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Iran Guards seize British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday (Jul 19) they had seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules" as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway. Britain, however, said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning of "serious consequences" if the issue was not resolved quickly. The...

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UN probe sought by Kashmir group over Human Rights Violations

A prominent rights group in occupied Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by Indian forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) on Monday released a detailed report saying that the Indian...

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Exit Polls: Narendra Modi’s party confident of new India election victory

Exit polls from India's marathon election showed an "overwhelming" vote in favour of a new term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his party said on Monday as shares and the Indian currency surged on expectations of a new term. While opposition parties refused to give in and the country faces a nerve-jangling three day wait until the official count begins,...

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If Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’: Donald Trump

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all strength” and said it was up to Iran to avoid war. The heightened rhetoric follows last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing...

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India´s marathon vote ends, Modi on tenterhooks over second term

KOLKATA: Voting ended Sunday in India´s most acrimonious election in decades that will decide whether Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term in power. As the final polling booths closed, a huge security cordon was thrown around the voting machines and boxes of paper ballots used for the world´s biggest election before the official count starts on...

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Five foreign tourists killed in plane crash in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA: Five foreigners including the pilot died on Saturday when their private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said. Officials gave conflicting accounts of the victims’ nationalities. Armed forces spokesman Jose Domingo Meza said four of the victims were from the United States...

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Donald Trump denies dispute reports with top aides over Iran policy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday denied friction with his hawkish foreign policy advisers on Iran, specifically giving statements of support to White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump called “bullshit” a variety of news reports that he had chafed at his advisers and privately expressed concerns that they were trying to...

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In first for Asia: Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

TAIPEI: Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers of the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27, although the measure could complicate President Tsai Ing-wen's bid to win a second...

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India martyrs five Kashmiris in State sponsored terrorism

SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in their latest act of state terrorism, martyred five Kashmiri youth in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of occupied Kashmir on Thursday, Kashmir Media Service reported. The youth identified as Naseer Pandit, Umar Mir and Khalid Ahmed were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Dalipora area of Pulwama district in the wee hours of the morning....

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US does not seek war with Iran, claims Michael Pompeo

SOCHI: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday said his country is not seeking war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the Pentagon dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region. Pompeo’s comments came during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran which has blamed the current crisis on Washington’s decision to pull...

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Sri Lankan anti-Muslim riots takes first life

Parts of Sri Lanka were under indefinite curfew Tuesday and social media banned after a man was killed by a sword-wielding mob in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks. Violence broke out late Monday, three weeks after extremist bombings killed 258 people, with mobs carrying out arson attacks including one involving around 2,000 people who vandalised a...

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Iran too ‘great’ to be intimidated: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has pledged the Islamic republic is "too great to be intimidated by anyone" in a late night meeting with clerics. "God willing we will pass this difficult period with glory and our heads held high, and defeat the enemy," Rouhani said late Monday as he met Sunni clerics to mark the holy Muslim month of...

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At least three dead as blasts shake eastern Afghan city

JALALABAD: At least three people were killed and another 20 wounded in a series of blasts in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Monday, an official said. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said three blasts rocked the city centre, and had taken place near an armoured police vehicle. "The nature of explosions is not clear, but it could be...

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Two Saudi vessels damaged in ‘sabotage attack’ off UAE coast

RIYADH: Two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in a "sabotage attack" off the United Arab Emirates coast, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday, quoting the Saudi energy minister. "Two Saudi oil tankers were subjected to a sabotage attack in the exclusive economic zone of the United Arab Emirates, off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah, while on...

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Gunmen kill six in second church attack in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU: Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, a local official said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists. Congregants were leaving church around 9 a.m. (0900 GMT) when about twenty men encircled them and shot six dead, Boucary Zongo, mayor of the...

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US drone strike in Afghanistan kills 5

At least five people were killed in a drone strike on the Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border. The drone fired two missiles at a house in the Laman area of Afghanistan. Those killed in the drone strike were affiliated with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group including a commander Asadullah alias Shingri, according to sources. Earlier this month, US President...

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Beijing vows to strike back as US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods,

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Donald Trump’s tariff increase to 25 per cent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect on Friday, and Beijing said it would strike back, ratcheting up tensions as the two sides pursue last-ditch talks to try salvaging a trade deal. China’s Commerce Ministry said it “deeply regrets” the US decision, adding that it would take...

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