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Truck bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

KABUL: A powerful early morning suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 90 others, an official said. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which destroyed part of the hospital in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and left a fleet of ambulances broken and battered....

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Indian activist held after screening banned rape film

LUCKNOW: An Indian social activist told Tuesday how he had been detained by police and had his computer equipment impounded after organising a public screening of a banned documentary about a savage gang-rape. Plans by the national NDTV network to broadcast the “India's Daughter “documentary on Sunday to mark International Women's Day were thwarted when authorities obtained a banning order...

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Palestinians arrest dozens of Hamas members in West Bank

RAMALLAH: Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested dozens of members of the Islamist movement Hamas on Monday, sources on both sides said. The Palestinian Authority (PA), which has its headquarters in Ramallah, has regularly detained Hamas members, including MPs, over the past few years. But the ongoing crackdown is a sign of the failure of a nearly year-old...

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ISIS spreading to Afghanistan, Pakistan: CSIS director warns

OTTAWA: ISIS is spreading to Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the head of Canada's spy agency warned at the Senate defence committee. At the same time, Michel Coulombe, the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, urged senators not to forget longer-running foes like al-Qaeda as Canada turns its focus to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "ISIS started in...

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We want a friendly relationship but not to be under Pakistan’s thumb: Karzai

As security cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan increases, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said the country wants to maintain ‘friendly’ relations with Pakistan but should not succumb to pressure from it. “We want a friendly relationship but not to be under Pakistan’s thumb,” Karzai said, in an interview with The Guardian, warning Afghanistan’s historic struggles against British imperialism and Soviet...

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Pakistan has more nukes than India: report

WASHINGTON: Pakistan had at least ten more atomic weapons than India in its nuclear arsenal in 2014. According to a new infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Pakistan had a total of 120 atomic weapons last year. Founded by the University of Chicago scientists in 1945, the infographic tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in...

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Obama Criticized The Republican Senator Open Letter To Iran

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has criticized a letter from Republican senators to Iran, accusing them of "interfering" in ongoing nuclear talks. He said the 47 senators made an "unusual coalition" with Iran's hard-line religious leaders. The letter reminds Iran that any deal is just an executive agreement unless it gets congressional approval. Talks on Iran's nuclear programme are at...

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Civilian killed, 25 Egyptian police wounded in suicide car bombing

CAIRO: A suicide car bomber killed a civilian and wounded 25 Egyptian policemen when he tried to ram his car into a police barracks in the city of Al-Arish on Tuesday, security sources said, the latest in a string of attacks in the Sinai peninsula. The violence comes days ahead of an investment conference in the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh,...

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ISIS killed 8 guards and kidnapped 9 foreigners from oilfield: Libya

TRIPOLI: Militants from Libya’s Islamic State (Isis) affiliate abducted nine foreigners, including four Filipinos, in an attack on a central oilfield last week and beheaded eight Libyan guards, officials said on Monday. The attack last Friday on the AL-Ghani oilfield near the town of Zalla, 750km (470 miles) south-east of the capital, was part of a series of deadly assaults...

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10 Killed as Helicopters Collide in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES: Eight cast members from a reality TV show were killed on Monday when two helicopters collided mid-air over Argentina, according to multiple media reports. The French nationals were filming a survival series “Dropped” in the rugged mountains of the La Rioja province of the South American country. “Apparently, the two helicopters collided as they were filming. There are...

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Kurdish forces drive IS back from Kirkuk in Iraq

ARBIL: Kurdish forces drove the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group’s militants back from Kirkuk in Iraq on Monday, in an attack backed by heavy air strikes from a US-led coalition. Speaking to a local television channel near the frontline, Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim said the purpose of the offensive was to secure Kirkuk, which the Kurds have held since last...

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US sends heavy armour to Baltic states to ‘deter’ Russia

RIGA: The United States on Monday delivered more than 100 pieces of military equipment to vulnerable NATO-allied Baltic states in a move designed to provide them with the ability to deter potential Russian threats. The deliveries are intended to "demonstrate resolve to President (Vladimir) Putin and Russia that collectively we can come together," US Major General John R. O'Connor told...

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German military worried about militants infiltrating to get arms training

BERLIN: The head of Germany's military intelligence says he fears its armed forces could be infiltrated by militants to obtain weapons training for use in fighting in Syria and Iraq for insurgent groups like Islamic State. "If a moderately intelligent Islamist turns up who conceals the motives for his interest, it would be difficult to prevent him from being recruited,"...

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Release of Kashmiri separatist leader creates hurdles for Modi

SRINAGAR: A ruckus over the release from prison of a man who led one of the biggest revolts against the Indian military in Kashmir is adding to mounting problems for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he tries to push economic reform through parliament. The lower house of parliament was temporarily adjourned on Monday after opposition parties demanded to know why...

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IS executes 20 opponents in northern Iraq

KIRKUK: The Islamic State jihadist group executed 20 people who wanted to fight against them in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, officials said on Monday. The killings of the men, who wanted to join anti-IS paramilitary forces known as Popular Mobilisation units, took place in the town of Hawijah, a police intelligence officer and two local officials said. The...

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Hindu extremists beat Muslim youth in India

NEW DEHLI: A group of hindu extremists has allegedly beaten a Muslim student in Assam, state of India. The student was shifted to hospital for treatment. According to police, the student was identified as Arbazuddin Ahmed. He was trying to break the lock of someone else’s house, mistaking it to be his own, apparently in an inebriated state. The incident...

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Egypt schoolboy dies after teacher beating: Ministry

CAIRO: A schoolboy died on Sunday after being severely beaten by his teacher who has now been suspended, Egypt's education ministry said as an inquiry was launched. Corporal punishment is common in Egyptian schools, where official negligence has been blamed for the deaths in late 2014 of two children in accidents because of badly maintained equipment. The 12-year-old pupil died...

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