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Roadside bomb kills 11 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people travelling in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said on Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion. Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member in Kandahar, said that women and children were among those...

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Saudi Arabia beheads rapist, two murderers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia beheaded Tuesday a rapist and two murderers, bringing to 38 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year. Saudi Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed al-Bishi was convicted of raping his victim at gunpoint, the interior ministry said in a statement. "He also committed a number of armed robberies causing panic amongst the society....

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IS says US suicide bomber carried out Iraq attack

BAGHDAD: An American jihadist carried out a suicide truck bomb attack against Iraqi forces involved in an operation to recapture the city of Tikrit, the Islamic State group said Tuesday. "The brother Abu Dawud al-Amriki launched himself with his explosives-laden truck against a gathering" of Iraqi forces and militiamen, an IS radio bulletin said. The report gave no details on...

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Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ”unacceptable”

MONTREUX: Iran rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal. Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers met for a second day of negotiations and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a...

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Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town

MAIDUGURI: Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad's military said. The Chadian forces regained control Monday of Dikwa, a town occupied by the militants for weeks, said Chad's military spokesman Col. Azem Bermandoua. One soldier was killed and 34 were wounded, most...

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Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee

PUCON: One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Local media showed images...

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Israel’s Netanyahu warns US against Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Tuesday that the deal being negotiated between world powers and Iran would leave Tehran free to develop nuclear weapons. In an impassioned address to the US Congress, conducted even as Secretary of State John Kerry was in nuclear talks in Switzerland with his Iranian counterpart, Netanyahu branded Iran a global threat. “That deal...

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Maharashtra Bans Beef; 5 Year Jail Term For Sale Or Possession

MUMBAI: A law passed by the legislature in 1995 has now received the presidential assent and has become effective. Anyone found selling beef or being in possession of it can be jailed for five years and fined Rs. 10,000. The prohibition has come into force almost two decades after the BJP-Shiv Sena government in the state in 1995 passed the...

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One dead, four hurt in California restaurant brawl shooting

CALIFORNIA: One person was shot dead and four others wounded when gunfire erupted during a brawl in a Southern California restaurant on Monday, and two of those hurt were in custody including one subdued by a security guard at the scene, police said. The brawl at El Zocalo Mexican Grill and Seafood in Santa Ana broke out at 12:45 a.m....

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No more sanctions on Iran, White House urges Congress

WASHINGTON: More sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions would destroy painstaking international talks with Tehran, an advisor to US President Barack Obama warned Congress today. “Congress has played a hugely important role in helping to build our sanctions on Iran, but they shouldn’t play the spoiler now. Additional sanctions or restrictive legislation enacted during the negotiation would blow up...

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US police shoot homeless man dead in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES: Police fatally shot a homeless man during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had hold of his gun before three other officers opened fire, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. Chief Charlie Beck's account of the incident, including photos showing the condition of the gun, was rare 24 hours...

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Civilians killed and police wounded in Cairo bomb blast

CAIRO: A midday bomb blast in one of the busiest boulevards in Cairo's business district has killed two civilians, according to the health ministry. Nine others, including policemen, were injured in Monday's explosion outside the Egyptian High Court, the ministry said. Shortly after the blast, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomb was hidden under a car...

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IS allegedly threatens Twitter executive, staff

WASHINGTON: Twitter Inc and U.S. authorities are investigating alleged threats made by Islamic State militants against the social media network's co-founder and other employees, according to media reports. Islamic State supporters, in online posts on Sunday, called for attacks against Twitter and its “interests,” including death threats, according to the online news media company. “Our security team is investigating the...

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Iraq Deploys 30,000 Troops to Retake Tikrit From IS

KIRKUK: Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded IS positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the group´s main strongholds. "Security forces are advancing on three main fronts towards Tikrit, Ad-Dawr (to the south) and Al-Alam (to the north)," an army lieutenant colonel on the ground told AFP...

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CCTV shows Syria-bound UK girls at Istanbul bus station

ISTANBUL: Security footage appears to show three British girls, believed to be heading for Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group’s militants, waiting at a bus station in Istanbul before traveling to a Turkish town on the Syrian border. According to media rep­orts, close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Shamima Begum and Amira Abase boarded a flight...

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North Korea Fires Missiles in Anger at South-US Military Drills

SEOUL: North Korea fired two missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation on Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to...

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ISIS releases 19 Syrian Christians as ransom paid

BEIRUT: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists on Sunday frees 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their release, activists said. “Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakeh after they were released by IS,” said Osama Edward, the director...

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