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At least 40 killed in a blast in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - At least 40 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, said two government officials. More than 60 other people were injured in the blast, said Basir Mujahid spokesman for Kabul police. “I have confirmed reports that 40 people have been killed,” Mujahid told Reuters. There were no...

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California shooters did not support IS on social media: FBI

NEW YORK: There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, echoing investigators’ views that the pair were inspired by, rather than organised by Islamic State. The militant group has “revolutionised” terrorism by seeking to inspire such small-scale attacks, FBI...

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Gunmen kidnap 26 from Qatari hunting group in Iraq: Officials

BAGHDAD: Unknown gunmen driving in a large convoy of trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari citizens from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders on the early hours of Wednesday, the regional governor and police officials said. Two police officers in Samawa confirmed the kidnappings and said security forces launched a wide-scale search for the...

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UN chief marks anniversary of APS attack, praises students’ resilience

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, saying no cause justifies brutality against children. “No grievance excuses the horror and cowardice of attacking defenceless children while they learn,” the UN chief said in a message released by his office. “I join with...

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Los Angeles schools to reopen, email threat ‘not credible’

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles schools were due to reopen on Wednesday after authorities determined that an emailed threat prompting the shutdown of the second-largest school district in the United States was not deemed credible. The drastic decision on Tuesday to close more than 900 schools and to keep 640,000 students at home was made out of “an abundance of caution,”...

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PCB launches official PSL logo

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) launched the official logo of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) during a glittering ceremony. All five franchises owners of the PSL, PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi, PCB officials and journalists were present on the occasion. Habib bank limited (HBL) becomes the title sponsor of the event.

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Nigerian Shiites say soldiers have killed hundreds

KADUNA: Soldiers killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims this weekend after their group opened fire on the convoy of Nigeria's army chief, the Shia Islamic Movement and military reports said Monday. Other reports put the number of dead at about 20. Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah Ibrahim, are in military custody, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state told...

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At least 41 die in bus crash in northern Argentina

BUENOS AIRES: At least 41 Argentine police have been killed in a bus accident in the northern part of the South American nation. Authorities say the crash happened early Monday while a convoy of three buses with gendarmes officers was traveling near Salta, a city about 932 miles (1,500 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires. Angel Marinaro, civil defense director for...

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Aerial bombing on Syria kills dozens

At least 28 people have died during air strikes on a Syrian school district. At least 28 people have died during air and missile strikes on a school district and other areas in insurgent-held Damascus suburbs in Syria. Two children and a school principal were among those who were killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes...

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Woman wins council seat in historic Saudi polls

RIYADH: A Saudi woman won a municipal council seat in the country's first ever election open to female voters and candidates, an official said Sunday, in a milestone result for the ultra-conservative kingdom. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, in the holy city of Makkah, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president...

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Suicide bomber kills six on Iraq-Saudi border

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi position on the border with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, killing six guards, including a commander, officials said. The attack by the bomber, who detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at the headquarters of the Hafr Zawiyah border post in Iraq's vast Anbar province, also wounded 14 guards. An army lieutenant colonel said the bomber was...

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Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports: US report

WASHINGTON: A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday. A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the contents of a story by CNN on Friday about the report, but declined to provide a copy of the report. The report says Islamic State...

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World T20: IPL experience has robbed India of home advantage, says Kohli

MUMBAI: Virat Kohli played down India's status Friday as favourites for cricket's World Twenty20, saying their rivals' experience of playing in the IPL had robbed the tournament's hosts of home advantage. Speaking at a promotional event for the trophy, the swashbuckling batsman said many players expected to star in the tournament had grown familiar with local conditions through the annual...

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ICC announces World Twenty20 2016 schedule

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups and schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be staged across eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches, will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala,...

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Still no confirmation from Indian government on series: PCB chairman

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman on Thursday said that the Indian government still hasn’t given a go-ahead to the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India for the December series in Sri Lanka. “The BCCI hasn’t received any confirmation until now from the Indian government,” Shahryar said while talking to media in Lahore. “With every passing hour, the...

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Giles Clarke advises Pakistan not to rush India series decision

LAHORE: England Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke has advised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to rush the decision regarding cricket series with India after the Pakistani board reportedly contacted him on the matter, sources told Geo News on Thursday. Meanwhile, PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said chances of the bilateral series were diminishing with every passing moment as the Board...

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Zuckerberg speaks out against Muslim discrimination

WASHINGTON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to protect the rights of Muslims, saying they should not fear being "persecuted for the actions of others." Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that the Muslim community should not face discrimination following attacks in Paris and elsewhere linked to extremists. His comments appeared aimed at countering the call by Republican presidential candidate Donald...

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