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US ambassador in Israel tricked over Jerusalem picture with Al-Aqsa mosque erased

Jerusalem: The newly-opened US embassy in Jerusalem has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a photo of east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa mosque erased. In a picture published Tuesday night by ultra-Orthodox Jewish news site Kikar Hashabbat, the Islamic shrine on a flashpoint site holy to both Muslims and Jews is replaced by a simulation...

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Taliban fighters moves in provincial city in western Afghanistan

HERAT: Taliban fighters threatened the provincial capital of Farah in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, with fighting underway on the outskirts of the city where government forces were defending two police districts, officials and residents said. A Farah government official and several residents said security forces were engaged in police districts two and three, around 4 km from the city center....

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Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalation at Gaza protest: ministry

A Palestinian baby died as a result of inhaling tear gas as Israeli forces used force against protesters along the Israel-Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave announced Tuesday. Eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour was exposed to the gas east of Gaza City during major protests on Monday, in which the health ministry said 58 Palestinians were killed most of them...

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North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons: top defector

SEOUL: North Korea will never completely give up its nuclear weapons, a top defector said ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s landmark summit with US President Donald Trump next month. The current whirlwind of diplomacy and negotiations will not end with "a sincere and complete disarmament" but with "a reduced North Korean nuclear threat", said Thae Yong-ho, who fled his...

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Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord

DUBAI: President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran would remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal if its interests were protected, while his foreign minister hoped the pact could be redesigned without Washington as a member. The U.S. withdrawal from the accord on Tuesday was a “violation of morals”, Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television. “If the...

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Six killed as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city: officials

JALALABAD: At least six civilians were killed when militants detonated bombs and stormed a government building Sunday in an ongoing assault in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. There were two explosions near the city's directorate of finance, the Nangarhar provincial governor´s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP, adding that "a number of attackers" had entered the building. "Security...

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Four injured, one killed in Paris knife attack

PARIS: A knifeman was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he killed one person and injured four others, sparking a terror probe and panic on the streets of France's capital. The attack took place near the city's main opera house in an area full of bars, restaurants, and theatres which were brimming on a weekend night....

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Indonesia church attacks kill nine, dozens wounded

SURABAYA: A wave of blasts including a suicide bombing struck outside churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others, police said, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. Indonesia has been on high alert over attacks by militants, including some incidents claimed by Daesh. No one had yet...

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Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria

At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on Syria this week, a monitor said Saturday. "At least 27 pro-regime fighters were killed" in Thursday's strikes, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He said "six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead. That...

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Javad Zarif on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

Tehran: Iran´s foreign minister was due to leave Saturday for a whirlwind diplomatic tour as world leaders scramble to salvage something from the wreckage of a landmark nuclear deal in the wake of Washington´s withdrawal. Mohammad Javad Zarif´s tour starts two days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears...

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Donald Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video: official

Washington: President Donald Trump will address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, the US ambassador said. It was not immediately clear from Ambassador David Friedman´s comment, on a call with reporters, whether Trump would speak via a live videolink or a pre-recorded address. "Big week next...

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19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels

YANGON: At least 19 people have been killed in clashes between Myanmar´s military and an ethnic armed group on Saturday in northern Shan State, Myanmar army and local sources told AFP, the most deadly flare-up in recent years as fighting in the borderlands intensifies. Rights defenders say clashes in northern Myanmar near the China border have ramped up since January...

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Iran turns to diplomacy amid high regional tensions

Iran's foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the US withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave late Saturday for visits to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, a spokesman said Friday, holding meetings with all five...

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BJP refuses ‘ceasefire’ appeal by CM Mehbooba Mufti for Ramzan in disputed IoK

PDP ally BJP today opposed the idea of unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir by the Centre. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti yesterday said that the all-party meeting, called to discuss the situation in Kashmir, had agreed that the Centre should consider announcing a ceasefire in Kashmir during the forthcoming holy Muslim month of Ramadan. But the BJP chief spokesperson for Jammu and...

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Imam dead in South Africa mosque attack, two others injured

Armed attackers struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death an imam and injuring two others in a country known for its peaceful religious relations. Three men entered the large mosque after midday prayers, carrying guns and attacking the victims with knives and then releasing a petrol bomb that set fire to the...

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Trump says Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12. "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Trump said in a tweeted announcement. The location and date of the summit -- the first ever between a sitting US...

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After rocket fire major Israeli raids hit ‘Iranian’ targets in Syria

Israel's army on Thursday said it had carried out widespread raids against Iranian targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces which it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies. The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed United States President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a key 2015 Iran nuclear...

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