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Half a million attend rally against India’s Modi

India’s opposition parties drew half a million supporters to Kolkata’s streets on Saturday for the largest show of force yet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a national election looms. Police in the eastern city said 500,000 people turned out for the massive "Unite India" rally, which saw leaders from across the opposition spectrum rail against Modi and his ruling...

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Jamal Khashoggi murder: Donald Trump ignores US leverage over Riyadh

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his partnership with Saudi Arabia, calling it an indispensable ally after a journalist's grisly murder, but critics say his position ignores Washington's enormous leverage over Riyadh. Trump on Tuesday gave Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pass on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, glossing over the Central Intelligence Agency's reported conclusion that...

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Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mir Hafeezullah martyred by Indian troops in IoK

Srinagar: Indian troops on Wednesday martyred senior leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mir Hafeezullah, in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The Indian armed agents opened fire after barging into the house of Mir Hafeezullah, the TeH District President, at Akingam in Achabal area of the district, injuring him and his wife. They were rushed to Islamabad district hospital where doctors declared...

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US to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to stick by ally Saudi Arabia even while admitting that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the brutal murder of a dissident journalist. "It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -- maybe he did and maybe he didn´t!" Trump said...

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At least 40 killed in a blast in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL: At least 40 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, said two government officials. More than 60 other people were injured in the blast, said Basir Mujahid spokesman for Kabul police. “I have confirmed reports that 40 people have been killed,” Mujahid told Reuters. There were no immediate claims...

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US judge blocks Donald Trump asylum restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO: A US judge on Monday temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy. US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar’s order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide,...

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Four killed in Chicago hospital shooting

An argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the United States city of Chicago on Monday. The violence only ended when police engaged in shootout with the gunman inside the Mercy Hospital. “We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the...

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Yemeni Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition, raising peace prospects

DUBAI: Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations. The Iranian-aligned group, which has been battling the Saudi-backed government for nearly four years, also said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-led...

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Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

KABUL: The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue". The statement comes a day after US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hopes in Kabul that a peace deal could be struck before the Afghan presidential election, scheduled for April 20...

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Pakistan doesn’t do a damn thing, hid Osama knowingly, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has once again defended his administration's decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country doesn't do "a damn thing for us". Speaking to Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trump alleged that Pakistan does “not do a damn thing” for the United States and accused Islamabad of helping Osama bin...

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Afghan Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar, says sources

The Taliban have held three days of talks with United States (US) envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the militant group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group claimed on Sunday. The talks are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down America's longest war. Seventeen...

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Donald Trump visits fire-wracked California as more than 1,000 missing

PARADISE: US President Donald Trump expressed sadness Saturday at the devastation in a California town, as more than 1,000 people remain listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the US state. Two huge blazes have created a serious smoke problem across vast areas in the state, and when Trump stepped out of Air Force One at Beale Air...

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Three killed in blast in Amritsar, India

AMRITSAR: A blast at a religious ceremony in India's Punjab state Sunday killed at least three people and injured 10, police said. Media reports said two armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting. They brandished a pistol at a woman at the gate before throwing a hand grenade at...

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2 more youth martyred by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR According to Kashmir Media Service, the  Indian troops martyred two more youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Shopian district on Sunday. The youth were killed during a cordon and search operation launched by the troops in the Zainpora area of the district. The martyred youth have been identified as Nawaz Ahmad and Yawar Wani. The authorities have suspended internet services...

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Mike Pence quashes Trump rifts reports

US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday dismissed reports of a rift with his boss President Donald Trump, saying the pair laughed about the suggestion in a phone call. Following a New York Times report that suggested Trump was privately questioning the loyalty of his deputy, Pence told reporters in Port Moresby that they had still had a good rapport....

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CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince MBS behind Jamal Khashoggi murder

The US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded Saudi´s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US media reported Friday, citing people close to the matter. The US assessment directly contradicts the conclusions of a Saudi prosecutor one day prior, which exonerated the prince of involvement in the brutal murder. But The Washington Post,...

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British PM Theresa May fights rebellion over Brexit deal

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May battled to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her political future on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her. The Conservative leader said she believed with "every fibre of my being" in the Brexit course she had set, hours after facing a hostile parliament and seeing four...

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