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Attack on Afghan intelligence service team kills four

KABUL: An attack targeting members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency just outside the capital Kabul on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded six others, a senior security official said. The official said it was a suicide attack on an operational team from the National Directorate for Security, but he gave no further details. Reuters.

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US diplomat Alice Wells to visit Islamabad on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD: Alice Wells, United States' Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, will arrive in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said. The US envoy will hold meeting with senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a spokesman for the Foreign office, Dr Mohammad Faisal, said on Twitter. US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary...

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Khashoggi killing: Sons ask Saudis to return his body

WASHINGTON: The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have asked Saudi authorities to return the body of their father so the family can properly grieve, they told CNN in an interview aired Sunday. Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom´s consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on October 2, a murder Turkey´s president said was ordered from "the...

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Iran will ‘proudly bypass’ US sanctions: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic "will proudly bypass sanctions" by the United States that took effect on Monday targeting the country´s oil and financial sectors. "I announce that we will proudly bypass your illegal, unjust sanctions because it´s against international regulations," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "We are in a situation of economic war, confronting...

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Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, killed in attack

The mayor of a Utah city was killed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent insider attack, the state’s lieutenant governor said. The death of Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden and a member of the Utah National Guard, was confirmed by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who posted a tribute on Facebook. “I hate this,” Cox...

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Bahrain opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman gets life in jail over Qatar spy case

DUBAI: Bahrain's appeals court sentenced the head of the country's Shia opposition movement to jail for life Sunday over charges of spying for rival Gulf state Qatar, a judicial source said. Sheikh Ali Salman, who headed the now-outlawed Al-Wefaq movement, had been acquitted by the high criminal court in June, a verdict the public prosecution appealed. The latest ruling on...

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Donald Trump has ‘disgraced’ US prestige: Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday said that United States President Donald Trump has "disgraced" US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic. "This new US president has disgraced the remnant of America's prestige and that of liberal democracy. America's hard power, that is to say their economic and military power,...

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U.S. armed forces member killed in Afghanistan insider attack: NATO

KABUL: A member of the U.S. armed forces was killed and another was wounded on Saturday in an apparent insider attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. The attack is the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks in which members of the Afghan forces have killed U.S. or coalition advisers this year and follows...

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US details new sanctions in ‘maximum pressure’ hit to cripple Iran’s economy

WASHINGTON: The United States will add 700 individuals and entities to its Iran blacklist and push the worldwide SWIFT banking network to cut Tehran off when it reimposes sanctions Monday in a "maximum pressure" effort to cripple the country's economy. US officials said Friday they were determined to force Tehran to give up its nuclear activities and what the US...

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Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’ after murder: Erdogan advisor

ANKARA: The body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. The claim echoed what a Turkish official had told the Washington Post -- for which Khashoggi was a contributor -- that authorities are investigating a theory...

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Pompeo says ‘handful more weeks’ before US responds to Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday it would be a “handful more weeks” before the United States had enough evidence to impose sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo, in an interview with KMOX radio in St. Louis, said President Donald Trump had made it clear...

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Donald Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military

President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally. Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks "viciously and violently" at Mexican police. "We're not...

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Afghan forces control over Kabul slipping, observes US watchdog

WASHINGTON: Kabul´s control of Afghanistan slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record-level casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban, a US government watchdog said Thursday. The latest glimpse into Afghanistan´s security crisis highlights persistent problems among police and army units who have faced years of devastating losses, and shows the Taliban´s resilience 17 years...

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Afghan army helicopter crash leaves 25 dead

HERAT: An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing all those on board, officials said. The aircraft crashed due to "bad weather" in Anar Dara district, which borders Iran, Farah provincial governor spokesman Nasir Mehri said. The Taliban claimed its militants brought it down. Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for...

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US Calls For Yemen Ceasefire, Jim Mattis Urges For Peace Talks Within ‘Next 30 Days’

WASHINGTON: The United States called Tuesday for a ceasefire and peace talks in Yemen, as the Saudi-led military coalition sent more than 10,000 new troops toward a vital rebel-held port city ahead of a new assault. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the US had been watching the conflict “for long enough,” adding that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates...

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German Nurse admits to killing 100 patients

OLDENBURG: Former nurse Niels Hoegel, admitted Tuesday to killing 100 patients in his care, on the first day of his trial in the biggest serial killing case in Germanys post-war history. Hoegel, 41, has already spent nearly a decade in prison on a life term for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so...

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More body parts found from crashed Indonesian jet

Indonesian search teams Tuesday recovered more remains at the site of a crashed Lion Air jet that plunged into the sea with 189 people aboard, as a report said it had suffered an instrument malfunction the day before. The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, crashed into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return...

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