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Afghan Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar, says sources

The Taliban have held three days of talks with United States (US) envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the militant group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group claimed on Sunday. The talks are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down America's longest war. Seventeen...

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13 Kurdish rebels killed in new southeast Turkey air strikes: Army

ISTANBUL: Turkish warplanes carried out a new wave of air strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the southeast, killing 13 rebels overnight, the army said Monday. "Thirteen terrorists have been neutralised," in the remote Hakkari province, on the border with Iraq, the general staff said in a statement on its website. Meanwhile in Istanbul, police detained at least...

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Harvard University searching buildings after bomb threat

BOSTON: Harvard University said on Monday it had evacuated four buildings on its campus outside Boston after receiving an “unconfirmed” bomb threat and that the search would likely take several hours. Three classroom buildings – The Science Center, Sever and Emerson Halls – and one dormitory, Thayer Hall, were affected, the Ivy League school said on its website. The threat...

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Eiffel Tower reopens three days after Paris attacks

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower reopened on Monday, three days after closing because of the wave of terror attacks on Paris. The iconic tower -- like monuments the world over following the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris -- will be lit up in the French national colours blue, red and white from sundown, its operator said Monday. Normally visited by between...

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France carries out raids, names 2 more potential attackers

PARIS: French police raided more than 150 locations overnight as authorities released the names of two more potential suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks— one born in Syria, the other a Frenchman wanted as part of a terrorism investigation. The raids came as the hunt continued for members of the sleeper cell that carried out last Friday's gun and...

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Cricket All Stars: Warne Warriors complete clean sweep against Sachin Blasters

Los Angeles: Sachin's Blasters suffered their third successive defeat against Warne's Warriors, going down by four wickets in a last-over thriller, to lose the Cricket All-Stars T20 Series 0-3 at the Dodger Stadium here. Indian stalwarts, Sachin Tendulkar (56) and Sourav Ganguly (50) showed glimpses of the past as they hit half-centuries to help their team post a challenging 219...

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Frenchman identified as possible concert hall attacker: Police sources

COURCOURONNES: Omar Ismail Mostefai was known to police as nothing more than a petty criminal before he became the first gunman identified from Friday’s attacks in Paris, which left at least 129 dead. Identified by his finger, which was found among the rubble of the Bataclan concert hall, the 29-year-old was one of three men who blew himself up killing...

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French president blames Islamic State group for Paris attacks

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande says that the Islamic State group orchestrated the worst attacks in France since World War II and vowed to strike back. He said the attacks on a stadium, concert hall and Paris cafe diners were "committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend...

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World mourns and shocked over Paris bloodshed

United States President Barack Obama has been informed about a series of deadly attacks that rocked Paris on Friday, a White House official said. Obama condemned the series of deadly attacks across Paris as an “attack on all of humanity” and pledged to work with France to bring those responsible to justice. “Whenever these kinds of attacks happen, we've always...

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2nd ODI: England beats Pakistan by 95 runs

ABU DHABI: England has beaten Pakistan by 95 runs in second One Day International (ODI) played here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. Sarfraz Ahmed smashed 64 runs in 76 balls. Anwar Ali scored 23 runs in 34 balls. Skipper Azhar Ali bagged 22 runs in 45 balls. Woakes bagged four wickets. Willey took three wickets. While; Topley, Rashid and...

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England set 284 runs target for Pakistan in 2nd ODI

ABU DHABI: England has set 284 runs target for Pakistan in second One Day International (ODI) being played here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Friday. Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bat first against the host country. Guest side scored 283 runs on loss of five wickets in 50 overs. Hales smashed massive 109 runs in 117...

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2nd ODI: England won the toss and elected to bat First

ABU DHABI: Eoin Morgan won his second successive toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat first as England seek to bounce back against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Unchanged England are 1-0 down with three to play in the one-day international series, but batting first on a used pitch gave them an obvious opportunity to level the score. Pakistan made...

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Rain, snowfall in quake-hit areas cause troubles for victims

ISLAMABAD: Intermittent rain and snowfall in most parts of the country on Friday have welcomed the winter season however, the Lowari Top is still closed for every kind of traffic. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) office has predicted drizzling in Peshawar and Mardan while scattered rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over hills is also expected in next 24 hours. Meanwhile, the victims...

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Protest at 10 Downing street as Indian PM Modi arrives in London

LONDON: A large number of people staged a demonstration against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10 Downing Street on Thursday. The protesters, including Pakistanis, Sikhs and Kashmiris, were carrying placards inscribed with ‘Modi Not Welcome.’ They chanted slogans against the BJP and RSS. They advised Modi to return to India. While, Vast numbers of Sikhs, Kashmiris and Indian Christians...

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Undercover Israeli troops raid hospital, kill Palestinian

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Israeli forces disguised as locals killed a Palestinian man on Thursday during a raid at a West Bank hospital, a Palestinian hospital official said. The Israeli military said troops shot a man at the hospital while they were there to arrest a suspect in a stabbing attack. Jihad Shawar, the director of Al-Ahli hospital in the West...

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14 migrants die as boat sinks off Turkey

ANKARA: At least 14 people, including seven children, drowned on Wednesday when a migrant boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast while trying to reach Greece, local media reported, the latest fatalities in Europe's refugee crisis. The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies from the wooden boat which was heading from the province of Canakkale to the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan...

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At least 22 dead in attack on Syria regime bastion: Media

DAMASCUS: At least 22 people were killed in mortar fire Tuesday on Syria s coastal city of Latakia, in one of the bloodiest shellings there since the country s war began, state media reported. The toll rose to "22 people killed and 62 wounded" in the attack on eastern neighbourhoods of the regime bastion, state television said. Earlier, state news...

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