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Trump criticises Iran as ‘corrupt dictatorship’ in UN speech

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump criticised Iran on Tuesday as a “corrupt dictatorship” that is plundering the Iranian people to pay for aggression abroad, using his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to lay down a tough message for Tehran. “Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” Trump told the annual gathering. “They do not respect their neighbors...

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Indonesian earthquake death toll reaches 555

A string of deadly earthquakes that rocked Indonesia´s Lombok island this summer killed 555 people and injured nearly 1,500, the disaster agency said Friday, with hundreds of thousands left homeless. The picturesque island next to holiday hotspot Bali was hit by two deadly quakes on July 29 and August 5. On Sunday it was shaken by a string of fresh...

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Muslims celebrate Eid ul Azha with religious fervor in China

BEIJING (APP):Pakistani community along with millions of Muslims in China celebrated Eidul Azha on Wednesday with great religious fervour and enthusiasm to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and his son Hazrat Ismael (AS). Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khalid, Defence Attaché Brigadier Ahmed Bilal, senior diplomats and officials and a large number of Pakistani students and...

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Kabul rocket attacks come to an end, says Afghan military

An hours-long attack in the Afghan capital Kabul ended on Tuesday after two militants were killed in a clearance operation, the military said. At least six people were injured. “Two attackers were involved. The enemy was firing mortars,” General Murad Ali Murad, commander of Kabul's garrison, told a press conference. Multiple rockets hit near the diplomatic area in the Afghan...

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Trudeau congratultes Imran Khan over assuming PM office

Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau on Tuesday congratulated his counterpart prime minister Imran Khan on forming the government, saying that he "looked forward to working together" with him. A press release from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said that the two leaders had spoken on the phone and "stressed the need for further strengthening of ties particularly in areas of trade,...

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Death sentence ordered by Indian court for rapists of 8-year-old

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Tuesday sentenced two men to death for the gang-rape of an eight-year-old girl that sparked angry protests. The sentence was one of the first ordered under a new law allowing for fast-track trials and capital punishment for child rapists. Crowds chanted "Death to rapists!" after the brutal attack on the child in the central...

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Rockets and heavy crossfire near Kabul Mosque and Presidential palace

KABUL: Military helicopters were firing above a mosque in Kabul´s old quarter Tuesday as officials said fighting had broken out between security forces and militants in the Afghan capital, with a barrage of rockets striking the city. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the assault, which came as President Ashraf Ghani was making a speech marking the...

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Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries

MAKKAH: The holy and auspicious Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Gulf countries, Afghanistan along some other parts of the world today. In Saudi Arabia, major congregations were held in Masjid-ul-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, and Masjid an-Nabawi, also called the Prophet’s Mosque, in Madina early Tuesday morning where more than two million Muslims...

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Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj

MOUNT ARAFAT - Muslim pilgrims on Monday began ascending Mount Arafat for the climax of the annual hajj which brings together more than two million people from around the world. A sea of worshippers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Mecca for a day of prayers and reflection where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed delivered his final...

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Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer

Afghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani's suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the government’s latest gambit during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying security forces would observe the truce beginning this week -- but only if the Taliban...

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Shots fired at US embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

Several gunshots were fired from a vehicle at the US embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday, hitting a window in a security cabin but causing no casualties, police and broadcaster CNN Turk reported. The attack coincided with a deepening row between Ankara and Washington over the trial of a US pastor in Turkey. A police officer told Reuters...

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US Catholics ‘sickened’ by sex abuse report

YORK: Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests...

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Afghanistan announces Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province. Taliban sources said their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, though supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada still had...

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More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll hits 357

Rescuers waded into submerged villages in southern India on Sunday in a desperate search for survivors cut off for days by floods that have already killed more than 350 people. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state's worst floods in a century, and emergency responders fear the death toll will rise as they reach areas almost...

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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change. The ultra-conservative kingdom -- where religion remains a guiding force amid dramatic social and economic reforms -- has mobilised vast resources for the six-day journey, one of the five...

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Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh says untrue

RIYADH: Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year’s Haj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Makkah. Although 1,200 Qataris are eligible to perform the Haj under a quota system, Qatar says it has become impossible to get permits, blaming the campaign by Saudi Arabia, the...

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US supplied bomb that killed Yemeni children: CNN

WASHINGTON: The bomb that killed 40 children and 11 others in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen was sold by the United States under a State Department deal with Riyadh, CNN has reported. The numbers on shrapnel, of which images were taken shortly after the attack this month, indicate that it was a laser-guided Mk 82 bomb manufactured...

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