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Israel’s Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

JERUSALEM: Israel voted in its second election in five months on Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term as the country's longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz...

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Israel’s Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

JERUSALEM: Israel voted in its second election in five months on Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term as the country's longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz...

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Bombing at Afghan president’s rally claims 30 lives, Ghani unhurt

KABUL: Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 30 people in Afghanistan on Tuesday, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt. The attacks happened 11 days before Afghanistan’s presidential elections, which Taliban commanders have vowed to violently disrupt, and follow collapsed peace talks between the United States and the insurgent group....

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European Parliament to discuss ongoing crackdown in occupied Kashmir today

The European Parliament is expected to hold discussions today on the ongoing crackdown, human rights violations, and torture of detainees in occupied Kashmir by Indian security forces. The military curfew and communications blackout in Indian-occupied Kashmir has entered the 44th consecutive day today. Yesterday, the India Supreme Court had ordered New Delhi to restore normalcy in the area. Earlier this...

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Indian Supreme Court orders Modi govt to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Narendra Modi led government to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi issued these orders while hearing a petition filed by child rights expert Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha, first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR), stating that there have been reports about the...

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Trump to meet Modi at massive Indian-American gathering in Houston

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a massive gathering of Indian-Americans in Houston, the White House said Sunday, in a symbolic show of the bond between the two leaders and countries. The September 22 rally - dubbed, with a touch of Texan twang, "Howdy, Modi!" - will mark a rare joint appearance between a US...

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US subcommittee to meet post UNGA session on Kashmir: Congressman Sherman

CALIFORNIA: Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia Brad Sherman on Saturday said the hearing on the issue of Indian occupied Kashmir will take place after the United Nations General Assembly session. Speaking to a private news channel, the Congressman said, “We are waiting by then [after Congress reconvenes] so that we can get high-level participation of from high-level state...

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Taliban land in Russia days after US President Trump says talks ‘dead’

A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived in Russia on Friday, a representative of the Afghan insurgent group told a foreign news agency, just days after United States President Donald Trump declared that he had ended peace talks with the group. According to a report published by the Russian state news agency Tass, the Qatar-based spokesman of Taliban, Suhail Shaheen,...

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50 killed in train derailment in southeast DR Congo

LUBUMBASHI: Fifty people were killed early Thursday when a train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. "Another disaster! Derailing at 3am (0100 GMT) in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured," he wrote. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered...

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Trump declares TTP chief as global terrorist

WASHINGTON: A day before the anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after suspected terrorists and their financiers and supporters. The list of 11 men the administration has termed as "global terrorists" includes Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud — who was named the leader...

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Trump fires ‘hyper-hawk’ US national security chief John Bolton

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the firing of hawkish national security advisor John Bolton, a move widely seen as boosting the president´s push to negotiate with US foes in Afghanistan, North Korea and other trouble spots. Trump, who said he had disagreed "strongly" with Bolton on policy, announced via Twitter: "I asked John for his resignation, which was...

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At least 31 pilgrims died in Karbala shrine stampede

BAGHDAD: At least 31 pilgrims died on Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in Iraq's Karbala where they were marking the holy day of Ashura, the Iraqi health ministry said. Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr said the toll could rise even further, as another 100 people were injured including 10 in critical condition. It is the deadliest stampede in...

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Pakistan-India tensions ‘less heated’ now”: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the relationship between Pakistan and India is ‘less heated’ than it was two weeks ago and once again offered to mediate between the two countries. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said, "India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think [it] is a little...

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Trump cancelled planned Taliban peace talks over Kabul attack

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he had called off a secret summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan's leader, abruptly slamming the door on a year of diplomacy to end America´s longest war. In a Saturday evening bombshell, Trump said that he had planned unprecedented, albeit separate, talks with the two sides Sunday in Camp David, the presidential retreat...

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India loses contact with moon lander in huge setback for space program

BANGALORE: India´s space program suffered a huge setback Saturday after it lost contact with an unmanned spacecraft moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing on the Moon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to comfort glum scientists and a stunned nation from the lunar program´s command centre in Banglalore, saying India was "proud" and clasping the visibly...

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Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

HARARE: Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe with an iron fist from 1980 to 2017, has died aged 95, the country´s president announced Friday. First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony of Rhodesia of white minority rule, Mugabe used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe until he was finally ousted by his previously...

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Taliban claim bomb attack in Kabul

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up on Thursday in the centre of Kabul, the Afghan capital, government officials said, with the blast rattling windows and doors in an area near embassies and government buildings. The Taliban, who are in the midst of negotiating a pact with the United States, claimed responsibility. It was not immediately clear if there were...

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