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Five dead in protests against Indian citizenship law

GUWAHATI: Five people died, including three after being shot by police, following violent protests in northeast India over a contentious citizenship law, with authorities maintaining internet bans and curfews in some regions. Tension remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state's biggest city, Guwahati, with a fresh demonstration expected on Sunday over the legislation even as some...

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ISIS commander killed in Afghanistan: officials

KANDAHAR: Afghan forces have killed a militant commander suspected of having links to the Islamic State group in an air strike, officials said Monday. Hafiz Waheed, a successor to Abdul Rauf Khadim who died in a US drone strike last month, was killed along with nine others in the Sangin district of Helmand province late on Sunday, according to a...

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Iraqi Kurds says ISIS used chemical weapons against them

ARBIL: Iraqi Kurdish authorities said Saturday that their troops are being attacked by Islamic State fighters using chemical weapons. The Kurdish Regional Security Council released a statement saying it has evidence showing the ISIS fighters used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against Kurdish military forces known as peshmerga fighters. The council said the alleged chemical attack took place on...

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More than 100 Germans fighting in Ukraine: report

BERLIN: More than 100 Germans citizens travelled to eastern Ukraine to join pro-Russian separatists and fight against the Ukrainian government forces, media reported on Sunday. Report claimed that German security forces have identified more than 100 ethnic-German Russians fighting with the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Most of these foreign fighters were members of the ethnic German families from Russia,...

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US-Venezuela relations sour after recent spat

CAPITOL HILL: Relations between the U.S. and Venezuela have soured once again. This week, ties between the two countries will be discussed during a Senate hearing. On Sunday, parliament gave Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro the power to legislate by decree for the rest of 2015. He requested the expanded powers to counter what he sees as threats from the U.S....

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Boko Haram burns Nigerian town as troops advance

KANO: Boko Haram Islamists have set fire to homes in Nigeria's northeast town of Bama that are under their control, forcing residents to flee as troops advance to recapture it, witnesses said Sunday. The Islamists on Saturday told residents of Bama, 70 kilometres (37.5 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, to evacuate before setting fire to many homes as Nigerian troops inched...

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Dental student from India fatally shot in US after temple visit

ALBANY: Investigators say a 37-year-old dental student from India was shot to death at her San Francisco Bay Area apartment hours after attending services at a Sikh temple. The body of Randhir Kaur was discovered on March 8 by her cousin after UC San Francisco officials became concerned about her well-being. Investigators seeking tips from the public said Sunday that...

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Church vandalised, Cross replaced with Hanuman idol in Haryana

HISAR: A church under construction in a predominantly Hindu Haryana village was vandalised on Saturday allegedly by some residents who also placed an idol of Lord Hanuman at the site, claiming that the land was meant for residential use. Subhash Chand, the church pastor, told media that some Bajrang Dal activists had threatened him a month ago and that those...

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Kerry says US willing to negotiate with Bashar al-Assad

DAMASCUS: Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks. But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said later that Mr. Kerry, was not specifically referring to Assad. She reiterated that Washington...

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Iraq army says coalition raids needed in Tikrit battle

TIKRIT: Iraqi forces need support from coalition air strikes in Tikrit, where die-hard jihadists are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, a top officer said on Sunday. Two weeks into Baghdad's biggest operation yet against the Islamic State (IS) group, Iraqi forces have a complete stranglehold on Tikrit but have yet to launch a final assault....

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US announces two-day closure of embassies in KSA

RIYADH: In view of security concerns, United States has announced to close its embassy in Saudi Arabia. According to foreign news agency, US Consular services will be closed in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran. It was stated by the US that terrorists could attack on the western citizens who were working in oil sector. US has directed its citizens, who are...

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BJP leader threatens to destroy mosques

NEW DELHI: Indian politicians once again spouted against Muslims as the leader of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatened to destroy mosques by terming as just normal buildings. ‘Secular India’ face has once again exposed before the world as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy made an inflammatory statement against Muslims on two different spots in one day. Swamy...

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Kremlin declines comment on Putin absence

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on a report from the independent news outlet Dozhd on Sunday that said Russian President Vladimir Putin had not been in Moscow for the last several days. Putin, who has not been seen in public or on live television broadcasts for more than a week, postponed a meeting with Kazakh and Belarussian leaders...

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Ferguson activists press ahead, undeterred by latest shooting

As the hunt for suspects in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, extended into a third day, activists took the first steps on Saturday to force the mayor out of office while residents awaited signs of progress in the investigation. A group called Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) said it is starting a petition to recall Mayor...

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Floods in Angola kill at least 64, toll expected to rise

LONDON: At least 64 people have died in flooding following heavy rain in western Angola, the state-run news agency reported on Friday. Most deaths have been in the coastal city of Lobito in Benguela Province, with 35 children among the victims, Angop said. "People were sleeping which was part of the problem, it surprised people," Nuno Macedo, who works for...

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Turkey not headed toward dictatorship: Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday dismissed claims that a new constitution expanding his powers would install a "dictatorship". "They say the presidential system would bring dictatorship. Is there dictatorship in the United States, Mexico or in Brazil?" Erdogan said in the western province of Canakkale. "Change is inevitable. The building of a new Turkey is inevitable. A...

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Pope calls for an end to persecution of Pakistani Christians

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter's Square that he was pained by the news of two terror attacks against churches in Pakistan and called for an end of persecution against Christians. The pontiff said during his traditional Sunday prayer that the numerous dead and injured were persecuted “only because they are Christians”. Pope Francis said he...

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