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Afghan Elections: Dozens killed in Kabul near polling stations

KABUL: Multiple explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, as voters cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections. Voters were seen fleeing a school in the north of the Afghan capital after a blast, an AFP correspondent said, with witnesses reporting explosions at other polling centres. Afghans began voting on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations...

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Saudi king orders probe in Khashoggi case, Turkey to search consulate

ANKARA/WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday ordered an internal probe into the unexplained disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on Oct. 2. A Turkish diplomatic source said investigators would inspect the consulate on Monday afternoon, following delays last week when...

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U.S. is seeking regime change in Iran: Rouhani

The United States is seeking regime change in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state TV. The United States is using psychological and economic warfare and questioning the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic to pursue regime change in Iran, Rouhani said in a speech commemorating the beginning of the academic year at Tehran University....

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

Kabul: Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week. The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version...

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Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ for Saudi Arabia if Khashoggi was killed

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said in a CBS interview on Saturday that there would be “severe punishment” for Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Trump said he did not want to block military sales to Saudi Arabia, one option that has rattled US. defense contractors,...

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US envoy for Afghan peace Khalilzad meets Taliban officials in Qatar: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON: The US envoy for Afghanistan peace efforts met with Taliban representatives in Qatar on Friday as President Donald Trump’s administration pushed to find a way to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal, citing a person familiar with the gathering, said Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, met with Taliban officials...

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Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 13

MEXICO BEACH: The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 13 on Friday amid fears it would continue to climb as search-and-rescue teams scour the debris of the Florida town that bore the brunt of the monster storm. "Mexico Beach is devastated," Florida Governor Rick Scott said of the town where Michael made landfall as a Category 4...

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Japanese PM Abe to make rare China visit this month

Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals. Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations, said Chinese foreign ministry...

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Landslide in central Colombian town kills 11, others missing

BOGOTA: An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains killed 11 people, including four children, in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia, the country’s disaster relief agency said on Thursday. The landslide, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time, sent part of a hillside onto several houses, photos posted on Twitter by the disaster relief agency for Caldas province showed. “The...

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MBS ordered op against missing journalist: report

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler ordered an operation targeting journalist and United States' resident Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for more than a week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday citing US intelligence intercepts. Khashoggi — one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

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Bangladesh court hands life sentence to acting opposition party chief over 2004 blasts

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced Tarique Rahman, the acting chairman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to life in jail, and 19 more to death, over a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2004, lawyers said. The opposition is in disarray ahead of general elections set for December, with Rahman trying to run its campaign...

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U.S. officials ask Saudi crown prince about missing journalist: White House

WASHINGTON: Two White House officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to request information about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the White House said on Wednesday. National security adviser John Bolton and White House aide Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, spoke to the crown prince on Tuesday. “Secretary of State Mike...

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Yemen raids kill 79 rebels in 48 hours

Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen have killed almost 80 Huthi rebel fighters over 48 hours in the western province of Hodeida, military and medical sources said Tuesday. The strikes on Hodeida, site of a vital port and target of a renewed coalition offensive, also left seven civilians dead, they said. Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen at the head of...

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US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned: reports

Nikki Haley resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, media reports indicated. It is also being reported that President Trump has accepted the resignation. She served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, the first woman and Indian-American to serve as governor in that state and the second Indian-American governor after Bobby Jindal, who...

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Hurricane Michael: Evacuations ordered in Florida

Residents of northwest Florida had until early Tuesday to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Michael, forecast to crash ashore midweek as a major Category 3 storm with "life-threatening" flash flooding possible. Governor Rick Scott´s office said mandatory evacuation orders were in place for parts of Bay County, which includes the popular Panama City beach resort, and areas in nearby...

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Turkey asks to search Saudi consulate in missing journalist case: TV

Turkey has sought permission to search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul after a prominent journalist from the kingdom went missing last week following a visit to the building, Turkish television reported on Monday. The request was made after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, NTV broadcaster...

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Ex-Interpol chief under probe for bribery, China ministry says

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for suspected bribery, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website on Monday. On Sunday, Interpol, the France-based global police coordination body, said that Meng had resigned as its president. Earlier on Sunday, China said it was investigating Meng, who is also a vice minister for public security...

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