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Besieged occupied Kashmir neighbourhood in test of wills with India’s Modi

SRINAGAR:  For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in occupied Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the dozen or so entrances have been blocked with makeshift barricades of bricks, corrugated metal sheets, wooden slabs and felled...

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Five killed, 100 trapped in Bangladesh factory collapse

DHAKA: Five workers were confirmed dead and dozens more are feared trapped after the roof of a half-built cement factory collapsed in southern Bangladesh on Thursday, police and rescuers said. At least six people are in a critical condition after the accident at a building site in the port city of Mongla, local police chief Jahedur Rahman told AFP. It...

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Sri Lanka seizes passports of 74 Indian nationals

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan government has been seized the passports of 74 Indians. The government has allegedly charged the Indians with working in the island-nation without valid work visas, who working at a plywood factory. The Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka took action against the Indian workers for holding tourist visas and working illegally in the country. The...

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Pakistani accused of plotting to blow up US consulate in Toronto

OTTAWA: A Pakistani was accused in a deportation hearing here Wednesday of plotting to bomb the US consulate and financial buildings in Toronto. Jahanzeb Malik, who came to Canada as a student in 2004 and was granted permanent residency five years later, was arrested by a federal police anti-terror squad on Monday. Rather than file charges, authorities took him before...

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Russia claims right to deploy nukes in Crimea

MOSCOW: Russia has the right to deploy nuclear arms in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year, a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, adding he knew of no plans to do so. "I don't know if there are nuclear weapons there now. I don't know about any plans, but in principle Russia can...

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Taliban kill seven Afghan policemen in ambush

KUNDUZ: An Afghan official says Taliban gunmen have killed seven policemen in an ambush in the northern Kunduz province. Nasruddin Khan, governor of Dashti Archi district, said the policemen were traveling to a neighboring province to collect their salaries when they were ambushed by up to 30 militants. In Parwan province, north of the capital Kabul, four policemen were killed...

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Nigeria Retakes 36 Towns From Boko Haram

ABUJA: Nigeria said on Wednesday that 36 towns had been retaken from Boko Haram since the start of a four-nation military offensive, voicing hope that the operation could lead to the group´s "total defeat". National security spokesman Mike Omeri said four towns had fallen since last Friday, including three in Borno state and Buni Yadi, in neighbouring Yobe state, where...

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Canadian imams issue fatwa against ISIS

OTTAWA: A group of Canadian imams and religious scholars issued a religious edict against the Islamic State group Wednesday, denouncing its threats against and recruitment in Canada. In a fatwa posted online, also endorsed by a US imam from Texas, the 38 scholars argue that "any attack on Canada will be an attack on the freedom of Canadian Muslims." They...

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150,000 sign treason petition on US Republican letter to Iran

WASHINGTON: More than 155,000 people by Wednesday had signed a petition to the White House urging charges be filed against 47 Republican senators who they say committed "treasonous" offenses by writing Iran's leaders about ongoing nuclear negotiations. Lawmakers caused a political furor with their controversial letter Monday that warned an international nuclear deal with Iran could be scrapped by the...

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ISIS has nothing to do with Islam: Saudi Grand Mufti

The Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh stressed that IS does not represent Sunni beliefs and values due to its corrupt practices in direct violation of the principles of Islam. Mufti added Sunnis cannot be associated with the harsh behavior and killing of people, especially as IS’ interpretation of holy jihad and means to claim the caliphate are religiously unacceptable...

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India’s ex-PM Singh summoned in coal field case

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was summoned on Wednesday by a court accused of criminal conspiracy in an inquiry into the award of coal fields during his term, in a blow for the Gandhi dynasty that ruled India until last year. A special court under federal law enforcement agency the Central Bureau of Investigation summoned the former prime...

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U.S. asks Vietnam to stop helping Russian bomber flights

U.S. asks Vietnam to stop helping Russian bomber flights The United States has asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use a former U.S. base to refuel nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows of strength over the Asia-Pacific region, exposing strains in Washington's steadily warming relations with Hanoi. The request, described by a State Department official, comes as U.S. officials say Russian...

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Eleven feared dead in US military helicopter crash

MIAMI: Seven US Marines and four aircrew were feared dead Wednesday after an army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise in Florida, military officials said. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was reported missing Tuesday around 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Wednesday) near Eglin Air Force Base. The area was under heavy fog. A US military official said that all 11...

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Dalai Lama less and less influential, but must reincarnate: China

BEIJING: Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is becoming less influential, both abroad and in Tibet, but his suggestion he will not reincarnate is still a "betrayal" of the religion and the country, a top Chinese official said on Wednesday. China says the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in...

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Qatar online portal issues fatwa against Egyptian heritage sites

A Qatari-owned online portal has issued a fatwa calling for the destruction of pharaonic monuments in Egypt, claiming that they are ‘contrary to Islam,’ Al Arabiya News reports. Though the fatwa was first issued in December 2012, it has recently been picked up by social media and Egyptian newspapers. The religious decree issued by Islam Web, suggested that the destruction...

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IS Syria-Iraq communication lines smashed: coalition

Washington: Forces fighting the Islamic State group have cut critical communication and supply lines used by the extremists between Syria and Iraq after a two-week operation, the US-led coalition said. Backed by air strikes, the forces "overcame ISIL (IS) resistance" in northeastern Syria near the strategic town of Tal Hamis -- once an IS stronghold -- and "denied the terrorist...

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Photos claim IS beheadings of homosexuals in northern Iraq

Baghdad: The Islamic State group has publicly beheaded three men in northern Iraq, two of them for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts, according to photos shared by sympathisers on social media Tuesday. The jihadist group, which controls swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, has carried out hundreds of executions as it has imposed its brutal version of Islamic law, many...

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