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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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Gunmen kill six in second church attack in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU: Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, a local official said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists. Congregants were leaving church around 9 a.m. (0900 GMT) when about twenty men encircled them and shot six dead, Boucary Zongo, mayor of the...

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US drone strike in Afghanistan kills 5

At least five people were killed in a drone strike on the Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border. The drone fired two missiles at a house in the Laman area of Afghanistan. Those killed in the drone strike were affiliated with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group including a commander Asadullah alias Shingri, according to sources. Earlier this month, US President...

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Beijing vows to strike back as US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods,

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Donald Trump’s tariff increase to 25 per cent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect on Friday, and Beijing said it would strike back, ratcheting up tensions as the two sides pursue last-ditch talks to try salvaging a trade deal. China’s Commerce Ministry said it “deeply regrets” the US decision, adding that it would take...

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Japan, US, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

TOKYO: In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the US Navy said on Thursday. While similar exercises have been held in the South China Sea in the past,...

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Donald Trump moves to strangle Iran economy as nuclear deal withers

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday tightened the screws further on Iran with sanctions on its mining industry after a frustrated Tehran said it would suspend some promises it made under a nuclear deal rejected by Washington. On the anniversary of Trump's withdrawal from the accord he denounced as "horrible," tensions were soaring as the United States deployed an aircraft...

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Iran suspends nuclear deal curbs in push for relief from US sanctions

Iran said on Wednesday it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers until they find a way to bypass renewed United States sanctions. The well trailed announcement came as Washington stepped up its rhetoric against Tehran, accusing it of planning “imminent” attacks and deploying an aircraft carrier strike group with several...

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Student killed in school shooting at US state of Colorado

DENVER: A teenaged student was fatally shot and multiple others were wounded Tuesday in a school shooting by fellow pupils in the US state of Colorado, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country´s modern history. "It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed," the Douglas...

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‘Donald Trump, would have faced obstruction of justice charges, if not president over Mueller report’

Nearly 400 former federal prosecutors said in a joint letter Monday that the evidence in the Mueller report would have resulted in the obstruction of justice charges against Donald Trump ─ were he not the president. The letter says that the evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation indicating that obstruction was committed is "overwhelming." Currently, Department of Justice policy...

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Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar freed from prison

YANGON: Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail,...

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US deploying carrier, bombers to Middle East to deter Iran: Bolton

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. With tensions already high between Washington and Tehran, a US official said the...

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Tanker truck fuel blast kills 58 in Niger

NIAMEY: Fifty-eight people died in Niger's capital Niamey after an overturned tanker truck exploded as crowds collected spilt fuel, authorities and witnesses said Monday. The blast on the RN1 route near the international airport Sunday night left the burnt truck's wreckage, motorbikes and debris scattered over the road. Nearby houses were damaged by fire. The explosion left 58 dead, the...

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41 reported killed after Russian passenger plane crash-lands in Moscow

MOSCOW: Forty-one people on board a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane were killed on Sunday, including two children, after the aircraft caught fire as it made a bumpy emergency landing at a Moscow airport, Russian investigators said. Television footage showed the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash bouncing along the tarmac at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport before the rear part of the plane suddenly...

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India’s election gets into 5th phase

Polls opened on Monday for the crucial fifth phase of India's marathon elections including in two constituencies in the vote-rich state of Uttar Pradesh, where opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi hope to retain their seats. Voting began amid scorching summer temperatures and tight security in Uttar Pradesh in northern India, where more than 25...

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Palestinians report Gaza truce with Israel as violence ebbs

GAZA CITY: A deadly surge in violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel petered out overnight and Palestinian officials reported that Egypt had mediated a truce early on Monday. The latest round of fighting erupted three days ago, peaking on Sunday when rockets and missiles from Gaza reportedly killed four civilians in Israel, and Israeli strikes martyred 19 Palestinians,...

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PM Khan, President Ghani discuss regional security

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday called Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and discussed regional security while exchanging viewpoints on regional peace, prosperity, and stability. Both leaders agreed on increasing communication and the combined efforts for economic progress. PM said Pakistan considers Afghanistan brotherly friend while the Afghan conflict-affected Pakistan for decades as well. He said the leadership of both...

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Taliban suicide bomber, gunmen attack police headquarters in northern Afghanistan

KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan followed by clashes between gunmen and security forces, officials and the Taliban said on Sunday. The death toll was not known but at least 40 people had been injured, said Mohibullah Habib, provincial health director in the city of Pul-e-Khumri. A member of the...

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