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Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians, says Iran’s supreme leader

TEHRAN: As he addressed Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people. Khamenei said Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. He said the outpouring of grief at the funeral for Iran's top general,...

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Jordan valley farm fire claims lives of 13 Pakistanis

AMMAN: Thirteen Pakistanis died on Monday after a fire broke out in their tin house in Southern Shuneh area, 45 km to the west of Amman, according to a statement by the Civil Defence Department in Jordan. Two Pakistani families live in the house which is located in one of the farms, the department said in the statement a copy...

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Questions raised on early release of 28-year-old convict who launched London Bridge attack

Nine years before Usman Khan killed two people in a stabbing spree on London Bridge, he was overheard by British security services discussing how to use an Al Qaeda manual he had memorised to build a pipe bomb. It was a snippet of conversation, along with other intelligence about a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange, that prompted British police...

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Police identify London Bridge attacker as Usman Khan

LONDON: A man suspected of stabbing two people to death in a terror attack on London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted for terrorism offences and released last year, police said Saturday. Police identified the man, who was shot dead by officers after Friday's attack, as 28-year-old Usman Khan, saying they were not actively seeking any other suspects in relation...

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Dozens of Iraqi protesters killed as army deploys south

Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqi security forces on Thursday shot dead at least 44 people in the country's south in one of the bloodiest day of violence since the anti-government protests erupted in early October. At least 33 protesters were reported killed in Nasiriya city after security forces used live ammunition and tear gas canisters on crowds while another 11 people...

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Turkish FM accuses French president Macron of being a ‘sponsor of terrorism’

Turkey on Thursday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of being a “sponsor of terrorism” after France hosted an official from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Mevlut Cavusogula, the Turkish foreign minister, said Macron was “wobbling” as he tried to be the leader of Europe, according to the BBC. Macron hosted SDF spokeswoman Jihane Ahmed in October, angering Turkey, which...

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Donald Trump makes surprise Afghanistan trip, voices hope for ceasefire

BAGRAM AIRFIELD: President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war. Trump's visit was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a...

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Landmine kills 15 civilians including 8 children in Afghanistan: govt

KABUL: Fifteen civilians, including eight children, were killed Wednesday when their vehicle hit a land mine in Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan, a government official said. "At around 5:00 pm this evening a mine planted by the Taliban hit a civilian car... killing 15 civilians and wounding two more," said Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman. Six women and a man...

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Afghan Taliban leader meets Iranian FM Javad Zarif in Tehran

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief and head of the political office of Taliban in Qatar met with Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of Iran. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the political office of Taliban in Qatar said in a Twitter post that Mullah Baradar leading a delegation of Taliban leaders met with Mr. Zarif in Tehran on...

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Six dead, 150 injured as powerful earthquake rocks Albania

Six people died and some 150 were injured in Albania after the strongest earthquake in decades rocked the Balkan country early on Tuesday, destroying buildings and burying victims in rubble. The epicentre of the 6.4 magnitude quake was about 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of the capital Tirana, at a depth of 10 km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological...

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Pro-democracy camp wins landslide in Hong Kong vote

Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in weekend local elections in a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that have divided the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Wu Chi-wai, leader of the city's biggest pro-democracy party, said on Monday that the bloc swept nearly 90 per cent of 452 district council seats,...

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Trump fires US navy chief over handling of discipline case

WASHINGTON: The chief of the US Navy on Sunday criticised Donald Trump after being sacked in a dispute over an elite SEAL commando whose demotion for misconduct was reversed by the president. Richard Spencer was ousted as Navy Secretary, a civilian position, in a case that has fueled reports that the US military leadership has been angered by Trump's interference...

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3 killed in car explosion at Syria-Turkey border

Turkey's Defense Ministry says a car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey, killing three civilians. The ministry said on Saturday that more than 20 people were injured in the explosion in an industrial zone of Tal Abyad. The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack. Two other car bombs have hit Tal Abyad...

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PM Khan congratulates newly-elected President of Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has telephoned the newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa to felicitate him on his election as the 7th President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday. The Prime Minister said that the election reflected the trust reposed by the Sri Lankan people in the leadership and vision of...

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North China mine blast claims 15 lives

BEIJING: A coal mine explosion killed 15 people in north China's Shanxi province, state media reported on Tuesday. Nine other people were injured by the gas explosion on Monday afternoon, which took place in a mine owned by Shanxi Pingyao Fengyan Coal & Coke Group Co, according to official news agency Xinhua. Xinhua reported that 35 miners were working underground when the...

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4 dead, 6 wounded in California football party shooting

Four people were killed and six more wounded when unknown suspects sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said. The shooting took place at about 6pm (local time) on the Fresnos southeast side, where people were gathered to watch a football game, Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said....

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Indian officials storm offices of Amnesty International to stop occupied Kashmir coverage

Indian officials on Friday raided the offices of renowned human rights group Amnesty International on trumped up charges of foreign funding from the United Kingdom that violate local law, according to a report published by the Qatar-based news publication al-Jazeera. It is widely believed that the investigation into the funding sources of the respected human rights group is a pressure...

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