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Pakistan hopes to ‘repair’ US ties with PM Khan’s visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed hopes Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with Washington as the US seeks its help in ending the war in Afghanistan. Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when...

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Bombs hit Egypt phone company offices

CAIRO: A string of blasts has hit the Egyptian capital, killing one person and wounding three others, a health official and police said. Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the bomb at a pizzeria tore off the legs of the victim who was pronounced dead in hospital. Two other people were wounded in Thursday's attack. The bombs went off...

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China submarines outnumber US fleet: US admiral

WASHINGTON: China is building some "fairly amazing submarines" and now has more diesel and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S Navy admiral told U.S lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior. Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee's sea-power subcommittee that China...

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Bomb Hits Turkish Embassy Car in Kabul

KABUL: A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants. The blast came shortly after 8:00 am, not far from the Iranian embassy. Police said the dead included a Turkish national and an Afghan passer-by. Kabul police spokesman...

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Mosque torched near Bethlehem in suspected hate crime

BETHLEHEM: A West Bank mosque was set alight in a village near Bethlehem with anti-Arab slogans in Hebrew sprayed on a nearby wall, Palestinian witnesses said. The fire was discovered in the mosque in Jaba village at about 4:00 am (0200 GMT). Villagers managed to put it out but there was some damage to the building, the witnesses said. On...

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Israeli PM refuses to meet American senators

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to meet Democratic US Senators. Senators expressed their desire during Netanyahu visit to USA. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his reply letter to US Senators Richard Durbin and Dian Feinstein, said that he respected US Democrats Senators desire of meeting him, but the meeting could lead to more misunderstandings, therefore, he cannot meet...

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Tide has turned against Boko Haram: Nigerian president

ABUJA: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said the military was gaining the upper hand against Boko Haram, despite two bombings in the country's north that killed at least 27. "The President assures all Nigerians, and the people of the northeastern states in particular, that the days of mourning victims of incessant terrorist attacks in the country will soon be...

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US condemns IS jihadist kidnap of Christians in Syria

BEIRUT: The United States has condemned the abduction by the Islamic State group of dozens of Assyrian Christians in Syria and demanded their immediate release. It was the first mass kidnapping of Christians in the war-torn country. The abduction of at least 90 Christians appeared to be in retaliation for a major Kurdish offensive aimed at recapturing nearby villages, the...

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Syria fighting kills 132 Islamic State fighters: monitor

BEIRUT: At least 132 Islamic State fighters have been killed since Saturday in fighting with Kurdish militia backed by U.S. backed air strikes in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasaka, a group monitoring the conflict said. The Kurdish YPG forces which drove Islamic State from Kobani last month with the help of U.S. led air strikes had seized 70 villages...

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Arrest warrant issued for Bangladesh ex-PM

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings for graft charges, amid growing political turmoil in the country. Dhaka's anti-corruption court Judge Abu Ahmed "issued the warrant against her" despite her house arrest since January, her lawyer Sanaullah Miah said on Wednesday. "There is no justice in the country,"...

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Suicide blasts at Nigerian bus stations leave 27 dead

POTISKUM / KANO: Suicide bombers have struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores. In the first explosion, a suicide bomber rushed onto a bus in the town of Potiskum before setting off a blast that killed at least 14 people and injured at least 20 others. "The bus had...

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Fifty hurt when Southern California train slams into truck

OXNARD: A Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a truck apparently stuck on the tracks at a Southern California railroad crossing before dawn on Tuesday, injuring 50 people in a fiery crash, four of them critically. The truck driver, who was not hurt, left the scene of the destruction in Oxnard on foot and was found walking and talking on...

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BJP, PDP to share power in Indian occupied Kashmir

NEW DELHI: The ruling Hindu nationalist party will for the first time govern the Muslim-majority state, Indian occupied Kashmir, under a power-sharing deal with another party, officials said Tuesday. After months of negotiations following an election in December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the regional rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have agreed to form a coalition...

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Indian govt removes BK Loshali over Pak boat incident

NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi government on Tuesday removed Coast Guard officer BK Loshali, who had contradicted the Defence Ministry's version on the explosion of a Pakistani boat on the night of December 31 last year. Loshali, who was Chief of Staff at the Northwest region, will now face a Board of Inquiry at Gandhinagar. Last week, the Defence Ministry had...

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Indian Gujarat junior health minister tests positive for swine flu

The Indian Minister of State for Health Shankar Chaudhry has been tested positive for swine flu days after the Gujrat Assembly Speaker was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. Shankar is now undergoing treatment at a special isolation room in his house in Gandhinagar, Indian media reported on Tuesday. The government has come in for severe criticism from the Opposition Congress,...

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Islamic State militants kidnap 90 Christians in Syria

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday. The Britain-based monitor said the abductions took place on Tuesday after IS seized two Assyrian villages Tal Shamiram and Tal Hermuz from Kurdish forces in the province of Hassakeh. IS has destroyed churches and Christian shrines...

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Eight British school girls travel to Syria to become IS brides

Over the past seven months, eight British school girls traveled to Syria and hundreds more besotted British women have proposed marriage to extremists online, Mail Online reported. The school girls have used a route which has become to be known as the ‘jihadi bride trail’ and the true figure is likely to be higher as British police and families have...

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