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German suspected right-wing extremist shots dead nine in shisha bar

HANAU: A suspected right-wing extremist shot dead nine people, some of them migrants from Turkey, in an overnight rampage through a German city before killing himself, officials said. The attack late on Wednesday targeted two shisha bars in Hanau, a town close to Frankfurt in the western state of Hesse. Police chased a car used to leave the scene of...

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British PM Boris Johnson agrees ‘great’ new Brexit deal with EU

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Britain and the European Union had agreed a “great” new Brexit deal and urged lawmakers to approve it at the weekend. “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control,” Johnson said in a tweet. “Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other...

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35 dead as bus carrying foreigners crashes in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday. The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus... with a heavy vehicle (loader)" near the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency....

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Trump letter to Erdogan shatters diplomatic norms, alludes to Turkish president as ‘the devil’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” The October 9 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as Trump battled to control the political damage following his decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria, clearing...

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Turkey will never declare ceasefire in Northern Syria

ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan told US President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria and that it will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region. Turkey pressed ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite US sanctions and calls for...

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Modi vows to stop water flowing into Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that New Delhi will stop water from Indian rivers that had been flowing to Pakistan and give it to Indian farmers, reported Indian news publication The Hindu. “This water belongs to farmers of Haryana, Rajasthan, and the country, and we will get it,” he said during an election rally at Charkhi Dagri...

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85 civilians killed, 373 injured in Afghan election violence: UN

KABUL: Hundreds of people were killed or wounded in violence related to Afghanistan´s recent presidential election season as the Taliban sought to undermine the democratic process, a UN agency said Tuesday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that 85 people were killed and another 373 wounded in election violence during the period from June 8 to September...

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Trump set to impose sanctions on Turkey for its incursion into Syria

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over Nato-ally Turkey. Using the US military to stop the Turkish offensive on US-allied Kurdish fighters was never an option, defence officials have said, and...

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Typhoon leaves 19 dead as Japan launches major rescue

Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan on Sunday to rescue people stranded in flooded homes as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to at least 19 with more than a dozen missing. Public broadcaster NHK said 14 rivers across the nation had flooded, some spilling out in more than one spot. The casualty toll was compiled...

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Amid Kashmir tensions, India requests China to focus on common ground as leaders meet

MAHABALIPURAM: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Indian host Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at an informal summit to cooperate against "radicalisation", India said late Friday, after the Asian giants with historically prickly ties had exchanged sharp words over Kashmir. The seaside meeting aimed at mending relations after India irked China by its splitting of Jammu and Kashmir state into...

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Iran welcomes Pakistan’s effort to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed efforts for mediation with Saudi Arabia ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to the country. "We've always been open to discussing anything with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is our neighbor. We're going to be here together permanently," Zarif said in an interview with TRT World. "We don't have any choice but...

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PM Imran assures Turkish President Erdogan of Pakistan’s full support against terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assured President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Pakistan's full support to Turkey. The prime minister telephoned the Turkish leader and told him that his country stands in full support and solidarity with Turkey and understands its concerns relating to terrorism. "As a country which has lost more than 70,000 lives due to terrorism and...

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White House rules out cooperation in Trump impeachment probe

WASHINGTON: A defiant White House declared war Tuesday against the impeachment investigation of Donald Trump, blasting the process as partisan, illegitimate and unconstitutional and saying neither the president nor his administration will cooperate. In a fiery letter, the White House threw down the gauntlet to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of three congressional panels leading the inquiry, challenging...

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Security recruits targeted by suicide bomb in Afghanistan

KABUL/JALALABAD: A suicide bomb targeted a minibus of recruits for the Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, local government sources said. The bomb detonated in a rickshaw-like vehicle, Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for provincial governor of Nangarhar, said. Casualties included recruits and civilians, including a child, local...

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US withdraws troops from northeast Syria ahead of Turkish offensive

ISTANBUL: The United States said it was pulling troops from northeast Syria, in a major shift which clears the way for a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish-led forces and hands Turkey responsibility for thousands of Islamic State captives. A US official said American troops had withdrawn from two observation posts on the border, at Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain, and...

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JKLF marches towards Line of Control

MUZAFFARABAD: Hundreds of Kashmiris on the call of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Sunday are marching towards the Line of Control (LoC) — the de facto border between Pakistan and India. The rally dubbed "Freedom March" is protesting New Delhi's move to repeal the special status of Indian occupied Kashmir and the imposition of curfew in the territory...

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Indian Air Chief admits Mi-17 chopper was shot down by own missile on Feb 27

India's Air Force chief has finally admitted that its Mi-17 chopper, which crashed near Srinagar on February 27 this year, came down after its own missile mistakenly hit it. "Court of Inquiry completed and it was our mistake as our missile had hit our own chopper," Indian Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria told the ANI news agency on...

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