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Bomb attack on TV crew leaves Afghan journalist, driver dead

KABUL: Two people, including a journalist and a driver were killed, while at least six were wounded, after a private bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station was bombed in the country's capital on Saturday, said the director of Khurshid TV. A preliminary probe showed a bomb attached by magnets to a bus used by Khurshid TV employees was blown...

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Islamic State militants claim attacks on embassies in Libya

TRIPOLI: A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official said, only hours after gunmen attacked South Korea's mission. Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said on twitter they were responsible for both attacks, the latest strikes against foreigners, embassies or oilfields in...

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Two killed as Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami protest at execution

DHAKA: Two student activists have been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the Jaamat-e-Islami party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader. There were also reports of protesters firebombing vehicles around the country as tensions ran high following the execution late Saturday of Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, a leader of the Jamaat....

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Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use

CAIRO: People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip. Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai...

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Siberia wildfire kills five with scores hurt

MOSCOW: Five people died and scores were injured when a wildfire caused by the burning of dry grass swept through southern Siberia, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents, Russian officials said Sunday. Sixty-two people have been hospitalized and 11 of them are in a serious condition. "Three men and two women, died in the fires," Irina Emelianova, a spokesman...

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Saudi Arabia rejects Iran’s calls to stop air strikes in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has refused calls from Tehran to stop its aerial assault on Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen. Prince Saud al-Faisal says his country is not at war with Iran, but charged Tehran with fuelling the cycle of violence in Yemen. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of providing logistical support to the Houthis. Tehran supports the...

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France’s Fabius in Riyadh to support Yemen coalition

RIYADH: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was in Riyadh on Sunday to express support for Saudi Arabia s battle against Iran-backed rebels in neighbouring Yemen. "Concerning Yemen, we are here to demonstrate our support, especially political, to the Saudi authorities," Fabius told reporters as he began a series of meetings with the Saudi leadership including King Salman. The kingdom, an...

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Gunmen attack South Korea embassy in Tripoli, two guards killed

SEOUL: Unidentified gunmen attacked South Korea s embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday and killed two security guards, Seoul s foreign ministry said. The group fired dozens of rounds at the embassy compound from a passing vehicle, leaving two Libyan guards dead and another injured, it said. Three South Koreans working in the embassy -- including two diplomats...

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Hundreds protest outside Saudi embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN: Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest against alleged sexual harassment against Iranian youths by Saudi police. Official news agency said about 500 people gathered outside the embassy in northeastern Tehran in a protest that had not been authorised by the authorities. Media reported that two Iranian teenagers who had gone on...

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Bangladesh on alert after JI leader’s execution

DHAKA: Thousands of Bangladeshis poured onto the streets to applaud the execution of an Islamist party official on charges of crimes against humanity during the 1971 war, as security forces remained alert Sunday for a possible backlash from his supporters. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman was hanged Saturday night in Dhaka’s central jail, a senior prison official, Forman Ali, told reporters. He was...

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Six Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai bombing: Army

CAIRO: Six Egyptian soldiers were killed and two wounded in a bomb attack on their armoured vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, the army said. A militant group which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria said it carried out the attack. The bombing came near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid,...

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Al-Qaeda India branch confirm US drones kill 2 leaders in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman for al-Qaeda's new Indian branch said U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed two of its leaders. In an audio message released Sunday, Usama Mahmood identified the dead as deputy chief Ahmed Farooq and Qari Imran, in charge of the group's Afghan affairs. Mahmood says a Jan. 5 drone strike in North Waziristan killed Imran, while a...

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Jamaat e Islami Bangladesh leader Kamaruzzaman hanged

DHAKA: An Islamist politician convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan has been hanged at a prison in Dhaka. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was found guilty of genocide by a domestic war crimes tribunal in May 2013. Kamaruzzaman, 62, was convicted of crimes including the killing of at least 120 unarmed farmers. He...

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Kashmir on strike to protest India plan for Hindu townships

SRINAGAR: Indian Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar shut down Saturday in protest against a government plan to resettle Kashmiri Hindus in separate townships after they fled the region more than two decades ago. Streets were deserted, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was thin on the roads in the capital city and other towns across the restive Muslim-majority...

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Father, brother, uncle arrested after Indian teen alleges years of rape

KOLKATA: The father, uncle and brother of a 16-year-old girl in eastern India have been arrested after being accused of raping her repeatedly over a period of two years, police said on Saturday. The girl told a school teacher in Dhupguri town in West Bengal state on Thursday after being too scared to speak out previously. She was taken to...

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India: 13 killed as bus turns turtle near Burdwan

BURDWAN: Thirteen people were killed and 33 injured when a bus carrying pilgrims from Khudkuri village of Khondoghosh turned turtle at a turn after losing control at Dewandighi's Ghoshpara under Burdwan Sadar police station on Friday. The incident occurred about two kilometers away from Burdwan town around 8.45am. About 70 pilgrims from Khudkuri village were on their way to Nabadwip....

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Saudis say UN could vote soon on Yemen sanctions resolution

UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador said Friday a vote on a draft United Nations resolution that would impose new sanctions on leaders of Yemen's Houthi rebels and the country's former president and his son will likely take place early next week. The debate of the sanctions resolution is taking place as fighting escalates between the Houthis and supporters of...

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