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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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Brazil’s Rousseff loses crucial impeachment vote in Congress

BRASILIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff lost a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress on Sunday and appeared almost certain to be forced from office in a move that would end 13 years of leftist Workers' Party rule. As thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters demonstrated outside Congress, the opposition comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send...

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Iran vows to defend Muslim nations against terrorism, Israel

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday vowed to defend Muslim countries against terrorism and Israel while insisting that its neighbors should not feel threatened. Speaking during a National Army Day parade in which Iranian forces displayed sophisticated air defense systems recently acquired from Russia, Rouhani praised Tehran's role in helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments roll back the Islamic...

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Complete shutdown being observed in occupied Kashmir today

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, on Saturday, against killing of five civilians in the unprovoked firing of Indian troops on peaceful protesters in Kupwara district during this week. Call for the shutdown has been given by Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The authorities continue to impose curfew and other...

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Pakistani nation to decide on allegations against Nawaz: US

WASHINGTON: US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby in a media briefing Thursday has stated that it was up to the Pakistani nation to decide over the Panama Leaks’ allegations against Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif. Kirby answered this in response to a question regarding the matter of PM Nawaz’s resignation over the accusations. Kirby added that he had stated this...

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Israeli military to charge soldier with manslaughter

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military on Thursday said prosecutors have announced their intention to file a manslaughter charge against a soldier who was caught on video shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the head. The soldier appeared in a military court, where his detention was extended until Monday. The military said that prosecutors informed the court that they plan on charging...

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4th Kashmiri dies in clashes with Indian troops amid curfew

SRINAGAR: Indian authorities on Wednesday imposed a curfew in parts of India-held Kashmir to stop fresh anti-India demonstrations following the killings of four people by Indian troops and a general strike called by Kashmiris. The latest death occurred when a man was hit on his head by a tear gas shell fired by security forces and died in a hospital...

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Erdogan hosts Istanbul summit in quest for Islamic unity

ISTANBUL, Turkey: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday hosts over 30 heads of state and government from Islamic countries in Istanbul for a major summit aimed at overcoming differences in the Muslim world. Turkey will seek to showcase its influence in the Muslim world, particularly in lands once controlled by the Ottoman Empire, at the two-day summit of the...

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7.0 magnitude earthquake struck India-Myanmar border

NEW DELHI: Huge tremors were felt in Kolkata after a whopper of an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the areas on the India-Myanmar border. Strong tremors were reported in Guwahati and Patna, mild ones were felt in Chennai and Delhi. The earthquake hit at 7.25 pm and at a depth of 134 km. No damage has been...

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Macedonia police tear gas migrants on Greek border

IDOMENI: Macedonia police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades at migrants staging a protest at the country's border fence with Greece, an AFP reporter said. About 100 migrants spread out over about 100 metres (yards) tugging at the wire fence, but swiftly pulled back when two squads of Greek riot police moved in, the reporter said. The Greek...

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OIC reaffirms support to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

ISTANBUL: The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has reaffirmed its continued support to the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The Group reiterated the commitment at its meeting in Istanbul, which was chaired by the OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah Al-Alim on the sidelines of 13th OIC Summit. The OIC's Secretary General’s Special Representative said...

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Panama raids offices of Mossack Fonseca law firm

PANAMA CITY: Panama's attorney general late on Tuesday raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm to search for any evidence of illegal activities, authorities said in a statement. The Panama-based law firm is at the center of the "Panama Papers" leaks scandal that has embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy world of offshore...

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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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