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At least 32 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

KABUL: At least 32 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan´s war-weary capital. "We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre," police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said. The spokesmen for the interior ministry and...

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China’s PM says Tibet inseparable part of country

Tibet is an inseparable part of China’s ‘sacred’ territory, and religious figures should promote national unity and ethnic harmony, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said during a rare visit to a region that is a focus for international rights concerns. Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 in what China officially terms a peaceful liberation, and has ruled it with an...

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Gunshots, Blasts reported in Afghan city Jalalabad

JALALABAD: A number of explosions were reported in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and gunshots could be heard in the area of a dormitory for trainee midwives, local officials said on Saturday. Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial government spokesman, said at least some of the students, most of them from Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan, had been evacuated from the...

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700 separated children still in US custody after deadline

LOS ANGELES: The US government said on Thursday that hundreds of families it broke up at the border with Mexico have not been reunited as a court-ordered deadline to return all children to their parents elapsed. A federal judge in California had ordered that all eligible migrant families be brought back together by 6pm and officials said in a court...

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Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. This week’s meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.’s top diplomat for South Asia, was an attempt to jump-start talks on ending Washington’s longest military engagement, a senior...

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Trump and Putin raise possibilities of another meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely has an RSVP been so complicated. President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow — if he gets a formal invitation from Vladimir Putin, the White House said. Russian President Putin said he’s game for a trip to Washington — but his answer came only after Trump retracted his invitation for a fall sit-down. The awkward...

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Israeli police raid al-Aqsa mosque after clashes; two dead in Gaza

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Israeli troopers entered Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, the third-holiest shrine in Islam, and carried out arrests on Friday in what police described as a pursuit of youths who had lobbed rocks and fireworks during clashes with its forces outside. The rare raid, on a site that is an emblem of Palestinians’ statehood hopes and a frequent catalyst of their...

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Trump Thanks Kim, as North Korea repatriates remains of U.S soldiers slain in Korean War

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea transferred 55 small, flag-draped cases carrying the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War on Friday, officials said, a first step by Pyongyang to implement an agreement made in a landmark summit in June in Singapore. The repatriation of remains of U.S. soldiers missing in the 1950-53 conflict is seen as a modest...

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Protest erupts in Poland as tendentious judicial reform law inked by President

WARSAW - Thousands of people staged protests across Poland on Thursday after President Andrzej Duda signed into law a measure effectively letting the government choose the next Supreme Court chief. The European Union, human rights groups and opposition parties in Poland say the legislation and other changes pushed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party undermine judicial independence and...

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“If you begin the war, we will end the war”: Iran’s Special forces Chief Tasnim strikes back at Trump’s threat

ANKARA  - A powerful commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that Donald Trump should address any threats against Tehran directly to him, and mocked the U.S. president as using the language of “night clubs and gambling halls”. The comments by Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who heads the Quds Force of the Guards, were the latest salvo in a...

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U.S senate quietly passes legislation to eliminate tariffs on Chinese goods

WASHINGTON - As trade tensions escalate between Washington and Beijing, the U.S. Senate quietly passed legislation on Thursday that would lower trade barriers on hundreds of items made in China. With no debate, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would cut or eliminate tariffs on toasters, chemicals and roughly 1,660 other items made outside the United States. Nearly half...

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huge Fire breaks out in West London Flats, dozens evacuated

A huge fire broke out in a five-storey residential building in London’s West Hampstead in the early hours of Thursday, forcing rescuers to evacuate dozens of people, and it took nearly four hours to douse the blaze, the London Fire Brigade said. About 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were tackling the blaze on Inglewood Road. Firefighters evacuated residents from...

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“Nobody wins in a trade war”, China cautions U.S

China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said that there would be "no winner" in any global trade war, in a direct warning to US President Donald Trump who has threatened to slap levies on all Chinese imports. "A trade war should be rejected because there will be no winner," Xi said at the opening of a BRICS summit of emerging...

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Beijing: explosion reported at US embassy

A loud blast occurred near the US embassy in Beijing on Thursday, according to multiple eyewitness reports on social media. Video clips posted online showed smoke in the air outside the diplomatic compound in the Chinese capital and police roping off a perimeter around the area, with witnesses saying an explosion had occurred. The location appeared to be near where...

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75 people die as deadly wildfire continues ragging throughout Greece

Rescue workers in Greece continued to search charred homes and burned-out cars Wednesday as the toll from some of the worst wildfires this century is expected to rise from at least 74 dead and 187 injured. Many people fled to the sea to try to escape the flames as they tore through towns near Athens stoked by high winds, reducing...

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3 people injures after multiple explosions hit Kabul city

KABUL: At least three people were wounded after several rockets were fired into Kabul on Tuesday, police said, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack on the Afghan capital. "Three rockets were fired on Kabul city from an unknown direction and... hit residential areas near the mountains in PD5 (police district)," police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai...

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police digs Bihaar shelter house, where girls were allegedly tortured and raped, to find “buried body”

NEW DELHI: Police on Monday widened an investigation to include the possible murder of a girl at a shelter in eastern India, where 29 young girls were allegedly raped and tortured. Police in Bihar state carried out a dig at the home, Seva Sankalp Samiti, which was run by a local non-profit organisation, after some of the girls who used...

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