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Attack on Afghan intelligence service team kills four

KABUL: An attack targeting members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency just outside the capital Kabul on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded six others, a senior security official said. The official said it was a suicide attack on an operational team from the National Directorate for Security, but he gave no further details. Reuters.

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Twenty-eight drown in India bus crash, many of them children

NEW DELHI: At least 28 people, many of them children, drowned Saturday after their bus plunged into a canal in India, police said, in the latest tragedy on the world´s deadliest roads. Police said they retrieved 28 bodies from the private passenger bus after it veered off the road and fell into the canal in the Mandya district of the...

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Huge quake edges New Zealand islands closer together

A destructive earthquake that struck New Zealand two years ago has left its two main islands edging towards each other, and one city sinking, according to scientists. But the margins are minimal with the gap between the North and South islands narrowing a mere 35 centimetres (13 and a half inches), while Nelson at the top of the South Island...

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At least 9 dead, 22 injured in blast at Afghan military base mosque

At least nine people were killed and 22 were injured on Friday in an explosion inside a mosque at an Afghan military base in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province, an official said. Abed Ahmad Zia, a provincial government official, says there were fears the death toll from the attack could rise further. The nature of the blast has not yet been...

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China condemns attack on its consulate in Pakistan

BEIJING: Chinese foreign ministry on Friday said they strongly condemn the attack on their consulate in Pakistan. All staff working in China’s consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi are safe, China’s foreign ministry added. The attackers did not enter the consulate compound, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing. Earlier, today, Pakistani security forces successfully foiled an attack on the...

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Five dead, 19 hurt as car rams into children in China

BEIJING: A car rammed into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeast China on Thursday, killing five children and injuring 19 others, state media said. Police took the driver into custody and are investigating the cause of the incident in Huludao, Liaoning province, the official CCTV broadcaster said on its Weibo social...

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Five abducted Iranian guards return home

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said five of 12 Iranian border guards abducted in October by militants from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border and freed in Pakistan earlier this month have returned home. The report on the Guard's website, Sepahnews.com, said the five arrived in Iran on Wednesday night. The fate of the others remains unknown. Pakistani security forces safely recovered five of the 12 border guards on...

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Saudi FM warns crossing ‘red lines’ over implying Crown Prince behind Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has warned criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a "red line" after Donald Trump heaped praise on the kingdom in defiance of warnings he was giving Riyadh a pass on a journalist's grisly murder. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly...

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Jamal Khashoggi murder: Donald Trump ignores US leverage over Riyadh

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his partnership with Saudi Arabia, calling it an indispensable ally after a journalist's grisly murder, but critics say his position ignores Washington's enormous leverage over Riyadh. Trump on Tuesday gave Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pass on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, glossing over the Central Intelligence Agency's reported conclusion that...

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Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mir Hafeezullah martyred by Indian troops in IoK

Srinagar: Indian troops on Wednesday martyred senior leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mir Hafeezullah, in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The Indian armed agents opened fire after barging into the house of Mir Hafeezullah, the TeH District President, at Akingam in Achabal area of the district, injuring him and his wife. They were rushed to Islamabad district hospital where doctors declared...

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US to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to stick by ally Saudi Arabia even while admitting that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the brutal murder of a dissident journalist. "It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -- maybe he did and maybe he didn´t!" Trump said...

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At least 40 killed in a blast in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL: At least 40 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, said two government officials. More than 60 other people were injured in the blast, said Basir Mujahid spokesman for Kabul police. “I have confirmed reports that 40 people have been killed,” Mujahid told Reuters. There were no immediate claims...

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US judge blocks Donald Trump asylum restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO: A US judge on Monday temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy. US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar’s order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide,...

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Four killed in Chicago hospital shooting

An argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the United States city of Chicago on Monday. The violence only ended when police engaged in shootout with the gunman inside the Mercy Hospital. “We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the...

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Yemeni Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition, raising peace prospects

DUBAI: Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations. The Iranian-aligned group, which has been battling the Saudi-backed government for nearly four years, also said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-led...

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Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

KABUL: The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue". The statement comes a day after US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hopes in Kabul that a peace deal could be struck before the Afghan presidential election, scheduled for April 20...

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Pakistan doesn’t do a damn thing, hid Osama knowingly, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has once again defended his administration's decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country doesn't do "a damn thing for us". Speaking to Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trump alleged that Pakistan does “not do a damn thing” for the United States and accused Islamabad of helping Osama bin...

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