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Trump terms Indo-Pak row ‘very dangerous situation’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump voiced alarm Friday at the "very dangerous situation" between India and Pakistan, warning that New Delhi was considering "very strong" action after an attack in occupied Kashmir. "It's very dangerous situation between the two countries. We would like to see it stop," Trump said, adding that the United States was seeking talks with Pakistan. "Right...

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Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria

A suicide attack killed four US personnel in northern Syria Wednesday, costing Washington its worst combat losses in the war-torn country since 2014 as it prepares to withdraw. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, comes after US President Donald Trump s shock announcement last month that he was ordering a full troop withdrawal from Syria because the jihadists...

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British PM Theresa May survives confidence with a slight majority

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a no-confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal just weeks before the UK leaves the European Union. A stunning 24-hour span saw May on Tuesday dealt the heaviest drubbing by parliament in modern British political history — 432 votes to 202 — over the divorce terms she...

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EU ready to delay Brexit until 2020: Times newspaper

LONDON: European Union officials are examining plans to delay Brexit until 2020 after Germany and France indicated their willingness to extend withdrawal negotiations amid British political turmoil, The Times newspaper reported. Previous planning had centered on a three-month delay to Brexit from March 29 until the end of June but now, according to sources quoted by The Times, EU officials...

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Nearly 900 killed in ethnic violence in Congo in mid-December: UN

GENEVA: At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday. The toll doubles an estimate provided on Monday by a local priest and a civil society activist who said that at least 400 people had been killed in bloodshed...

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Al Shabab gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack

NAIROBI:  Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-based group al Shabaab. Nearly 11 hours after the assault began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, bursts of gunfire and an explosion were heard in...

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May faces defeat in parliament over Brexit plan

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of defeat in a historic vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday, potentially leaving Britain in limbo about the biggest political and economic change for the country in decades. A day after May urged lawmakers to take a second look at her plan, parliament looked set to reject it in...

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Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack

KABUL: At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bomb-laden car blew up near a high-security compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials said. An Afghan government security official said the blast occurred on Jalalabad Road in eastern Kabul near the Green Village compound, home to several international companies and charities. “Most of the victims...

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Military cargo plane crashes in Iran, 15 killed

TEHRAN: A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of Iran's capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said. A flight engineer survived and was taken to hospital, the army said in a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, said...

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Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader. Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but...

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Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

President Donald Trump blasted the FBI Saturday, insisting it acted "for no reason & with no proof" when it opened an investigation into whether he was acting on Russia's behalf after he fired the agency's director, James Comey, in May 2017. The New York Times reported that the FBI launched the previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether Trump posed a national...

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Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

BEIJING: The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in northern China has risen to 21 after rescuers found two more miners dead on Sunday, state media reported. A total of 87 people were working underground in the Shaanxi province mine at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, according to official news agency Xinhua, citing local authorities....

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Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

BEIRUT: The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying....

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Several injured in powerful blast at Paris bakery: police

A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and AFP journalists said. A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am (0800 GMT) in the city's 9th district, a residential and shopping area. Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street...

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FBI opened probe over collusion between Donald Trump and Russia

The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry in 2017 into whether US President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, The New York Times reported on Friday. The investigation — a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe — was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the Times said, citing anonymous sources. The counterintelligence...

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Donald Trump threatens to declare national emergency over border wall fight

President Donald Trump has again threatened to declare a national emergency along the border with Mexico as he seeks funding for a wall he says will keep out dangerous immigrants — his latest jab in a fight with Democrats in Congress that has now shut down parts of the government for a record-tying 21 days. Such a declaration, almost certain...

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US-led coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun

BEIRUT: The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun pulling out troops, a spokesman said on Friday without elaborating on locations or timetables. “Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan told AFP in a statement, referring to the US-led force in Syria. “Out of concern for...

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