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Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians, says Iran’s supreme leader

TEHRAN: As he addressed Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people. Khamenei said Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. He said the outpouring of grief at the funeral for Iran's top general,...

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Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian targets in case of retaliation

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them "very fast and very hard" if the Islamic republic attacks American personnel or assets. In a saber-rattling tweet that defended Friday's US drone strike assassination of a powerful Iranian general in Iraq, Trump said 52 represents the number of Americans held...

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New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral

A fresh air strike hit pro-Iran fighters in Iraq early Saturday, as fears grew of a proxy war erupting between Washington and Tehran a day after an American drone strike killed a top Iranian general. The killing of Quds Force commander Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday was the most dramatic escalation yet in spiralling tensions between Iran and the...

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At Baghdad funeral procession for Qasim Soleimani, calls for retaliation against USA

BAGHDAD: Amid calls for revenge, funeral processions were held early Saturday for Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a powerful Iraqi militia leader, who were killed by an American drone strike on the orders of President Trump. Thousands of mourners joined the procession waving the Iraqi flag and the banners...

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Trump authorises resumption of military training program for Pakistan

United States President Donald Trump on Friday authorised the resumption of the International Military Education and Training Program (IMET) for Pakistan in order to strengthen military to military cooperation between the two countries and advance US national security. The announcement was made in a message on Twitter by the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the US Department...

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Reports of attacks on US military base in Iraq are false: US Military

FALLUJA: Reports of an attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base which hosts US forces in the western Anbar province are false, a security source inside the base and a local official at a nearby town said. US and Brent crude oil futures had rallied on tweets citing unconfirmed attacks on a US military installation in Iraq. REUTERS.

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Top Iran commander Qassem Soleimani killed in US strike on Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US strike on Baghdad´s international airport, Iran and the US confirmed, in the most dramatic episode yet of escalating tensions between the two countries. The Pentagon said US President Donald Trump ordered Soleimani's "killing," after a pro-Iran mob this week laid siege to the US embassy. Declaring three days...

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Anti-Islam graffiti painted near London mosque

Anti-Islamic graffiti was painted on the walls of a building close to the North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre in London, The Guardian reported on Wednesday. According to the report, police were called to a building near the mosque and cultural centre at 11am (GMT) after receiving reports about anti-Islamic slogans being painted on the wall. "Inquiries are ongoing at this time as...

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Trump threatens Iran after Baghdad embassy attacked

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Tehran it would "pay a very big price" after a mob of pro-Iranian demonstrators stormed the American embassy compound in Iraq, as his government said it is sending hundreds more troops to the Middle East. Angered by US air strikes that killed two dozen paramilitary fighters on Sunday, hundreds of protesters spilled through checkpoints...

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Gen Bipin Rawat appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff

India on Tuesday appointed outgoing army chief General Bipin Rawat as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), reported Economic Times.  The CDS will be a four-star general who will serve as the Indian government’s principal military adviser to the defence minister. The officer will also head the new Department of Military Affairs to ensure "jointness in training, logistics and...

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Two Pakistanis dead, 23 rescued as boat carrying migrants capsizes in Turkey: FO

Two Pakistani nationals lost their lives on Thursday when a boat carrying migrants capsized in eastern Turkey’s Lake Van, the governor’s office in Bitlis province said. The Foreign Office in Pakistan confirmed the news on Friday in a press release issued to the media. According to the FO, the boat was carrying 71 migrants, 25 of whom were Pakistanis. Bangladesh and Afghanistan citizens...

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At least 14 dead as plane crashes in Kazakhstan shortly after takeoff

Bek Air plane with 93 passengers and five crew members on board crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday shortly after taking off, killing at least 14 people, authorities in the Central Asian country said. The Fokker 100 aircraft, heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, on a pre-dawn flight, "lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete...

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Israel hits Gaza with air strikes after ‘rocket fire’

JERUSALEM: Israeli military aircraft carried out air strikes against the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, the army said, in what it called a response to a rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave. Warning sirens had cut short a rally by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he campaigned on the eve of his Likud party's primaries being held on Thursday,...

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At least seven Afghan troops killed in Taliban attack

Seven Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on a base in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, as local and international forces brace for another deadly winter. According to the Afghan defence ministry, "terrorists" attacked a joint military base in Dawlat Abad district of Balkh province near the Uzbekistan border. The base was shared between the army and...

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Saudi sentences 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported that three others were sentenced to prison. All can appeal the verdicts. According to a statement issued by the Saudi public...

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13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

One person has been charged in connection with a shooting early on Sunday at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at the memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at a news conference. He said shots were first fired just after 12:30am. The party...

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Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani wins majority in presidential poll: preliminary results

Kabul: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani was on track to win a second term on Sunday, after election officials announced he had scored a majority in the presidential polls. But despite Ghani's apparent clean win, the fallout from the bitterly contested September 28 election looked set to continue, with top rival Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah saying he would contest the result....

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