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Trump terms Indo-Pak row ‘very dangerous situation’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump voiced alarm Friday at the "very dangerous situation" between India and Pakistan, warning that New Delhi was considering "very strong" action after an attack in occupied Kashmir. "It's very dangerous situation between the two countries. We would like to see it stop," Trump said, adding that the United States was seeking talks with Pakistan. "Right...

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‘Get out of Syria,’ Iran tells U.S.

GENEVA: Senior Iranian figures said on Wednesday that Syria was a top foreign policy priority and American troops should withdraw, as planned by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Whether they want to or not, the Americans must leave Syria,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was reported as saying. There are fears in the...

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Two Afghan journalists shot dead in Kabul

Two staff members of Radio Hamsada — a local radio station based in northeastern Takhar province — were shot dead in Kabul on Wednesday. According to a statement by the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), the attack was carried out by unidentified gunmen. The Taliban and other insurgent groups have been targeting journalists working in Afghanistan. According to statistics compiled...

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Pope Francis admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis admitted Tuesday that priests and bishops in the Catholic Church had sexually abused nuns. "There are some priests and also bishops who have done it," the pontiff said in response to a journalist´s question on the abuse of nuns, speaking on the return flight from his trip to the United Arab Emirates. The papal admission followed a rare...

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Talks with Taliban ‘constructive’: Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that talks with Afghanistan's Taliban were making headway as he voiced cautious hope for a negotiated end to America´s longest war. "My administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban," Trump said in his annual State of the Union address to Congress, weighing "a possible political solution...

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Karl Marx grave memorial in London damaged in hammer attack

LONDON: A memorial to German philosopher Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery in north London has been vandalized, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust said on Tuesday. The Grade-I listed monument appears to have been attacked by a hammer, the Trust added on Twitter. Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, show what appears...

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Taliban takes centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignores his overtures for peace and negotiates instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan. From Doha to Moscow, the insurgents are meeting an array of envoys with competing interests in Afghanistan, from the United States eager to withdraw their troops to political...

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Pope Francis arrives to hold public mass in UAE

Pope Francis arrived at an Abu Dhabi sports stadium Tuesday to hold a public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics on the first ever papal visit to the Muslim Gulf. The pope waved at an enthusiastic crowd carrying Vatican flags and banners as he drove into Zayed Sports City Stadium, where an altar with a large cross was set up...

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Donald Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’: Iraq’s President

Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for US troops stationed there to “watch Iran.” Speaking at a forum in Baghdad, Salih was responding to a question about Trump’s comments to CBS about how he would ask troops stationed in Iraq to “watch” Iran. US troops in Iraq are there as...

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UK, Spain recognise Juan Guaido as Venezuela leader

Spain and Britain on Monday became the latest nations to recognise Venezuela´s opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader after President Nicolas Maduro defiantly rejected an ultimatum by European countries to call snap elections. Already recognised by the United States, Canada, Australia and several Latin American countries, Guaido is trying to force the socialist leader from power so he can...

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Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

BRUMADINHO: The toll from a dam collapse last week at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 121 dead and 226 missing, according to officials Saturday. The emergency service for the state of Minas Gerais, where the January 25 disaster occurred near the town of Brumadinho, said the search was ongoing for bodies. All those listed as missing are...

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Complete shutdown in IoK as Modi visits

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir on Sunday to register a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the valley to lay foundation stones of different developmental projects. According to Kashmir Media Service, call for a shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and...

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Strong 6.1-magnitude Earthquake rocks western Indonesia

PADANG: A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Mentawai on Saturday, but no tsunami warning was issued. The earthquake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) in the Mentawai island region in West Sumatra province, some 100 kilometres southeast of the town of Tuapejat and 200 kilometres south of the major port city of Padang,...

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Vladimir Putin says Russia suspending missile treaty after US move

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before. Moscow and Washington have long accused the other of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement, which was signed in 1987 and resolved a crisis over Soviet missiles. President Donald Trump last...

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Anniversary of Revolution: Iran unveils long-range cruise missile

Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday, state television reported, as the Middle Eastern country displays its achievements during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “With a range of more than 1,300 km ... this cruise missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can...

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US thaws from Arctic deep freeze as death toll climbs

CHICAGO: A brutal cold spell that paralyzed the US Midwest, freezing water mains, causing power outages and canceling flights, eased on Friday, with forecasts predicting a rapid thaw. The two days of intense cold from the so-called polar vortex that descended on the US Midwest and Northeast will go down in memory for its scenes of winter at its most...

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Donald Trump ‘serious’ about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman

US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP on Friday, outlining the “Islamic system” comprising “all Afghans” that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spoke to AFP via WhatsApp a day after the US said talks with the militants are “on the right path”,...

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