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US says terrorist attacks decreased in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US State Department on Thursday has issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017. According to the report, due to effective operation by Pakistan Army, the militant outfits such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban were weakened in the past few years. The United States Department of State has stated that they acknowledge the efforts made by Pakistan...

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US voices concern on China’s Muslim crackdown in Xinjiang

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Tuesday expressed deep concern over China’s “worsening crackdown” on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region, as the Trump administration considered sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses. Discussions have gained momentum within the US government over possible economic penalties in response to reports of mass detentions of...

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Suicide attack kills three, wounds 11 near Iraq’s Tikrit: police

TIKRIT, Iraq: At least three people were killed and 11 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives at a restaurant on a highway near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, police and medical sources said. Police said the attacker targeted the Qala’a restaurant which is usually frequented by security forces members and paramilitary fighters. No...

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Workers still search for 9/11 remains, 17 years on

Seventeen years later, more than 1,100 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center have yet to be identified. But in a New York lab, a team is still avidly working to identify the remains, with technological progress on its side. Day in, day out, they repeat the same protocol dozens of times. At first, they examine...

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North Korea holds 70th anniversary parade, without ICBMs

North Korea refrained from displaying its intercontinental missiles in a massive military parade through Pyongyang celebrating its 70th birthday Sunday -- a conspicuous absence touted by US President Donald Trump as "a big and very positive statement". Thousands of North Korean troops marched through Pyongyang, followed by artillery and tanks but not the long-range missiles that have been a bone...

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7 wounded including 2 British tourists in Paris knife attack

Seven people including two British tourists were wounded Sunday in Paris after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar, according to police and other sources. A source close to the inquiry said the suspect, believed to be an Afghan national, has been arrested. "Nothing at this stage shows signs of a terrorist nature...

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NYC subway station buried by 9/11 open again

NEW YORK: Just days before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, trains are once again running through a New York City subway station buried when the Twin Towers fell 17 years ago. The Cortlandt stop reopened on Saturday on the Number One line in what The New York Times described as "the last major piece in the city's quest...

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Trump administration to take tough stance against International Criminal Court

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, is to make the announcement in a midday speech to the Federalist...

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Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history

Russia on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move NATO denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict". The week-long deployment alongside Chinese and Mongolian armies dubbed "Vostok-2018" (East-2018) will start in eastern Siberia on September 11. It comes at a time of escalating tensions between Moscow and the...

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Seven killed in blast in Afghan capital

KABUL: At least seven people were killed and 25 wounded on Sunday when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated explosives near a procession in Kabul commemorating the death of former anti-Soviet commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, a government official said. Police said the suicide attack came hours after another suspected suicide bomber was shot by police in Kabul before he...

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Donald Trump cuts $25 million in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered that $25 million earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals be directed elsewhere as part of a review of aid, a State Department official said on Saturday. Trump called for a review of US assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in...

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South Sudan plane crashes with about 20 on board

JUBA: A 19-seater plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan on Sunday, a regional official told AFP, adding "many on board are feared dead". "We have not yet established full details of the airline but what we know it is a 19-seater plane coming from Juba to Yirol this morning," said regional information minister for the...

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Egyptian court awards death sentence over 2013 sit-in

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday issued death sentences for 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, and jailed more than 600 others over a 2013 sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces. The sentencing concluded the mass trial of some 700 people accused of offences including murder and inciting violence during the pro-Muslim Brotherhood...

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U.S. sends Iran messages ‘every day’ to begin negotiations: Iran president

GENEVA  - The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television. Tensions ramped up between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month....

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Obama blasts Trump, GOP, urges Democrats to vote

Former US President Barack Obama assailed President Donald Trump and Republicans on Friday, urging Democrats to deliver a check on the administration’s “abuses of power” and restore a sense of sanity to politics by voting in November’s elections. In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in dangerous times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy,...

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Ex-Trump aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison over Russia probe

WASHINGTON: George Papadopoulos, a former aide to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty last year to lying to federal agents investigating whether campaign members coordinated with Russia before the election. Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Papadopoulos lied to agents about his contacts with Russians during the...

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Japan toll rises to 30 after powerful quake

The death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 30 Saturday, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude...

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