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World’s youngest Prime Minister Sanna Marin to take charge in Finland

HELSINKI: Sanna Marin, 34, has been named the next prime minister of Finland after the former transportation minister was elected by her party --Social Democrats -- to the post of the PM on Sunday. Sanna Marin is expected to take the oath of her office this week. At 34, Marin becomes one of the world's youngest state leaders, ahead of...

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Indian Navy aircraft crashes in Goa, two missing

MUMBAI: A naval aircraft crashed off the western Indian coast leaving two pilots missing, the navy said Wednesday, in the latest of a string of accidents which have hit the force. Rescue operations were underway after the Indian navy’s Dornier aircraft plunged into the sea some 25 nautical miles off the western holiday state of Goa around 10:00 pm local...

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Outcry over brutal lynching of woman in Kabul

KABUL: Hundreds of Afghans marched in the capital to protest the lynching of a 27-year-old woman last week, while a prominent Afghan police official was sacked on Tuesday for his actions after the killing. The official, a spokesman for Kabul's police chief, justified the killing on his Facebook page after the murdered woman had been falsely accused of burning a...

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IS releases video of alleged thief’s hand being chopped off

Islamic State (IS) militants have released yet another brutal video a thief’s hand being severed with a giant blade. The horrific scene took place in the Tigris River area of Iraq after a cleric read out charges against the man. The accused man, who look like he in his 30, appears to hide his face in his shoulder as his...

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Afghan Taliban vows to punish responsible for lynching woman

KABUL: As protests for lynching an Afghan woman over the false accusation of blasphemy in Kabul continue, Afghan Taliban vowed on Tuesday to punish those responsible for her brutal murder. Farkhunda, 27, was lynched on Thursday by an angry crowd in central Kabul for allegedly burning a copy of Quran. Terming the act as a conspiracy to mislead people about...

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EU slams Afghanistan over woman’s lynching

The EU denounced Tuesday the dangers faced by women in Afghanistan and called for the attackers who lynched a woman who allegedly burned the Koran to be brought to justice. Farkhunda, 27, was beaten, thrown from a roof and run over by a car outside a Kabul mosque in Kabul on March 19 before her body was set ablaze while...

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IS starts recruiting jihadists in Afghanistan: Report

NEW YORK: Terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) alias Daish started recruiting jihadists in Afghanistan for bloody war continued in Syria, US television claimed. The video report said that Abu-Bakr Baghdadi offered Rs50,000 salary per head for recruited jihadist. US news channel released a video recorded at undisclosed place in Afghanistan which captured the moments when a Daish representative were addressing...

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Low-cost airline Germanwings had clean safety record

FRANKFURT: Germanwings, the low-cost airline owned by German flag carrier Lufthansa, said that none of its aircraft has ever been involved in a crash prior to Tuesday's loss of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps. "We've never had a total loss of aircraft in the company's history until now," a company spokeswoman told. An Airbus A320 belonging to Germanwings...

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Germanwings plane crashes in southern France: Police

PARIS: A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps on Tuesday with all 148 people on board pronounced dead, in one of the worst ever plane disasters in the country. France´s transport minister said there were “no survivors” from the crash of the Germanwings Airbus A320. “The circumstances of the accident, that are not yet clear,...

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Gunmen kill 13 bus passengers in Afghanistan

KABUL: Gunmen killed 13 passengers traveling on a bus towards restive southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, the latest attack hitting civilians in the country's still-bloody conflict. The killings in Wardak province, which lies close to the capital Kabul, underline Afghanistan's fragile security situation as President Ashraf Ghani holds talks in Washington. With the spring fighting season about to begin,...

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US and Afghanistan hail ‘revitalized’ partnership

CAMP DAVID: The United States and Afghanistan sought to turn the page on years of distrust Monday, March 23, hailing "revitalized" ties as they seek to forge a path towards a more secure future. Hailing a day of "productive talks," top US diplomat John Kerry said nations shared "a commitment to security and peace and a desire to promote prosperity...

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Arabs will take action over Yemen if peace efforts fail: Saudi Arab

RIYADH: Arab countries will take necessary measures to protect the region against "aggression" by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi group if a peaceful solution cannot be found to that country's turmoil, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Monday. The Houthis and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have established rival power centers in Sanaa and Aden and denied each other's legitimacy, and...

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China agrees with India to maintain border peace

BEIJING: China and India have agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along their Himalayan border while they work on resolving a long-festering boundary dispute, China's foreign ministry said after talks in New Delhi. The talks are aimed at fixing a dispute over the border that divides Asia's largest nations, part of a push to make progress on the festering row...

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Peru bus crash leaves 36 dead and dozens injured

LIMA: At least 37 people have been killed after a bus swerved into oncoming traffic in Peru, leading to a multi-vehicle collision involving two other buses and a truck. Health Minister Anibal Velasquez, who was on his way to the crash site near the northern city of Huarmey, told the accident on Monday (local time) also left 70 people injured....

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12 dead in Syria rebel shelling of Aleppo: state media

DAMASCUS: At least 12 people were killed and 30 wounded on Monday in rebel fire on government-held districts of Syria´s second city Aleppo, state television said. In a breaking news alert, the channel said children were among the casualties in "terrorist shelling of the city". The bombardment was also reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor,...

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Afghan woman lynched over Quran-burning was innocent: minister

KABUL: An Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Quran was innocent, the interior minister said Monday. The woman named Farkhunda was lynched on Thursday by an angry crowd in central Kabul for allegedly burning a copy of the Islamic holy book. "The accusation against her...

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No place for Hurriyat in resolution of India-Pak issues: Ministry of External Affairs

NEW DELHI: Official spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that the government of India preferred to speak for itself. The spokesperson replied in response to Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s statement that India had no objection to Hurriyat leaders being invited on Pakistan National Day. The spokesperson went on to say that having repeated it on...

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