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British PM Theresa May fights rebellion over Brexit deal

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May battled to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her political future on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her. The Conservative leader said she believed with "every fibre of my being" in the Brexit course she had set, hours after facing a hostile parliament and seeing four...

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Turkish employees of Saudi consulate give statements in Khashoggi probe

ISTANBUL: Five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are giving statements as witnesses under an investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Monday. Twenty consulate workers, including the consul’s driver, gave statements to prosecutors in relation to the incident last week, NTV has reported previously. Prosecutors are seeking statements from a...

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Germany won’t export arms to Saudi ‘in current situation’: Merkel

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggis violent death. "I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports (to Saudi Arabia) that they cannot take place in the current situation," she told reporters at...

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Donald Trump says US will pull out of nuclear arms deal with Russia

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Saturday that the United States (US) plans to leave a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, which criticised the move as Washington's latest effort to be the sole global superpower. Trump claims Russia has long violated the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan...

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17 dead in Taiwan rail accident: authorities

At least 17 people have died after a train derailed and flipped over in Taiwan Sunday, authorities said. The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed the toll and said more than 70 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county. At least five carriages had flipped over and were lying on their side, according to an AFP reporter...

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Fifty-five people killed in violence in northern Nigerian state of Kaduna

KADUNA, Nigeria: Communal violence in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna over the last few days has killed 55 people, the local police commissioner said on Sunday. Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, in a telephone interview, said the clashes between two communities in the Kasuwan Magani area of southern Kaduna had led to 22 arrests. He did not give details on the cause...

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Saudi account of Jamal Khashoggi’s death meets growing scepticism

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity Sunday over its belated explanation of how critic Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, as world powers demanded answers and the whereabouts of his body. After a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted on Saturday that the Washington Post columnist was killed after entering the consulate on October 2, a disappearance that...

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8 Youths martyred by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir Kulgram’s district

SRINAGAR: On Sunday, the Indian troops displayed state terrorism, martyring eight youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Kulgam district, according to Kashmir Media Service. The occupying forces also destroyed a house during the operation. Two more youth were killed after an unexploded bomb went off while they were removing the debris of the destroyed house. Further, three more Kashmiris who were...

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Afghan Elections: Dozens killed in Kabul near polling stations

KABUL: Multiple explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, as voters cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections. Voters were seen fleeing a school in the north of the Afghan capital after a blast, an AFP correspondent said, with witnesses reporting explosions at other polling centres. Afghans began voting on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations...

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Train runs over crowd on tracks in Amritsar, 50 feared dead

AMRITSAR: At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train...

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Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi died in consulate, fires two senior officials

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that US-based dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a fight with people he met there, state media reported. According to Saudi media, preliminary results of investigations showed that he was murdered inside the consulate, and "the discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate...

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Afghanistan delays elections in Kandahar after Taliban attack

KABUL: Afghanistan postponed legislative elections in Kandahar province on Friday, after a Taliban-claimed attack on a US-Afghan security meeting killed a powerful police chief and threatened stability across the south. Preparations for the vote in Kandahar were thrown into turmoil when a gunman wearing a security forces uniform opened fire on a gathering of US and Afghan officials Saturday's parliamentary...

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Afghan attack won’t change Kandahar security situation: Mattis

SINGAPORE: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a top Afghan official would not fundamentally change the security situation in Kandahar province. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursday's shooting in the restive southern province that killed anti-Taliban strongman and police chief, General Abdul Raziq. At least two other people died during the attack inside a fortified...

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Indian forces martyr four more Kashmiris in Baramulla district

SRINAGAR:  On Friday, Indian forces demonstrated  state terrorism, martyred four more Kashmiri youths in Baramulla district of Indian occupied Kashmir.   The youth were killed during a siege and search operation in Boniyar area of the district, according to the Kashmir Media Service. There is a complete shutdown of educational institutes in the valley due to protests against the civilian killings...

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Police chief, Kandahar governor killed in insider attack

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Governor Zalmai Wesa and powerful police commander of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar Abdul Razeq were killed in a shooting inside the governor's compound on Thursday the Associated Press reported. The attack came after a meeting with other security officials, including the top US commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller. Local media outlets reported that a bodyguard for Governor Wesa...

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Critics slam South Korea for denying refugee status to Yemenis

South Korean progressives on Thursday accused the government of caving into xenophobic sentiment by rejecting a plea for refugee status by hundreds of asylum seekers from war-ravaged Yemen, whose arrival on a resort island earlier this year triggered outrage. Justice Party spokesman Choi Seok said South Korea was neglecting its responsibility as a member of the United Nations and letting...

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Kandahar police chief killed by Afghan guard in insider attack; US troops hurt

The Afghan media on Thursday reported that the Kandahar police chief was killed when members of the provincial governor's elite guards turned their guns on their own colleagues and American troops who were present at a high-level security meeting in the province. Two American troops were also wounded in the shooting. However, General Scott Miller, the commander of US and...

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