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Mexico illegal fuel pipeline blast kills 73

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico - At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast. Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred...

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Fireworks to kick off global New Year party despite terror fears

Sydney: Sydney will kick-start the global New Year's Eve party with its biggest fireworks display ever, but fear of jihadist attacks has cast a pall with Brussels scrapping celebrations and many cities tightening security. The show from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Australia's largest city is traditionally the world's first major event to ring in the New Year....

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U.S.-trained commandos in Philippines kill 10 militants: usinarmy

MANILA: U.S.-trained army commandos in the Philippines killed 10 al Qaeda-linked militants in a clash on a southern island, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as security forces intensify a search for foreign hostages. A lieutenant was among eight Philippine soldiers killed or wounded in a clash with about 300 members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group on Jolo island...

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‘Un-Islamic’ vaping catches fire in Malaysia amid govt backlash

KUALA LUMPUR: At Malaysian e-cigarette outlet Vape Empire, customers kick back and puff out thick, aromatic clouds of vapour in funky flavours like Horny Mango and Creamy Suckerz' Banana Anna. "Vaping" is soaring in popularity in Malaysia, the largest e-cigarette market in the Asia-Pacific region, but authorities are threatening to ban the habit for health reasons — a move that...

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Bahraini jet taking part in Yemen war crashes in Saudi Arabia: Coalition

DUBAI: A Bahraini F-16 jet taking part in a mostly Gulf Arab military campaign in Yemen crashed in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, according to a coalition statement on the Saudi state news agency. The pilot survived after the plane suffered a technical fault and came down in the Jizan region, the statement added, without going into further detail. Bahrain...

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Bahrain says 3 troops in Yemen coalition killed in Saudi

MANAMA, Bahrain: Bahrain says three soldiers attached to a coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen have been killed in Saudi Arabia. Bahrain's military made the announcement Tuesday in a statement carried by the state-run Bahrain News Agency. It says Capt. Ahmed Mohammed Ameen, Capt. Mubarak Saad al-Rumaihi, and 1st Sgt. Hassan Ali Eskandar Majid were killed on Saudi Arabia's southern...

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Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Saudi Arabia for Syria talks

RIYADH: Hours before he arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Syria's president of "mercilessly" killing hundreds of thousands of people and criticized Russia for backing him. Erdogan was speaking to reporters before departing for Saudi Arabia, where he will meet King Salman for talks focused on the Syrian civil war. Turkey and Saudi Arabia...

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14-year-old gangraped by Indian armymen on Howrah-Amritsar Express

AMRITSAR: A group of inebriated army men allegedly gangraped a 14-year-old girl on board the Howrah-Amritsar Express after forcing her to drink alcohol, police said on Monday. Sources said the girl, a resident of Kolkata, boarded the Punjab-bound train at Howrah on Sunday but entered the coach reserved for army personnel by mistake, Indian newspaper reported. One of the jawans...

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110 journalists killed in 2015, most in ‘peaceful’ countries: RSF

PARIS: A total of 110 journalists were killed around the world in 2015, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday, warning that more were being deliberately targeted for their work in supposedly peaceful countries. Sixty-seven journalists were killed in the line of duty this year, and another 43 died in circumstances that were unclear, the watchdog group said in its...

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At least 32 killed, 90 wounded in bomb blasts in Syria’s Homs: Monitoring group

DAMASCUS: At least 32 people were killed and 90 wounded in two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The blasts, one from a car bomb and another from a suicide attack, struck the Zahra district in the middle of the city, said the Britain-based Observatory, which monitors...

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Britain sends in more troops as historic city floods

York (United Kingdom): British Prime Minister David Cameron was expected to visit flood-stricken parts of northern England on Monday, as troops helped tackle a deluge that has swamped the historic city of York. The government has dispatched hundreds of soldiers to help deal with unprecedented flooding in the county of Yorkshire, where hundreds of people have been forced to flee...

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Rouhani says it’s up to Muslims to correct Islam’s image

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of hardliner groups such as Islamic State, "It is our greatest duty today to correct the image of Islam in world public opinion," Rouhani told a conference on Islamic unity in Tehran in a speech broadcast...

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Bloody Christmas in Philippines as guerrillas kill 10

MANILA: Muslim guerrillas killed 10 civilians in the majority Catholic Philippines over Christmas, the military said on Sunday, with some Christians in the affected areas now too scared to sleep in their homes. Guerillas from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) captured nine farmers and shot them dead on December 24 in the southern island of Mindanao, said Colonel Ricky...

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China officially ends one child policy: State media

BEIJING: China officially ended its one child policy on Sunday with the signing into law of a bill allowing all married couples to have a second child as it attempts to cope with an ageing population and shrinking workforce. The change, which was announced in October by the ruling Communist Party, takes effect from January 1, the Xinhua news agency...

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Steyn strikes to put brakes on England fightback

Durban (South Africa): Nick Compton and James Taylor, both seeking to re-establish themselves at Test level, hit half-centuries and dug England out of trouble on a rain-hit first day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Saturday. England were 179 for four at the close of play after being sent in to bat. Fast bowler Dale Steyn...

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Parveen Shakir remembered on her 21st death anniversary

Eminent Urdu poetess Parveen Shakir’s 21st death anniversary was observed on Saturday (today) across the country. Born on November 24, 1952, in Karachi, she was a noted poetess, teacher and a civil servant. She did her master in English literature and linguistics from the Karachi University. She was a professor at the Karachi University and Trinity College, Connecticut, USA, for...

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‘Hello, planet Earth?’ British astronaut dials wrong number from space

British astronaut Tim Peake accidentally called up an unsuspecting woman from space asking, “Hello, is this planet Earth?” and also tweeted an apology for the mistake. Peake, who will spend six months on the International Space Station (ISS), took to Twitter to apologise shortly after the gaffe on Friday. The father of two sons insisted it was not a prank...

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