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More than 10 feared dead in suspected Japan animation studio arson

TOKYO: More than 10 people are feared dead and dozens injured or missing in a suspected case of arson at an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday, domestic media reported. Public broadcaster NHK said police had taken into custody a 41-year-old man who shouted “Die!” as he poured what appeared to be gasoline around the studio....

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PM Imran, FM offers assistance to Iran following heavy flooding

ISLAMABAD: On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed sympathies with the people of Iran hit by unprecedented floods and said his government was ready to provide all possible humanitarian assistance to them. “Our prayers go to the people of Iran as they deal with unprecedented flooding. We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance required,” he said in a tweet....

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Two children, four adults shot and injured at Chicago baby shower firing

Authorities say two children were among the six people who were wounded when two men opened fire on a baby shower outside of a home on the South Side of Chicago. The attack happened Saturday evening in the West Englewood neighbourhood. The Chicago Tribune reports that about 20 children were playing outside when the gunmen opened fire, sending them running...

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Gaza animals find new home following deaths at zoo

GAZA: Five lions, five monkeys, four ostriches, three peacocks, two wolves and a hyena departed Gaza for Jordan on Sunday, after being rescued from a Gaza zoo where many animals died of starvation and lack of care. The animal welfare group Four Paws international carried out the relocation, which also included dogs, cats, foxes, porcupines and 10 squirrels. Fathy Jomaa,...

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US to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorist group: WSJ

The United States will designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, an unprecedented move that would ramp up pressure on the elite force, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The newspaper, quoting unnamed officials, said President Donald Trump's administration would announce the long-mulled decision as soon as Monday and that concerned defence officials were bracing for the impact....

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Rights lawyer Amal Clooney leads push to protect journalists

DINARD: International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will help lead a British-Canadian push to defend journalists from attacks and restrictions around the world, ministers said on Friday. She was named co-chair of a legal panel that will draw up proposals to counter laws that hinder reporters. “Those with a pen in their hand should not feel a noose around their...

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Iran floods: Home and people swept away as rescue operation minimal; 60 killed

According to foreign media reports, heavy flood in Iran this week has taken lives of 60 people fearing death toll might rise owing to the scarce access of rescue workers to flood hit areas. Buildings, roads and infrastructure have been badly affected as officials have alarmed more over flow of water after dams are 95 percent full, causing more devastation. ...

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More embarrassment for New-Delhi as US debunks claim of shooting down Pakistani F-16

In a more embarrassment  for New-Delhi,  US defense officials have debunked India’s claim that it shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial fight between the two sides in February. Two senior US defense officials with direct knowledge of the situation told Foreign Policy magazine that US personnel recently counted Pakistan’s F-16s and found none missing. According to the publication,...

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Car bomb explodes near police academy in Somali capital, seven injured

MOGADISHU: Seven people were injured when a car bomb exploded near the police academy in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, the latest in a string of attacks in the city by Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab. Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of AAMIN ambulance service, told Reuters six men and a woman had been injured. Al Shabaab claimed...

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Saudis open consulate in Iraq in sign of warmer ties

Iraq says Saudi Arabia has opened a consulate in Baghdad for the first time in nearly 30 years in a sign of improving ties. The consulate, which will issue visas to Iraqis, was opened during a two-day visit by a delegation headed by the Saudi minister of commerce and investment, Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi. Riyadh seeks closer ties to Iraq...

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Sri Lanka commando commits suicide at PM Ranil Wickremesinghes residence

Colombo: An elite police commando committed suicide on Thursday by shooting himself at Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe´s official residence in Colombo, officials said. The Special Task Force (STF) member used his officially issued automatic assault rifle to shoot himself at the gate of the Temple Trees residence while the premier was inside the sprawling complex. It was not immediately clear...

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Accused Christchurch gunman to face 50 murder charges: NZ police

The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks last month will face 50 murder charges when he appears in court this week, New Zealand police said Thursday. Australian Brenton Tarrant was previously charged with one murder as a holding measure, but police said all the deaths and injuries in the March 15 attacks would be reflected in upgraded...

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Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s children paid by kingdom to show restraint : report

The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received multi million dollar homes and are being paid thousands of dollars per month by the kingdom's authorities, The Washington Post reported Monday. Khashoggi ─ a contributor to the Post and a critic of the Saudi government ─ was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul by...

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Defensive Partner: US approves $2.6 billion sale of MH-60R helicopters to India

WASHINGTON: The United States said Tuesday it had approved the sale of 24 MH-60R helicopters to India, significantly boosting its emerging ally's firepower to target submarines as China expands in the Indian Ocean. In a quick reply to an Indian request submitted late last year, the State Department said it was informing the US Congress as legally required that it...

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Sharia Law: Brunei introduces stoning to death for gay sex, adultery

Brunei on Wednesday introduced strict new Sharia laws, including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups. The tough penal code in the tiny country on tropical Borneo island — ruled by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah — fully came into force following years of delays. Read:Brunei to...

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Rich and poor united in desperate quest for water in Venezuela

Crippling power blackouts are subjecting Venezuelans to the second phase of deprivation — massive water shortages that make no distinction in income or social class, forcing rich and poor alike to wait in long lines for drinking water, while some hoist it from sewers to be able to flush their toilets. On the hill in the Caracas neighbourhood of Petare...

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Trump says he’s prepared to close Mexico border if necessary

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was prepared to close the US southern border if necessary but that Mexico has apprehended thousands of people in recent days and its actions have made a big difference in the immigration situation. Trump threatened on Friday to close the border with Mexico this week unless Mexico took steps to help the...

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