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Powerful explosion rips through building in US city of Houston

HOUSTON: A massive explosion ripped through a building in Houston, Texas early on Friday, shattering windows in the vicinity and heard by residents across a wide area, police and media said. Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the area around the blast and emergency vehicles converged on the area. The explosion took place in Gessner Road, in the...

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Russia, Iran claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

LAUSANNE: Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key...

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General turned reformer leads in Nigeria

Nigeria's opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and said Africa's most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power. "The people of Nigeria have taken over," an ecstatic APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told Reuters at the house in the capital where Buhari, a sandal-wearing Muslim...

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Turkish prosecutor held at gunpoint, forces called-in

ISTANBUL: A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head and said it would kill him at 1236 GMT, three hours after...

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Saudi attack on Yemen endangers whole region: Iran

TEHRAN: Iran warned on Tuesday that the Saudi "attack" on Yemen endangered the whole region, calling for an immediate halt to the military operation against rebels. "The fire of war in the region from any side... will drag the whole region to play with fire. This is not in the interest of the nations in the region," Iranian deputy foreign...

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EU bans owners from scrapping ships

BRUSSELS: European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from the strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships, but the practice of dismantling them on beaches in South Asia — at great human and environmental cost — will still be hard to stop. Of 1,026 ocean-going ships recycled in 2014, 641 were taken apart on beaches in...

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Saudi-led naval forces block Yemen ports

SANA'A: In Yemen, forty people have been killed in an attack on Al-Mazraq IDP camp in the northwestern province of Hajjah. Meanwhile, Saudi-led naval forces have imposed a blockade on the country's ports to prevent the rebels from rearming. The Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Brigadier al-Asiri said that naval forces are blocking movement of ships to prevent weapons and fighters from...

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Kuwait, NGOs pledge more than a billion dollars aid to Syria

KUWAIT CITY: A major United Nations conference aiming to gather aid for Syrians opened on Tuesday. The UN has made an appeal to raise $8.4 billion (7.7 billion euros) as experts warn of a "humanitarian catastrophe" unfolding in the war-torn country. "Four out of five Syrians live in poverty, misery, and deprivation. The country has lost nearly four decades of...

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Iran sends aid to Yemen’s rebels amid Saudi-led air strikes

SANAA: Iran's official news agency says Tehran has sent aid to Yemen, its first such shipment since a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states launched airstrikes last week to halt the advance of the country's Shiite rebels known as the Houthis. IRNA says the aid was delivered by air early Tuesday but did not say where the cargo landed. The...

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IS executes at least 30 civilians in Syria

BEIRUT: The extremist Islamic State group Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village the central Syrian province of Hama, a monitor said. IS "executed at least 30 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them" in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the...

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Saudi assures help in safe pullout of Indians from Yemen

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia has assured India full assistance in safe evacuation of Indians stranded in strife-hit Yemen as Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh flew to Djibouti on Tuesday to oversee evacuation efforts. Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night and assured him of his "full attention...

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Babri Masjid case: SC issues notice to LK Advani, Joshi, 18 others

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani and 19 others on a petition challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict discharging them of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 06, 1992. Besides Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh also...

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North Korea threatens strike against UN rights office in Seoul

SEOUL: North Korea has threatened "merciless punishment" against South Korea if it goes ahead with plans to open a UN field office in Seoul for monitoring the North's human rights record. The Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), a state body handling inter-Korean affairs, said late Monday that the office was an "unforgivable provocation" and would become a "first-strike...

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Niger, Chad forces attack Boko Haram positions on Lake Chad: sources

NIAMEY: Niger and Chad on Monday attacked Boko Haram militants on islands on Lake Chad which the Islamists have used as a safe haven, military sources in Niger said. A push by Nigeria's armed forces and troops from neighbouring Chad and Niger has driven Boko Haram from most of the positions it controlled earlier this year, reversing militant gains that...

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Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced

ADEN: An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Yemen's state news agency, which is under the control of the Houthis, said the camp at Haradh was hit by Saudi...

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Chinese court jails man 6 years for growing beard, wife 2 years for wearing veil

BEIJING: A court in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for “provoking trouble” and growing a beard, a practice discouraged by local authorities, a newspaper reported Sunday. The court in the desert oasis city of Kashgar sentenced the 38-year-old Uighur to six years, while his wife was given a two-year sentence, according...

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US is against terrorism not Taliban: Daniel Feldman

WASHINGTON: US ambassador to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Daniel Feldman has said that United States never deemed Taliban as enemies but was against terrorism. International community wanted peaceful settlement of Taliban with the Afghan Government but it would be before time to comment on the successful or unsuccessful result. Daniel added that Taliban could be included in Afghan government after ending...

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