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Iran says US troop boost ‘threat to international peace’

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a "threat to international peace", state media reported. "Increased US presence in our region is very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security and must be confronted," Zarif told the official IRNA news agency before heading...

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Indian Army teased for Yeti ‘footprint’ photos

Photos of “Yeti footprints” posted online by the Indian army triggered a social media storm on Tuesday, with users ridiculing the military for propagating theories debunked by science. The army tweeted three images late on Monday showing a series of foot-shaped impressions, each almost a metre (yard) long in the snow in the Himalayas near the Nepal-China frontier. “For the...

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Sri Lanka on alert for attacks as archbishop slams poor church security

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan security officials have warned that extremists behind Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform, as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches. The militants were targeting five locations for attacks on Sunday just passed or on Monday, security sources said. “There could be another wave of attacks,” the...

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The rich and famous cast vote in India’s election

MUMBAI: Billionaires and Bollywood stars took their turn with Mumbai's slum dwellers Monday to vote in India's marathon election as Prime Minister Narendra Modi steps up his nationalist campaign to sway the 900 million electorate. India's film and finance capital took centre stage in the fourth of seven rounds of voting with 72 constituencies across the nation taking part. Final...

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Sri Lanka bans face veils after attacks by militants

Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by militants. The measures would help security forces to identify people as a hunt for any remaining attackers and their support network continues across the Indian Ocean island, authorities said. But there are concerns within the...

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Eleven dead in Mexico bus accident

MEXICO CITY: A bus rollover in northern Mexico has left at least 11 dead, including three children, an official with emergency services said on Sunday. The accident took place in Zacatecas state early Sunday morning on a bus that transported around 40 passengers from Mexico City to the northern city of Torreon, according to Moises Villagrana, the head of emergency...

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Afghan peace deal hinges on ceasefire by Taliban: Khalilzad

KABUL: Any peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban would depend on the declaration of a permanent ceasefire and a commitment to end the country’s long war, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Sunday. In an interview with Afghanistan’s largest private television station, Tolo News, Khalilzad said the Taliban’s demands were focused on the withdrawal...

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Father, two brothers of Sri Lanka suicide bombings mastermind killed in gun battle

COLOMBO/KALMUNAI: The father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings were killed when security forces stormed their safe house two days ago, police sources and a relative of the suicide bombers told Reuters on Sunday. Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, who were seen in a video circulating on social media...

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Unshakable commitment with China on CPEC: PM Khan

BEIJING: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday reiterated his unshakable commitment with China on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and said the project has become a form of the strategic partnership between the two nations which includes cooperation on various sectors. Addressing Pakistan and China Investment Forum in Beijing, PM said CPEC, which initially only comprised of a network of...

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Easter Bombings: Mastermind Zahran Hashim trained in India

According to sources, the mastermind of the Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka Zahran Hashim had been trained in India. A report by Indian newspaper The Hindu quotes a top military source in Sri Lanka stating Zahran Hashim spent substantial time in South India. According to the report, Indian officials have pointed to evidence that Zahran Hashim the leader of...

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China’s Belt and Road: Ports, trains and infrastructure and Countries

BEIJING: China is trying to woo more nations to join a massive network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks that links dozens of countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. President Xi Jinping touted the benefits of his signature foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, as he welcomed 37 world leaders at a summit dedicated to it on Friday....

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Sri Lanka troops join hunt for bomb attack suspects

Sri Lanka deployed thousands of additional troops countrywide overnight to help police hunt for suspects in the Easter Sunday suicide blasts that killed nearly 360 people, a spokesman said Thursday. Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said the army increased its deployment by 1,300 to 6,300, with the navy and airforce also deploying 2,000 more personnel. "We are armed with powers to search,...

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15 dead in massive explosion in northwest Syria

A powerful explosion Wednesday killed 15 people including more than a dozen civilians in militant-held northwest Syria, a war monitor said, as rescuers searched for people trapped under the rubble. An AFP reporter at the scene saw a building of at least four storeys that had collapsed in the town of Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib, a region controlled by Syria's...

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PM Imran offers assistance to Sri Lanka over counter terrorism measures

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Pakistan offered assistance to Sri Lanka towards counter-terrorism measures. At least 359 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts on Easter Sunday targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka. Militant group Daesh has claimed responsibility for the bombings. In a telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed his heartfelt...

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Christchurch attack survivors offered New Zealand residency

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will grant permanent residency to all survivors of the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques in which 50 Muslim worshippers were killed, it said on Tuesday. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder for New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting in which 50 other people at Friday prayers...

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IS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings

The militant Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people and injured about 500 others. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo's seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government's forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels. A fourth...

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PM Modi casts vote on India’s ‘Super Tuesday’

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote on India's "Super Tuesday" when the biggest number of seats are decided in the country´s marathon election. The nationalist leader compared voting to Hindus cleansing their sins by bathing in the Ganges river after he cast his ballot in his home state of Gujarat. The 117 seats over 15 states being fought...

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