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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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Muslim woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

HELSINKI — A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places. Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called Friday to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of 46,000 close to Copenhagen, to confront a woman wearing a niqab...

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Feeling sidelined, Israel’s Druze protest Jewish nation bill

TEL AVIV, Israel — Tens of thousands of members of Israel’s Druze minority and their Jewish supporters, some chanting “equality,” packed a central Tel Aviv square Saturday night to rally against a contentious new law that critics say sidelines Israel’s non-Jewish citizens. It marked the first time in recent memory that the Druze — followers of a secretive offshoot of...

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Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as state battles 17 blazes

SAN FRANCISCO— Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he was confident the president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did...

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Venezuela’s Maduro unharmed as assassination bid fails, blames Colombia

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he escaped an "assassination" attempt using an explosive-laden drone after a live broadcast showed him looking confused when a bang went off during a Caracas military parade and dozens of soldiers scuttling for safety. His government said seven soldiers were wounded in the incident. "It was an attack to kill me, they tried to...

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115 students injured in clashes as Bangladesh teen protests turn violent

DHAKA: More than 100 people were injured in Bangladesh Saturday after police fired rubber bullets at students protesters, a doctor and witnesses said, a major escalation in a stand-off between the government and demonstrators. For the last week students have brought parts of the capital Dhaka to a standstill with a protest against poor road safety after two teenagers were...

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North Korea, US spar over nuclear deal at Singapore forum

SINGAPORE: North Korea and the United States on Saturday sparred over an agreement reached at a landmark summit in June for the Asian country to end its nuclear program, as Washington called for maintaining sanctions pressure against Pyongyang, which in turn said it was alarmed by US intentions. The discord at a regional forum in Singapore was the latest reminder...

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Russia tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving US ties

MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made US actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to US actor Steven Seagal in 2016, saying he hoped it would serve as a...

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Several die after small plane crashes in Swiss forest

ZURICH: Several people died after a small plane crashed in a Swiss forest on Saturday morning, causing a forest fire that completely destroyed the plane, police said. The plane crashed in an inaccessible area of forest in the Rengg mountain pass in the canton of Nidwalden. “Before rescuers could make their way to the scene, a fire which spread out...

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Erdogan sanctions US officials in tit-for-tat row over pastor

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey would impose sanctions on two US officials in retaliation for a similar move by Washington in a row over the detention of an American pastor. Turkey's holding of pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges for almost two years has sparked one of the most intense crises between the NATO allies in years....

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More than 1,500 migrant deaths in Mediterranean this year: UNHCR

GENEVA: More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the first seven months of this year, over half of them in June and July, the UN refugee agency said Friday. The rate of deaths is increasing despite a decline in the total number of migrants arriving on European shores compared with...

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Greece: Police arrest eight suspects in murder of Pakistani migrant

The Greek police have arrested eight migrants on suspicion of murdering a Pakistani migrant who had been trying to leave the country illegally. According to the Associated Press, police said on Friday that the eight were suspected of involvement in the July 23 stabbing death of a 29-year-old Pakistani man who had been with three compatriots heading toward Greece's northern...

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Indian troops martyr five Kashmiris in IoK: media reports

SRINAGAR: Indian occupation forces martyred five Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, according to media reports.  The citizens were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Shopian district's Killora village. The Indian army along with the police had launched a joint operation in the area on Friday evening. On Friday, at least two Kashmiri youth were...

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Suicide blast inside Afghan mosque kills 25

KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing 25 people and wounding 40, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but police said at least two men had entered the mosque in the city of Gardez in the province of Paktia where about 60 people were praying. The blast...

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Three foreign nationals abducted in Kabul, killed

KABUL: Afghan police in Kabul on Thursday recovered the bodies of three foreign nationals who they said had been abducted and killed, in the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn capital. The killings come as the city has been rocked by an increasing number of attac­ks in recent months as the militant Islamic State group and the Taliban insurgents...

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China’s high-ranking Buddhist monk accused of sexual misconduct

One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks is facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, in what is seen by some as an indication the #MeToo movement is gaining traction in the world's most populous nation. Longquan Monastery abbot Shi Xuecheng is accused of harassing and demanding sexual favors from numerous female nuns in a 95-page statement compiled by two...

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Indian Troops martyr two more youth in IoK

SRINAGAR: Indian soldiers martyred two youth in Indian Occupied Kashmir in Sopore District, Kashmir news reported. The troops killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in the district. On the other hand, Indian Authorities shut the mobile services off and also roiled the educational institutes in the Baramulla district. Earlier on 2nd August, two youth, identified as Zahoor...

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