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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

JERUSALEM/GAZA: An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day. As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country. The Israeli military said its forces targeted a Gaza crew preparing...

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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

JERUSALEM/GAZA: An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day. As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country. The Israeli military said its forces targeted a Gaza crew preparing...

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Seven killed after car bomb blast near Afghan interior ministry in Kabul

KABUL: At least seven people were killed and ten wounded, including four foreigners, when a minivan packed with explosives detonated during Kabul´s morning rush hour Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said. The spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said the bomb — targeting an SUV belonging to a private Canadian security company, GardaWorld — had gone off in a neighbourhood which is near the...

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Republicans, Democrats draw battle lines over Trump impeachment inquiry hearings

WASHINGTON: Republicans and Democrats in Congress set battle lines on Tuesday ahead of televised hearings on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, drawing a vow from the Democrat leading the probe to thwart “sham investigations” into presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s family. The hearings, due to start at 10am Wednesday and continue into next week, will push the inquiry into...

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Lockdown:Indian illegal seige in occupied Kashmir extends 100 days

SRINAGAR: Kashmir on Tuesday marked 100 days since India stripped the occupied valley of its autonomy and imposed a strict communications blackout, with local journalists protesting the internet ban. Tensions have been high since August 5 when the Indian government moved to bring the restive Himalayan region under direct rule, cut telecommunications and detained thousands to quell any unrest. Shops...

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Bangladesh train collision claims 15 lives

DHAKA: At least 15 people were killed and 58 others injured when two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh early Tuesday, police said. Three coaches were sent tumbling off the tracks at Mondolbhag station in the town of Kasba when a Dhaka-bound intercity train and a locomotive bound for Chittagong collided. "At least 15 people have been killed. And another 58...

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With Indian Supreme Court’s ruling, Modi’s Hindu-first agenda barrels forward

NEW DELHI: Just six months after sweeping to re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on two major promises of his Hindu-first agenda, electrifying his base but sowing unease among liberals and the nation's Muslim minority. The latest boost for Modi came on Saturday, when the Supreme Court handed Hindu groups control of a contested site where a 16th-century...

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Babri mosque not built on vacant land, directs allotment of alternate land to Muslims: Indian SC

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court ruled that the disputed babri Mosque land should be given to the The Bench orders that the disputed land must be given to the Hindus, while ordering that Muslims have to be allotted an alternate land to construct a mosque as a replacement for the destruction of the Babri Mosque. The Indian top court issued...

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Sunny Deol to attend Katarpur inaugration tomorrow

Indian actor turned politician Sunny Doel announced on Friday that he will be part of the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor which will be held on November 9. Indian News agency ANI quoted the BJP MP saying, "If I won't go, who will? I'll definitely go. It is my area and my home." Doel is not the only notable...

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Pakistan welcomes conclusion of Riyadh Agreement: PM Khan

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Pakistan welcomed the conclusion of the ‘landmark’ Riyadh Agreement, in which Yemen’s internationally-recognised government and separatists signed a deal to curb infighting. In a post on the micro-blogging website, Twitter, the premier said, “Pakistan welcomes the conclusion of the landmark Riyadh Agreement, as a result of the initiative taken by the...

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Turkey claims to have captured sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

ISTANBUL: Turkish forces in northern Syria have detained a sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Daesh who was killed in a US raid, a senior Turkish official said Tuesday. "Turkey has captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's sister" in a raid near the town of Azaz, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP. He named the woman as...

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Three protesters killed in Iraq’s Karbala near Iran consulate: medics

KARBALA: Three protesters were shot dead overnight during a demonstration outside the Iranian consulate in Iraq's holy city of Karbala, the head of the forensics department there told AFP on Monday. Security forces in Karbala fired live ammunition to disperse protesters trying to scale the walls of the consulate in the southern city and torch it. AFP correspondents witnessed protesters...

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US releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid resulting in death of Baghdadi

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has released its first images from last weekend’s commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned that the militant group may attempt to stage a “retribution attack”. The declassified, grainy, black-and-white aerial videos from Saturday’s raid showed US special operations forces closing in on the compound and US aircraft...

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Occupied Kashmir divided, stripped of special status by India amid strict clampdown

SRINAGAR: Shops and offices were shut in Indian occupied Kashmir on Thursday and the streets largely deserted as federal authorities formally revoked the restive area’s constitutional autonomy and split it into two federal territories. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision in August to change occupied Kashmir’s status and tighten its grip over the region has stoked anger and resentment among...

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Lebanon government falls, protesters demand ‘more’

BEIRUT. Lebanon's prime minister submitted his government's resignation on Tuesday, bowing to nearly two weeks of unprecedented nationwide protests against corruption and sectarianism. Saad Hariri's sombre televised address was met by cheers from crowds of protesters who have remained mobilised since October 17, crippling the country to press their demands. "It has become necessary for us to make a great...

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India moves to divide occupied Jammu and Kashmir amid strict lockdown

NEW DELHI: India will formally split up occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two federal territories on Thursday, aiming to tighten its grip on the restive region that has been in the grip of a harsh security clampdown for nearly three months. Street protests against the measures have erupted sporadically, while a dozen people have been killed in recent weeks. Indian...

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Abu Bakr- Al Baghdadi body buried at sea: US military

WASHINGTON: The body of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea by the US military after he killed himself during the weekend raid on his Syrian hideout, a Pentagon source revealed on Monday. No details were given on where or when the body was disposed of, but it paralleled the 2011 sea burial of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after...

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