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US says terrorist attacks decreased in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US State Department on Thursday has issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017. According to the report, due to effective operation by Pakistan Army, the militant outfits such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban were weakened in the past few years. The United States Department of State has stated that they acknowledge the efforts made by Pakistan...

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Erdogan sanctions US officials in tit-for-tat row over pastor

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey would impose sanctions on two US officials in retaliation for a similar move by Washington in a row over the detention of an American pastor. Turkey's holding of pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges for almost two years has sparked one of the most intense crises between the NATO allies in years....

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More than 1,500 migrant deaths in Mediterranean this year: UNHCR

GENEVA: More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the first seven months of this year, over half of them in June and July, the UN refugee agency said Friday. The rate of deaths is increasing despite a decline in the total number of migrants arriving on European shores compared with...

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Greece: Police arrest eight suspects in murder of Pakistani migrant

The Greek police have arrested eight migrants on suspicion of murdering a Pakistani migrant who had been trying to leave the country illegally. According to the Associated Press, police said on Friday that the eight were suspected of involvement in the July 23 stabbing death of a 29-year-old Pakistani man who had been with three compatriots heading toward Greece's northern...

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Indian troops martyr five Kashmiris in IoK: media reports

SRINAGAR: Indian occupation forces martyred five Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, according to media reports.  The citizens were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Shopian district's Killora village. The Indian army along with the police had launched a joint operation in the area on Friday evening. On Friday, at least two Kashmiri youth were...

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Suicide blast inside Afghan mosque kills 25

KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing 25 people and wounding 40, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but police said at least two men had entered the mosque in the city of Gardez in the province of Paktia where about 60 people were praying. The blast...

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Three foreign nationals abducted in Kabul, killed

KABUL: Afghan police in Kabul on Thursday recovered the bodies of three foreign nationals who they said had been abducted and killed, in the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn capital. The killings come as the city has been rocked by an increasing number of attac­ks in recent months as the militant Islamic State group and the Taliban insurgents...

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China’s high-ranking Buddhist monk accused of sexual misconduct

One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks is facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, in what is seen by some as an indication the #MeToo movement is gaining traction in the world's most populous nation. Longquan Monastery abbot Shi Xuecheng is accused of harassing and demanding sexual favors from numerous female nuns in a 95-page statement compiled by two...

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Indian Troops martyr two more youth in IoK

SRINAGAR: Indian soldiers martyred two youth in Indian Occupied Kashmir in Sopore District, Kashmir news reported. The troops killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in the district. On the other hand, Indian Authorities shut the mobile services off and also roiled the educational institutes in the Baramulla district. Earlier on 2nd August, two youth, identified as Zahoor...

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Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

WASHINGTON  — Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, climate-changing tailpipe emissions. If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken one of the federal...

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Trump responds to Kim Jong Un’s new letter

WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and responded quickly with a letter of his own. The correspondence, following up on their Singapore summit, came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearization. Trump early Thursday tweeted his thanks to the North Korean leader “for...

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Pope rules out death penalty in change to church teaching

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that could influence Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. and across the globe. The change, announced Thursday, was hailed by anti-death penalty activists and scorned by Francis’ frequent conservative...

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Emmerson Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe election

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former ally of Robert Mugabe, narrowly won the country's landmark election, results showed early Friday, in an outcome set to fuel fraud allegations as security forces patrolled the streets to prevent protests. Mnangagwa won 50.8 per cent of the vote, ahead of Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC party on 44.3 per cent, the Zimbabwe...

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Air strikes on fishing port in Yemen’s Hodeidah kills 26: medical sources

HODEIDAH, Yemen: Air strikes on Thursday by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia on a fishing port and fish market in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah killed 26 people, Yemeni medical sources and aid agencies said. The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Twitter it was sending medical equipment to Al Thawra Hospital to treat 50 people in...

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Turkey vows retaliation in crisis with US over pastor

Turkey was on Thursday drawing up retaliatory measures after Washington slapped sanctions on two Turkish ministers in the one of the biggest crises between the two NATO allies in recent years. Tensions have soared over Turkey's detention on terror charges of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was first held in October 2016 and was moved to house arrest last week....

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Zimbabwe: Opposition march turns to bloodshed after general polls

The sound of automatic gunfire reverberated through Harare on Wednesday as armoured military vehicles rolled through the Zimbabwean capital and soldiers fired on opposition activists protesting against alleged electoral fraud. By the time daylight began to fade at least one man had been shot dead, recalling the dark days of former president Robert Mugabe's era when elections and extreme regime...

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Swedish crown jewels stolen in a daylight robbery

Robbers who nabbed two 17th century royal crowns and an orb from a Swedish cathedral remained at large on Wednesday, a day after fleeing their daring midday heist by motorboat. The thieves, who have not been identified, and the jewels are being sought internationally via Interpol, Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt said, noting the objects were a "national treasure" and...

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