement a key deal on reducing the flow of migrants if Brussels failed to fulfil its side of the bargain. Erdogan's typically combative comments indicated that Ankara would not sit still if the EU fell short on a number of promises in the deal,...

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Clashes in Kashmir after two killed by Indian Army

Srinagar: Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Indian Kashmir on Thursday after two Kashmiri were killed in a gun battle with government forces, the army and witnesses said. Protesters torched a police armored vehicle as masked militants fired automatic rifles into the air in honor of the dead men, a police officer at the scene told AFP on condition...

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