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Hundreds wounded as huge explosion rips through Lebanon’s Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon - Hundreds of people have been wounded in a powerful explosion that ripped through Lebanon's capital, Beirut, according to the country's health minister. The massive explosion on Tuesday at Beirut's port caused widespread damage to buildings, shattering windows in different parts of the city. It sent shockwaves across the capital. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Hamad...

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Iraqi General, 3 officers killed in Islamic State ambush

BAGHDAD: Fighters from the Islamic State group ambushed an Iraqi army convoy on Friday with a bulldozer packed with explosives, killing the commander of the Iraqi 1st Division and three of his staff officers north of Fallujah, said military officials. The suicide bomber attacked the convoy of Humvees and then militants opened fire, killing Brig. Gen. Hassan Abbas Toufan, a...

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One U.S. Navy Seal dies, one critical in Virginia pool training

WASHINGTON: One U.S. Navy Seal died and another was critically injured on Friday while training in a pool at a Virginia military base, a Navy spokesman said. The two members of the Navy's elite sea, air, land teams were found at the bottom of the pool by another service member at about 3 p.m. local time at Joint Expeditionary Base...

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Saudi Arabia says IS group behind killing of 2 policemen

RIYADH: Two Saudi men operating under orders from members of the extremist Islamic State group in Syria are suspected of being behind the killing of two policemen in the capital Riyadh, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said Friday. The April 8 shooting is the fifth attack believed to have been carried out by IS members inside the kingdom. It also brings...

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More air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550

ADEN: Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves toward dialogue. Saudi Arabia says it is winding down its month-old bombing operation against the Houthis and forces loyal to Yemen's former president. But Riyadh pounded targets with...

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Devastating Nepal earthquake kills over 1,130

KATHMANDU: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to 1,130, a senior home ministry official told Reuters. The quake measuring 7.9 is the strongest to hit the country in 81 years. The worst damage was reported in Kathmandu, where the historic nine-storey Dharahara tower, a major tourist attraction, was among the buildings to...

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US aircraft carrier heading away from Yemen: officials

WASHINGTON: A US aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser are leaving the waters off Yemen and heading back to the Gulf after an Iranian naval convoy also turned back from the area, officials said Friday. The carrier and the cruiser, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Normandy, had deployed to the region this week amid signs of a possible...

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Swiss team to make first Iran visit in decade after nuclear deal

GENEVA: A Swiss business delegation will go to Iran this weekend in the first such visit in 10 years to try and expand trade ties, the finance ministry said Friday. The team, comprising executives from the pharmaceutical, green energy and services sectors, will be led by Livia Leu, who served as Swiss ambassador to Tehran between 2009 and 2013, it...

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Three policemen arrested in India over rape, extortion of model

MUMBAI: Police in Mumbai have arrested three officers who allegedly raped a model in a police station and then demanded Rs500,000 as blackmail to keep quiet, a deputy commissioner said Friday. Three other men have also been arrested after the 29-year-old woman said the officers bundled her into a car as she was leaving an upmarket hotel in India's financial...

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Iran protests over Yemen aid flights ‘blocked by Saudi’

TEHRAN: Iran summoned the Saudi envoy Friday to protest after his country’s warplanes allegedly turned back humanitarian aid flights headed for war-torn Yemen, whose airspace is controlled by a Saudi-led coalition. Aboard the flights were women and children who had been treated in Iran after being wounded in “terrorist” attacks before the coalition launched its air campaign against Tehran-backed rebels...

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Poland will not allow Russian bikers to enter country

WARSAW: The Polish Foreign Ministry said Friday that it will not allow a Russian nationalistic motorcycle group loyal to President Vladimir Putin to enter Poland, in part because Polish authorities would not be able to guarantee their security. The Night Wolves group had planned to enter Poland next week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War...

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Italy police arrest Pakistan attack suspects

ROME: Italian police said on Friday they were carrying out a "vast anti-terrorism" operation against an organisation inspired by al Qaeda that wanted to support attacks against Pakistan's government and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Police wiretaps had determined that two people among 18 targeted by arrest warrants were suspected of being part of a group that had protected al Qaeda...

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Chechnya leader gives ‘shoot to kill’ orders on Russian forces

MOSCOW: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to "shoot to kill" if they encountered any unauthorized Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region. "I am officially stating that if a soldier appears on your territory without authorization, whether he comes from Moscow or Stavropol, shoot to kill," the Kremlin-loyal...

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Libya militia ‘launches air raids’ against IS

BENGHAZI: A militia alliance that controls Libya's capital has carried out air strikes against positions of the Islamic State jihadist group in the coastal city of Sirte, an official said. "A Fajr Libya warplane launched several raids on Thursday evening against sites where there were members of the Libyan branch of the Islamic State," an official in the town, who...

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Chile’s Calbuco volcano just erupted violently

SANTIAGO: A second spectacular blast from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has covered nearby towns and villages in a thick layer of ash. The first eruption in over four decades yesterday sent vast clouds of dust more than six miles into the air, creating an incredible display of lightning and lava against the night's sky. Another unexpected eruption in...

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UN nominates new special envoy to Yemen amid Saudi raids

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. chief has nominated a new special envoy to Yemen, who will be tasked with guiding talks meant to end the violent chaos in the Arab world's poorest country, the Security Council president said Thursday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nominated Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the current U.N. Ebola chief, in a letter to current Security Council President Dina...

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Iranian ships turn back from Yemen: US officials

WASHINGTON: An Iranian convoy of ships suspected of carrying weapons for Houthi rebels in Yemen has turned around and headed north, away from the war-torn country, US defense officials said Thursday. The move came after the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier and other American warships deployed off Yemen's coast to track the Iranian flotilla and possibly prevent any arms deliveries...

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