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Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attack

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most...

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Afghan Taliban announce death of Haqqani network leader: SITE

The founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan's most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their affiliates the Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin Haqqani now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban's deputy leader, died "after a long battle with illness", the Taliban said in a statement. Jalaluddin...

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‘Microwave weapon’ suspected in mystery attacks on US diplomats: report

Doctors and scientists increasingly suspect attacks with unconventional microwave weapons as the cause of the mysterious ailments that have stricken more than three dozen American diplomats and their families in Cuba and China, The New York Times reported Sunday. The victims reported hearing intense high-pitched sounds in their hotel rooms or homes followed by symptoms that included nausea, severe headaches,...

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Myanmar judge jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case

YANGON - A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and sentenced them to seven years in prison, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached...

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Gen Scott Miller to head NATO forces in Afghanistan as Nicholson out

KABUL: US Army General Scott Miller assumed command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17-year conflict. Miller, the former commander of the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command, takes over at a time of mixed hope...

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UK welcomes Saudi-led coalition probe into Yemen strike

LONDON: Britain on Sunday welcomed results of an investigation by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen into an air strike last month that killed 40 children, but urged clarifications on other deadly operations. The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday said "mistakes" had been made in the August 9 strike on a crowded marketplace in a part of northern Yemen held by...

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Raging fire tears through prized Rio museum

A massive fire on Sunday ripped through Rio de Janeiro´s National Museum, one of Brazil´s oldest, in what the nation´s president said was a 'tragic' loss of knowledge and heritage. Television footage showed the majestic building engulfed in flames that firefighters had yet to bring under control, with plumes of smoke shooting into the night sky. Though some 20 fire...

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Japan to halt Iran oil imports under US pressure: reports

Japan's major oil wholesalers are preparing to suspend crude oil imports from Iran in October, amid fears Washington will sanction countries importing Iranian crude, local media reported. US President Donald Trump in May pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and last month began reimposing sanctions that block other countries from trading with Iran. A second phase of...

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Some 400 prisoners escape prison in chaos in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI: Some 400 prisoners escaped from a jail in Libya’s capital on Sunday while fighting between rival armed groups raged nearby, a judiciary official said as the United Nations called for the warring parties to meet on Tuesday. The inmates forced open the doors of the Ain Zara prison and guards were unable to stop them, the official said, confirming...

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Saudi-led coalition confesses ‘mistakes’ over deadly Yemen bus strike

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen admitted Saturday that "mistakes" had been made in an August airstrike that killed 40 children. The bombing on a crowded market in part of northern Yemen held by Houthi rebels killed a total of 51 people, according to the Red Cross. Fifty-six children were also among the 79 people wounded in the...

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US withdraws Rs36.9bn aid over indecisiveness on militants

WASHINGTON: The United States on Saturday made the final decision to cancel another $300 million — or Rs36.9 billion — in aid to Pakistan that had been halted over what the former claims is the latter's failure to take decisive action against militants. The so-called Coalition Support Funds (CSF) were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced...

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German city’s mayor seeks to reassure foreign students

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Days after a street killing sparked violent anti-migrant protests, the mayor of Chemnitz sought Friday to reassure foreign visitors, students and investors that the eastern German city is safe, even as authorities prepared for further demonstrations at the weekend. Images of neo-Nazis shouting “foreigners out” and performing the stiff-armed ‘Hitler salute’ during a protest Monday made headlines...

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McCain salute: One of nation’s ‘bravest souls’ in war, peace

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders saluted John McCain Friday as a model of service in war and peace and “one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced,” in a memorial ceremony at the heart of the political battlefield where he fought for more than three decades. Then thousands of fellow Americans, who had lined up outside the U.S. Capitol...

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FBI arrests New Mexico compound members on new charges

TAOS: Five residents of a New Mexico compound were arrested on Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for violating firearms and conspiracy laws in what one of their lawyers described as a “bad development” for the group, who are accused of planning anti-government attacks. Jany Leveille, 35; Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40; Hujrah Wahhaj, 37; Subhanah Wahhaj, 35; and...

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US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

WASHINGTON: The United States is halting its funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, after determining that the organization is "irredeemably flawed," the State Department said on Friday. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was formed in December 1949, is supported by voluntary contributions from UN member...

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Briton jailed for life over plot to kill PM May

LONDON: A British man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday over a plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office and then using a knife or a gun to attack her. Naa’imur Rahman, 21, of north London, planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the...

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Last-ditch talks begin to avert disaster in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT: Key brokers held last-ditch talks on Thursday on the fate of Syria’s only remaining rebel-held province, hoping to stave off a government offensive the UN has warned could spark catastrophe. Government forces have been massing around Idlib for days and looked poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the civil war that has torn Syria...

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