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Iran rejects Trump report that US Navy downed ‘provocative’ drone

DUBAI: Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the US Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were safe, but there was no sign of a major Gulf escalation despite fears both sides could blunder into war. In the latest episode to test nerves around the strategic waterway, Trump said on Thursday...

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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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30 Hazaras abducted in Afghanistan: officials

KANDAHAR: Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shia Muslim men who were traveling by bus through central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. The men, members of the minority Hazara ethnic group, were taken on Monday evening in Zabul province, on the road between the western city of Herat and the capital Kabul. Hazara Shia Muslims are often the target of sectarian...

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U.S Iran positive after nuclear talks

GENEVA: The United States made some progress in talks with Iran on its nuclear program and managed to "sharpen up some of the tough issues", a senior U.S. official said on Monday, but both sides said much remained to be done. Negotiators from Iran and six major powers agreed to resume talks next Monday at a venue to be decided,...

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India investigates suspected polio in two toddlers

NEW DELHI: Indian health workers are investigating two new suspected cases of polio in the eastern state of Bihar, a year after the country celebrated eradication of the crippling virus, an official said Monday. The boys, both aged two, from neighbouring villages in Bihar have been isolated after developing fever and severe weakness in their limbs earlier this month, leaving...

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Death toll rises to at least 70 in Bangladesh ferry disaster

DHAKA: The death toll from a weekend ferry disaster in central Bangladesh rose to 70 on Monday in the latest shipping mishap in the South Asian nation. The official search for more bodies by divers at the accident site was called off late Monday morning after the ferry was brought to the surface and towed to the shore. A local...

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Terrorists besmirching all Muslims: Saudi King

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bin Abdulaziz said that terrorism is threatening the entire Muslim nation and dividing countries. “The Muslim nation is threatened by the spread of Islamized terrorism that brings anger, plunder and all kinds of aggression and has crossed the borders of our Muslim world,” the monarch said in a statement at the opening of an...

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Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate troops guarding tomb

ANKARA: Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation into neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears that the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants. The mission late Saturday, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stuck for months at the tomb of the grandfather of...

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Female bomber kills five, wounds dozens in Nigeria

POTISKUM: A young girl with explosives strapped to her body killed five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint outside a market in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, witnesses said. "She refused to be checked at the gate to the market and an argument ensued," witness Ibrahim Maishago told Reuters by telephone. "She let off the...

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Bangladesh ferry capsizes after collision, at least 41 dead

DHAKA: At least 41 people died including 11 children in Bangladesh on Sunday when a passenger ferry capsized after colliding with a trawler on the river Padma with more than 100 people aboard, police said. Rescuers managed to save at least 50 passengers and were still searching for more survivors, regional police official Bidhan Tripura told. Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland...

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Significant gaps remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry

GENEVA: There are still "significant gaps" in negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, warning that President Barack Obama was not prepared to extend them further. Kerry's comments came in a stopover in London before he heads to Geneva Sunday for two more days of talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iran...

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Pro-Russian rebels say agree to withdraw weapons in east Ukraine

A senior pro-Russian rebel commander said separatist forces were due to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in east Ukraine on Sunday, a sign rebels may be prepared to halt their advance as part of an internationally brokered peace deal. Fighting has eased in many areas since a ceasefire came into effect a week ago, but the truce...

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Nigerian woman gang-raped in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Police in Delhi arrested four men on Friday in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a Nigerian woman in a moving car, the latest in a series of sex attacks in the Indian capital. The 35-year-old, who has been staying in India on a tourist visa, told police the men kidnapped her after midnight on Friday morning outside...

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Al-Shabab stages deadly attack on Somalia luxury hotel

MOGADISHU: At least 25 people were killed, including two members of parliament, and 40 injured in an attack by al-Shabab fighters on a luxury hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police sources say. The Central Hotel in the heart of Mogadishu was hit by two car bomb explosions, followed by heavy gunfire after attackers stormed into the building, police officers...

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New U.S. defence chief in Afghanistan seeking ‘lasting’ success

KABUL: New U.S Defence Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday on his first trip since taking over the job this week, saying he wanted to talk to Afghan and American officials to ensure a "lasting" success as U.S. troops withdraw. Carter, who was sworn in on Tuesday, has suggested he would be open to slowing U.S. withdrawal plans,...

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India struggles with deadly swine flu outbreak

NEW DELHI: Indian health officials are struggling to contain a swine flu outbreak that has killed more than 700 people since it took hold in mid-December. The number of cases has doubled since last week to more than 11,000. Critics have accused the government of failing to distribute medicines, but officials insisted the situation was under control. This year's outbreak...

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