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Iran says US troop boost ‘threat to international peace’

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a "threat to international peace", state media reported. "Increased US presence in our region is very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security and must be confronted," Zarif told the official IRNA news agency before heading...

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India’s election gets into 5th phase

Polls opened on Monday for the crucial fifth phase of India's marathon elections including in two constituencies in the vote-rich state of Uttar Pradesh, where opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi hope to retain their seats. Voting began amid scorching summer temperatures and tight security in Uttar Pradesh in northern India, where more than 25...

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Palestinians report Gaza truce with Israel as violence ebbs

GAZA CITY: A deadly surge in violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel petered out overnight and Palestinian officials reported that Egypt had mediated a truce early on Monday. The latest round of fighting erupted three days ago, peaking on Sunday when rockets and missiles from Gaza reportedly killed four civilians in Israel, and Israeli strikes martyred 19 Palestinians,...

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PM Khan, President Ghani discuss regional security

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday called Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and discussed regional security while exchanging viewpoints on regional peace, prosperity, and stability. Both leaders agreed on increasing communication and the combined efforts for economic progress. PM said Pakistan considers Afghanistan brotherly friend while the Afghan conflict-affected Pakistan for decades as well. He said the leadership of both...

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Taliban suicide bomber, gunmen attack police headquarters in northern Afghanistan

KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan followed by clashes between gunmen and security forces, officials and the Taliban said on Sunday. The death toll was not known but at least 40 people had been injured, said Mohibullah Habib, provincial health director in the city of Pul-e-Khumri. A member of the...

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12-yr old boy martyred, 6 injured by Indian shelling at Khoi Ratta sector in AJK

KOTLI: On Sunday, a 12-year old boy embraced martyrdom while six people were injured in unprovoked shelling by India at Khoi Ratta sector in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Pakistan Army befittingly responded to the shelling. Earlier today, one woman embraced martyrdom while three people were injured in the latest ceasefire violation by India at the Line of Control (LoC),...

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Israeli killed and two Palestinian gunmen dead as Gaza violence persists

GAZA/JERUSALEM: A rocket fired from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian on Sunday and two Palestinian gunmen were killed in an Israeli strike as cross-border hostilities ran into their third day. Air-raid sirens sent Israelis in the country’s south, near Gaza, running to their shelters through the night as interceptor missiles blew up rockets in the sky. Israeli police said one...

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Four Palestinians martyred, 51 injured by Israeli military action in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Four Palestinians were martyred by Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, authorities in the enclave said. Two of the Palestinians were shot dead during clashes along the frontier while two members from Hamas were killed in an air strike, the health ministry in Gaza said. The Israeli army claimed the air strike was...

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Moon not sighted in KSA; Ramzan to begin from Monday

The Ramzan moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening, hence the first of the holy month would be observed on Monday, on May 6. Moon observers in Saudi Arabia said that there was no sight of the Ramzan crescent on Saturday, the Arab News reported. The Saudi Supreme Court had earlier this week urged its citizens to...

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Fani kills at least 12 in India before swiping Bangladesh

BHUBANESWAR/DHAKA: The strongest cyclone to hit India in five years killed at least 12 people in Odisha, before swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh on Saturday where more than a million people have been moved to safety. Having hit land, tropical cyclone Fani had lost some of its power and was downgraded to a ‘Deep Depression’ by the Indian Meteorological Department. A...

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Two youth embrace martyrdom in occupied Kashmir by Indian forces

SRI NAGAR: At least two youth were martyred by Indian occupying forces in Shopian district of the valley. Moreover, internet services were also suspended in the district while the Indian forces conducted a ‘cordon and search’ operation. On Thursday, Indian security forces arrested 44 Kashmiri youth in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Indian Occupied Kashmir. 38 people were arrested during...

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NZ Premier Jacinda Ardern gets engaged to long-time partner

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-term partner Clarke Gayford have become engaged to be married, her office said Friday. A spokesman for Ardern and Gayford said the couple, who have a baby daughter Neve, agreed to tie the knot over the Easter break. He could not reveal whether a date for the prime ministerial nuptials had...

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Mass evacuations as ‘extremely severe’ Cyclone Fani heads for India

Nearly 800,000 people in eastern India have been evacuated from the path of an incoming major cyclone packing winds gusting up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour and torrential rains, officials said on Thursday. The Indian weather service said Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani was expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon in Odisha state and barrel northeastwards towards...

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Afghans “loya jirga” call for ceasefire as huge peace summit wraps up

KABUL: Afghan officials called for a ceasefire Thursday as a huge peace summit wound down in Kabul after thousands of delegates spent days discussing possible conditions for a peace deal with the Taliban. This week's "loya jirga", or grand assembly, saw more than 3,000 religious and tribal leaders, politicians and representatives from across the country gather under tight security to...

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Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions. Assange was sentenced for breaching a British court order seven years ago when he took refuge in Ecuador´s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden Moreover, a request by the United States to extradite the WikiLeaks founder for one of the biggest ever...

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Landmine kills at least 15 police in western India

MUMBAI: Suspected leftist insurgents killed at least 15 police and a civilian driver in a landmine attack on two security vehicles on Wednesday in the western state of Maharashtra, police said, as the state celebrated its foundation day. The Maoist insurgents, known as Naxals, have battled the state for decades, saying they are fighting for people left out of a...

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New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha

A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US starts on Wednesday in Qatar, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek a way out of America's longest war. The talks mark the sixth round of negotiations between the two sides in recent months, and come as pressure builds for some sort of breakthrough in...

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