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Besieged occupied Kashmir neighbourhood in test of wills with India’s Modi

SRINAGAR:  For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in occupied Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the dozen or so entrances have been blocked with makeshift barricades of bricks, corrugated metal sheets, wooden slabs and felled...

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Two Indian reporters shot dead in less than 24 hours

NEW DELHI: Gunmen shot dead two journalists in 24 hours in separate incidents in eastern India, police and local reports said Saturday, the latest media killing in Asia's deadliest country for reporters. Rajdeo Ranjan, the local bureau chief for Hindi-language daily Hindustan, was travelling on his motorcycle late Friday in Bihar state when a group of unknown assailants shot him...

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US, Russia step up war of words over missile shield

REDZIKOWO: The United States and Russia on Friday accused each other of mounting an aggressive military presence in northern Europe, with Moscow vowing to "end threats" posed by a US missile shield near its border. The stepped-up war of words came as Poland on Friday broke ground on the northern section of a US missile defence shield launched in Romania...

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Shooting and bombing in northern Iraq kill 16, sources say

BAGHDAD: Three gunmen opened fire overnight on a cafe in northern Iraq where young men had gathered at the start of the weekend, killing at least 12 and wounding 25, police and hospital sources said on Friday. The assailants in the predominately Shi'ite Muslim town of Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, sprayed machine gun fire from their...

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US Navy fires commander of sailors who were held by Iran

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Navy said on Thursday that it had fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf in January and were briefly held by Iran in an incident that risked becoming an international crisis. The Navy said in a statement that it had lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch, who...

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Fighting erupts north of Aleppo as ceasefire expires

BEIRUT: Syrian government forces battled rebels north of Aleppo on Thursday as a ceasefire expired in the city itself, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rebels sources said. The fighting was focused around the rebel-held Handarat area which is important because it is near the last route into opposition-held areas of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the conflict and...

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Iran pilgrims to miss hajj after no deal with Saudi: Minister

TEHRAN: Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following a severing of ties, its culture minister said Thursday. "The arrangements have not been put together and it's now too late," Ali Jannati told the official IRNA news agency. "The sabotage is coming from the Saudis." AFP

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New Zealand PM thrown out of parliament over Panama Papers debate

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key was ordered to leave a debate in parliament today, in a rare move by the speaker of the house. Key had been answering a question from Green Party co-leader James Shaw on why he was refusing to apologise to the charities Greenpeace, the Red Cross and Amnesty International after linking them to foreign...

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Suspect dead after four stabbed at Massachusetts home, mall

NEW YORK: A man stabbed four people, two of whom later died, in twin attacks in Massachusetts on Tuesday before being shot by police and later dying, authorities said. Two people were stabbed at a home outside Boston and then two at the nearby Silver City Galleria mall by the assailant, who had crashed a car into the front of...

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Bangladesh executes JI leader over ‘1971 war crimes’

DHAKA: Bangladesh executed top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for '1971 war crimes', the country's media reported on Tuesday. Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged after the country's highest court published the final judgement upholding his execution order. Nizami's execution could exacerbate tensions in the country after a string of killings of secular and liberal activists...

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Bomb attack targeting police rocks Turkish city of Diyarbakir

DIYARBAKIR: A bomb attack targeting police on Tuesday rocked the majority-Kurdish Turkish city of Diyarbakir, causing casualties, reports said. The explosion went off in the district of Baglar in the centre of the city and was a “terrorist” attack, the state-run Anatolia news agency said. The Dogan news agency added that several people were wounded. Diyarbakir and its region have...

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Air strikes kill 10 in Syria’s Idlib province: Monitoring group

BEIRUT: Air strikes on a town in Idlib province in Syria's northwest killed at least 10 people on Tuesday, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Low-level fighting also appeared to continue inside the city of Aleppo, 50 km (30 miles) from Idlib city, and there were heavier clashes around Aleppo, the British-based group said. The Syrian army...

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Knife attacker kills one at Munich train station

MUNICH: A German national stabbed four passengers at a train station near Munich early on Tuesday, killing one man and injuring three, in an attack police said appeared to have an Islamist motive. Witnesses said the assailant, a 27-year-old man, shouted "Allahu Akbar" ('God is Greatest' in Arabic), according to police. "The perpetrator made remarks during the attack which point...

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Islamic State leader for Iraq’s Anbar province killed in air strike: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: A US-led coalition air strike has killed a senior Islamic State leader in Iraq’s Anbar province, along with three other IS miltants, the Pentagon said Monday. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the May 6 strike near the town of Rutba deep in the Anbar desert targeted Abu Wahib, IS’s “military emir” for the vast western province. Wahib was “a...

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China landslide death toll climbs to 22

BEIJING: The death toll in a landslide in China's southeastern Fujian province has risen to 22, with 17 people still missing, state media said on Monday. The landslide, triggered on Sunday by heavy rain, hit a hydroelectric power station that was under construction in Fujian's Taining County. President Xi Jinping had demanded that local officials step up rescue efforts. "As...

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Somalia car bomb attack kills at least two police officers

MOGADISHU: A car bomb killed at least two police officers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday in a suicide attack on the city's traffic police headquarters, police said. Three others were wounded during the attack, said Mohamed Nur, a traffic police officer. One of the assailants was killed in a gun fight after the blast. "It was a...

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41 workers missing after China landslide

BEIJING: More than 400 rescuers were mobilised to search for 41 people missing after a landslide engulfed workers at a construction site in southeastern China early Sunday, state media reported. A torrent of mud buried a temporary shed used by workers building a power plant in Taining County in Fujian province, the official Xinhua news agency said. The earth was...

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