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Indian police shoot dead suspects in rape-murder

NEW DELHI: Indian police on Friday shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects as they were re-enacting their alleged crime, prompting outrage but also wild celebrations. The men, who had been in custody for a week, were shot early Friday morning as they tried to escape during the re-enactment in the southern city of Hyderabad, police said. "They were...

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India’s women safety gun popular among men

LUCKNOW: A lightweight revolver launched in the wake of a deadly 2012 gang rape in Delhi and billed as India's first gun designed for women has proved a hit ─ but only among men. Sales figures for the Nirbheek, which means “fearless” in Hindi, show that just 28 of around 450 orders received so far have been for women. The...

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US may withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at UN

WASHINGTON: The White House on Thursday warned it may withdraw crucial diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election campaign pledge not to allow a Palestinian state. Despite Netanyahu’s backtracking over his campaign promise, skeptical American officials said the veteran Israeli leader would have to prove his commitment to negotiations for a two-state solution....

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Three suicide bombings in Yemen mosque claims 55 lives

SANAA: At least 55 people were killed Friday in triple suicide bombings that targeted mosques in the Yemeni capital, witnesses said. One bomb exploded inside Badr mosque in southern Sanaa, and was followed by another at the gate as worshippers fled, witnesses said. The third suicide bomber targeted Al-Hashahush mosque in northern Sanaa. The attacks are the deadliest since a...

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Iran warns against pressure on Nuclear deal

LAUSANNE: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States and other world powers should not "pressure" Iran to reach an agreement restricting its nuclear program. Zarif said on March 20 ahead of talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that it was time for the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia to choose between "pressure...

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Plane crash in Uruguay leaves at least seven dead

MALDONADO: A small Argentine plane carrying 10 people crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday from a resort in neighboring Uruguay, leaving at least seven dead, authorities said Thursday. The other three people were missing but there were no signs of survivors, said fire department spokesman Leandro Palomeque. The Beechcraft prop plane had just taken off from an airport near the Uruguayan...

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

TUNIS: The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on foreign tourists at Tunisia’s national museum that killed 21 people, as the security forces swooped on suspects. Authorities said they had identified the two gunmen killed after Wednesday’s assault, prompting calls for a show of national unity against extremism in the birthplace of the Arab Spring....

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17-year-old US national raped in India

GURGAON: A 17-year-old US national was allegedly raped in a guest house by a 21-year-old man, whom she had met on a social networking site, police said Thursday. Though the Class 9 student and her mother, a senior executive with a multi-national firm in Gurgaon, didn’t file a complaint, a case of rape was registered after the doctors at AIIMS,...

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Mob kills and burns woman in heart of Afghan capital

KABUL: A mob in the Afghan capital killed a woman, set her body on fire and threw it into a muddy river in the heart of Kabul on Thursday, a police official said. The motive for the killing, which took place in a busy area of downtown Kabul, was not immediately known, the official said, asking not to be identified...

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US drone ‘kills Pakistani Taliban commander’

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday said a US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan had killed a senior commander who was a close associate of two of the group's former chiefs. "Commander Khawery Mehsud embraced martyrdom in a US drone strike, along with two others, in Afghan territory" near the Pakistani tribal district of Kurram on Wednesday, said Taliban spokesman...

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Democrat support for Clinton softens

Democrats’ support is softening for Hillary Clinton, their party’s presumed 2016 presidential front-runner, with many favoring an independent review of her personal email use when she was secretary of state. Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid-February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according...

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US, Germany announces to impose sanctions on Russia jointly

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Markel unanimously announced to maintain restrictions on Russia. They jointly discussed the key issues in Ukraine on the phone. White House said that unless Russia takes measures to implement the agreement, it’s restrictions cannot be reduced. Ukraine and other Western nations have accused Moscow of trying to create instability. Russia has rejected the...

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UN office to monitor implementation of safety measures at Pakistani schools

NEW YORK: Former British prime minister and UN (United Nations) Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said Wednesday that his office would closely monitor efforts, under the Safe Schools Initiative, to improve security at 1,000 schools in Pakistan. He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had pledged his support to the move. “We are going to monitor the...

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Indians accused of using Afghan soil for heroin smuggling

KABUL: UN officials recorded a sharp spike this year in the amount of heroin being seized from passengers trying to fly from Afghanistan to India, a worrying trend since the Taliban insurgency lines its pockets on the illegal drug trade. A lack of coordination is hampering efforts to clamp down on the route, officials said, with India blaming Afghanistan for...

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Seven tourists killed by falling rocks in China

BEIJING: Seven tourists died Thursday when they were struck by huge rocks tumbling down a mountain in one of China´s most popular beauty spots, state media said. The rocks hit the group of travellers as they waited to board boats in the Diecai Mountain scenic area in Guilin. Pictures posted online showed rocks one as big as a metre (three...

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Multiple deaths after restaurant shooting in Sweden

STOCKHOLM: Several people were killed and more wounded after at least one gunman armed with an automatic weapon opened fire in a pub in western Sweden late Wednesday, police said, with the death toll expected to rise. "There was a shooting in a pub. There have been several fatalities and a number of the injured have been brought to hospital,"...

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US aircraft strike IS drone in Iraq: officials

WASHINGTON: US warplanes have bombed a small drone used by Islamic State extremists in Iraq, marking the first time American-led forces had targeted an unmanned aircraft flown by the jihadists, officials said Wednesday. The strike took place on Tuesday near the western city of Fallujah, destroying "a remotely piloted aircraft" and a vehicle with the IS forces, according to a...

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