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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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Death toll rises to 50 in eastern Afghanistan mosque blast

KABUL: An explosion at a mosque in the eastern Afghan province of Khost on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded 31 and the casualty total may rise, a local police official said. Basir Bina, spokesman for the provincial police, said people were gathered after afternoon prayers in the mosque, which was also being used as a voter registration...

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Putin 4th term to begin amid crackdown on opposition

Vladimir Putin will on Monday be inaugurated for his fourth Kremlin term under the shadow of hugely strained ties with the West and a crackdown on the opposition, with Alexei Navalny and hundreds more detained at the weekend. Opposition leader Navalny was held along with nearly 1,600 of his supporters on Saturday during nationwide rallies against Putin as police and...

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Death toll rises to 14 as 10 more youths embrace martyrdom in IOK by Indian forces

SRINAGAR: Indian State terrorism continues against innocent Kashmiris as today 10 more youths succumbed to Indian Army terrorism, eventually embracing martyrdom in Kashmir's Shopian district. The death toll rose to 14 during the past 24 hours, Kashmir Media Service reported. Youths  were martyred during a cordon and search operation in the district. The deceased have been identified as Prof Dr...

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Lebanon holds general election for first time in nine years

BEIRUT: Lebanese began voting on Sunday in their first general election for nine years, one that is seen as unlikely to upend the country’s basic contours of power but is important for economic stability. The streets of Beirut were quiet early on Sunday, but small crowds had gathered around the schools being used as polling stations and walls were plastered...

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Complete shutdown being observed in IOK today over killing of 9 innocents

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed against the killing of three youth martyred by Indian troops in Chattabal area of Srinagar and another identified as Aadil Ahmed deliberately crushed to death by an army vehicle in Noorbagh area of the city. Five more youth have been martyred in the ongoing act of state terrorism by the Indian troops...

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Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protester causing 1100 Palestinians hurt

GAZA BORDER: Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinians who thronged the Gaza-Israel frontier on Friday as part of a long-running protest, injuring about 1,100 people. Medics said around 82 people were shot and wounded with live fire, another 800 treated for gas inhalation and the rest for other injuries along the Gaza side of the 25-mile...

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Deadly India superstorms kill nearly 150

A series of powerful super storms that tore through India this week have killed 143 people, as officials warned Friday the death toll could rise with more extreme weather expected. A deadly dust storm claimed 121 lives in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Punjab, while an electric storm, in which lightning struck an estimate 40,000 times, left 21 people dead...

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Nobel literature prize will not be awarded this year

COPENHAGEN, Denmark  The Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded this year following sex-abuse allegations and other issues that have affected the public image of the Swedish Academy that selects the winner. The academy said Friday the 2018 prize will be given in 2019. The decision was made at a weekly meeting in Stockholm a day earlier, on the...

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Donald Trump orders Pentagon to consider reducing US troops in South Korea

WASHINGTON:  President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of US troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed on the deliberations. Reduced US troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Trump’s planned summit in late May or early June with North Korean...

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Nobel Literature 2018 Prize’s fate to be announced on Friday

STOCKHOLM: The Swedish Academy is to announce on Friday whether or not it may postpone the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, its administrative director has said, after it plunged into a crisis over links to a man accused of sexual assault. Asked if the Academy on Friday would announce whether or not it would select a literature laureate this year, Louise...

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Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if US walks away

Iran warned Thursday it will quit a landmark nuclear deal if President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the accord, while also criticising European states over "concessions" to the Americans. Trump has threatened to abandon the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, demanding his country's European allies "fix the terrible flaws" or he will...

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Trump says ‘retainer’ to lawyer covered porn star payment

President Donald Trump on Thursday said that the reimbursement to his personal lawyer for hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels was done through a monthly retainer and “had nothing to do with the campaign”. On Twitter, Trump said that his personal attorney Michael Cohen received a monthly retainer “from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two...

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Rainstorm kills at least 100 people in India as rainstorm injures more than 100

A powerful rainstorm has swept parts of north and western India, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 100 people dead. Relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar says the devastation is particularly severe in Agra, the northern Indian city where the white marble monument of Taj Mahal is located. He says 36 people died there on Wednesday night as the...

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US court holds Iran responsible for abetting 9/11 attacks, orders payment of billions of Dollars

A judge in the US has issued a default judgement requiring Iran to pay more than $6bn to victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, court filings show. Monday's ruling in the case - Thomas Burnett, Sr et al v. The Islamic Republic of Iran et al - finds "the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and...

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Suspected jihadists kill at least 16 Tuaregs in northern Mali

BAMAKO: Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 16 Tuareg civilians in attacks in northern Mali, just days after 40 Tuaregs were killed during similar raids on neighboring villages, local authorities said on Wednesday. The attacks occurred on Tuesday in the village of Tindibawen, 160 km (100 miles) east of the town of Menaka near the border with Niger, and in...

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Suicide attack on Libya election commission kills 11

A suicide attack on Libya's electoral commission killed at least 11 people in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday, authorities in the violence-wracked country said, after witnesses reported thick smoke and gunfire. The internationally backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said it was dealing with "the consequences of the cowardly suicide attack" after the health ministry put the toll at 11...

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