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At least 32 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

KABUL: At least 32 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan´s war-weary capital. "We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre," police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said. The spokesmen for the interior ministry and...

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Nine dead as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey

ISTANBUL: Nine people died early on Thursday when a boat carrying migrants sank off the western coast of Turkey, the Turkish coast guard said. Four people were rescued. The boat sank off the coast of Aydin province, near Kusadasi, a popular tourist destination, it said. In 2015, Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million...

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Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch

MONTREAL/RIYADH: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir — infuriated by Canada’s demand last week that jailed rights activists be released immediately —...

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Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Extremists fired rockets into Israel and the latter's military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp...

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Aftershocks rock Indonesia’s Lombok as quake death toll tops 300

The death toll from a devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 Thursday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatised survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of...

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Dozens dead, wounded in attack on Yemen bus carrying children: Red Cross

SANAA: An attack on a bus carrying children in rebel-held northern Yemen on Thursday left dozens of people dead or wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. "Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, (an ICRC-supported) hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded," the organisation said on Twitter without...

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US hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

The United States said Wednesday it was imposing new sanctions on Russia over Moscow's involvement in the use of a "lethal" nerve agent in the attempted killing of a former spy in Britain. The State Department said the sanctions were in response to "the use of a 'Novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal" —...

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Turkey to continue buying natural gas from Iran despite U.S. sanctions

ANKARA: Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran in line with its long-term supply contract, Turkey’s energy minister said on Wednesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened that anyone trading with Iran will not do business with America. NATO member Turkey is dependent on imports for almost all of its energy needs and Iran is a...

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Saudi Arabia stops medical treatment programs in Canada as tension escalates

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged it to free rights activists. Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador this week, pushing Canada to seek...

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Two Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces in Gurez sector

According to Indian Army, four Indian soldiers killed and two Kashmiris were martyred on Tuesday in a gun battle along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The fight erupted  in Gurez sector, said Indian army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia. Military authorities rushed in a reinforcement of soldiers to the...

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Thousands of Lombok quake survivors living outdoors as death toll hits 105

The death toll from a powerful earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose to 105 on Tuesday as rescuers clawed through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques for survivors and evacuees faced another night in the open. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake destroyed thousands of buildings and triggered panic among tourists and locals on Lombok Sunday, just a week...

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Saudi students in Canada to be relocated to other countries as diplomatic rift escalates

In apparent escalation of a rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada on Monday evening, Riyadh suspended scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and said it would relocate thousands of students studying there to other countries, state media reported, citing an Education Ministry official. The move followed the Kingdom's announcement yesterday that it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy...

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Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions

Iran dismissed a US offer to renegotiate a historic 2015 nuclear deal signed with other major powers as President Donald Trump reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday. Trump's withdrawal from the agreement in May has infuriated European partners who were determined to keep it alive and now find their businesses operating in Iran faced with the threat of US legal penalties....

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Canada more defiant as Saudi freezes new trade over human rights call

RIYADH/OTTAWA: Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. In her first public response to Saudi Arabia’s actions, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, “Canada will always stand up for human...

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Trump administration reimposes unilateral, tough sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON: The United States re-imposed a wave of tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, bringing back into effect harsh penalties that had been lifted under a historic, multi-party nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump abandoned in May. The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am (0431 GMT), targeting Iran´s access to US banknotes and...

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Saudi state media reports Iran diplomat granted entry

Saudi Arabia has granted a visa to an Iranian diplomat to work in a consular office in Jeddah, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare sign of a thaw between the rival powers. Foreign ministry official Mohammad Alibak has been permitted to serve as head of Iran's Interests Section in the consulate, state news agency IRNA reported. There was...

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1,200 tourists being evacuated from Indonesia quake islands: disaster agency

More than one thousand tourists were being evacuated from Indonesia's tiny Gili islands on Monday after a powerful quake struck neighbouring Lombok, killing 91 people and injuring hundreds. The Gilis are three coral-fringed tropical islands popular with backpackers and divers, a few kilometres off the northwest coast of the larger Lombok island. Footage posted online by rescue officials showed hundreds...

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