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Emmanuel Macron to discuss Indian occupied Kashmir with Narendra Modi

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss tensions in occupied Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the two meet in Paris this week, a French official said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also weighed in on Indian occupied Kashmir Tuesday telling Modi in a phone call that the issue was one for India and Pakistan...

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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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ISIL claim responsibility for car bombs in Libya

QUBA: At least 40 people are believed to have died in suicide attacks carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in eastern Libya, apparently in retaliation for Egyptian air strikes against ISIL's new branch in North Africa. Friday's bombings in the town of Quba, which is controlled by the paramilitary force of former General Khalifa...

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Nigerian woman says she was gangraped in Indian capital

NEW DELHI: Police in Delhi arrested four men on Friday in connection with the alleged gangrape 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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Indian govt. decided to court matial DIG coast guard over Pak boat incident

NEW DELHI: Two days after Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Indian Coast Guard BK Loshali was exposed as ordering to blow up a Pakistani fishing boat in a video, he penned an apology for his conduct to the Coast Guard High command, Indian Media reported on Friday. According to sources, the apology, however, has not been accepted. It has...

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U.S , Taliban Deny Peace Talks in Doha

WASHINGTON: The White House is denying reports that U.S. and Afghan Taliban officials will hold talks in Qatar. Bernadette Meehan, a National Security Council spokeswoman, said Washington supported an "Afghan-led reconciliation process" involving the Taliban, but that no meetings between the Taliban and the United States are scheduled. While, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, say there is no change in...

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Twin cyclones, Marcia and Lam hit Australia

QUEENSLAND: Australia's Queensland coast continued to be lashed by heavy rain and winds exceeding 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) Friday, despite Tropical Cyclone Marcia being downgraded to a Category 4 storm. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned the storm remained "very serious" and urged the public in affected areas to remain indoors amid the threat of flooding and high winds,...

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Nigeria air force bombs Boko Haram strongholds

BORNO STATE: Nigeria's air force has bombed Boko Haram strongholds in northeast Borno state, killing "a large number of terrorists", as a four-nation offensive against the group presses on, a military statement said. The targets of the bombardment on Thursday included the town of Gwoza, where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau first proclaimed the existence of a caliphate inside in...

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Kerry says Pakistan committed to going after terrorists, extremism

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry expressed United States' appreciation for Pakistan's "critical" efforts towards peace and security in the region as he hosted talks with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, underscoring wide-ranging cooperative ties between the two countries. "Pakistan obviously is playing a critical role right now in a number of respects," Kerry, said while welcoming Minister Khan...

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US military official outlines plan to retake ‘Mosul’ from ISIL

WASHINGTON: A military offensive to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will likely begin in April or May, a senior US military official has said. Laying out details of the expected operation in Mosul for the first time, the official from US Central Command on Thursday said five Iraqi Army brigades would...

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Afghan Taliban say peace talks with US to be held today in Qatar

DOHA: Sources within the Afghan Taliban said on Thursday their negotiators would hold the first round of peace talks with US officials in Qatar later in the day. “The first session will take place today in Qatar and then there would be another session on Friday. Let us see what happens as talks before did not yield any results,” a...

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